Evaluation of T-37 IFS Syllabi in the ASPT.
Final rept. Mar 76-Jul 77,
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Two syllabi were developed for potential use in the T-37 phase of undergraduate pilot training UPT, when the Air Training Commands ATC Instrument Flight Simulator IFS become operational. These syllabi were designed to maximize the use of proven instructional strategies with state-of-the-art simulators the goal was to demonstrate that such a program would permit using only one aircraft check ride for validation of instrument skill learning. Four UPT students from Class 77-03 were trained using the first syllabus and four students from Class 77-05 were trained using the second syllabus. The remaining students in each of the respective classes, trained using the current ATC syllabus, were used as control groups. The Advanced Simulator for Pilot Training ASPT, modified to simulate IFS capabilities as closely as possible, was used as the test vehicle. Comparisons were made between average training times required by the experimental groups progressed on a proficiency basis and average training times required by the remainder of the UPT classes, using the conventional syllabus. Average check ride scores were compared for all groups. Training effectiveness ratios were computed by training category for each of the two syllabi tested. Using these syllabi, which maximized the use of available devices T-4 trainers and the ASPT as modified to approximate the IFS, it was demonstrated that most of the instrument training currently accomplished using T-37 aircraft can be accomplished in the IFS with no degradation in pilot output quality an average of 2.4 aircraft hours was required for experimental subjects, as compared with 15.8 aircraft hours currently used.
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