The Effectiveness of a personal training device, a flight training device in conducting an instrument proficiency check

The Effectiveness of a personal training device, a flight training device in conducting an instrument proficiency check

Henry L. Taylor, Donald A. Talleur, Esa M. Rantanen, and Tom W. Emanuel, J carried out research into the effectiveness of a personal computer aviation training device (PCATD), a flight training device (FTD) and an airplane for conducting an instrument proficiency check (IPC). The study compared the performance of pilots completing an IPC in a PCATD, a FTD or an airplane (IPC #1) with their performance of a second IPC in an airplane (IPC #2). This article provides a meta-analysis done on the original results.

Illustration 1 shows the initial results of the first instrument proficiency check in a PCATD, FTD or airplane. Only 32% of participants passed the check the first time to the standards of the instrument rating practical test, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1998. When this is compared to illustration 2, overall, there is a clear improvement in a pilots instrument proficiency during the second check. A total of 42 out of 75 subjects (56%) passed the second check.

Illustration 1: Instrument Proficiency Check #1
Group (n) Pass (%) Fail (%)
Aircraft 25 6 (24) 19 (76)
FTD 25 9 (36) 16 (64)
PCATD 25 9 (36) 16 (62)
Total 75 24 (32) 51 (68)
Illustration 2: Instrument Proficiency Check #2
Group (n) Pass (%) Fail (%)
Aircraft 25 13 (52) 12 (48)
FTD 25 14 (56) 11 (44)
PCATD 25 15 (60) 10 (40)
Total 75 42 (56) 33 (44)

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