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SAAIR Safety Assessment Aviation



The SAAIR Safety Assessment Aviation test set assesses aspects of personality and cognitive ability that are relevant to aviation. It measures criteria such as stress tolerance, memory, spatial ability and psychomotor coordination as well as personality aspects such as conscientiousness or emotional stability. The majority of the dimensions have been validated in terms of their ability to predict success in a flight simulator test. The tests used have been shown to meet the highest psychometric standards.
SAAIR is tailored to the needs of civil and military aviation and covers three areas: selection of civil and military pilots, pre-selecting candidates for testing in a flight simulator, and regular testing of pilots’ fitness to fly. SAAIR can be used to select pilots of all types, such as aircraft pilots, sports aircraft pilots, helicopter pilots and airship pilots.
It can reduce not only the institutional burden of the selection process but also the burden on pilots and would-be pilots in terms of both time and physical and mental stress. A generally high level of ability in all relevant areas can be regarded as a basic condition for coping successfully with the cognitive demands placed on pilots.

Legal basis and validation

In modern aviation it is not only sensomotor skills that matter: other abilities such as logical reasoning, numerical ability, spatial ability and focused attention are acquiring an increasingly important role. This has been confirmed in various metaanalyses of the predictive validity of cognitive ability dimensions in pilot selection and training. Likewise, some aspects of this are reflected in the JAR-FCL3 guidelines, subparts A, B and C section 2. The tests for this test set were selected on the basis of these considerations, various studies and of expert valuation. The relevance of the test set to the prediction of the training outcomes or flying performance of aspiring pilots in both civil and military aviation was evaluated empirically.


  • Table with raw scores, percentile ranks and confidence intervals.
  • Profile
  • Written report with profile and verbal description of the individual results.


The SAAIR test set comprises the following dimensions and tests:
Dimensions Tests Testform/Subtests Duration in minutes
Total length if all dimensions are presented approx. 187
Cognitive abilities
Memory VISGED S11 approx. 13
Logical reasoning INSBAT S2 approx. 31
Numerical ability INSBAT S2 approx. 40
Spatial ability A3DW S1 approx. 29
Stress tolerance, reactive DT S1 approx. 6
Focused attention SIGNAL S3 approx. 25
Vigilance – Aviation VIGIL S1 approx. 28
Sensomotor functions
Eye-hand coordination SMK S1 approx. 10
Personality determinants
Emotional stability BFSI S1 approx. 1
Extraversion BFSI S1 approx. 1
Conscientiousness BFSI S1 approx. 1
Openness BFSI S1 approx. 1
Agreeableness BFSI S1 approx. 1

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Test information

cross-test scoring
cross-test norming
cross-test validation
based on statutory requirements
test(s) specifically adapted for test set
additional device required
supervisor-supported testing




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