PSS

Pilot Selection System

Needs

Screening persons to find the best candidates for the pilot job is a difficult task

The complexity of modern military and civil aircraft demands a significant investment in pilot training.

It is therefore important to select the persons who have the physical and mental abilities that are necessary to become a pilot or other flight personnel. When a trainee pilot is later found to be mentally unfit to accomplish missions successfully, valuable resources are wasted.

Especially difficult in pilot selection is the objective, structured and standardised assessment of cognitive abilities. Ideally, the assessment is based on the latest scientific findings in the field of psychology.

Another problem is that it is necessary to screen large groups of people to increase the chances to find the best personnel. The selection methods must therefore be computer-based, highly efficient and easy to use.

Needs

Solution

The PSS provides well-founded computerised tests with excellent usability for the subjects and the examiners

The Pilot Selection System is a very flexible system for computer-based tests of cognitive abilities. The tests provided with the system are developed by psychologists. Input devices used by the subjects are optimised for the tests and for best usability. Subjects can thus better focus on the test. There are less unwanted factors influencing the test results. Tests can use special keys, joysticks and sound. Simultaneous tests on multiple test stations are possible.

The system is client-server based and allows precise and meaningful reporting on the subjects’ performance. Its flexibility allows you to go beyond traditional testing in a classroom:

  • Installation in a hypobaric chamber is possible. This allows you to demonstrate the effects of hypoxia on the cognitive abilities.
  • Combination with a flight training device is possible. AMST can provide a generic flight simulator with motion platform and a small footprint which is ideal for pilot screening. Actively or passively flying in the simulator while taking tests increases the cognitive load on the subject. Tests taken in the future work environment become even more meaningful.

Solution

Benefits

The PSS has many advantages over paper-based or standard classroom testing

  • Computerised, highly efficient testing
  • Higher throughput of candidates
  • Scientifically founded tests
  • Can be used to screen candidate pilots but also to demonstrate to flight personnel how extreme conditions impair cognitive abilities
  • Flexible: classroom or in combination with other training equipment
  • Meaningful reports
  • Results can be exported for use in other applications
  • Customized training by expert psychologists helps you to get the best benefit from the system

Benefits

Features

These features make the PSS incredibly useful

Test Station with Purpose-Designed Test Panel

Test Station with Purpose-Designed Test Panel

The test station is built particularly for testing. The test panel has joysticks, special buttons and an audio interface to accommodate for various test types.
Reliable Client-Server Architecture

Reliable Client-Server Architecture

Test results are stored with the subjects’ master data in a central database on the server. The server’s data is secure with RAID and a UPS. Standard Ethernet is used to connect server, test stations and instructor station.
Instructor Station

Instructor Station

The instructor station allows to centrally manage tests, manage master data and generate reports. Multiple instructor stations are possible to do the reporting and data analysis in an office.

Options

How to make the PSS even more useful

Usage for Hypoxia Awareness Training

Usage for Hypoxia Awareness Training

The PSS can be installed in a hypobaric chamber. The equipment is tested for long-term usage at 30.000 feet and for short-term usage at 80.000 feet.
Generic Flight Simulator

Generic Flight Simulator

The CSS is a generic flight simulator with a motion system. With its small footprint, you can always find a place for it, for example in your PSS classroom. With the CSS, a subject can take a test during active or passive flight.

References

PSS V – Austria 2017

PSS V – Austria 2017

A monoplace test system is installed at AMST for demonstration and further development. The psychological test developed for the German Institute are further developed with additional tests.
PSS IV – Germany 2016

PSS IV – Germany 2016

The PSS for the German Institute in Königsbrück was newly developped by AMST. The test system is installed inside the Hypobaric Chamber (6 test stations) and linked to an outside server. Psychological test are performed in high altitude.
PSS III – Myanmar 2016

PSS III – Myanmar 2016

The PSS consists of a classroom for simulataneous psychological tests for 10 pilots (phase 1). In addition, a motion based simulator is installed for additional selection procedure (phase 2).
PSS II – Vietnam 2015

PSS II – Vietnam 2015

The PSS consists of a classroom for simultaneous test of 8 pilots. Each pilot station is linked to a server where the instructor gets all test results. The system is installed at the military hospital in Hanoi.
PSS I – Austria 2014

PSS I – Austria 2014

AMST has installed a PSS at the Austrian Military Hospital in Vienna. It consists of psychological tests and a simulator with a small motion system.
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