The Use of Advanced Simulator Technology in Aviation Education

S. Thatcher (Australia)


Aviation Education, Aircraft Simulator, Flight Training, Artificial Intelligence, Pattern Matching, Human Factors


There is general consensus that air travel in modern turbo jet aircraft is the safest mode of transport. However, of the few accidents that do occur some 70% have human error as a primary causal factor. Of these 70%, a large proportion are due to flight crew error. Further, flight crew error had been found to be more likely the result of failure in team communication and coordination than failure in technical flight proficiency. Traditional pedagogical approaches to pilot education have achieved a high level of technical flight proficiency and as a consequence have remained relatively unchanged and unchallenged. However, in the multi-crew cockpit environment it is no longer sufficient for an indi vidual to be technically competent, it is also necessary for an individual to be able to function efficiently and effec tively in a team environment. This paper will discuss the use of advanced simulator technology in aviation educa tion at University of South Australia. This technology is used to enhance learning in both the technical and attitudi nal domains of aviation education.

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