This comprehensive book describes in practical terms - underpinned by research - how recruitment, selection, and psychological assessment can be conducted amongst pilots. The chapters emphasize evidence-based and ethical selection methods for different pilot groups. It includes chapters written by experts in the field and also covers related areas, such as air traffic controllers and astronauts. The book is written for airline managers, senior pilots responsible for recruitment and training, human resources specialists, human factors and safety specialists, occupational health doctors, psychologists, AMEs, practitioners, or academics involved in pilot selection.
Robert Bor, DPhil CPsychol CSci FBPsS HonFRAeS UKCP Reg EuroPsy, is a Registered and Chartered Clinical Counselling and Health Psychologist, Registered Aviation Psychologist and Co-Director of the Centre for Aviation Psychology.
Carina Eriksen, MSc DipPsych CPsychol FBPsS BABCP, is an HCPC Registered and BPS Chartered Consultant Counselling Psychologist and Registered Aviation Psychologist.
Todd P. Hubbard, B.A., M.S. Aeronautical Sciences, Ed.D. Applied Educational Studies in Aviation, Lt. Col. USAF (ret.), is the Clarence E. Page Professor of Human Factors research, University of Oklahoma.
Ray King, Psy,D., J.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist, recently retired from the U.S. Air Force, currently with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Part 1: History and Rationale for Pilot Selection
1. History of pilot selection
2. Rationale for pilot selection
3. Selecting the selectors
4. Job plans and job analysis
5. Psychometric testing: test construction, validation and norms
6. Ethics in psychometric testing
7. Tests commonly used in pilot selection
Part 2: The Pilot Selection Process
8. The recruitment process
9. Selecting for high risk roles
10. Selecting for initial trainee – V – licensed crew
11. Interviewing skills for pilot selection
12. The simulator and its use in pilot selection
13. Giving feedback to applicants
Part 3: Assessment with Selection of Pilots
14. Mental health assessment
15. Personality assessment
16. Personality disorder and its clinical assessment in aviation
17. Personality and training
18. Neurocognitive assessment
19. Medical assessment
20. Assessing ‘fit’ with the company and organisation
21. Assessment report preparation
22. Training of Aviation Psychologists
Part 4: Pilot Careers
23. Ability, aptitude and performance assessment
24. Pilot work appraisals and career coaching
25. Selection for command
26. Preparing pilots for retirement
Part 5: Other Aviation Selections
27. Selection of remote pilot/UAV operators
28. Selection in military settings
29. Selection of helicopter pilots
30. Selection of ‘bush pilots’
31. Selection in air traffic control
32. Selection of cabin crew
33. Selection of maintenance engineers
34. Astronaut selection
35. The pilotless aircraft
36. Aviation psychologist careers and selection
"This book is extremely comprehensive in its scope and tackles the issue of pilot recruitment and selection from all angles. I would suggest that this book be one of the first that is read by anyone who is considering a career as an airline pilot. An excellent and comprehensive study, which deserves to be the defining text on the subject."
Captain Dave Fielding, British Airways
"This is a very comprehensive treatment of the topic and refreshing to see chapters on less obvious, but essential, topics such as report writing, giving feedback to applicants and ethics. . . . It should be recommended reading for pilots involved in selection, aviation psychologists, medical examiners, human factors specialists and human resource practitioners. Given the quality of the contributions, this would be a valuable source of expertise for anyone selecting staff for safety-critical positions."
Royal Aeronautical Society, AEROSPACE magazine, December 2020 issue