Simulation and Training for Aircraft Carrier Landings,
CANYON RESEARCH GROUP INC ORLANDO FL
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The Visual Technology Research Simulator VTRS at the Naval Training Equipment Center was used to study the effects of six factors on carrier-landing training. An in-simulator transfer design was chosen, in which students were trained under various conditions, and then tested under a standard condition that represented maximum realism. The experimental design permitted a relatively large number of variables to be studied, using a relatively small number of studnet subjects. The subjects were pilots who had no prior carrier-landing experience 16 recent graduates of Air Force T-38 training, and 16 highly experienced Navy P-3 pilots. Factors investigated were field-of-view, scene detail, platform, motion, descent-rate cuing and training task straight-in approaches vs. circling approaches. Turbulence was included as a factor and pilot type Navy P-3 vs. Air Force T-38 was also included as a factor to control this source of subject variability. Results showed that the simulator and training factors generally produced either small differences or no differences at all in transfer effectiveness.