Determining a strategy for favorable acquisition and utilization of complex technologies: flight simulation training devices (FSTD)

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2012
Boztaş, Ömer
The thesis investigates the elements of a consistent strategy for favorable acquisition and utilization of Flight Simulation Training Devices (FSTD), thus Full Flight Simulators (FFS) and Flight Training Devices (FTD). The primary purpose is to determine a knowledge-based strategy for the end-user, acquisition professional, aviation firms and institutions. Hence, it could be possible to shed a light for cooperative groups and main institutions of national innovation system involved in entrepreneurial and innovative efforts regarding complex technologies like FSTD. In the sample study, 114 pilots from varied sources were administered a questionnaire and their FFS and FTD perceptions were statistically tested regarding each “technology’s usefulness” in four types of training. Another variable, each “technology’s ease of operation and use” was also tested additionally via agent-based model whether it had any effect on technologies’ selection processes. It could be inferred that that aviation institutions and firms could acquire and utilize FTD as a complementary to both aircraft and FFS within a range of 30-60% depending upon type of the training. Moreover, FTD could be acquired and utilized as a substitute to FFS for Instrument Flight Training (IFT). The FTD’s usefulness for IFT was rated as 67% by the military pilots. The research also asserts that the aviation institutions and firms as well as cooperative groups and organizations could favor the established strategy and policy during their FSTD related efforts at “micro and meso-level”. The final aim is to create a collaborative medium and a synergy for those agents.
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Ö. Boztaş, “Determining a strategy for favorable acquisition and utilization of complex technologies: flight simulation training devices (FSTD),” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2012.