Accession Number : ADA328922

Title :   The Relationship Between Training and Unit Performance for Naval Patrol Aircraft - Revised.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Sep 92-Dec 96,

Corporate Author : INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s) : Hammon, Colin P. ; Horowitz, Stanley A.

PDF Url : ADA328922

Report Date : DEC 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 37

Abstract : This report develops quantitative relationships between how much air crews train and how well they perform important aspects of their missions. It examines the performance of Navy Patrol air crews in the P-3 aircraft. The performance data were derived from graded torpedo exercises flown on an instrumented range. The crew must detect, classify, track, and successfully launch an exercise torpedo to qualify in the exercise. The P-3 carries a multi-person crew, including a pilot, tactical coordinator (both officers), and enlisted sensor operators. We gathered data covering both the long-term and short-term training experience of crew members and considered training both in the aircraft and in simulators. Statistical analyses were performed to estimate relationships between training and performance. The analyses showed both short- and long-term positive effects of flying hours on air crew performance. Long-term experience was more important. Although data on long-term simulator use were not available, recent simulator experience was found to be particularly cost- effective.

Descriptors :   *FLIGHT CREWS, *FLIGHT TRAINING, *PATROL AIRCRAFT, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, DETECTION, COST EFFECTIVENESS, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), STATISTICAL ANALYSIS, RETENTION(PSYCHOLOGY), NAVAL TRAINING, TORPEDO LAUNCHERS.

Subject Categories : Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft
      Psychology
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE