Accession Number : AD1030450


Title :   Gaining Through Training: Pilot Proficiency in Modern Combat Aviation


Descriptive Note : Technical Report


Corporate Author : AIR UNIVERSITY,SCHOOL OF ADVANCED AIR AND SPACE STUDIES MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE United States


Personal Author(s) : Merrell,Trevor T


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1030450.pdf


Report Date : 01 Jun 2016


Pagination or Media Count : 101


Abstract : This study provides an analysis of how the US Air Force could improve MQ-9 pilots decision-making skills in combat. The work first outlines reasons why the RPA community struggles to produce consistently proficient pilots in dynamic combat scenarios. The author then utilizes a historical, qualitative, and conceptual analysis of The Air Mail Fiasco, Arc Light, and Instructional Systems Development in ICBM training to identify contextual parallels to operational training of modern combat aviators.In the 1930s, US Air Corps leadership incorporated short-term policy changes and long-term changes to training, including quantity of training and the use of simulators, to improve pilot proficiency.


Descriptors :   flight training , flight simulators , training devices , combat operations , training aircraft , navigation , drones , decision making , situational awareness , pilots , military history , air force , aerial warfare , army aviation


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE