Accession Number : AD0708293

Title :   DEVELOP AN OBJECTIVE FLIGHT TEST FOR THE CERTIFICATION OF A PRIVATE PILOT.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jun 69-Apr 70,

Corporate Author : EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL INST DAYTONA BEACH FLA

Personal Author(s) : Forrest,Frank G.

Report Date : MAY 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 138

Abstract : The FAA Test of Pilot Ability (Form P) is an objective flight test for the certification of a private pilot. It consists of a test program which has a format similar to a computer program. The test program contains statements to guide the examiner in measuring performance of the applicant. Test items are designed to obtain data on the state of development of the applicant's aptitudes in retention-recall, judgment-planning-problem solving, perceptual-motor coordination, and habit as pertains to the function of an airplane pilot. These aspects of human behavior were selected because they appear to be the best criteria to determine the probability that the applicant, if awarded the private pilot certificate, would operate properly and safely. It is contemplated that the test will be computer scored. Data derived therefrom will be used as a basis for issuing private pilot certificates, and to ferret out methods of improving accident prevention and pilot training. The test Form P was adminstered to a sample of 15 newly certified private pilots. Performance scores on the experimental test compared with subjective ratings given for the actual pilot certification test produced a Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient of .499. The sample profile on Form P revealed that lack of division of attention and collision avoidance procedural habits were the sample member's weakest areas. Judgment-planning-problem solving were their strongest. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*PILOTS, *PERFORMANCE(HUMAN)), FLIGHT, SELECTION, STANDARDS, TRAINING

Subject Categories : Humanities and History

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE