Keywords computer-based training, simulation, airlines
Start Date: 1 October 1994/ Duration: 47 months
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The aim of the Multi Aircraft Training Environment (MATE) project is to use advanced software and man-machine interface technology to exploit the hiatus in the market for pilot training equipment.
Current pilot procedure training is based on (a) expensive high fidelity flight simulators, (b) low-cost low-fidelity CBT (Computer Based Training) systems, and (c) numerous different types of mid-range training devices. The high cost of (a) and (c) and the limited training value of (b) means that ownership of training equipment is not cost-effective for operators.
The objective of the MATE project is to demonstrate a new pilot training system with the following characteristics:
The MATE artificial cockpit will be designed by means of an extensive programme of Human Factors research. The result will be maximum training effectiveness for procedures training obtained at a level of fidelity that avoids the expense of full realism without incurring negative training transfer. The novel interactive display technology required to achieve this has been defined in the project and is currently being developed and demonstrated.
The software basis of MATE will be a form of simulation with which both aircraft systems and the trained procedures are simulated in advance of real time. An interface to the artificial cockpit will provide the trainee pilot with a realistic real time projection of the aircraft systems behaviour with which he or she is able to interact using the touch-sensitive controls. A further interface will allow the intelligent support software to evaluate the trainee's actual performance against the ideal, and to provide context-sensitive help if required.
For the end-user, MATE will be cheap to purchase, to upgrade, and to adapt to new training requirements. It will also be easy to use both under instructor supervision in formal training programmes, and by pilots working alone to practice and refresh their skills. The first MATE systems will be aimed at small commuter airlines as well as regional and large airlines - operating Boeing 737, SAAB 340, Dornier 328, and who need to purchase training from training schools. These airlines may achieve an immediate and significant reduction in their training costs by purchasing the MATE system. Once successfully launched, MATE will be targeted on the wider pilot training as a cost-effective device for procedures training, supplementing the more expensive simulators currently used for this purpose.
Ole L. Boegh
DK - 3600 Frederikssund
tel: + 45 / 47361000
fax: + 45 / 47361100
AVITRACO A/S - DK - C
DANISH MARITIME INSTITUTE - DK - P
DAIMLER-BENZ AEROSPACE - D - P
RISO NATIONAL LABORATORY - DK - P
DIVISION LTD. - UK - P
THOMSON TRAINING & SIMULATION LTD. - UK - P
DEFENCE RESEARCH AGENCY (DRA) - UK - P
EUROPEAN COMPUTER INDUSTRY RESEARCH CENTER - D - P
DATACEP - F - P
MATE - 8982, October 1994
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