ERIC Number: ED139984
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Some Factors Influencing Transfer of Simulator Training.
Caro, Paul W.
Studies of transfer of training may be used to determine whether simulator training improves pilot performance in an aircraft. Some approaches to determining simulator training effectiveness, such as surveys of pilot and instructor opinions, are not considered particularly reliable. Several other approaches have also been suggested. One factor influencing simulator training effectiveness is simulator design, including fidelity of simulation and design for training. Fidelity refers to the extent to which features of the aircraft and its environment duplicate their real world counterparts. Studies on the influence of such features as visual fidelity, motion fidelity, and handling characteristics are somewhat inconclusive. Design for training refers to the inclusion of features which facilitate training but which may bear no particular resemblance to features of the aircraft and environment being simulated. The sequencing of simulator and aircraft training and training program content are also influences. Past experience, aptitudes, skills, attitudes, and expectations of trainees and instructors represent potential influences on effectiveness of simulator training. Studies show that expectations for simulator training are usually fulfilled. (LMS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Human Resources Research Organization, Alexandria, VA.
Note: Paper presented at Third Flight Simulation Symposium of the Royal Aeronautical Society (London, England, April 1976)