Predicting Air Combat Maneuvering (ACM) Performance: Fleet Fighter ACM Readiness Program Grades as Performance Criteria.
Interim rept. 1986-1987
NAVAL AEROSPACE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB PENSACOLA FL
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A difficult aspect of predicting fleet pilot performance is acquiring meaningful and reliable, inflight criteria. Without such criteria, performance assessment is both theoretically and realistically impossible. This study was an attempt to predict Air Combat Maneuvering ACM performance using performance- based laboratory tests and to evaluate the VF-43 adversary squadrons grading of inflight ACM performance in the Fleet Fighter ACM Readiness Program at Naval Air Station Oceana. The purpose of the latter effort was to select convenient and reliable criteria for ACM performance assessment and use in the validation of the laboratory tests. In an initial evaluation Study I, F-4 pilots performed in Fleet Fighter ACM Readiness exercises and completed performance-based perceptual motor and multitask tests. Results indicated that dichotic listening test measures, obtained during multitask conditions, could be used to reliably predict ACM inflight criteria. Results of a larger sample of F-14 pilots Study II indicated that an overall ACM grade OAG assigned by VF-43 adversary personnel can be predicted reliably by an objective kill difference composite score and three subjective measures situational awareness, mutual support, and energy management. These four measures accounted for 78 of the variance with the OAG. A correlational analysis suggests that the VF-43 grading process is reliable and consistent.
- Military Aircraft Operations