ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
Thirty-five Army rotary wing aviators with varying levels of flight experience were tested in a series of three field experiments during which they flew simulated operational missions in a UH-1H aircraft to determine their proficiency in Nap-of-the-Earth NOE navigation. The mission was to navigate a specified route starting from an initial point IP and identify all landing zones LZ while staying within 250 meters of the course line. Those pilots given additional terrain analysis training, as part of the study, performed their missions more effectively, than the group which did not receive this training. Pilots with greater flight experience performed slightly less effectively than pilots who were less experienced but were recent graduates of the Aviation School. Based on the results of this study, improvements in work methods and training are suggested.