Advanced Flight Simulator: Utilization in A-10 Conversion and Air-to-Surface Attack Training.
AIR FORCE HUMAN RESOURCES LAB BROOKS AFB TX
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The purposes of this research were to develop transition and surface attack simulator training programs for novice A-10 pilots and to determine simulator features and capabilities required for effective training in the air-to-surface AS mission. These goals were refined to four specific objectives development of a transition and surface attack syllabus generation of objective performance measurement algorithms determination of design requirements for instructor stations and assessment of the utility of advanced instructional features. These objectives were accomplished using A-10 Instructor Pilots and four classes of B course students who had recently completed Undergraduate Pilot Training and Fighter Lead-In-School. Each class received two blocks of instruction on the Advanced Simulator for Pilot Training ASPT. The first block consisted of 4 to 8 hours of conversion training with primary emphasis on traffic pattern work. The second block of training was composed of 4 to 7 hours of AS weapons delivery i.e., dive bombing and strafe. The key findings were 1 For the initial phases of weapons delivery training, the transfer of training from the ASPT to the A-10 is nearly 100 percent, therefore, in the early phases of AS training, one simulator mission can effectively replace one aircraft mission, thus allowing actual flying time to be transferred to other phases of training 2 Objective assessments of piloting and weapons delivery skills are highly useful in A-10 training 3 Improvements are needed in the display and controls at the A-10 instructor station. Author
- Attack and Fighter Aircraft
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