Low-Cost Avionics Simulation for Aircrew Training.
Interim rept. Jan 84-Jun 85,
AIR FORCE HUMAN RESOURCES LAB BROOKS AFB TX
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This report documents the evaluation of a low-cost microcomputer based avionics system trainer as a substitute for aircraft-based training. The training was provided to C-141 pilots to train them to perform several procedural tasks associated with the operation of the Fuel Savings Advisory System FSAS. This system is being retrofitted on C-141 and C5A aircraft. Operational aircrews must be trained to operate the FSAS in order to be mission qualified. This report documents an experiment in which trainees learned to operate the FSAS, either in the aircraft or via the low-cost alternative. Results showed both groups required the same amount of training time to learn to perform the tasks. Thus, the low-cost alternative was shown to be an effective substitute for the aircraft for training the FSAS tasks. A cost analysis comparing the two training methods shows the low-cost trainer is capable of avoiding more than 8 million dollars in training costs if it is employed to train current C-141 and C-5A aircrews int he FSAS tasks. Keywords Computer aided instruction.
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