RAND Symposium on Pilot Training and the Pilot Career

Final Report

by William A. Stewart, Eleanor Sullivan Wainstein


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Final report on a symposium held in Santa Monica, February 1970, whose participants included U.S. Air Force (USAF) officers engaged in flight training operations and in career planning, representatives of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Air Force, and a cross section of civilian research specialists in flight training problems. Conferees agreed that the present USAF Undergraduate Pilot Training not only incorporates many of the considerable advances in technique and methodology of recent years but is also relatively flexible and responsive to innovation. Other topics discussed included the effects of a curtailment in the flow of applicants for pilot training, the interaction between student and instructor, motivation, identification of skills required of the pilot, "training aircraft," and the role of simulators. (See also RM-6282-1 for a summary of the proceedings.)

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