This project uses the correlational research model to make associative predictions on the establishment of PFI helicopter training centers in European NATO countries. To achieve its purpose, the project will use existing relationships between available simulators and the helicopter fleet that these simulators support, in NATO countries that have been utilizing simulators. The helicopter amount of NATO countries, that are part of the European Union (EU), were used as the predictor, while the criterion was the number of simulators.
The population of the project consisted of the helicopter fleets of all NATO countries and the simulators that these countries have.
Sources of Data
Data were collected from the international military press, helicopter and simulator manufacturers’ web sites.
Instrument reliability is high since the number of helicopters and simulators that have been constructed, or have been contracted, is easily accessible through available databases that keep track of military contracts. These databases keep track of the industry through press releases from manufacturers and military forces around the world. It is unlikely that any repetition of data gathering would have provided different results than those used in this project. Nevertheless, the project ensured reliability by using different military publication sources (Jane’s, Aviation Week and Space Technology, Flight International, and Halldale Media Group), whenever possible, to crosscheck available data.
In this project, the same reasons that supported the instrument’s reliability also supported its validity. Data sources were industrial, governmental or military press releases that are considered highly valid. On the other hand, there are many mechanisms (financial statements, military intelligence, etc) that would reject any invalid information.
The first step has been to gather data on helicopter fleets and available simulators for all NATO countries.
These numbers were used to establish a correlational coefficient. The amount of helicopters has been used as a predictor, for the number of simulators that this country can support. Finally, each country’s number of predicted simulators has been evaluated to predict possible PFI in NATO European countries, for the establishment of an army helicopter simulator-training center.
Treatment of Data
Helicopter data per country included helicopter type, category, and number of helicopters. Simulator data per country will include simulator helicopter type, and number of platforms (simulators).
Product moment correlational coefficients (Pearson r) were calculated by using SPSS. Correlational coefficients have been used to calculate the common variance between helicopters and simulators. The common variance of existing simulators has been used as a coefficient of determination for the EU NATO countries to predict the number of simulators that these countries may utilize. Countries with high-predicted number of simulators have been sorted accordingly to determine those that qualify for possible PFI.