Comparative Analysis of Part-Task Trainers for U. S. Army Helicopter Maintenance Training
ALLEN CORP OF AMERICA ALEXANDRIA VA
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A series of 28 actual equipment trainers, systems trainers and panel devices currently used in U. S. Army helicopter maintenance training were analyzed to develop recommendations for device improvement through modification, augmentation or substitution. The analysis included on-site interviews of helicopter maintenance instructors, examination of helicopter mishap data related to maintenance error and a review of the state of the art in training technology. To synthesize the information obtained, a generic classification scheme for training devices was developed and individual profiles of devices were prepared using 21 operationally defined criteria. It was concluded that substantial cost-training benefits could be achieved through propitious use of programmable simulation systems that employ microprocessor technology, modular construction and flexibility in display capability. Specific recommendations were made accordingly.
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