Mission Suitability Testing of an Aircraft Simulator
HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH ORGANIZATION ALEXANDRIA VA
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Device 2B24, the first subsystem of the U.S. Armys Synthetic Flight Training System SFTS, was evaluated to determine its suitability for cost- effectively accomplishing the instrument phase of Army rotary wing flight training and facilitating UH-1 transition training, aviator proficiency evaluation, standardization, and flight training quality control. The device, which simulates the UH-1 helicopter and an instrument flight environment, was designed for these training-related purposes. The three-phase mission suitability test involved examining the 2B24s advanced features in a training context, developing a new instrument training program for use with the device, and administering that training to 16 volunteer officers who had completed Army primary rotary wing training 100 hours but had no helicopter or instrument flight experience. Results confirmed the devices mission suitability regarding both cost per-student saving of over 4,000 and transfer of training instrument training concluded in an average of 6.5 flight hours, as opposed to 60 flight hours for students in the existing program. Findings also indicated that the standardization, evaluation, and quality control goals had been partially met, and that the devices design is such that their fuller achievement is likely in the future.
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