Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education & Research


Ronald J. Ferrara






This study explored the existence of the so-called pilot's personality profile in collegiate professional pilot candidates, based on selected factors of the Edwards Personality Preference Schedule (EPPS). The EPPS was administered to 185 professional pilot candidates enrolled in the professional pilot curriculum at Middle Tennessee State University. Results were used to construct a profile which was compared to the college norm developed by Edwards and to the personality profile previously identified for pilots. The results suggested that, although there were significant differences in the profiles, the degree and direction of these differences were not consistent with that which has previously been identified as the pilot's personality profile. Therefore, the results failed to support the hypothesis that the professional pilot candidates at Middle Tennessee State University would display the pilot's personality profile.



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