Performance-Based Occupational Strength Testing for Candidate Navy Pilots/Naval Flight Officers.
Annual rept. 15 Nov 94-1 Aug 95,
NAVAL AEROSPACE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB PENSACOLA FL
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Successful operation of aircraft in normal and emergency situations is critical to completing mission requirements as well as to the safety of aircrew and equipment. On average, the upper body strength of females is about 50-60 percent of males. No strength standards are currently in place to assure individuals are capable of actuating foot and hand controls. This study will determine strength critical aircraft tasks, develop criterion tasks that replicate critical tasks and can be used as a screening tool, develop a field screening test battery, and develop a remedial physical conditioning program. Data collected thus far indicate a definite need for this type of research. Results have shown the Navy aviation candidate population is similar to the general population in that significant strength differences were seen between males and females. A screening device has been designed and is being built. Notion analysis data for all critical aviation tasks has been collected. Over 426 subjects have been tested thus far to develop a strength database and another 300 subjects will be tested in the near future. Pending future funding, work will continue in FY96 and products will be transitioned to the fleet as they are finished.
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