Fidelity in Learning Environments for the Effectiveness of Training (FLEET)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-08-C-0140
Agency Tracking Number: N081-012-1196
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solitcitation Year: 2008
Solitcitation Topic Code: N08-012
Solitcitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
12 Gill Street, Suite 1400, Woburn, MA, 01801
Duns: 967259946
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jamie Estock
 Human Factors Scientist
 (202) 842-1548
Business Contact
 Margaret Clancy
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 496-2415
Research Institution
Live training of U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aviators is becoming increasingly constrained by the limited operational life of aircraft, geographic dispersion of personnel, and budgetary restrictions. Training professionals recognize the need for more efficient and effective training, and view simulators as a means to supplement live training at decreased costs. Though transfer from simulators to live-fly is likely to be high, the training community’s knowledge of the effects of simulator fidelity on transfer is limited. The Navy is interested in understanding which training programs can be effectively trained in static flight simulators and which require dynamic flight simulators. The Navy first needs measures of pilot performance in F/A-18 missions (e.g., measures of effectiveness and measures of performance) that are sensitive enough to detect objective performance differences invoked by varying levels of fidelity. Objective performance data collected during fidelity experiments will assist the Navy in making informed decisions about the appropriate balance between training in static and dynamic flight simulators, and training in the actual aircraft. This data can also be used to refine and validate a tool for matching F/A-18 training objectives to appropriate training device fidelity – from lower-fidelity simulators, to higher-fidelity simulators, to actual training in the aircraft.

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