Symbiotics Ltd collaborates with DCI to implement pilot aptitude scheme for QEAF
- United Arab Emirates: Wednesday, October 03 - 2012 at 12:31
- PRESS RELEASE
Symbiotics Ltd leading international specialists in human performance assessment and training solutions, has been working with Défense Conseil International (DCI) and the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF), to develop and implement a new aircrew pre-selection solution, aimed at helping stream potential pilots (fixed and rotary wing) into the QEAF elite flying training programme and at improving efficiency of assessment programmes and recruitment programmes.
Nikki Heath, Founder and CEO of Symbiotics Ltd commented: "The challenge was to provide multiple screening capabilities and detailed reports on the physical, mental and behavioural characteristics of each candidate, their trainability as flight crew, their likely operational effectiveness and how they will fit into the Air Academy organisation. The solution must also be scalable, should make the task of assessing would-be pilots easier and even reduce wasteful training".
The pilot aptitude solution comprised a network of 8 computers incorporating flight controls (joystick, foot-pedals, throttles etc.), running assessment programs and displaying high-specification graphics on high-definition wide-screen monitors.
Using established methodologies and key features of ADAPT Symbiotics Ltd created a contextual test for pre-assessment.
The system was developed to deliver the assessment in both Arabic and English and to offer three different modes to the customer.
· Demonstration Mode - providing example maths questions and personality questionnaire, short samples of the co-ordination and flying elements as well as producing representative sample reports
· Pre-screen Co-ordination Assessment - to aid filtering of candidates before the full assessment
· Full Assessment - including all tests in sequence with use of flight controls for the co-ordination, fixed wing and rotary wing assessments.
Focussing on customer requirements the 2-page report, generated in English, gives a colour-coded assessment of candidate's abilities (to indicate suitability). It covers a wide range of parameters including personality, learning, performance, situation awareness, memory, reasoning, physical ability (flying), co-ordination, multi-tasking and accuracy.
"The Pilot Aptitude System provides QEAF with a powerful tool that makes pilot selection processes more efficient and cost effective; potentially reducing wastage during flight training. It makes effective use of technology to contextualise the selection process and gives an effective measure of how well candidates perform in a given operational role within the organisation." Nikki Heath, CEO.
In September 2012 QEAF took delivery of their Pilot Aptitude System. This flexible solution is also available online and can include any number of tests such as, physics or company specific questionnaires.
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