Accession Number : ADA433541


Title :   The Effectiveness of T-6A Instrument Flying Training as Compared to T-37B Training


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIV OSAN AFB (KOREA) MOODY AIR FORCE BASE RESIDENT CENTER


Personal Author(s) : Murphey, Arthur N


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a433541.pdf


Report Date : Dec 2004


Pagination or Media Count : 52


Abstract : The purpose of this graduate research project was to examine the effectiveness of instrument flying training conducted in the T-6A compared to training in the T-37B to prepare student pilots for follow-on advanced trainer aircraft. The United States Air Force's newest primary trainer, the T-6A, has several technological advances over its predecessor, the T-37B. A general opinion exists among U. S. Air Force primary flying instructors and senior leadership that the T-6A is better equipped than the T-37B to prepare students for follow-on glass cockpits, and significant advances in cockpit technology suggest it might provide a better platform for instrument training. Data was collected for student grades achieved on T-38A advanced trainer instrument maneuvers at Laughlin Air Force Base, and was analyzed to compare performance of 39 prior T-6A students with 35 prior T-37B students. The overall mean of T-6A students' grades surpassed the T-37A students, and the T-6A students had higher average scores on a majority of maneuvers. However, there was no statistically significant difference between the groups. Among other conclusions, this suggests that digital glass cockpits do not necessarily offer better fundamental instrument training than older, analog designs.


Descriptors :   *FLIGHT TRAINING , *OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS , *INSTRUMENT FLIGHT , *TRAINING AIRCRAFT , TRAINING DEVICES , PILOTS , THESES , AIR FORCE PERSONNEL


Subject Categories : Military Aircraft Operations
      Training Aircraft


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE