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TRAINING: HOW IMPORTANT IS MOTION?
Flight simulation is a part of
nearly every pilot's curriculum, whether he or she is just starting out,
staying current, or landing a type rating. But the type of simulation
and its benefits (especially when it comes to motion) is often the
subject of controversy -- maybe for good reason. Use of simulation is
the result of a simple equation that offers safety, economic, and
educational benefits. Simulator training often affords flight students a
wider range of learning scenarios without risk to persons or property
and without burning fuel. As the range of available simulators grows,
students are presented with more options, offering a wider range of
features -- at a wider range of price points. But when it comes to the
motion of an aircraft, a number of studies and experiments suggest cost
may matter less than you might think. And, if it does matter, a recent
comprehensive study suggests the extent of motion training's benefits
may depend on the level of experience you have and the type of training
A prime indicator of the efficacy of simulator training
is a measure known as "transfer of training." Essentially, this is the
ability of a subject to accurately and easily transfer into a real
aircraft the skills learned in a simulator. Intuition might suggest the
most realistic simulators should produce the best results regarding
transfer of training. That includes perceptually critical similarities;
the color of the interior isn't as important as its shape or the
location of its yoke and radios. Motion, however, is more complex.
Reproducing an aircraft's actual motions in reality is practically
impossible. And accurately simulating realistic motion is complicated
(read expensive). In the real world, we care about results.
Unfortunately, when comparing the benefits of full-motion simulators
with those capable of less motion (and, in some cases, no motion at
all), the results are similarly complicated.
As one study puts it,
when it comes to motion, "numerous other moderator variables might
influence its effectiveness, including the presence and quality of the
visual display, temporal synchronization between motion and visuals, the
quality of auditory cues, the vehicle dynamics model and type of
aircraft, degrees of freedom of the motion system, duration and type of
training, measurement equipment used, and the motion drive algorithm."
In other words, motion isn't the only game in town. Some studies suggest
there are training scenarios in which actual motion may not matter at
SCHEDULE NOT KEPT
A must-be-there business meeting
enticed two pilots to launch into weather they couldn't handle; with
An old and often-used justification for
owning a light General Aviation aircraft is the ability to bypass the
automobile and the airlines in order to spend valuable time in a more
productive manner. This rationalization focuses on the time savings
created by flying oneself.
Thus, according to the reasoning, it is
possible to easily meet with clients in distant cities and be home for
dinner. And as pilots, we also know it's always more fun to fly
ourselves than it is to drive or to sit in the back of a crowded
OF THE MONTH: FRANK DORRIN'S PIPER PA-30 TWIN COMANCHE
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replaced the Apache with the Twin Comanche in the early 1960s, the idea
was to create "everyman's twin" with the relative safety of a twin but
with approachable sticker price and operation costs of a big single. The
persistence of loyalty to the peppy and comfy airplane is exemplified by
Frank Dorrin's devotion to his project plane. More...
CAFE EXPLORES ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT
The 7th Annual CAFE Electric
Aircraft Symposium is coming up in April. Dr. Brien Seeley,
president of the CAFE Foundation, talks with AVweb's Mary Grady
about the event and explains why he thinks electric propulsion will be a
transformative technology for general aviation.
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