A Preliminary Investigation into Cognitive Aptitudes Predictive of Overall MQ-1 Predator Pilot Qualification Training Performance
Special rept. Sep 2014-Sep 2015
SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE MEDICINE WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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United States Air Force MQ-1 Predator remotely piloted aircraft pilots are critical assets in a challenging, high-risk, and rapidly evolving aviation career field. However, the Air Force has had difficulties over the past decade recruiting candidates with the right stuff and filling Predator pilot vacancies. The purpose of this study was to evaluate computer-based intelligence and neuropsychological testing on training candidates n 235 obtained during medical flight screening and prior to training that distinguishes elite vs. adequate MQ-1 qualification training performance. Findings reveal a combination of cognitive aptitudes that distinguish elite levels of training performance among those selected for this career field. Results may be utilized to improve personnel selection and aeromedical screening procedures for identifying suitable candidates for this high-risk, high-demand occupation.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations