Date of Award

Spring 5-2022

Access Type

Dissertation - Open Access

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Human Factors


Human Factors and Behavioral Neurobiology

Committee Chair

Christina M. Frederick

First Committee Member

Elizabeth L. Blickensderfer

Second Committee Member

Barbara S. Chaparro

Third Committee Member

Andrew R. Dattel


The purpose of the current project was to investigate the effect of utilizing Virtual Reality (VR) technologies for flight training by comparing the training results when using conventional desktop flight simulation versus VR flight simulation. Additionally, this project examined the user experience of VR flight simulation and how users’ motivation and satisfaction with VR simulations. This research employed a quasi-transfer of training experiment including 48 participants. Analyses indicated that VR group participants performed better in the post-training maneuver performance on an FTD than in the conventional desktop simulation group. Findings also supported that VR flight simulation could provide a better user experience and generate a higher motivation for usage. This work contributed positive evidence that VR flight simulation has a large potential to be an effective flight training and provided a foundation for future research to continue exploring the training effect of VR flight simulation.

Keywords: virtual reality, flight training, user experience, self-efficacy