EVALUATION OF THE SCHOOL LINK AS AN AID IN TEACHING GROUND REFERENCE MANEUVERS.
ILLINOIS UNIV URBANA DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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The study was designed to determine what problems are involved in teaching certain ground reference flight maneuvers in the School Link flight trainer and to evaluate the effects of such training upon the performance of student pilots in light aircraft. The ground reference maneuvers studied were normal landings, forced landings, and pylon eights. Two problems were clearly indicated by this experiment the need for more reliable methods of recording performance in both the aircraft and the Link trainer, and the need for matching closely the subjects assigned to the experimental group receiving Link training and the control group not receiving such training. Recommendations are made for the design of further experiments on training in the area of ground reference flight maneuvers. Instructional techniques for utilizing synthetic contact flight trainers, methods of equating groups, methods of recording performance in the aircraft, and the importance of determining the reliability of the performance record are presented and discussed. Author