A Study of USN Aircrew Attitudes Regarding Technology's Ability to Replace the Naval Flight Officer on Typical Combat Missions Carrier Based Aircraft are Tasked to Perform
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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This study analyzed survey responses of 290 Navy pilots and Naval flight officers NFOs regarding their perceptions of technologys ability to replace the NFO in typical combat missions carrier-based aircraft are tasked to perform. The study is a follow-on to a similar USAF effort conducted with pilots. The objective of this study is to provide operator input to the critical crew complement issue. These missions vary significantly in complexity and in demands placed on the aircrew. The survey instrument and analysis methods were designed to detect and evaluate these differences. The USAF study concluded that-the perception of a requirement for additional crewmembers varied with mission and type aircraft flown. The USN aircrew analysis indicates perceptions also vary in both of these categories. There is evidence to suggest that technology is making gains with regard to aircrew workload in certain mission areas. On the other hand, there are also areas where an additional crewmember is considered a requirement. This study will examine each of these mission areas in both a current and future technology context. From this examination a relative ranking of NFO contribution in all of the mission areas analyzed is provided. Aircrew, Naval flight officer, Pilots, Technology.
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