USAF pilot selection and classification systems.Aviat Space Environ Med. 1989 Jan; 60(1):46-9.AS
A total of 478 pilot candidates were given a computerized test battery, the Basic Attributes Test (BAT) currently being validated for pilot selection and classification. The battery included tests of psychomotor and cognitive/perceptual abilities and personality/attitudinal characteristics. Results indicated that several of the BAT tests were able to improve the prediction of graduation/elimination from flight training and follow-on training recommendation (fighter or non-fighter aircraft) above that provided by currently used paper-and-pencil tests. It was concluded that several of the BAT performance measures were capturing skills and abilities related to flight training performance that are not being assessed by currently used selection instruments. Implications for pilot selection and classification procedures are discussed.