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Selecting trainee pilots: Predictive validity of the WOMBAT situational awareness pilot selection test

, Wu Yi Zheng, Michael A. Regan
Published: 1 November 2018

Abstract: The WOMBAT pilot selection test is widely used to select candidates for pilot training programs. Despite use in many countries, little information is available regarding the predictive validity of the test. This study was designed to test the ability of the WOMBAT test to predict performance outcomes in a sample of ab-initio pilots. Sixty students commenced the study in 3 cohorts, and completed the WOMBAT test before their performance in the training program was evaluated through flight time to solo, flight time to licence level achievement, and instructor ratings of performance. Higher WOMBAT total scores were significantly related to reduced time to solo, achieving flight licences, as well as some early ratings of performance by flight instructors. Further research now needs to examine the exact nature of the skills and abilities that the test indexes in order to further improve pilot selection and training procedures.
Keywords: Aviation / Aviation psychology / Human factors / Pilots / Selection test / Training / Validation

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