Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education & Research





Key words

training scenario, experiential learning theory, UAS, simulation


Application of scenario-based training can serve as practical means of educating remote pilots and sensor operators as they seek professional levels of knowledge. Both education and training can build upon time-tested training and simulation methodologies that apply simulators in settings that mirror real-world operations. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s unmanned aircraft system (UAS) program curriculum is rooted in immersive simulation that offers students an experiential learning experience that is aimed to develop higher-order thinking skills. Skills that are critical to professional levels of performance. The degree program builds from basic application skills to critical thinking skills by using immersive scenario-based training in a generic medium altitude long endurance (MALE) UAS simulator. This MALE UAS has capabilities akin to the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.,Guardian. This paper serves to discuss the development, application, and integration of scenario-based training that is typified by an experiential learning theory (ELT) approach. The growing need for professional civil and military UAS remote pilots, and sensor operators, necessitates a methodical approach to education and training; the rich history of manned pilot education and training that leads to certification demonstrates a validated pathway that can be followed by the UAS community.

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