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Pilot Performance Variables.
Interim rept. Aug 96-Mar 97,
ARMSTRONG LAB BROOKS AFB TX MANPOWER AND PERSONNEL DIV
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This review integrates some of the many studies on pilot performance for selection and screening. Pilot performance studies have come a long way as the aviation systems and the roles of the aviator have evolved. No single construct, or operationalization of variables, fully addresses pilot performance. Rather, a multi-disciplinary and multi-modal approach, using significant developments from recent studies, holds the most promise. Developments in information processing theory, at the individual and group levels, combined with findings from safety studies offer potential future criteria of operational performance. In the past, the use of these variables was limited by the difficulty of measuring their impact on performance. Inter-disciplinary efforts, longitudinal studies, and technological advances such as simulators and computers enable researchers to better measure these variables. The combination of previouscurrent pilot training measures, process-oriented intrainter-personal variables, safety studies, more functionally and process-oriented personality inventories, and advances in technologyresearch methods provide opportunities for stronger measures and, ultimately, predictors of pilot performance.
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