Training Performance : Helicopter Aircrew And Test Engineers At Air Force Special Operations

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Helicopter aircrew and test engineers at Air Force Special Operations Command conducted an operational assessment of a device intended to enhance the real time situational awareness of helicopter pilots. The evaluation team was unable to determine if the system would improve pilot performance, although the pilots believed it might provide some eventually benefit to situational awareness (Bell & Grant, 2011). Although this study is useful in the investigation of tactile devices to improve pilot performance, here is no evidence the evaluation team included behavior science or educational experts. There is also no reason to believe the evaluation was designed to test and scientific hypothesis related to effectiveness of training devices. The significant sensory inputs of a motion platform simulation raise the prospect for other complications. This study confirms some the conclusion of some augmented realty study, that coordinated sensory input during learning has a distinguishable affect on performance of some tasks. It is important the sensory inputs be coordinated, as uncoordinated stimuli can lead to unpleasant consequences.
The motion of a simulator platform can cause a malady known as simulator sickness in some cases. The usual explanation for the sickness is cue conflict, where sensory cues from two or more sensory systems, including proprioceptive, visual and vestibular provide conflicting information (Stein & Robinski, 2012). The effects of uncoupled motion on
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