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SimTrain International

Contact Details

SimTrain International
http://www.simulatortraining.net
Contact: Dr Paul Baxter
Address: Post Office Box 197, Mount Ommaney Queensland 4074
Phone: +61 7 3376 1003 or +61(0)418 784 951

Capability

As an experienced flight instructor once said, “The problem isn’t learning the new: it’s forgetting [unlearning] the old.” Habit pattern errors are notoriously hard to eradicate, cause negative transfer (training failure) with a prolonged adaptation period and make simulation training programs less cost- and time-effective.

SimTrain International provides Simulation Training Protocols (STPs) that deal with the transfer problem in a way that meets industry requirements, i.e., is cost- and time-effective, user-friendly and above all, practical for trainers, instructors and trainees to use. STPs complement existing teaching methods and magnify the impact of simulation training.

Discriminators

  • STPs use Old Way/New Way®, an innovative teaching method
  • 80%-100%  improvement in transfer of learning after one session (Figure 1)
  • Reduction or complete elimination of the typically prolonged and risky adaptation/adjustment period
  • More efficient use of simulator time, freeing up resources
  • Increased trainee flexibility and adaptability to change.

Key Customers

Recipients of STPs (Old Way/New Way® training) include:

  • Singapore Airlines – Aircraft type conversion and glass cockpit conversion
  • Australian Defence Force – Helicopter flight training and aircraft type conversion
  • Army Marksmanship Unit, USA – Technique correction
  • KAAL/ALCOA – Correction of unsafe and persistent work habits, published in Australian Safety News
  • Pacific Gas & Electric, USA – Driver training
  • Shell Marine Products, UK – Workplace safety training
  • Mining Industry Skills Centre, Brisbane Australia – Mining skills simulation.

Quality Approvals/Awards

  1. Research grant from the Australian National Training Authority Research Advisory Council for an experimental study of Old Way/New Way® for rapid and permanent eradication of persistent errors and bad habits in the learning of manual skills, subsequently published in The Journal of Vocational Education and Training (Figure 1).
  2. Invited speaker, Royal Aeronautical Society Human Factors Conference, CAA Gatwick, London.
  3. Keynote address, Singapore Airlines Flight Instructor’s Symposium, Singapore.
  4. Second prize in the 4th European Athletics Association [Coaching] Science Awards, awarded for the use of Old Way/New Way® to correct Olympic athletes’ persistent habit pattern errors (technique faults).