Absorbing and Developing Qualified Fighter Pilots: The Role by Richard S. Marken, William W. Taylor, John A. Ausink,

By Richard S. Marken, William W. Taylor, John A. Ausink, Lawrence M. Hanser, C. R. Anderegg

What skills make certain even if a fighter pilot is skilled? Surveys of professional pilots published that, whereas flying time is a component of the event wanted for either wrestle and employees jobs, different issues also are very important. The Air strength must degree and credits forms of experience-including time spent in complex simulator systems-when revising its definitions of pilot adventure.

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37 38 Absorbing and Developing Qualified Fighter Pilots The survey used policy-capturing methods to determine the bases for expert pilots’ judgments of other pilots’ combat readiness and their readiness for staff positions (Anderson, 1981; Kline and Sulsky, 1995). These methods use statistical models to discover, or capture, how experts combine information in forming judgments. The combination rule that is the basis of these judgments represents the experts’ policy as applied in making the judgment at hand.

If contractor personnel are going to supervise actual training, the Air Force needs to ensure that their supervision skills meet acceptable quality standards and must also evaluate the sustainability of contractor sources of adequately qualified training supervisors. If this is the preferred option, the Air Force must also establish policies that will ensure that contractor training supervisors can remain current on evolving tactics and munitions capabilities. To the best of our knowledge, none of these issues has been adequately addressed.

Finally, a related project examining issues associated with developing rated officers to meet authorized billet requirements has also identified much more-formal qualifications for most staff officers and supervisor billet authorizations than the 500-hour definition. 16 Absorbing and Developing Qualified Fighter Pilots nitude of the contingency effort is clear from the fact that, during the 10 years immediately following the Gulf War, the Air Force expended nearly 400,000 sorties simply to maintain no-fly zones in northern and southern Iraq.

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