ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
Nap-of-the-earth NOE flight training is receiving increasing attention from Army aviation as a way to meet the threat of sophisticated antiaircraft weapons. Of the specialized skills required for NOE flying, geographic orientation and navigation skills predominate. To meet these demands, the Map interpretation and Terrain Analysis Course MITAC was developed. This report assesses a training device -- an 8mm projector, the Beseler CueSee -- for use in the MITAC. Twenty-Two student navigators traced filmed NOE flight routes on corresponding tactical maps. Half of the students viewed the films on the Beseler CueSee and half viewed the films on the 16mm projector used for MITAC training. The dependent measure for both groups of students was total meters deviation of the routes they traced from the actual flight routes. No significant difference in performance was found between the two groups. It was concluded that the Beseler CueSee would be as effective a training device as the 16mm projector and should be substituted for the projector in MITAC training. Use of the Beseler CueSee would take advantage of its convenience and its availability in many installations where initiation of MITAC training is expected.