Performance of Several Different Naval Aviator Communities on a Cognitive/Psychomotor Test Battery: Pipeline Comparison and Prediction.
Interim rept. Dec 88-Dec 89,
NAVAL AEROSPACE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB PENSACOLA FL
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Research is currently being conducted to develop reliable predictor tests which might aid in the making of decisions concerning aircrew assignment. The current approach involves comparing the performance of several different aviator communities on a test battery measuring various aspects of cognitive and psychomotor functioning. Four groups of pilots two experienced jet groups, one experienced helicopter helo group, and one untrained student group were tested on this battery. Overall, the jet groups performed in general. Within this student group, pilot trainees who were assigned to the jet pipeline did significantly better on several of these tests than those trainees who were assigned to either helicopter or land-based fixed-wing pipelines. Many of the test performance differences seen between these jet and helo student pipeline groups were also seen between the experienced jet and helo pilots tested.