In orderto improve Air Traffic Control (ATC) training efficiency and reduce the risk of student failure, the FAA needstools that can predict student success and inform student placement in training. By considering student aptitude, the FAA could reduce training costs by reducing student failure rates and transfers between facilities.In order to explore the benefits of early aptitude assessment, The MITRE Corporation (MITRE) created a prototype Radar Vectoring Aptitude Test designed to be administered to students before they begin their training to assess their aptitude for the skill of radar vectoring. The FAA office of Safety and Technical Training (AJI-2) in Air Traffic Operations (ATO), the FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI), and MITRE are working in collaboration to evaluatethe prototype with trainees at the FAA Academy.
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