Accession Number:

ADA265053

Title:

A Survey of F-16 Squadron-Level Pilot Training in PACAF

Descriptive Note:

Final technical rept. May 1990-Sep 1991

Corporate Author:

ARMSTRONG LAB WILLIAMS AFB AZ AIRCREW TRAINING RESEARCH DIV

Report Date:

1993-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

47.0

Abstract:

Armstrong Laboratory studied operational squadron-level flying training to identify training requirements and shortfalls in operational squadrons and to determine areas where technology development could offer potential solutions. The approach followed a training needs assessment model in obtaining information from training managers and operational squadrons pilots. F-16 squadrons located in the Pacific Air Forces were chosen for study as the most likely population for generalizability of findings. About two-thirds of all pilots assigned to PACAF F-16 units participated in the data collection. Content areas investigated included flying, ancillary training, and professional military education, but the emphasis of the study was on flying training programs. Survey findings appear valuable as preliminary indicators for improved training technology applications. Major findings were as follows a Maintaining air combat proficiency is the most difficult single aspect of substaining mission readiness in three squadrons. b Multiforce, dissimilar aircraft air combat training was the primary area where more and better training is need. c Specialized training in certain skill areas including weapon systemsdelivery and electronic combat is needed. Specifically focused technology development could improve training in all of the above areas, with a view toward improving the integration of combat skills in the cockpit through advanced simulation capabilities. Technology emphasis at the squadron level would significantly offset effects anticipated from cuts in schoolhouse programs. Other findings are also presented

Subject Categories:

  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE