Predictability of Pilot Performance from Simulated to Real Flight in the UH-60 (Black Hawk) Helicopter
ARMY AEROMEDICAL RESEARCH LAB FORT RUCKER AL
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Despite continued reliance on simulators during training, research, and pilot certification, the predictive relationship of data obtained from simulators and its relevance to the operational reality of flight remains inconclusive. If a pilot shows great proficiency in an aircraft simulator, perhaps the pilot will also exhibit similar levels of proficiency in the actual aircraft. The research presented in this report continues an almost thirty year attempt to establish pilot performance in an aircraft simulator as a valid predictor of anticipated performance in the corresponding aircraft. While a larger sample size may have strengthened the results of this study, it can be concluded that a significant lack of predictability in pilot performance exists from simulated to real flight in the UH-60 helicopter. These results follow and reinforce previous studies conducted in numerous airframes over the last 30 years.
- Military Aircraft Operations