Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
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In this study, student learning and flight performance are assessed using a motion based fixed wing flight simulator. Students chosen for this study have no prior flight experience and have minimal knowledge of the aircraft operations or functions of the flight simulator. As part of this study, students are given introduction to the principles of flight. Then they fly the aircraft flight simulator and are asked to complete a pre-defined mission. Points are given for successfully completing several legs of the mission. Three separate and independent groups of students are recruited for the study from a large body of students. Students are randomly assigned to the three groups. Group A is presented with written literature to review before the flight. The literature defines the functions of the flight simulator, flight controls, aircraft principles, instruments and the required mission details. They are then asked to fly the mission without much help during the flight portion. They are free to ask questions during the flight. Group B is not presented with any literature for review before the flight. A short presentation is given to them that describes the flight controls, basic instruments and the mission. Their first real exposure to the flight is when they get on the simulator and start flying. They are free to ask questions and the instructor guides them as needed during the flight. Group C is presented with both the literature for review ahead of time and are given a short presentation before the flight. All three groups are asked to fly the exact same mission. They are graded based on their flight performance and handling and control of the aircraft during the flight. The flight is composed of starting a single engine land based aircraft, taking off while staying center lined on the runway, going upwind to an altitude of 1,000ft above the ground level, performing a left traffic pattern including cross wind, down wind, base and final legs. They are then asked to land the aircraft on the same runway that they took off from. No wind, adverse weather or artificial runway excursions or other emergencies are introduced during the flight. Score for these three groups are then compared. It is expected that group C will perform better that the other two groups. As part of the extended study, all the students will be asked to return to fly the same mission several weeks later. Their flight performance is measured again and the scores are compared across the three groups.
Khalid, A., & Roper, C. D., & Pirrello, J. A., & Santos, A. J. (2018, June), Comparison of Student Learning and Flight Performance as a Function of the Method of Teaching – A Research Study Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30211
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