U.S. Army Initial Entry Rotary-Wing Transfer of Training Research
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES FORT RUCKER AL ROTARY-WING AVIATION RESEARCH UNIT
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Early fixed-wing research demonstrated that potential cost and training benefits could be derived from simulation-augmented primary flight training. More recent research in this area has been the exception, not the rule. This is especially true for rotary-wing aircrew training research. Currently, the U.S. Army does not use simulation in the primary contact phase of initial entry rotary-wing IERW training. Research performed by the Army Research Institute showed that a combination of synthetic flight simulation and criterion-based training during the primary phase of IERW had the potential for saving training time and costs in the aircraft. This research was performed using a low-cost simulator based upon the UH-1 helicopter. In the 4 quasi-experiments reported, positive transfer effectiveness ratios TERs were observed for most flight maneuvers pretrained in the simulator student pilots in the simulator group required fewer iterations than control participants to reach proficiency on most flight maneuvers in the UH-1 training aircraft. As the visual display and flight modeling systems were upgraded, greater TERs were observed, and differences among groups tended to become significant.
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