AN EXPERIMENTAL ASSESSMENT OF A GROUND PILOT TRAINER IN GENERAL AVIATION.
OHIO STATE UNIV COLUMBUS DEPT OF AVIATION
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Three groups of subjects were trained to private pilot proficiency. Each group used a ground pilot trainer in a specified manner in an effort to determine how many hours of ground pilot trainer time can be substituted for aircraft dual instruction. Results of training time required were compared between groups and to a fourth control group not using a trainer. The group that used the trainer the greatest amount before going to the aircraft had significantly less time at private pilot certification and solo. The primary cause for the significant success is attributed to the instructors influence rather than trainer usage, however. When groups were compared by their total flight time added to ground pilot trainer time or observer the fourth control group had the least total time in training. Results are considered to be inconclusive. Ten pilots were also trained to instrument pilot proficiency using a ground pilot trainer in an effort to determine the minimum number of flight hours required to reach certification standards. Author
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