Simulators in Aviation Maintenance Training: A Delphi Study.
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NAVAL AIR DEVELOPMENT CENTER WARMINSTER PA AIRCRAFT AND CREW SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY DIRECTORATE
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This study gathered expert opinion on the use of simulators for training aviation maintenance technicians. Following the Delphi technique, three successive questionnaires were administered to 60 experts. The questionnaires asked what information an administrator needed to decide between simulators and real equipment for training at a Naval Maintenance Training Detachment. Included under information requirements were the areas of course content, economics, life-cycles, repairs, students and instructors. Suggested sources of information were considered. Additionally, the experts rated the feasibility, training effectiveness, and cost effectiveness of simulators for maintenance training for nine aircraft systems. The questionnaire data were analyzed separately for Navy and Marine maintenance instructors n 26 and for all the other experts professors, manufacturers, researchers, administrators combined n 34. Although both groups agreed with each other in most areas, a few differences that may have significant practical applications were uncovered. The data should interest those associated with simulators used for training. Author
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