Validity of the Air Traffic Control Specialist Nonradar Screen as a Predictor of Performance in Radar-Based Air Traffic Control Training
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF AVIATION MEDICINE
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Between January 1986 and March 1992, the Federal Aviation Administrations 42-day Nonradar Screen was used to identify Air Traffic Control Specialist ATCS candidates with the highest potential to succeed in the rigorous ATCS field training program. The central question addressed in this study was whether or not the Nonradar Screen was a valid employee selection procedure in view of the prevalence of radar in todays air traffic control system. To answer that question, we investigated the Nonradar Screens criterion-related validity as a predictor of subsequent performance in radar- based air traffic control training. We hypothesized that the Nonradar Screen would add incremental validity over aptitude test scores in predicting performance in radar-based air traffic control ATC training conducted at the FAA Academy 1 to 2 years after entry into the occupation. Student aptitude test scores and Nonradar Screen final composite scores were regressed on final composite scores earned in radar-based ATC training. Results showed that Nonradar Screen composite scores had incremental validity over the written ATCS aptitude test for predicting radar-based training scores in both en route delta R2 .08, F2,438 36.52, p or .001 and terminal R2 .10, F2,658 77.66, p or .001 radar training without correcting for range restriction due to explicit selection on the Nonradar Screen final composite score.
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