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A psychometrician's dream: Test validities in an unrestricted sample of future Swiss Air Force pilots

Hörmann, Hans-Jürgen and Noser, Philip and Stelling, Dirk (2018) A psychometrician's dream: Test validities in an unrestricted sample of future Swiss Air Force pilots. 33rd Conference of the European Association for Aviation Psychology (EAAP), 24.-28. Sep 2018, Dubrovnik, Croatia.

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Abstract

Introduction. In the context of personnel selection the predictive validities of the selection tests are usually based on the restricted sample of recommended applicants. The resulting validity coefficients can be corrected by the restriction-of-range formula, which is based on a number of assumptions especially in multivariate settings. Research question. Which tests show the highest predictive validity for flying performance in an unrestricted sample of student pilots? Method. N=135 Swiss Air Force applicants were examined with the DLR selection battery. Criterion information about flying performance was collected after ten flying lessons. Results. A number of substantial predictor-criterion correlations were found. Discussion. The highest predictive validities were found for psychomotor tests under multitasking conditions, spatial orientation, and mechanical comprehension. Conclusion. The findings confirm results from earlier studies showing that complex psychomotor tests are the best predictors for the first stages of training to become a successful pilot.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/121976/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:A psychometrician's dream: Test validities in an unrestricted sample of future Swiss Air Force pilots
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Hörmann, Hans-Jürgenhans.hoermann (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-6358-7027
Noser, PhilipFliegerärztliches Institut FAI / AMC SchweizUNSPECIFIED
Stelling, Dirkdirk.stelling (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:25 September 2018
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:pilot selection, psychomotor testing, multitasking, predictive validity, range restriction
Event Title:33rd Conference of the European Association for Aviation Psychology (EAAP)
Event Location:Dubrovnik, Croatia
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:24.-28. Sep 2018
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:air traffic management and operations
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AO - Air Traffic Management and Operation
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Human factors and safety in Aeronautics
Location: Hamburg
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Aviation and Space Psychology
Deposited By: Hörmann, Dr.phil. Hans-Jürgen
Deposited On:08 Nov 2018 12:04
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 20:19

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