Conceptual Model of Critical Requirements for Effective Pilot Performance in High Performance Aircraft,
ADVISORY GROUP FOR AEROSPACE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE (FRANCE)
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An interview study was made ot update the conceptual model critical job requirements of the operational Air Force pilot. Participants were pilots of varying flying experience and ranking from colonel to lieutenant. In addition crew members and Air Traffic Controllers were interviewed. The critical incident technique was used. Participants were asked to relate actual incidents demonstrating effective or ineffective pilot behavior. A total of 153 persons were interviewed. They contributed 444 incidents. Data analysis resulted in the formulation of the following action or trait categories and subcategories 1 Action power and competence Capacity alertness independence an will power decisiveness coolness 2 Knowing ones limitations and avoiding to exceed them 3 Dependability admitting mistakes responsibility honesty 4 Leadership 5 Self-discipline 6 Social function and team work. The results will be utilized in policy-making by various command and management levels, training of flight instructors, students, and officer candidates - and review of selection criteria.