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Air Force Pilot Selection Assessments. Tina Strickland Air Force Personnel Operations Agency 2 Nov 04 . TBAS. In 1999, Air Force Training Command requested development of a new skills battery for pilot selection that uses the latest advances in psychomotor and cognitive research

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Air Force Pilot Selection Assessments

Tina Strickland

Air Force Personnel Operations Agency

2 Nov 04


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TBAS

  • In 1999, Air Force Training Command requested development of a new skills battery for pilot selection that uses the latest advances in psychomotor and cognitive research

  • Partnership between the Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory (NAMRL) and the AF Academy

    • Developed the Test of Basic Aviation Skills (TBAS) as a possible BAT replacement

  • TBAS scheduled for fielding in FY06 pending funding


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TBAS

  • Directional Orientation Test

  • Multi-tasking Test

    • 3-digit Listening Task

    • 5-digit Listening Task

    • Horizontal Tracking Task

    • Airplane Tracking Task

  • Emergency Scenario Test


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Directional Orientation Test

Measures spatial orientation abilities. Participant must determine a UAV’s position relative to a target. Test simultaneously presents a "tracker map" which shows the location and heading of the UAV; and a forward field of view, as seen through a fixed, forward pointing camera of a UAV, which shows a single building surrounded by four parking lots. Task is to click on the parking lot that a computer‑generated voice instructs. Ex: Image the west parking lot. There are 48 questions.

Score: combination of accuracy and speed of responses

TBAS


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TBAS

Directional Orientation Test


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Multi-tasking Test

Measures multi-tasking skills. This subtest consists of a series of individual tasks and then builds in difficulty by combining tasks.

Tasks:

3-digit listening

5-digit listening

Horizontal tracking (HTT)

Airplane tracking (ATT)

HTT and ATT

HTT, ATT, and 3-digit listening

HTT, ATT, and 5-digit listening

TBAS


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TBAS

  • Dichotic Listening

  • (3- or 5-digit listening)

Participants are presented with auditory letters and numbers. They must squeeze the trigger when they hear any of the three (five) specified numbers. The test lasts approximately 3 minutes.

  • Score: accuracy and quickness of response; participants penalized for not responding to the specified numbers and for false responses


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TBAS

Horizontal Tracking

Participants use rudder pedals to keep a box over an airplane as it moves horizontally along the bottom of the screen. The airplane moves at a constant speed and changes direction when it “hits” the side of the screen or if a participant successfully targets it for multiple seconds. The task lasts 3 minutes and level of difficulty (airplane speed) increases as the task progresses.


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TBAS

Airplane Tracking Task

Participants use a joystick to keep the gunsight on the airplane as it moves at a constant rate. The airplane randomly changes direction when it hits the side of the screen or if a participant successfully targets it for multiple seconds. The task lasts 3 minutes and level of difficulty increases as the task progresses.


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TBAS

Combined Airplane and Horizontal Tracking Tasks

  • Participants perform both tasks at the same time

  • Test lasts for 3 minutes


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TBAS

Combined Airplane and Horizontal Tracking Task and Dichotic Listening

  • Horizontal tracking, airplane tracking, 3-digit (5-digit) listening

  • Participants perform the 3 tasks at the same time for 3 minutes


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TBAS

Emergency Scenario Test

  • Measures decision making under stress. While participants simultaneously perform the horizontal tracking task and the airplane tracking task, they are presented with three emergency scenarios (one at a time) which they must cancel out by typing a code with the keyboard.

    • Cued by verbal announcement and the word “emergency” moving along the top of the screen

  • Subjects are given 8 minutes to read the instructions, memorize the 3 emergency situations and the correct response for each of the 3 situations

  • Test last 3 minutes and task difficulty increases with response accuracy


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