Dr. Diane Damos

Dr. Diane Damos is the president of Damos Aviation Services, Inc. She received her doctorate in aviation psychology from the University of Illinois in 1977. Between 1977 and 1997 she served on the faculties of the State University of New York at Buffalo, Arizona State University, and the University of Southern California. In 1997 she began  working full-time at Damos Aviation Services, Inc. She is a fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. She is also an associate fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association.

Dr. Damos has been involved with pilot selection since 1970. She assisted in the development of  computer-based tests of information processing and cognition for pilot selection for both the United States Navy and Air Force. She has consulted with numerous domestic and foreign air carriers and training schools on both ab initio and experienced pilot selection. She has authored articles in refereed journals on pilot selection as well as technical reports and professional articles. She has conducted short courses on developing pilot selection systems in the United States, Canada, Africa, Europe, and the Far East.

Dr. Damos also has been involved extensively in the area of pilot training. Her most recent research has focused on automated flight systems. She has worked with a major U.S. air carrier to improve its automated flight systems training program.

Dr. Damos is a consulting editor for the International Journal of Aviation Psychology and was the special editor for an issue of the International Journal of Aviation Psychology on pilot selection.  Dr. Damos served as the chair of  the Aerospace Technical Group of the Human Factors and Ergonomics SocietyShe also was appointed to the United States National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council Panel of Human Factors in Air Traffic Control Automation. She is a commercial, multi-engine pilot with an instrument rating. She also holds the ground instructor advanced and instrument ratings.

Selected Publications:

Damos, D.L. (2014).  A More Select Selection Process.  Aviation Week & Space Technology, 176(4), 8.

Damos, D.L. (2012).  Hiring Pilots During a Shortage: Some Cautions.  ICAO Training Report, 2(2), 17-19.

Damos, D.L. (2011).  KSAOs for military pilot selection: A review of the literature.  (DAS Technical Report DAS-2011001) Gurnee, Il.  Damos Aviation Services, Inc.

Damos, D.L., John, R.S., & Lyall, E.A. (1999). The effect of level of automation on time spent looking out of the cockpit. International Journal of Aviation Psychology, 9, 303-314.

Damos, D.L., and Gould, R.B. (1999). Hiring: Can your company prove it doesn’t discriminate? NBAA Digest, 12(8), 7.

Damos, D.L. (1998). Purchasing new pilot selection tests. The Journal of Professional Aviation Training, 1(1), 8-9.

Damos, D.L. (1998). The effect of interruptions on Part 121 air carrier operations. Los Angeles, CA.: University of Southern California.

Damos, D.L., & Koonce, J. (1997). Methodological and analytical concerns on the pilot selection research of Park and Lee (1992). Human Factors, 39, 9-13.

Damos, D.L. (1996). Pilot selection batteries: Shortcomings and perspectives. International Journal of Aviation Psychology, 6, 199-209.

Damos, D.L. (1993). Using meta analysis to examine the predictive validity of single- and multiple-task measures to flight performance. Human Factors, 35, 615-628.

Damos, D.L., (1987). Some considerations in the design of a computerized human information processing battery. (NAMRL Monograph 35). Pensacola, FL: Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory.

Damos, D.L., & Gibb G.D. (1986) Development of a computer-based naval aviation selection test battery (Report No. NAMRL-1319). Pensacola, FL: Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory.

Damos, D.L., & Lintern, G. (1981). A comparison of single- and dual-task measures to predict simulator performance of beginning student pilots. Ergonomics, 24, 673-684.

Damos, D.L., (1978). Residual attention as a predictor of pilot performance. Human Factors, 20, 435-440.