Absorbing and Developing Qualified Fighter Pilots: The Role of the Advanced Simulator

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  • Copyright: 2007-09-16
  • Publisher: RAND Corporation
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What qualifications determine whether a fighter pilot is experienced? Surveys of expert pilots revealed that, while flying time is an element of the experience needed for both combat and staff jobs, other things are also important. The Air Force needs to measure and credit different types of experience-including time spent in advanced simulator systems-when revising its definitions of pilot experience.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
The Role of the Operational Training Environmentp. 3
Training Basicsp. 4
Demands That Can Degrade Training Qualityp. 5
Contingency Operationsp. 5
Requirements for Adversary Aircraftp. 6
Historical Fluctuations in the Effectiveness of the Training Environmentp. 7
The Role of RDTMp. 7
Aircraft Utilization and Training Quantityp. 9
Additional Training Environment Improvementsp. 10
Post-Gulf War Training Environmentp. 12
Experience and Qualificationsp. 14
What Does This Mean?p. 15
The Production of New Pilots and Overmanning Issuesp. 17
High-Fidelity Simulators with Mission Training Centersp. 21
The Potential Benefits of DMO-Capable Systemsp. 24
Shortcomings of Simulator Systemsp. 28
Inherent Lack of Fidelityp. 28
Airmanshipp. 29
The Role of DMO-Capable Simulators in Operational Fighter Unitsp. 32
Additional Concerns and Caveatsp. 33
Fundingp. 33
Scheduling and Supervisionp. 34
Impending Issuesp. 35
Experience and Development Surveysp. 37
The F-15 Surveyp. 38
Goalsp. 38
The Surveyp. 39
The Respondent Poolp. 39
Methodsp. 39
Findings from the F-15 Surveyp. 42
Readiness for a Staff Positionp. 42
Readiness for Combatp. 45
Type of Training and Experiencep. 49
Optimal and Minimal Training Sortiesp. 50
Insights into the Meaning of Pilot Experiencep. 52
Conclusions and Recommendationsp. 55
What Is Experience?p. 56
Developing Qualified Pilotsp. 57
Survey results from F-16 Pilots at Hill AFBp. 59
Referencesp. 67
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