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A review of military pilot selection.
Aviat Space Environ Med. 1992 Sep; 63(9):825-30.AS

Abstract

Military pilot selection is a complex task involving huge cost in financial and human terms. In the United Kingdom, training a fast-jet pilot costs an estimated 3 million pounds and takes 3 years. Consequently, it is necessary that the training success rate be maximal, since failure not only represents financial loss but also wastage of human resources. Effective selection for flying training would be of special advantage at present, as the operational repertoire of military aircraft moves forwards. Personality-based selection appears to have limited value. Analysis of certain objective aptitude tests and monitoring of the learning curve appear more promising. The alternative of acquisition of flying skills through actual or simulated flying experience seems an expensive option. This paper reviews the development of selection methods and concentrates on those of current interest. Civilian aviation and other professional selection systems might also benefit from the military endeavors. The most exciting development is the linkage of computer technology and aptitude tests.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Psychiatric Centre, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Swindon, Wilts., United Kingdom.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

1524541

Citation

Turnbull, G J.. "A Review of Military Pilot Selection." Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, vol. 63, no. 9, 1992, pp. 825-30.
Turnbull GJ. A review of military pilot selection. Aviat Space Environ Med. 1992;63(9):825-30.
Turnbull, G. J. (1992). A review of military pilot selection. Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, 63(9), 825-30.
Turnbull GJ. A Review of Military Pilot Selection. Aviat Space Environ Med. 1992;63(9):825-30. PubMed PMID: 1524541.
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TY - JOUR T1 - A review of military pilot selection. A1 - Turnbull,G J, PY - 1992/9/1/pubmed PY - 1992/9/1/medline PY - 1992/9/1/entrez SP - 825 EP - 30 JF - Aviation, space, and environmental medicine JO - Aviat Space Environ Med VL - 63 IS - 9 N2 - Military pilot selection is a complex task involving huge cost in financial and human terms. In the United Kingdom, training a fast-jet pilot costs an estimated 3 million pounds and takes 3 years. Consequently, it is necessary that the training success rate be maximal, since failure not only represents financial loss but also wastage of human resources. Effective selection for flying training would be of special advantage at present, as the operational repertoire of military aircraft moves forwards. Personality-based selection appears to have limited value. Analysis of certain objective aptitude tests and monitoring of the learning curve appear more promising. The alternative of acquisition of flying skills through actual or simulated flying experience seems an expensive option. This paper reviews the development of selection methods and concentrates on those of current interest. Civilian aviation and other professional selection systems might also benefit from the military endeavors. The most exciting development is the linkage of computer technology and aptitude tests. SN - 0095-6562 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/1524541/A_review_of_military_pilot_selection_ L2 - https://medlineplus.gov/veteransandmilitaryhealth.html DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -
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