Criteria for combat readiness of combat pilots.
Neil, Douglas E.
Hutchins, Charles Willis Jr.
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Military aircraft missions are all multidimensional in nature. This means that every mission can be divided into usually one overall goal or purpose (i.e., destroy the target, deliver the supplies, rescue the survivors, etc.), with several subgoals (safety, minimize susceptibility, timeliness, etc.). Since missions are multidimensional, the operator effort in the form of mental and physical action (performance) becomes multidimensional. The multidimentional nature of skilled aircrew performance, in turn, reguires that several criteria, all of which are relevant for a particular activity, be defined and used [ Ref• 1 ]. The unique situation of an aircrew flying an aircraft for a specific mission and the necessary determination of subcriteria for evaluating accomplishment of that mission requires further research of an analytical and empirical nature. The relationship among altitute, airspreed, operator activity, and the hundreds of other system variables that comprise the total system must be compared to mission success in quantifiable terms. This study is an effort to improve acquisition of training performance information in affortable ways on behalf of the Hellenic Air Force (HAF) . Thus, it is divided in: (1) The principles of human performance, (2) Definition of the criteria and their measurement, (3) Systematic definition of performance measure appropriate to combat- training needs, (4) Definition of a cost effective measurement system usable in combat-crew training environments to acquire and process needed training information. The method that was used was a search of the available materials found in the NPS library. Most of the data found was based on DSAF studies.
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