Avi­a­tion and Space Psy­chol­o­gy test cen­tre

Test room
Test room
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Test room

Test room for 50 test sub­jects.
Operational multitasking
Op­er­a­tional mul­ti­task­ing
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Operational multitasking

At the DLR In­sti­tute of Aerospace Medicine test cen­tre in Ham­burg, pi­lots and air traf­fic con­trollers are test­ed for pro­fes­sion­al fit­ness by means of ap­ti­tude tests. The aim is to achieve greater flight safe­ty across the en­tire avi­a­tion in­dus­try.

Test room
Test room
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Test room

Test room for ba­sic pro­fes­sion­al ap­ti­tude test­ing.

Knowledge tests
Knowl­edge tests
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Knowledge tests

Knowl­edge tests with item pools.

Group testing
Group test­ing
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Group testing

Group test­ing of psy­chomo­tor skills.

At the test centre of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) Institute of Aerospace Medicine in Hamburg, pilots and air traffic controllers are tested to evaluate their professional aptitude. The goal is to increase flight safety across the entire aviation industry.

In the Institute’s Aviation and Space Psychology department, aptitude tests are conducted to assess the reliability of pilots and air traffic controllers (ATC) in terms of performance and personality. The aim is to ensure that the operators are fit to perform their jobs. Each year, around 10,000 psychological suitability investigations are conducted at DLR test centres.

Aptitude testing for air traffic controllers and pilots

The main purpose of this testing facility is to increase flight safety across the entire aviation industry. Airlines and ATC organisations also gain economic advantages by selecting suitable staff. This is because the human element is an important factor in aviation safety; on the one hand, people can enhance the reliability of technical systems, but on the other hand, due to their susceptibility to errors, they also pose the greatest risk. Insufficient communication and cooperation or non-systematic decision-making are more common causes of incidents than the weather or technology, for instance. Aptitude testing of pilots and air traffic controllers is thus an essential step to delivering safe aviation.

Contact
  • Volker Speelmann
    Head of Cen­tral Ex­pen­di­ture Man­age­ment
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    Telephone: +49 2203 601-4103
    Fax: +49 2203 601 4115
    Linder Höhe
    51147 Cologne
    Contact
  • Peter Maschke
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter
    DLR In­sti­tute of Aerospace Medicine
    Avi­a­tion and Space Psy­chol­o­gy
    Telephone: +49 40 513096-0
    Fax: +49 40 513096-60
    Sportallee 54a
    22335 Hamburg
    Contact

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