Absorbing and Developing Qualified Fighter Pilots. The Role by Richard S. Marken,Clarence R. Anderegg, et al.The RAND

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Further, it is important to understand whether pilots consider the types of experience available from MTC facilities to be equivalent to those in the aircraft. It is also important to understand whether current RDTM measures of experience are still valid, both for unit measures of effectiveness and for an individual pilot’s readiness for varying positions of 20 Absorbing and Developing Qualified Fighter Pilots responsibility. 19 We address these issues in the next two chapters. 19 The Air Force has recently implemented an officer development system that requires officers to receive periodic review and feedback from an appropriate development team that includes senior-level members.

Upgrading pilots and those with little experience require exactly the same amount of supervision from flight leads and instructor pilots on MTC missions as they would require on a live sortie with a similar training profile. Therefore, high-fidelity simulators do not create additional training time in a pilot’s day, even though they can make it possible to use the time more efficiently. These simulators do provide extremely useful training resources that can be coordinated with pilots’ live training schedules and significantly enhance their development of additional skills and qualifications.

Since F-15s and F-16s flying peacetime missions were configured differently from wartime missions, researchers at Armstrong Laboratories found that “negative” training was occurring in the air that could be overcome with early design of simulators with a full-fidelity cockpit. High-Fidelity Simulators with Mission Training Centers 29 Another well-known limitation in simulator fidelity affects the skills required to visually acquire and identify airborne targets and ground references. The computer graphics and visual display systems associated with simulator systems are continually improving, but they still lack lifelike resolution.

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