Optimizing Simulator-Aircraft Mix for U.S. Army Initial Entry Rotary Wing Training
Final rept. for Mar 98-Mar 99
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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Early fixed wing research demonstrated that potential cost and training benefits could be derived from simulation-augmented primary flight training. Unfortunately, more recent research in this area has been the exception, not the rule. This is especially true in the case of rotary wing helicopter aircrew training research. The present report reviewed the research literature on military aviation transfer of training TOT research, and examined the current U.S. Army Initial Entry Rotary Wing IERW Program of Instruction. An in-depth review was also conducted on the recent IERW simulation research performed by the Army Research Institute ARI Rotary Wing Aviation Research Unit RWARU. Review of the IERW TOT research showed that a combination of synthetic flight simulation and criterion-based training had the potential for saving training time and costs in the aircraft. Adaptive training aids such as the ARI RWARU Intelligent Flight Trainer, also showed promise. A research program, focusing on revising the current IERW program to optimize the use of simulation, was proposed. This program would include a criterion-based instructional strategies, b low cost simulation, and c investigation of different combinations of simulator vs. aircraft training events, in order to determine the optimal simulatoraircraft training mix.
- Military Aircraft Operations
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations