CNATRAINST 1542.155A CH-2
1 December 2004
1. General. Initial instruction should focus on determining the
instructional approach best suited for each student's problem
areas so that mission profiles can be flown to correct deficient
areas. Although the maneuver item file (MIF) does not require
consistent student proficiency on the more complicated maneuvers
until the instructional unit prior to check ride, students must
show continued improvement as they progress in training.
Regardless of the end-of-unit MIF requirements, overall mission
grades must reflect the student's progress toward meeting
2. Pattern Training. Utilize the overhead/break traffic pattern
as much as possible for pattern training.
3. Navigation. When possible, home and auxiliary field
departures and recoveries should be visual with the assistance of
the local area map. Weather may require using navigational aids
in place of visual navigation.
4. Seating. Students shall occupy the front seat for all
sorties in the stage, except the Night Contact sortie. Students
shall occupy the rear seat during C4101, Night Contact.
5. Matrices. The following matrix is an overview of the entire
Contact Stage. The purpose of this matrix is to provide the
student and IP the easiest way to track progress, regression, and
overall status in relation to the MIF. In addition, there is a
single matrix following each block description throughout this
Check Ride Event
CTS REF "N" = NATOPS
CONTACT STAGE MANEUVER ITEM FILE
3+ 4+ 4+ 4+
4+ 4+ 4+
3+ 3+ 3+
MIF continued on next page.