COMPASS TM COMPUTERIZED PILOT APTITUDE SCREENING SYSTEM
The world’s leading pilot selection tool
Selecting the best candidates for pilot training or pilot employment is a difficult, delicate, but extremely important task.
European Pilot Selection & Training (EPST), a leading ATO and pilot selection specialist based in the Netherlands, developed COMPASS™: Computerized Pilot Aptitude Screening System.
COMPASS™ is a computer based selection tool that fulfills the need for a reliable, objective, scientifically proven and cost-effective screening method. Pilot competencies as described in the IATA guidelines for pilot training are assessed in a variety of tests.
Since 1997, renowned airlines around the world have trusted COMPASS™ to help screen their future pilots. Training organizations from the UK to China, Russia to Australia, South Africa to the Netherlands have used COMPASS™ to see if a candidate is qualified for a career as a professional pilot.
How it works
After a short briefing candidates are seated behind the personal computer with COMPASS™ installed on it. Using on-screen instructions the system guides them through all aptitude tests automatically. Before each test, a short practice run is provided to the candidate. Tests include visual and audible elements and require input from the candidate using a joystick and rudder pedals.
After all tests have been completed, an automatic scoring and analysis report is available immediately. This report can be easily interpreted by non-expert staff and provides a clear picture of the candidate’s performance, his strengths and weaknesses, as well as an overal indication of flying aptitude.
COMPASS™ can be provided in several languages; English, Chinese, in three different dialects, Turkish, Spanish and Russian. COMPASS™ can also be provided in your local language.
Reduce flight training failures
Over 140.000 completed COMPASS™ selection tests have proven to reduce the failure rate of flght training, resulting in valuable time and cost savings by reducing the need for extra training.
By using COMPASS™ as a selection tool, in combination with a standardized simulator assessment, it is possible to reduce the number of candidates failing their fl ight training to virtually zero. EPST’s failure rate since 1999 is less than 1,2%.
There are two COMPASS™ versions:
1. COMPASS™ for selecting student pilots.
The COMPASS™ system is designed to select candidates for Flight Training organizations. Emphasis is put on the aptitudes required for successful completion of a full flight training course.
2. Advanced COMPASS™ for selecting experienced pilots.
The Advanced COMPASS™ system allows airlines and ATO’s to use more complex tests to assess fl ying aptitude in already trained and licensed pilots.
COMPASS™ Personality Module
COMPASS™-Personality test (CPP) created in concert with the Institute of Aviation Psychology is based on the IATA guidelines for competency based pilot selection.
The COMPASS™ tests are designed to meet the general requirements of the British Psychological Society, in particular the need for the test to be free of cultural, gender and experimental bias. Presentations on COMPASS ™ to two university psychological faculties in the USA and the experience of the Aviation Human Factor Centre using COMPASS ™ in the Netherlands, have confi rmed that the tests satisfy these requirements.
Their independent validation of the COMPASS™ product shows that the total validity if the COMPASS ™ testing battery is .79. The confidence level is also .79.