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Aiming High: Maximizing Predictive Validity of Selection Processes for Air Traffic Controller Candidates

Pecena, Yvonne and Gayraud, Katja and Eißfeldt, Hinnerk (2019) Aiming High: Maximizing Predictive Validity of Selection Processes for Air Traffic Controller Candidates. In: Pilot Selection: Psychological Principles and Practice Taylor & Francis Group. pp. 355-368. doi: 10.4324/9780429492105. ISBN 9780429492105.

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Selecting and training suitable people for the job of an air traffic controller (ATCO) is one of the biggest challenges in air traffic management (ATM). Due to the low base rate of suitable applicants, the high relevance of safety for the job, and the high costs of ATC training, selection of ab initio ATCO trainees requires a valid selection procedure. In personnel selection, predictive validity is the ultimate benchmark: ‘How well does the test battery predict a candidate’s performance in future training and on the job?’ DLR, the German Aerospace Centre, in cooperation with the German Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, developed a state-of-the-art selection procedure for ab initio ATCO applicants and tailored it to the needs of ATM in central Europe. Futhermore, the DFS ATM Training System (DATS) is specifically designed to meet the requirements of ATM in high-density airspace. Continuous and intensive quality assurance of the entire recruiting process is based on four pillars: (I) job requirement analyses, (II) proper test system development, careful selection, and regular training of the psychological and operational staff involved, (III) a coordinated training and licensing concept, and (IV) regular psychometric validation. In this chapter we will give an overview of our most recent large-scale study in which we validated the entire selection battery. This entails a brief description of the selection and training process. We then look into research on future changes in ability requirements in a European context. Finally, we will give an outlook on new pathways for assessing psychological test performance in ATCO selection.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/130344/
Document Type:Contribution to a Collection
Title:Aiming High: Maximizing Predictive Validity of Selection Processes for Air Traffic Controller Candidates
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Pecena, YvonneYvonne.Pecena (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Gayraud, KatjaKatja.Gayraud (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6279-8642
Eißfeldt, HinnerkHinnerk.Eissfeldt (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-5794-4470
Date:October 2019
Journal or Publication Title:Pilot Selection: Psychological Principles and Practice
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 355-368
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iD
Publisher:Taylor & Francis Group
Keywords:selection, air traffic controller, predictive validity, ability requirements, new pathways
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 (old)
Location: Hamburg
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Aviation and Space Psychology
Deposited By: Gayraud, Katja
Deposited On:26 Nov 2019 08:15
Last Modified:26 Nov 2019 08:15

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