Posted by Luigi Fort, Senior Marketing Executive
How do we choose the ‘Right Stuff’?
From the early years of aviation here are a couple of examples of what to look for when choosing an aviator…
In 1914: “he must possess an unusual amount of dare-devil spirit” (Dockeray and Isaacs 1921).
The US War Department in 1941: “eliminate all the mental and nervous weaklings including temperamental and personality handicapped individuals such as eccentrics, disturbers, irritable, unsocial, peculiar, gossipy, arrogant, and other mental twists types, all unsuited to aviation.
They are taken from ‘A History of Aeromedical Psychology’ (Tatana M. Olsen, Mathew McCauley and Carrie H. Kennedy), the opening chapter of ‘Aeromedical Psychology’, the new Ashgate book edited by Carrie H. Kennedy, University of Virginia, USA and Gary G. Kay, Cognitive Research Corporation, USA.
Kennedy and Gray provide a guide to aeromedical psychology and the training and selection process.