Accession Number : ADA260838


Title :   Performance-Based Testing and Success in Naval Advanced Flight Training.


Descriptive Note : Interim rept.,


Corporate Author : NAVAL AEROSPACE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB PENSACOLA FL


Personal Author(s) : Blower, David J.


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA260838


Report Date : NOV 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 35


Abstract : Roughly 5% of student naval aviators fail the advanced phase of flight training. At this stage of training, the Navy has spent between $300,000 and $1,000,000 per student. Any reduction in this attrition rate through prior screening would be of great economic benefit to the Navy. Computer-based performance tests developed at the Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory were assessed to determine whether they could augment the present medical screening standards and thereby help identify potential failures in advanced flight training. A weak statistical relationship exists between a dual-task performance test, accession source, college major, an aptitude test, and success in advanced flight training. Discriminant analysis was employed to find a linear composite score of these variables that could be used to classify a student as a probable pass or fail in advanced flight training. For example, the model presented in this report reduced failures by 50% at the cost of rejecting roughly 20% of those students who eventually passed. A Bayesian analysis of the success rate parameter showed that this particular model significantly improved the present selection system.


Descriptors :   *ECONOMICS , *TRAINING , *FLIGHT TRAINING , *PERFORMANCE TESTS , *PILOTS , *COSTS , *APTITUDE TESTS , *APTITUDES , TEST AND EVALUATION , MODELS , STUDENTS , COMPUTERS , PARAMETERS , NAVY , ATTRITION , FAILURE , RATES , PHASE , REDUCTION , FLIGHT , STANDARDS , LABORATORIES , UNIVERSITIES , MEDICAL RESEARCH , BENEFITS , SELECTION.


Subject Categories : MILITARY AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS
      ECONOMICS AND COST ANALYSIS
      PSYCHOLOGY
      PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT AND LABOR RELATIONS
      MILITARY OPERATIONS, STRATEGY AND TACTICS


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE