Accession Number : ADA566316


Title :   Pilot Cognitive Functioning and Training Outcomes


Descriptive Note : Final rept. Sep 2011-Jul 2012


Corporate Author : SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE MEDICINE WRIGHT PATTERSON AFB OH


Personal Author(s) : King, Raymond E ; Retzlaff, Paul ; Barto, Erica ; Ree, Malcolm J ; Teachout, Mark S ; Carretta, Thomas R


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a566316.pdf


Report Date : Jul 2012


Pagination or Media Count : 37


Abstract : The current study examined the relationship between clinical cognitive functioning tests and U.S. Air Force pilot training outcomes. Three computerized tests were used: the Multidimensional Aptitude Battery, MicroCog, and CogScreen. In addition to the traditional pass/fail training outcome, the quality of passing and reasons for failure were examined. Outcome criteria for training graduates included class rank, academic grades, daily flying grades, and check ride grades. Reasons for failure included flying training deficiency and being ?Dropped on Request.? Correlations in samples of between 5,582 and 12,924 trainees across the tests showed small, but important, relationships with training outcomes. All three of the clinical tests performed similarly. There was little evidence that any specific cognitive variable was more important than any other, and the results pointed to general cognitive ability as the main predictor of performance. In terms of the outcome variables, performance for graduates (e.g., class rank) was better predicted than training attrition.


Descriptors :   *FLIGHT TRAINING , APTITUDE TESTS , AVIATION PERSONNEL , COGNITION , GRADUATES , PERSONALITY TESTS , PILOTS , PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS , QUALITY , RANK ORDER STATISTICS , SKILLS


Subject Categories : Military Aircraft Operations
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE