Accession Number : ADA545552


Title :   Important and Critical Psychological Attributes of USAF MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper Pilots According to Subject Matter Experts


Descriptive Note : Final rept. Sep 2009-Apr 2011


Corporate Author : SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE MEDICINE WRIGHT PATTERSON AFB OH AEROSPACE MEDICINE DEPT/ AEROSPACE MEDICINE CONSULTATION DIV


Personal Author(s) : Chappelle, Wayne ; McDonald, Kent ; McMillan, Katharine


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a545552.pdf


Report Date : May 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 43


Abstract : Among U.S. Air Force remotely piloted aircraft, the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper have emerged as critical assets to intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and close air support operations. The effective selection of Predator/Reaper pilot training candidates for such aircraft is essential to successful training and operational performance. However, a profile of the right stuff (i.e., cognitive aptitudes, personality traits, and motivation) guiding aeromedical flight screening and selection processes for such pilots does not exist. This study addresses the gap in the literature by formulating such a profile based upon the input of line commanders and subject matter experts (SMEs). A total of 82 SMEs provided input on the psychological attributes perceived as critical to acquisition of Predator/Reaper pilot skills, as well as adaptation to the operational environment. The researchers analyzed, organized, and integrated the results of SME interviews in to a theoretical, multidimensional profile, which serves as a communication tool between aeromedical leadership and line commanders regarding psychological attributes that should be considered prior to a Predator/Reaper pilot training applicant entering the career field. The profile may also guide aeromedical and personnel assessment and selection procedures, as well as waiver evaluations to reduce attrition, and improve retention in such a high-demand, high-operational aviation career field.


Descriptors :   *REMOTELY PILOTED VEHICLES , *TELEOPERATORS , *PERSONNEL SELECTION , COGNITIVE SCIENCE , PERSONALITY , APTITUDE TESTS , DRONES , PILOTS


Subject Categories : Psychology
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Pilotless Aircraft


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE