The impact of integrating the Synthetic Automated Flight Training Environment with Virtual Air Traffic (SAFTE - VAT) into an FTD.
Although Flight Training Devices (FTDs) have been effective mediums for training, recommendations for enhancement in cognitive aspects of the simulated environment by integrating complex simulated airspace and levels of traffic in training scenarios led to the development of the Synthetic Automated Flight Training Environment with Virtual Air Traffic (SAFTE–VAT). This system has provided scenarios whereby student pilots interact with flight-training environments while communicating with virtual ATC. Twelve flight instructors participated in this evaluative study of SAFTE–VAT usability in FTD training. Results have indicated SAFTE–VAT is an effective tool with an overall positive perspective of users toward the system. Recommendations for the modification of the system before the next phase of SAFTE–VAT study have been included.
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Aircraft Manufacturing: What does the future hold ?
Today, the global economic problems are testing the strength of the aviation industry. These problems cause the forecast of commercial aircraft orders in year 2009 to be very uncertain. General aviation was the sector first hit by the financial crisis due to the lost of corporate profits as well as personal income. At the same time, Airbus and Boeing, whose backlogs are mostly from Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, are predicted to lose more than double their aircraft orders in 2009 due to the customers’ financial problem. Although the aircraft manufacturing business have been slow since last year, many analysts predict that the demand of commercial and general aviation aircraft will still be very high in the future.
This review used the latest data available from several aviation information sources to analyze the trend of commercial and general aviation aircraft manufacturing. The analysis includes the information on present and future players in aircraft manufacturers, the future of aircraft manufacturing and the challenge in aircraft manufacturing.
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Today’s PCATD allows users to create most of the scenarios required by SBT. From literature reviews, a PCATD did not aid in developing perceptual-motor skills required for manual flight training. However, a PCATD showed the promise of positive transfer effectiveness in flight procedure and instrument training when it was properly used. The author compared SBT’s procedure and instrument simulator lessons to the FAA’s task requirements list for PCATD and found that there were 11 possible SBT simulator sessions, where a PCATD could be fully applied.
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