A SYSTEM OF FLIGHT TRAINING QUALITY CONTROL AND ITS APPLICATION TO HELICOPTER TRAINING
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV ALEXANDRIA VA ALEXANDRIA United States
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In order to provide a system that would enable the Army to evaluate-objectively and continuously-the quality of its primary helicopter training, work was initiated on a quality control system to be applied to the flight training course at the U.S. Army Primary Helicopter School USAPHS, Camp Wolters, Tex. now Fort Wolters. This report describes the manner in which the concepts and principles of quality control were applied at the USAPHS. The quality control system herein described is characterized by 1 Comprehensive and consistent testing of students flight proficiency, 2 Accurate and equitable evaluation of the efficiency of training personnel, 3 A high degree of uniformity of flight-check procedures and scoring practices, and 4 Objective and detailed school standards by which individual students or classes may be evaluated. The Quality Control Program has been adopted by the USAPHS and has provided a satisfactory solution to the problems of monitoring the flight training of Army primary helicopter students. Formal quality control methods may be applied profitably to a great variety of training programs. The basic prerequisites to their successful application are 1 a clear, detailed statement of the objectives of the training pro gram and 2 the conscientious application of valid, reliable, and comprehensive proficiency measures reflecting the training objectives.