Accession Number : ADP001629

Title :   Effects of Practice on Pilot Response Behavior,

Corporate Author : BOLT BERANEK AND NEWMAN INC CAMBRIDGE MA

Personal Author(s) : Levison,William H.

Report Date : JAN 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 17

Abstract : This study is directed toward development of an analytic tool for the design of training procedures and for the evaluation of trainee performance in tasks relevant to aircraft flight management. Laboratory tracking data have been analyzed to determine changes in pilot-related parameters of the optimal control model that best correlate with practice effects. Data from two independent studies show that, with continued practice, subjects lower their remnant and increase their response gain. These effects can be accounted for primarily by a reduction of the observation noise/signal ratio and, to a lesser extent, by a reduction of the motor time constant. Preliminary analysis suggests that, in part, the apparent practice-related change in motor time constant may reflect a relative insensitivity of performance to piloting strategy early in training when pilot noise levels are high, rather than a change in response bandwidth capabilities. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Flight training, *Learning, *Performance(Human), Pilots, Teaching methods, Requirements, Parametric analysis, Man machine systems, Mathematical models, Control, Optimization, Sensitivity, Information processing, Trainees, Response, Errors, Delay, Reaction time

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE