Aircraft-Simulator Transfer Problems.
Final rept. 1 Apr 72-30 April 74,
OHIO STATE UNIV COLUMBUS
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Five highly experienced instrument-rated pilots flew eight instrument landing system approaches while under the influence of a placebo, 100 mgms and 200 mgms of secobarbital for a total of twenty-four approaches. The aircraft used was highly instrumented to record their performance. The entire series of flights was replicated in a modern, similarly instrumented flight simulator. A comparison of the results indicate the simulator to be more sensitive to drug effects. Some learning effects were noted in the simulator flights indicating that skilled airplane pilots are not necessarily skilled simulator pilots as well. The arousal effects associated with actual flight apparently compensated for some portion of the drug effect leading one to the conclusion that there is still no adequate substitute for inflight studies.