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Critical Requirements of Pilot Instructors

Report Number: HRRC TR 52-1
Author(s): Richard L. Krumm
Corporate Author: American Institute for Research
Date of Publication: 1952-09
Pages: 18
AD Number: ADF760069

This technical report covers research directed towards establishing the essential characteristics, or critical requirements, of effective flight instructors. It presents part of a project directed towards development of efficient procedures for assessing flight instructor proficiency, and represents a groundwork on which current research on instructor proficiency measurement, and development of improved procedures for selecting flight instructors, is proceeding. It is of interest to note that, at least until recently, principal emphasis in selecting and training flight instructors was placed on flying ability with relatively less weight placed on ability to teach. The research reported here is of significance because, in addition to concern with flying ability, it represents a 'grass roots' determination of essential instructional and personal characteristics of effective flight instructors, based upon analysis of data obtained in the field from Air Force flight instructors and pilot cadets. A significant finding is that critical requirements as established through analysis of data from flight instructors differ in certain important aspects from critical requirements established through analysis of data from cadets.

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