Air traffic control in airline pilot simulator training and evaluation

Air traffic control in airline pilot simulator training and evaluation

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    Air Traffic Control Quarterly
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    NTL-AVIATION-Air Traffic Control ; NTL-AVIATION-Aviation Human Factors ; NTL-AVIATION-Aviation Safety/Airworthiness ; NTL-SAFETY AND SECURITY-Aviation Safety/Airworthiness ; NTL-SAFETY AND SECURITY-Human Factors ;
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    Much airline pilot training and checking occurs entirely in the simulator, and the first time a pilot flies a particular airplane, it may carry passengers. Simulator qualification standards, however, focus on the simulation of the airplane without reference to the air traffic environment. This paper describes research examining the question of whether simulator pilot training and evaluation would benefit from improved simulation of radio communications. First, existing radio communication simulation practices were investigated. Second, opinions from instructors/evaluators were solicited. Third, the pertinent literature was reviewed. Fourth, the effectiveness of current practices was evaluated by surveying the Aviation Safety Reporting System. Finally, recent efforts to improve radio communication simulation were examined. The paper concludes that there is much evidence that increasing the realism of radio communications would improve simulator training and evaluation of airline pilots, but that finding effective ways to do so will depend on collaboration of government, industry, military and academia.
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