ERIC Number: ED112048
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: N/A
Simulator Motion as a Factor in Flight Simulator Training Effectiveness.
Jacobs, Robert S.
The document reviews the literature concerning the training effectiveness of flight simulators and describes an experiment in progress at the University of Illinois' Institute of Aviation which is an initial attempt to develop systematically the relationship between motion cue fidelity and resultant training effectiveness. The literature review discloses a dilemma: while the simulator does constitute a viable basic training aid, differences among pilots trained by various methods become statistically unreliable after pilots have gained a small amount of air experience; faulty control results when a pilot, trained in a simulator supplying highly correlated and accurate motion cues, comes to rely on the cues and attempts to fly an aircraft under instrument-referenced conditions which often produce misleading vestibular indications. The current experiment will produce quantitative data on which a simulator designer or user may base a rational choice of how much fidelity to include in his or her device, rather than allowing the budget to fix the level of realism. The research evidence to date suggests that the highest training effectiveness of a simulator may occur well below the cost levels of very high fidelity motion systems. (Author/AJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Savoy Aviation Research Lab.