Accession Number : ADP001343

Title :   An Investigation into the Use of an Aircraft Landing Test (ALT) in Aircrew Selection,


Personal Author(s) : Lessard,Pierre B.

Report Date : 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 6

Abstract : In the reported study, the utility of a custom-developed, microprocessor-driven aircraft landing test (ALT), was examined in terms of its added value to the current pilot selection battery. A CROMENCO II microcomputer was programmed to simulate the landing of a light aircraft where visual stimulation was presented on a CRT and the candidates used a 'joystick' and throttle to perform three landing tests. Several dependent measures were automatically recorded every 500 m sec. This ALT was a further development of earlier research conducted on another system. (Fowler, 1981). One hundred and fifty male candidates applying for military flying training were tested on the ALT as well as on the current test battery which consists of a psychomotor test in an aviation tester, pencil-and-paper tests which tape verbal and quantitative aptitudes and a memory test. The candidates also completed a measure of cognitive style, the Group Embedded Figures Test, and selected scales from Jackson's Personality Research Form. It was found that performance on the ALT was independent of performance on the current test battery as well as performance on the Group Embedded Figures Test and the selected scales from Jackson's Personality Research Form.

Descriptors :   *Pilots, *Personnel selection, *Flight simulation, Aircraft landings, Canada, Computer applications, Microprocessors, Flight training, Psychomotor tests, Symposia

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