Flight Simulator Training: Assessing the Potential

Mental workload is an important concept and has been proven to be a precursor to situation awareness and operative performance. This thesis describes methods to measure mental workload through self-ratings and psychophysiological measurements. Similarities and differences in psychophysiological reactions and rated mental workload between simulated and real flights are described. The consequences of such similarities and differences are discussed and its possible effect on training potential.A number of empirical studies are presented. They describe the experience and the psychophysiological reactions of pilots flying in a simulator and in real flight…


Assessing Training Potential
Mental workload
Measurements of mental workload
Adaptive aiding
Methodological Considerations
Reliability of measures
Validity of measures
Improving the reliability and validity
Capturing the dynamics
Dealing with individual differences
Normalizing data
The Studies
Study I: Psychophysiological reactions in air-to-ground missions
Study II: Mental workload and psychophysiological reactions
Study III: Comparing two recorders
Study IV: Psychophysiological reactions in a civil flight school
Study V: Psychophysiological reactions during aerobatics
Study VI: Embedded training tools
Summary of Results
Challenges for Human Factors methods
Future of flight simulator training

Author: Magnusson Nählinder, Staffan

Source: Linköping University

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