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Aircrew Training Devices: Utility and Utilization of Advanced Instructional Features. Phase 4. Summary Report.

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Final rept. Oct 84-Mar 87,

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An aircrew training device is not merely a flight simulator. It is also equipped with sophisticated hardware and software capabilities, known as advanced instructional features, that permit a simulator instructor to control, monitor, and create simulator training missions. This report summarizes a three-phase project designed to determine the utility and utilization of AIFs based on a survey of simulator instructors from the Air Force Major Commands. Phase I surveyed 134 instructor pilots and weapon director instructors assigned to principal Tactical Air Command TAC ATD training sites. Phase II surveyed 273 instructor pilots, flight engineers, and radarnavigators from Air Training Command ATC, Military Airlift Command MAC, and Strategic Air Command SAC. Phase III extended the survey to 155 electronic warfare and aerial gunnery instructors from ATC, SAC, and TAC training facilities. The results indicated that the level of AIF use was affected somewhat by hardware and software unreliability, implementation time, functional limitations, and design deficiencies. However, the perceived training value of a feature was the most important determinant of its use. In addition, it was recommended that the training of simulator instructors be improved. Training should include not only how to use AIFs but how to use them effectively. Guidelines need to be specified for the effective use of AIFs. It is not sufficient to know how to use a feature when to use it must also be known. Also, AIFs need to be made more reliable and user-friendly.

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  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

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