Accession Number : ADA320487

Title :   Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training: Producing Better Trained Pilots for Air Mobility Command.

Descriptive Note : MAster's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Lude, Carl A.

PDF Url : ADA320487

Report Date : NOV 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 108

Abstract : Air Education and Training Command's acquisition of the T-IA marked the return to specialized undergraduate pilot training (SUPT), once used prior to 1959. Currently, three pilot training bases have completed the transition to the SUPT. All studies leading to SUPT cited cost and improved training quality as major factors in the decision to implement the SUPT concept. While cost figures can be analyzed at any time, the opportunity to evaluate differences between undergraduate pilot training (UPT) and SUPT based on instructor pilot expertise and experience is limited. This study examines the training quality improvements of SUPT as compared to UPT. It begins with an analysis of the two different training syllabi. It then examines two additional questionnaires to develop a unique survey targeted at drawing expert opinions about the differences in training quality of SUPT and UPT graduates. The results of this study verify the projected quality improvements of earlier studies and can be used as a benchmark for future improvements to the SUPT program. Future improvements include evaluating follow-on training and modifying this training to enhance both cost and training benefits of the new SUPT system. This study can provide the foundation necessary to target these future changes.

Descriptors :   *PILOTS, *AIR FORCE TRAINING, ACQUISITION, EDUCATION, COSTS, QUALITY, INSTRUCTORS, BENEFITS, QUESTIONNAIRES, AIRMOBILE OPERATIONS, GRADUATES.

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE