Transfer of Training Effectiveness: A7E Night Carrier Landing Trainer (NCLT) Device 2F103.
Final rept. Jun 74-Feb 76,
DUNLAP AND ASSOCIATES INC LA JOLLA CALIF WESTERN DIV
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Two groups of Navy pilots who had no prior A7E experience were given differential training in a Night Carrier Landing Trainer NCLT to determine the transfer of training to actual night carrier qualification CQ landing. The groups were matched on flight experience, training grades and amount of training. NCLT training was found to transfer positively to night carrier landing performance. Statistically significant differences were found in objective measures of night Landing Performance Scores LPS and night boarding rate as well as night LSO scores. Transfer of training was more pronounced and effective for inexperienced Category 1 pilots who were direct from the training command than for experienced Category 1 pilots. Radar measures of final approach substantiated the night performance differences and indicated that NCLT trained pilots showed more precision in vertical flight control than the non-trainer pilots. Attrition rate was four percent for NCLT pilots compared to 30 percent for the no-trainer group. An extra 12 weeks training and 19 percent more flight time were required to qualify the attrites when they were recycled through CQ training. Implications for future training of carrier pilots and potential savings in training and flight time are discussed. Recommendations for other NCLT training research and changes in NCLT aircraft response dynamics and relative motion cues are also presented. Author
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