Accession Number : ADA118862

Title :   Applications of Simulator Freeze to Carrier Glideslope Tracking Instruction.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 May 80-31 Aug 81,


Personal Author(s) : Hughes,R G ; Lintern,G ; Wightman,D C ; Brooks,R B ; Singleton,J

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Report Date : Jul 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 58

Abstract : Twenty-five experienced F-4 and F-16 Air Force pilots were instructed in carrier landings in the Visual Technology Research Simulator (VTRS). The training was conducted under three instructional conditions, two of which employed the simulator's 'freeze' feature. Additionally, two methods of defining errors for carrier glideslope tracking were examined. These experimental training techniques were compared to a conventional training approach where no 'freezes' were imposed during the training sequence. While pilots who were trained under the 'freeze' condition developed control strategies that distinguished them from pilots trained by Conventional measures, no differences were found between these groups on rate of extent of learning. In response to a post experimental questionnaire, pilots who were trained under 'freeze' conditions indicated that the simulator 'freeze' was frustrating and added to the overall difficulty of the task. These pilots further reported being more motivated to avoid the 'freeze' than to perform the task correctly during training. A probe technique was used to examine differential transfer in lieu of the more traditional transfer-of-training technique. Although this experimental use of the probe technique was a preliminary effort, it does appear to hold promise for transfer-of-training experiments of this type. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Flight simulators , *Flight training , *Pilots , *Performance(Human) , Teaching methods , Tracking , Skills , Carrier landings , Glide slope , Computer aided instruction , Display systems , Flight simulation , Computerized simulation , Stopping , Feedback , Learning , Transfer of training , Air Force personnel , Human factors engineering , Operational effectiveness

Subject Categories : Humanities and History

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE