The Effect of Higher Education Variables on Cadet Performance during 1987 Light Aircraft Training
AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL AIRPOWER RESEARCH INST
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Based on the data analysis, this researcher concludes that a significant relationship is evident between three of the higher education curriculum variables--prior flying time, athletics, and portions of the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test--and subject performance in the light aircraft training LATR program for Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets conducted at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University during the summer of 1987. In this chapter, the researcher identifies the curricular variables that proved significant, analyzes why the relationship occurred, and discusses the possible ramifications of such a relationship. The 1987 LATR program provided a unique opportunity to explore the question of what specific variables may influence a qualified individuals ability to pilot military aircraft. The specificity of the research design prevents accurate statistical inference to other subject populations and flight training programs. However, the implications of the study are clear the men and women selected for Air Force pilot training over the past 20 years have been very similar--the basic selection criteria have remained consistent. The rate of attrition from the undergraduate pilot training program has also remained somewhat consistent, with variations being detected as supply and demand change. The LATR research study was clear in indicating that many of the selection criteria did not relate to flying performance. With the similarity of populations, it is very possible that these variables also have no effect on undergraduate pilot training UPT or operational flying. It is additionally apparent that varsity athletic competition may continue to exert an effect during UPT.
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