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An Evaluation of a New Format for Presenting Ejection Information in a NATOPS Manual.

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Naval Aviation Training and Operating Procedures Standardization NATOPS manuals include procedures for operating equipment under normal and emergency conditions. Invariably, emergency conditions require an immediate and accurate response, demanding that the performer know precisely what to do and when and how to do it. A pilot or crewmember is of course not free to refer to the NATOPS manual under these conditions. Consequently, coverage of emergency procedures should employ formats which maximize clarity learning, and recall to the highest possible levels to that such procedures are second nature to flying personnel. NATOPS manuals examined, however, were consistently unsatisfactory in this regard. This project used the ejection procedures section of the T-2 aircraft NATOPS manual to assess the effectiveness of new techniques to remedy these defects in presenting this type of Technical Information. Specific objectives were to 1 Reformat the ejection section of the T-2 NATOPS manual to conform to state-of-the-art information-presentation techniques, 2 Compare the difference in performance between subjects using the current NATOPS manual and those using the reformatted materials, 3 Recommend to the naval Air Systems Command a course of action based on the results of the evaluation. The results of the evaluation showed that the groups using the reformatted NATOPS materials outscored the groups using the current NATOPS materials in the content areas of Ejection Envelope Assessment, Ejection Procedures, Post-Egress procedures, and Equipment Location. Improvement was greatest in the Envelope Assessment area.

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