This project evaluated 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 receiving an IPC in a PCATD, in a FTD and in an airplane (IPC #1) with performance on a later IPC in an airplane (IPC #2). Chi-square tests were used to analyze the IPC #1 and IPC #2 data to determine whether the treatment (assignment to group) had an effect on the pass/fail ratio for the IPC #1 and IPC #2 flights respectively. The treatment effect on the IPC #1 and IPC #2 pass/fail ratios were not statistically significant. A series of planned-comparison tests were performed both between the experimental groups and between subjects within each experimental group. The PCATD group was compared to the Airplane group and to the FTD group, the Airplane group to the FTD group. None of these comparisons showed statistically significant (a < .05) differences between groups. These findings provide compelling evidence for permitting the use of PCATDs to give IPCs.
Taylor, H. L.,
Talleur, D. A.,
Rantanen, E. M.,
& Emanuel, T. W.
(2005). The Effectiveness of a Personal Computer Aviation Training Device (PCATD), a Flight Training Device (FTD), and an Airplane in Conducting Instrument Proficiency Checks. 2005 International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 731-735.