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Development of Generic Aircrew Measures of Performance for Distributed Mission Training

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Advances in technology have made simulation and, latterly, distributed mission simulation valuable additions to the training of aircrew. Simulation is widely accepted by the aviation community and much research exists to show the benefits and most profitable applications of simulation. Distributed mission training represents an enhancement to simulation although at this point it is unproven exactly what training objectives should be associated with it and what additional benefits will accrue when compared to traditional simulation or flying training. This project developed generic measures of performance for application to distributed mission training exercises. The application of these measures of performance will allow training organisations to make valid statements about the benefits of distributed mission training and informed decisions to be made regarding which training objectives to address through the use of distributed mission training. Humansystems Incorporatedregistered tradename were tasked with reviewing literature provided by DRDC Toronto in order to identify potential measures of performance. In particular, the Scientific Authority was interested in measures of mission planning, mission execution, mission debriefing, situation awareness and the change in aircrew knowledge structures, as relevant to distributed mission training. A measurement model has been developed that includes a conceptual outline of a CF-18 mission, a behavioural hierarchy composed of domains, categories and specific behaviours, and a range of associated rating scales and objective measures. Additionally, a trial plan for the application of one particular measure Pathfinder -- description and measurement of knowledge structures has been developed.

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  • Military Aircraft Operations
  • Training Aircraft
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

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