Accession Number : ADA118391

Title :   Map Interpretation for Low-Altitude Flight: Evaluation of a Prototype Course.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVY PERSONNEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s) : Paulson,Daira

PDF Url : ADA118391

Report Date : Jun 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 19

Abstract : A two-part map interpretation and terrain analysis course (MITAC-II) was developed to improve the low-altitude visual orientation skills of fixed-wing pilots. Part 1, a lecture, explains and illustrates how real-world features are selected for map portrayal and how their visual significance is affected by low-altitude operations. Part 2 is composed of nine dynamic exercises designed to give practice, drill, and self-evaluation in the map interpretation principles presented in the lecture. An experimental evaluation of the course indicated that it provided a significant improvement in the location of tactical targets, but not in the identification of terrain targets. The latter finding may have been due to artifacts in the testing situation. Participants stated that low-altitude orientation skills were improved as a result of the course. It was recommended that the full MITAC-II course be implemented early in flight training. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Map reading, Naval personnel, Pilots, Flight, Low altitude, Target detection, Surface targets, Identification, Terrain, Perception(Psychology), Naval training

Subject Categories : Humanities and History

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE