ERIC Number: ED101143
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Aug-30
Reference Count: 0
Effect of a Predictor Instrument on Learning to Land a Simulated Jet Trainer. Final Report.
Smith, Russell L.; And Others
The study investigates the potential utility of a predictor instrument in the training of manual control operators in aircraft simulators. Various predictor display design configurations were presented to subjects during training trials on an aircraft approach to landing task. Subsequently, subjects were tested on trials devoid of the predictor instrument to determine transfer effects. Each of the predictor display configurations was contrasted with a control or baseline display which did not include the predictor. Results of the study indicated that transfer from a predictor to a nonpredictor display was dramatic; learning was greatly accelerated, and the difference between predictor trained and nonpredictor trained subjects appeared permanent, in view of a rather stable asymptotes observed during the last 24 test trials. It was concluded that the predictor display accelerated learning through its ability to provide immediate feedback to operators regarding the unique response of the system to control actions. Such feedback enabled operators to learn the complex dynamics of the vehicle much more rapidly than was possible without it. Implications for use of the predictor instrument in wide variety of operational and training applications are discussed. Appended materials include a bibliography, a report on exploratory research, computer simulations, and subject instructions. (Author/BP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: Dunlap and Associates, Inc., Inglewood, CA. Western Div.