Analysis of Computer Interactive Tests for Assigning Helicopter Pilots to Different Missions
Research note 2 Nov 1981-2 May 1983
ADVANCED RESEARCH RESOURCES ORGANIZATION BETHESDA MD
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A test battery was developed to represent a broad range of abilities and skills that were identified as important in piloting helicopters. The battery was developed on the basis of a taxonomic approach to job analysis which linked pilot tasks to ability requirements for different mission tracks. The tests developed were based on an earlier review, by ARRO staff, of the kinds of tests likely to measure the abilities identified in the job analysis approach employed. The present study included the development, programming and pre- testing of computer interactive tests designed to measure abilities identified as underlying critical tasks in the various helicopter missions. Optimum conditions of administration were developed and test reliability was determined. Tasks judged by expert pilots to be critical for pilot effectiveness were identified as possible measures of performance in the different mission tracks. These tasks can be translated into criterion measures and used in validating the test battery developed. The purpose of the validation will be to empirically link test scores with performance in these critical tasks representing the different mission tracks. The findings would indicate if all the tests are needed or if empirical validities showed which limited set of tests can be used to predict mission performance.
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