Subjective fidelity assessment of rotorcraft training simulators

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Proceedings title68th American Helicopter Society international annual forum 2012 : Fort Worth, Texas, USA, 1-3 May 2012.
ConferenceAmerican Helicopter Society 68th Annual Forum, May 1-3, 2012, Fort Worth, TX, USA
Pages21182133; # of pages: 16
SubjectLevel-1; Potential applications; Qualification standards; Simulation fidelity; Subjective assessments; Task strategy; Training simulator; Transport delay; Helicopter rotors; Helicopters; Rotors; Simulators
AbstractThis paper describes the potential applications of a Simulation Fidelity Rating (SFR) scale, to support the subjective assessment of rotorcraft training simulators. In this paper, the SFR scale has been used to examine pilot sensitivity and subsequent task strategy adaptation to simulator transport delay variations in the Precision Hover manoeuvre. The current FAA AC 120-63 and JAR-FSTD H simulator qualification standards requires a transport delay of no more than 100ms to meet the most stringent Level D criteria. The study has highlighted that the majority of the evaluation pilots indicated that transport delays of this order would compromise the utility of the simulator to provide training for the Precision Hover manoeuvre. For an additional 100ms transport delay, the pilot's SFRs ranged from Level 1 fidelity (simulation fit for purpose) to Level 3 fidelity (simulation not fit for purpose). The factors influencing the SFRs awarded, and their impact on the application of the SFR scale, are discussed in this paper. The methodology detailed in this paper has potential for more objective quantification of the utility of rotorcraft training simulators. Copyright ©2012 by the American Helicopter Society Inc. All rights reserved.
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AffiliationAerospace; National Research Council Canada
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