Accession Number : ADP000204

Title :   Simulation and Training for Aircraft Carrier Landings,


Personal Author(s) : Westra,Daniel P.

Report Date : 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : 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.

Descriptors :   *Flight simulation, *Flight training, *Carrier landings, Flight simulators, Visual aids, Pilots, Transfer of training, Line of sight, Visual perception, Platforms, Motion, Descent, Rates, Cues(Stimuli), Turbulence, Naval training, Performance(Human)

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE