LSAnalysis was contracted by Defence to investigate the resources and training strategies necessary to expand aircrew training
The Customer’s Challenge
The C-130J-30 was originally purchased by the Commonwealth to provide the RAAF with a strategic airlifter with only minor tactical employment envisaged. The training system and resources purchased for the C-130J-30 reflected its proposed strategic role.
With withdrawal from service of the C-130H, the C-130J-30 became the RAAF’s only medium tactical airlift aircraft with the expectation that it would conduct all medium airlift roles, including tactical airlift.
LSAnalysis was contracted by Defence to investigate the resources and training strategies necessary to expand aircrew training to this new role. Additionally, the maintainer training resources acquired with the aircraft had become unusable and remediation of this situation was also included in the study.
LSAnalysis conducted this study using Training ANalysis and Device EMployment Decision Support System (TANDEM DSS). TANDEM DSS is a training system modelling tool developed by LSAnalysis over the past 20 years. It has been used to investigate the required functionality of many training system requirements over that period, including: Australian Defence Force fixed wing and helicopter undergraduate Pilot training, Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter aircrew training, F/A18 Hornet Pilot training, Hawk
Lead-In Fighter Pilot training, Chinook Pilot training, Seahawk aircrew training, AP-3C Orion Pilot and Flight Engineer training, F-111C Mission training and RNZAF P-3K2 Orion Pilot and Flight Engineer training.
Using TANDEM DSS, more than 500 Pilot training tasks and 400 maintainer training tasks were analysed to identify the functional requirements of suitable learning environments. These functional requirements comprise aircraft and environmental stimuli and associated instructional support features, such as providing instructor control over aircraft and environmental stimuli.
Potentially suitable training platforms (e.g. the actual aircraft as well as current and upgraded simulation systems) were identified in consultation with 84 Wing staff. These potential training platforms were also analysed in terms of the aircraft and environmental stimuli and associated instructional support features that they offer.
The capabilities of potential training platforms and the requirements of training tasks were then compared to assess the relative effectiveness of potential training solutions, including combinations of training platforms. The analysis through TANDEM DSS permitted deficiencies in the capabilities of potential training platforms to be examined and cost-benefit measures to be developed.
The study findings informed senior decision-makers during subsequent C-130J-30 training system remediation deliberations.