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Date of Award
Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science in Human Factors & Systems
Human Factors and Systems
Elizabeth Blickensderfer, Ph.D.
Shawn Doherty, Ph.D.
Dan Macchiarella, Ph.D.
PC-based flight simulators are sometimes used as an alternative to traditional forms of instrument training. This type of training typically requires an instructor to be present with the student in order to facilitate training. Flight instructors play many important roles in aviation training, one of which is the role of mentor. The premise of this study was to examine the use of synchronous web-based instruction for instrument flight via Microsoft Flight Simulator’s (10.0) “shared-cockpit” feature, where the instructors serves as a mentor from a distance. The results indicate that web-based instruction is no more effective than practice without instruction. Although additional research is needed, the results are not encouraging for students looking to practice a specific instrument task that may not require instruction.
Scholarly Commons Citation
Mendolia, Andrew S., "Distance Learning for Instrument Flight: Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Virtual Mentor" (2007). Theses - Daytona Beach. 144.