Pilots Needed For Flight-Training Study

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Plenty of student pilots and instructors have spent hours of ground time amusing themselves with flight simulator software, but the programs are not generally used as actual training aids. But some researchers at Middle Tennessee State University are working on a study to evaluate the effectiveness of Microsoft Flight Simulator in private pilot training. One of the researchers on that project, Wendy Beckman, began to wonder if the software might also have an effect on students working toward their instrument rating. So she designed an online survey, with just 12 questions, and is inviting instrument-rated pilots to log on and participate. The survey takes only a few minutes to complete, and your input will help Beckman to complete her analysis. "The point of the whole exercise is just to determine if there is some usefulness to the software for pilots," she told AVweb. There are lots of opinions about that, she said, "but it would be nice to have some data." Pilots can participate whether or not they have ever used the program, or if they used it during their training or later to maintain proficiency. Participants are anonymous, and no identifying information is collected.