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ADAPT Online Pilot Aptitude Testing

Jamie Reddish | 08.09.2021

You are likely to have to undertake pilot aptitude testing at several different stages of your career in aviation, whether its when first applying to become a pilot, during direct entry level interviews to be a captain or first officer, for command upgrade positions or even when progressing into an instructor or trainer role. These tests are designed to demonstrate you have the aptitude and the traits to be successful in each position.

Our clients use the ADAPT solution to conduct psychometric and aptitude assessments to identify individuals that have the potential to be successful in a role and in some cases to remain compliant with industry standards. Our pilot aptitude and psychometric tests are based on the eight ICAO pilot competencies and established psychological principles.

What are the ICAO Pilot Competencies?

1. Application of procedures and compliance with regulations

2. Communication

3. Aeroplane flight path management automation

4. Aeroplane flight path management manual control

5. Leadership and teamwork

6. Problem solving and decision making

7. Situational awareness and management of information

8. Workload management.

If you are interested to read more about how Symbiotics testing process aligns with IATA Guidance Material and Best Practices for pilot aptitude testing, you can read it here.

Measuring Pilot Competencies

When measuring pilot aptitude our assessments test the following dimensions as they directly relate to the ICAO pilot competencies

English language proficiency

ICAO level 4 is the minimum standard that is acceptable for Pilots. You will need to be able to achieve this in order to be successful in the role.

Composite mental abilities

This covers allocation of attention, multi-tasking, psycho motor abilities and spatial abilities. When looking at aircraft flight path management, manual control and automation these abilities are highly relevant.

Social-interpersonal abilities

This includes ability to communicate, ability to operate in a leadership role and teamworking.

Basic mental abilities

This includes looking at memory capacity, speed and accuracy, information processing, spatial abilities, technical comprehension, reasoning, logic and long-term concentration.

Operational Abilities

This includes decision making, problem solving, workload management and situational awareness.

Personality Traits

This is to look at professionalism, safety, motivation, stress-coping, information load, time pressure and application of procedures and compliance with regulations.