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lightning2Boy
23rd May 2017, 10:10
Hey guys!

About 2 weeks ago I have received my invitation to the flight screening course starting on the 18th of June. Unfortunately it has been more than 6 months since my assessment day so I now have to go in on monday (29th) to resit the entire day which is a bit of a bummer, just wondering if anyone else has had this problem?

So now I'm assuming my offer is conditional that I pass the assessment day again :/

And if anyone else is placed in the same flight screening course it would be great to have a chat and possibly make a group for us to talk in and prepare together, send me an email if you are interested!

Cheers

Jkahler91
26th May 2017, 07:57
Hi All,

I have my Specialist Testing for Pilot coming up in a month. It has been at least 5 years since I last did it.

Can anyone please tell me what is involved now? I have heard that they have taken the joysticks out of the testing? I'm prepping by going through my mental equations and math skills.

A little bit about me: After completing School I applied for the Air Force and they knocked me back saying I didn't have enough life experience. So here I am now as a fully qualified Personal Trainer running my own business living by myself and should have all the experience they require.

Kind Regards All.

JK

tayra
29th May 2017, 01:25
Hey JK, I had my spec testing recently and there was no hand-eye coordination testing. Aside from that I don't think much has changed since when you would have originally done it. Speed and accuracy important and all that jazz.

BoxBoxCheez
30th May 2017, 23:13
Zanzare, recommend turning on private messaging.

I wouldn't worry about a period of unemployment. Your experience abroad provides an insight into your leadership qualities, and also demonstrates life experience which is priceless when you're competing with school leavers for a position.

Jkahler91
31st May 2017, 02:35
Hey JK, I had my spec testing recently and there was no hand-eye coordination testing. Aside from that I don't think much has changed since when you would have originally done it. Speed and accuracy important and all that jazz.

Hey Tayra,

Thanks for that. I'll continue to improve my mental arithmetic skills. I'll let everyone know how I go next wednesday. I have found a nice little course that tailors to the testing done on the Specific testing which is run by ex-military personal.

Regards

JK

RandosaurusRex
2nd Jun 2017, 14:33
Completed the additional testing for pilots today, was actually easier than I expected (thankfully haha). Now to call DFR tomorrow and get the assessment day booked in for ASAP hopefully, the wait I had between my initial application and my YOU session was like torture :P

GCcity
11th Jun 2017, 03:56
Hey mate how'd you go on the additional testing?

I have my pilot additional testing coming up next week any tips?

Carrot21
27th Jun 2017, 18:33
Hi all,

I'm enlisting on July 28th for OTS and am wondering if there was anyone on here who has the same date? Probably a long shot but it would be good to get to know the people I'm about to spend the next 18 weeks with.

Cheers x

septerra
3rd Jul 2017, 05:34
Anyone know if the August FSP offers have been sent out?

If they have, I'll need to re-do the Assessment day for the fourth time... sigh.

Appreciate the info if anyone has it.

tayra
3rd Jul 2017, 11:45
Hey Septerra,
Cant offer anything super concrete but I had an OSB mentoring evening a couple of weeks back and met a couple of people on #28,29,30 courses (which I believe would've been greater than 4 weeks notice for those). My file just got down there last week and I haven't heard anything yet so hopefully those 31-33 courses are still to be filled.

septerra
4th Jul 2017, 08:34
Tayra, appreciate the info mate. Thanks :ok:

FlyingSoon
14th Jul 2017, 09:17
Hey mate how'd you go on the additional testing?

I have my pilot additional testing coming up next week any tips?

Plenty of good tips in this forum. Expect questions on estimation, rapid maths hand eye coordination etc.

EDIT: Seems hand eye coordination has been removed recently based on anecdotes in this thread.

FlyingSoon
14th Jul 2017, 09:25
Could anyone shed some light on what I've been told or is it the norm to be waiting this long.

Thanks in advance, Jason.

No, it's not normal to wait this long. The fact you are in the middle third means there will be plenty of people in above you and would be replaced as they come out with new candidates going through the testing.

You may have to wait in the pool for a while. I was in your position once and got a surprise call to fill a vacancy on a course. I ended up getting an offer and I'm now in the job I wanted.

Just be prepared to go through and complete another Assessment Day to improve your competitiveness after the year has gone through as the results only last a year.

Best,
fs

cagibson
20th Jul 2017, 09:57
Hi all! Just received an invite for FSP for 20th August which I am over the moon about! (Medical approval 11 may). Anyone else have this date yet? Keen to have a chat before going down

_jnr
30th Jul 2017, 11:06
Hi all! Just received an invite for FSP for 20th August which I am over the moon about! (Medical approval 11 may). Anyone else have this date yet? Keen to have a chat before going down

I'll also be at the 20th Aug - 2nd Sep FSP. Would be great to have a chat!

flank1
1st Aug 2017, 13:17
I'll also be at the 20th Aug - 2nd Sep FSP. Would be great to have a chat!
I'll be there also! Shoot me a message if you wanna chat, cheers.

lightning2Boy
2nd Aug 2017, 13:22
Hey guys just wanted to update you all, I completed my FSP just over a month ago and got recommended in top 25% of candidates. Just wondering how long those of you who received offers had to wait for your offer and what % of the pool you were placed.

Cheers

Logicalexplanation
3rd Aug 2017, 05:38
Hello All!

Like many of you I've ventured down the path of joining the ADF with aspirations of becoming a Pilot.
I've spent a considerable amount of time going through the wealth of information on this thread and am grateful to everyone who has contributed over the years.

I've recently completed my additional pilot testing having passed with eligibility for all the roles I had preferenced and had a Assessment session scheduled for a end of August. I've since had my session cancelled due to receiving a Med Class 4 after completing my Part B Medical Questionnaire.

I've been rendered ineligible due to a head injury I suffered while snowboarding in August 2016. I had a fall, suffered a concussion and had a tonic clonic seizure. I was medically cleared by my local hospital two days later after various scans (CT etc) and applicable checks and monitoring. I have no ongoing management for anything from the injury and this is the only seizure I have ever had in my life.

I note the ADF medical guidelines state you must be seizure free for at least 2 years. However, I was hoping for guidance for the following:
- Is it worth obtaining medical reports and attempting to appeal the decision?
- Is the decision likely to be overturned at all?
- Has anyone experienced anything similar and what was the outcome?

Thank you!

Thiessi
3rd Aug 2017, 05:58
Hi everyone.

My pilot dossier was sent off to Tamworth last week (DEO). How long have competitive candidates had to wait between the paperwork being received and an invitation for FSP being made?

Would it be safe to assume if I receive an invitation to attend FSP that it wouldn't be until next year or is there a chance I could scrape in for a DEO spot this year?

ryano
3rd Aug 2017, 10:37
Logical,
The answer will remain as 'no' until you ask the question. It might cost a bit to appeal (getting the specialist reports ect) and it may take a long time. You should keep the following in mind. I'm not a doctor, but head injuries and seizures and aviation don't really mix well. It isn't just the ADF that has a tough stance - so to do civil aviation regulatory bodies and militaries world-wide. Have a look at the DAME Clinical Practice Guidelines for head injuries and seizures on the CASA website. The ADF may have it's own additional and/or different policies, but this is the sort of thing you will come up against.

Logicalexplanation
3rd Aug 2017, 22:48
Logical,
The answer will remain as 'no' until you ask the question. It might cost a bit to appeal (getting the specialist reports ect) and it may take a long time. You should keep the following in mind. I'm not a doctor, but head injuries and seizures and aviation don't really mix well. It isn't just the ADF that has a tough stance - so to do civil aviation regulatory bodies and militaries world-wide. Have a look at the DAME Clinical Practice Guidelines for head injuries and seizures on the CASA website. The ADF may have it's own additional and/or different policies, but this is the sort of thing you will come up against.

Thanks for your input Ryano, it is greatly appreciated. I'll have a read over the CASA head injury/ seizure policies and make an informed decision from there. I guess all I can do is try to appeal and hope for the best.

Slezy9
7th Aug 2017, 19:56
Hello All!

Like many of you I've ventured down the path of joining the ADF with aspirations of becoming a Pilot.
I've spent a considerable amount of time going through the wealth of information on this thread and am grateful to everyone who has contributed over the years.

I've recently completed my additional pilot testing having passed with eligibility for all the roles I had preferenced and had a Assessment session scheduled for a end of August. I've since had my session cancelled due to receiving a Med Class 4 after completing my Part B Medical Questionnaire.

I've been rendered ineligible due to a head injury I suffered while snowboarding in August 2016. I had a fall, suffered a concussion and had a tonic clonic seizure. I was medically cleared by my local hospital two days later after various scans (CT etc) and applicable checks and monitoring. I have no ongoing management for anything from the injury and this is the only seizure I have ever had in my life.

I note the ADF medical guidelines state you must be seizure free for at least 2 years. However, I was hoping for guidance for the following:
- Is it worth obtaining medical reports and attempting to appeal the decision?
- Is the decision likely to be overturned at all?
- Has anyone experienced anything similar and what was the outcome?

Thank you!

In future, lie, lie, lie...

Look at the possible outcomes.

You get in, they find out, and they kick you out.

Or you tell the truth and you don't get in...

Either way you end up at the same place.

When I joined asthma was a big no no, yet there was more than once I heard a mysterious puffer like sound when "camping" during OTS. They all went on to pass and become FJ pilots.

13Beast
7th Aug 2017, 22:42
Hi everyone,

Great thread this! Been reading it all and absorbing as much info as I can from it all.

I passed assessment day last Wednesday, and have been recommended for all three (Ugrad Army AeroEng, RAAF Pilot, RAAF ACO).

I must admit though I am somewhat trepidatious about what the ADF may think of my age and my suitability to be a pilot (turning 37 next month).

The ACO who did my interviews seemed to think that as long as I passed all the testing they threw at me, then it wouldn't be an issue. However, if I did get in, I'd be coming out of flight school around 40....surely this would preclude me automatically from some jobs (i.e. fast jets), correct?

Has anybody here had any experience or knowledge of "old" blokes like myself making it through FSP (and then flight school), and if so, where they tended to end up? While I'd love to fly with the RAAF, if its going to be pushing sh*t uphill due to policies frowning upon an older candidate, then I'd be more than happy to fly helos with Navy or Army (if those pathways automatically prove more fortuitous given my age). I'd be thrilled flying in the military period, no matter what airframe it happened to be.

Thanks for any help you guys may have for me.
David

Steve3194
7th Aug 2017, 23:50
What's the latest coming out of FSP?
Is there still a hold on Army recruiting for pilots?

13Beast
8th Aug 2017, 01:53
What's the latest coming out of FSP?
Is there still a hold on Army recruiting for pilots?

That's correct. I was told by DFR that Army are full for pilots, whereas RAAF are the opposite, and are in overdrive recruiting for pilots at present. Perhaps it's all those new airframes coming in, plus skilled F18 pilots now doing JSF conversion training (and Orion jockeys moving across to the P8). Leaves me wondering who'll be left flying the Super Hornets and Growlers during the transition period whilst one would imagine a large % of pilots are training on and transitioning to the JSF.

ryano
8th Aug 2017, 11:39
The Army is not full of pilots. Due to a number of reasons, the Army has a major backlog of people waiting for an operational conversion. Since the training system can't produce pilots any faster and is already running at capacity in terms of output, its only option is to slow its intake of fresh trainees to allow the backlog to clear. This will take a long (!) time. Even if it magically trained everyone waiting overnight though, the regiments would still be undermanned.

RichardK
10th Aug 2017, 03:44
Hi all,

Was just assigned my FSP & OSB course, DEO Course 201736, commencing Sunday 10 September Ė Saturday 23 September 2017. Just seeing if anyone else on here is attending at the same time.

My file was sent down to PSA on the 28th of May 2017, to give an idea on potential waiting time for those applying.

Cheers,
Richard

JN8
10th Aug 2017, 05:09
Hey there everyone.

I just got an invite to FSP for 10-23 September :D :D :D Is anyone else going to that one? Would be good to have a chat beforehand.

Best of luck to everyone going through the process currently.

(didn't mean for those smilies to look like such self-congratulatory clapping, by the way, but there doesn't seem to be a better "happy" option)

RichardK
10th Aug 2017, 22:49
I just got an invite to FSP for 10-23 September :D :D :D Is anyone else going to that one? Would be good to have a chat beforehand.

Great minds think alike. Tried going to your profile but couldn't find a link to privately contact you. Hopefully the one on mine is working, shoot me an email and we can get a group chat going potentially.

spandexo
11th Aug 2017, 03:59
Hey there everyone.

I just got an invite to FSP for 10-23 September :D :D :D Is anyone else going to that one? Would be good to have a chat beforehand.

Best of luck to everyone going through the process currently.

(didn't mean for those smilies to look like such self-congratulatory clapping, by the way, but there doesn't seem to be a better "happy" option)
Hey JN8 - Congratulations to you and every one else on receiving your invitation for FSP!!!

Just wondering, how long ago did your enlistment coordinator send off your pilot dossier to Tamworth? Just trying to get an idea of the waiting period for an invitation.

Cheers

JN8
11th Aug 2017, 05:24
Great minds think alike. Tried going to your profile but couldn't find a link to privately contact you. Hopefully the one on mine is working, shoot me an email and we can get a group chat going potentially.

Sent you an email, Richard :)

titanpilot
12th Aug 2017, 00:48
Hey JN8 - Congratulations to you and every one else on receiving your invitation for FSP!!!

Just wondering, how long ago did your enlistment coordinator send off your pilot dossier to Tamworth? Just trying to get an idea of the waiting period for an invitation.

Cheers

Hey spandexo,

My dossier was sent off in Early October last year. I was just sent confirmation of my selection for the FSP starting on 3rd September two weeks ago so It can take some time. I had pretty much given up hope. I am a bit of a special case though as my age would have to count against me. I'll be 44 by the time my FSP starts.

Anybody else on here attending the 201735 course?

matty1999
12th Aug 2017, 04:16
Anyone know if the male ban affects us?

spandexo
12th Aug 2017, 10:11
Hey spandexo,

My dossier was sent off in Early October last year. I was just sent confirmation of my selection for the FSP starting on 3rd September two weeks ago so It can take some time. I had pretty much given up hope. I am a bit of a special case though as my age would have to count against me. I'll be 44 by the time my FSP starts.

Anybody else on here attending the 201735 course?

Hey Titan

Thanks for the response and congratulations on your FSP invitation!! Looks like I have a bit of a wait as my dossier was only sent off last week.

VF144
12th Aug 2017, 17:12
Hey spandexo,

My dossier was sent off in Early October last year. I was just sent confirmation of my selection for the FSP starting on 3rd September two weeks ago so It can take some time. I had pretty much given up hope. I am a bit of a special case though as my age would have to count against me. I'll be 44 by the time my FSP starts.

Anybody else on here attending the 201735 course?

Hello Titan. I am attending the 201735 Course 3rd September to 16th

titanpilot
13th Aug 2017, 02:05
Hey Titan

Thanks for the response and congratulations on your FSP invitation!! Looks like I have a bit of a wait as my dossier was only sent off last week.

Maybe, maybe not. From what I can make out the more competitive you are the quicker it will happen.

I was told when they first sent mine off that all the spots had been filled until the end of the year. They also told me that I was unlikely to get a spot at the start of the year since that is their busy time (I guess filling all the spots with the previous year's school leavers). They told me that after April things got quieter and I might get a spot after that.

As I said though my dossier may not have been as competitive due to my age. I have heard that the really competitive ones can get offers withing a month. Good luck buddy but don't give up if it doesn't happen straight away otherwise you may find yourself cramming in the study and desperately trying to get in shape like I currently am.

spandexo
13th Aug 2017, 11:11
Maybe, maybe not. From what I can make out the more competitive you are the quicker it will happen.

I was told when they first sent mine off that all the spots had been filled until the end of the year. They also told me that I was unlikely to get a spot at the start of the year since that is their busy time (I guess filling all the spots with the previous year's school leavers). They told me that after April things got quieter and I might get a spot after that.

As I said though my dossier may not have been as competitive due to my age. I have heard that the really competitive ones can get offers withing a month. Good luck buddy but don't give up if it doesn't happen straight away otherwise you may find yourself cramming in the study and desperately trying to get in shape like I currently am.


Thanks Titan, Fingers crossed it will all happen soon. And yeh I've just started studying up again!!

Best of luck for your FSP/OSB! :ok:

anthos92
13th Aug 2017, 20:14
Hi All,

I'm about to sit RAAF Pilot specific testing next week. From what I have worked out from reading on here I should expect questions on the following:

Reading aircraft gauges.
Aircraft spatial orientation tests
Fast maths - estimations
Speed/Distance/Time questions
Memory Numerical tests
Basic decimal multiplication, addition & subtraction.

Am I on the right track with this and is there any advice anyone could give me?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers,

13Beast
13th Aug 2017, 23:51
Hey spandexo,

My dossier was sent off in Early October last year. I was just sent confirmation of my selection for the FSP starting on 3rd September two weeks ago so It can take some time. I had pretty much given up hope. I am a bit of a special case though as my age would have to count against me. I'll be 44 by the time my FSP starts.

Anybody else on here attending the 201735 course?

Good luck on your FSP Titan. Good to see there's hope yet for us old boys! I'm 37 in 3 weeks time, and waiting on my FSP call up too. :)

Thiessi
14th Aug 2017, 02:53
Good luck on your FSP Titan. Good to see there's hope yet for us old boys! I'm 37 in 3 weeks time, and waiting on my FSP call up too. :)

I'll be 35 in November. Also waiting on a call for FSP. My dossier was sent about a month ago. At this rate they'll have to run a "Dad's Army" FSP course.

JN8
14th Aug 2017, 07:41
Hey JN8 - Congratulations to you and every one else on receiving your invitation for FSP!!!

Just wondering, how long ago did your enlistment coordinator send off your pilot dossier to Tamworth? Just trying to get an idea of the waiting period for an invitation.

Cheers

Hey spandexo. Thanks. I was pretty lucky - my file was sent up around 18 July. So I guess you could hear something soon, or you could be waiting for a while... Good luck, hopefully it will be sooner rather than later!

Looking back over posts from this time last year, it seems like there was a July/Aug 2016 intake at OTS and then nothing until Feb and March 2017, and again a couple in July/Aug 2017. Does anyone know if that's pretty much how it works every year?

titanpilot
14th Aug 2017, 20:56
Hello Titan. I am attending the 201735 Course 3rd September to 16th

Hey VF144,

If you want to chat then feel free to send me a PM. I'm currently logged in from my phone on a work break so I'm not sure if I can PM you.

titanpilot
14th Aug 2017, 20:58
Hey spandexo. Thanks. I was pretty lucky - my file was sent up around 18 July. So I guess you could hear something soon, or you could be waiting for a while... Good luck, hopefully it will be sooner rather than later!

Looking back over posts from this time last year, it seems like there was a July/Aug 2016 intake at OTS and then nothing until Feb and March 2017, and again a couple in July/Aug 2017. Does anyone know if that's pretty much how it works every year?
I'm not sure if that's how it works for all the services but from what I can see that's the schedule for NEOC (Navy).

AT591
15th Aug 2017, 10:30
Hey spandexo. Thanks. I was pretty lucky - my file was sent up around 18 July. So I guess you could hear something soon, or you could be waiting for a while... Good luck, hopefully it will be sooner rather than later!

Looking back over posts from this time last year, it seems like there was a July/Aug 2016 intake at OTS and then nothing until Feb and March 2017, and again a couple in July/Aug 2017. Does anyone know if that's pretty much how it works every year?

This year was Feb, March, June, July. No more RAAF recruitment for the rest of the year. I'd imagine 2018 will be similar but I don't imagine the OTS dates will be out until late this year or early 2018.

JN8
18th Aug 2017, 04:12
Thanks for your responses, titanpilot and AT591 :ok:

GCcity
25th Aug 2017, 00:09
Hey all,

I'm over the moon as I have my pilot assessment day booked in for September! I was just wondering does anyone know if there are going to be any more Flight screenings this year/ how to find out?

tayra
25th Aug 2017, 11:56
Hey all,

I'm over the moon as I have my pilot assessment day booked in for September! I was just wondering does anyone know if there are going to be any more Flight screenings this year/ how to find out?

Hey GC unless you're going for ADFA entry its pretty unlikely you'll get a FSP spot this year. Your enlistment coordinator would have to get your file to Tamworth immediately after your assessment session and then have it paper boarded very quickly along with you being at the top of the pool competitiveness-wise after that. They send out FSP offers pretty much bang on a month prior to start.

On the other hand for ADFA entry you've got a good shot assuming you're competitive and DFR moves quickly for you (this can vary greatly! ;)).

13Beast
28th Aug 2017, 01:10
Hi everyone,
I was told my dossier was sent off in early June. Nearly three months later I decided to call the Flight Screening Program in Tamworth to see how it was all coming along.

This is something I want to do too, in order to check up on how my application is going. However I rang my enlistment coordinator at DFR for info on how to get in touch with Tamworth and he didn't entertain my request at all, seeming quite clear in that it's not an option for candidates to contact them directly...and yet yourself and quite a few others have been in direct contact with them? How do I go about this? Got me concerned now given the delays you experienced that were only discovered when you actually rang them directly!

hansfalkenhagen
28th Aug 2017, 18:05
@13Beast, Try googling BAE Systems Tamworth to find a number. Ask to be transferred to the flight screening people. They are actually pretty helpful and happy to speak to you.

I was reading on ABC news a few months back that they are going to develop a flight simulator program for the flight screening program which would mean they can process applicants a lot faster and more efficiently. From what I remember, this won't be implemented 'till about 2021 however.

GCcity
28th Aug 2017, 23:33
Hey GC unless you're going for ADFA entry its pretty unlikely you'll get a FSP spot this year. Your enlistment coordinator would have to get your file to Tamworth immediately after your assessment session and then have it paper boarded very quickly along with you being at the top of the pool competitiveness-wise after that. They send out FSP offers pretty much bang on a month prior to start.

On the other hand for ADFA entry you've got a good shot assuming you're competitive and DFR moves quickly for you (this can vary greatly! ;)).

Thanks for that tayra, I'm DEO unfortunately but I had a feeling that would be the case!

At any rate I still have to nail assessment day before I worry about it!

13Beast
31st Aug 2017, 05:53
@13Beast, Try googling BAE Systems Tamworth to find a number. Ask to be transferred to the flight screening people. They are actually pretty helpful and happy to speak to you.

I was reading on ABC news a few months back that they are going to develop a flight simulator program for the flight screening program which would mean they can process applicants a lot faster and more efficiently. From what I remember, this won't be implemented 'till about 2021 however.

Thanks mate! Just got off the phone with them now. I haven't been scored yet, but was told to ring back in a couple weeks when that's done and I'm in the pool.

Heads up to all, apparently (for DEO) there are 40 in the pool, with another dozen or so to go in once scored. And three more FSPs to go (for DEO) making a total of 18 spots up for grabs before it goes to East Sale with no idea what will happen from there.

tayra
31st Aug 2017, 06:09
So did they mention that FSP will officially be moving down to Sale next year?
A lot of the AIR5428 stuff doesn't seem to be lining up that well with any published or planned dates I've found whilst researching. Some articles mention BFTS hanging around at Tamworth till 2019. Whether or not that includes FSP I don't know.

hansfalkenhagen
31st Aug 2017, 15:46
And three more FSPs to go (for DEO) making a total of 18 spots up for grabs before it goes to East Sale with no idea what will happen from there.

Can you confirm the flight screening program is moving to East Sale at the end of this year?

From my understanding, BAE Systems is still in contract for the program until 2019.

13Beast
1st Sep 2017, 14:10
Can you confirm the flight screening program is moving to East Sale at the end of this year?

From my understanding, BAE Systems is still in contract for the program until 2019.

The lady I spoke to said after this year's FSPs are done "...it all moves down to Sale and I have no idea what's going to happen from then". So who knows? Either she's mistaken, or we are :)

Slezy9
4th Sep 2017, 11:08
BAE still have the contract to run Army pilots course next year.

But the lady is correct, no more flight screening at Tamworth as of next year. It will all be done in the PC-21 flight sim.

hansfalkenhagen
4th Sep 2017, 18:42
But the lady is correct, no more flight screening at Tamworth as of next year. It will all be done in the PC-21 flight sim.

Thanks for the info, Slezy9.

If it's all being moved down the East Sale, and run with a flight sim, would you imagine there would be more openings for the flight screening program? And faster testing, as opposed to the current setup in Tamworth?

Slezy9
4th Sep 2017, 23:20
Overall intake numbers for flight screening will increase once it moves to simulator only at RAAF East Sale.

Aiming to flight screen 240 people across Army, Navy and Air Force.

spandexo
5th Sep 2017, 01:43
Overall intake numbers for flight screening will increase once it moves to simulator only at RAAF East Sale.

Aiming to flight screen 240 people across Army, Navy and Air Force.

So will this only be for flight screening at east sale during the 2018 period onwards but BFTS will still be conducted at Tamworth on the CT/4B? or will BFTS also begin at East sale on the Pc21 as well in 2018? From what I've researched the first BFTS/2FTS pilot courses utilising the Pc21 wont begin until early 2019.

Can any one confirm this or heard similar?

Slezy9
5th Sep 2017, 03:36
So will this only be for flight screening at east sale during the 2018 period onwards but BFTS will still be conducted at Tamworth on the CT/4B? or will BFTS also begin at East sale on the Pc21 as well in 2018? From what I've researched the first BFTS/2FTS pilot courses utilising the Pc21 wont begin until early 2019.

Can any one confirm this or heard similar?

From memory you are correct (it's been awhile since I had anything to do with 5428).

Flight screening next year in Sale, Course 2019.

13Beast
9th Sep 2017, 05:05
Freshly updated as per the ADF recruitment website....

Detailed evaluation

A detailed evaluation of your suitability to become an Air Force Pilot requires a primary and a secondary selection process. The primary selection process is conducted by Defence Force Recruiting at your local DFRC and includes interviews and an initial Officer Aviation (OA) aptitude test. Those candidates assessed as suitable will progress to the secondary assessment stage, which includes a two day Aviation Screening Program (ASP). Depending on your ASP results you may be invited to attend an Officer Selection Board (OSB). The OSB will be scheduled for some time after ASP.

The ASP will be managed by the Aviation Candidate Management Centre (ACMC) and will take place at RAAF Base East Sale, VIC.

The ASP is designed to evaluate OA applicants in order to determine their suitability to undergo aviation training. The first day of the ASP is all about learning more about the different aviation roles. Because the ASP is held at RAAF Base East Sale, where you will do your initial aviation training, it is perfect location to find out what it would be like studying at the Air Academy. On the second day you you will undergo cognitive assessment using a Computer Based Aptitude Testing System to determine you potential for Aviation Training.

At some time after ASP, selected candidates will be invited to attend an Officer Aviation Selection Board, which involves a series of group activities, problem-solving exercises and verbal presentation exercises plus a formal interview. This gives applicants an excellent opportunity to display their true potential to be an Officer. The OSB is made up of an RAAF officer plus a Psychologist.

For detailed information on Officer Aviation please contact [email protected]

Slezy9
10th Sep 2017, 01:02
Once the aviation academy is up and running people will stop joining the RAAF as pilots. They'll join as aviation candidates. After a certain amount of testing/screening then some will be offered pilot, Nav, ATC or admin. Neatly following ANCA, aviate, navigate, communicate and administrate.

josephfeatherweight
10th Sep 2017, 03:25
Hey Slezy - will the aviation academy be Return-of-Service-Obligation-free? Ie, if you get "streamed" for admin, can you say, "thanks, but no thanks..."?
I like the neat match with ANCA!

hansfalkenhagen
10th Sep 2017, 08:05
Once the aviation academy is up and running people will stop joining the RAAF as pilots. They'll join as aviation candidates.

And further to Joseph's question, what if you were hoping to join the Army or Navy as a helicopter pilot? Is the program still going to be tri-service?

hansfalkenhagen
10th Sep 2017, 08:19
As sad as it is to say, I learn more on this forum than I do calling my enlistment coordinator...

Pillymonkey
10th Sep 2017, 16:02
Wow, big changes are being implemented... Safe to speculate that this is because of their need for more pilots in a quicker fashion then their old recruiting system could provide (coupled with all the new airframes and rampant advertising)?

phlegm
11th Sep 2017, 08:09
Freshly updated as per the ADF recruitment website....

Detailed evaluation

A detailed evaluation of your suitability to become an Air Force Pilot requires a primary and a secondary selection process. The primary selection process is conducted by Defence Force Recruiting at your local DFRC and includes interviews and an initial Officer Aviation (OA) aptitude test. Those candidates assessed as suitable will progress to the secondary assessment stage, which includes a two day Aviation Screening Program (ASP). Depending on your ASP results you may be invited to attend an Officer Selection Board (OSB). The OSB will be scheduled for some time after ASP.

The ASP will be managed by the Aviation Candidate Management Centre (ACMC) and will take place at RAAF Base East Sale, VIC.

The ASP is designed to evaluate OA applicants in order to determine their suitability to undergo aviation training. The first day of the ASP is all about learning more about the different aviation roles. Because the ASP is held at RAAF Base East Sale, where you will do your initial aviation training, it is perfect location to find out what it would be like studying at the Air Academy. On the second day you you will undergo cognitive assessment using a Computer Based Aptitude Testing System to determine you potential for Aviation Training.

At some time after ASP, selected candidates will be invited to attend an Officer Aviation Selection Board, which involves a series of group activities, problem-solving exercises and verbal presentation exercises plus a formal interview. This gives applicants an excellent opportunity to display their true potential to be an Officer. The OSB is made up of an RAAF officer plus a Psychologist.

For detailed information on Officer Aviation please contact [email protected]

Which page did you find this on? I just checked the pilot job pages for the roles I'm interested in and they only mention the older FSP program. I also attended a recruitment session about a month ago and they made no mention of this newer process either. Not doubting you, just seeking clarification.

Thiessi
11th Sep 2017, 10:52
From the DFR airforce pilot information page under employment training:

By the time students graduate from ADFA the CT4 and PC9 training aircraft will have been replaced the PC21 aircraft and basic flying training will have moved from Tamworth to RAAF Base East Sale

The Pilot Basic Course will be 24 Weeks in duration and students will fly about 60 hours in PC21 aircraft and simulators. The flying disciplines on pilot basic course include General Flying (GF), Instrument Flying (IF), Night Flying (NF) and an introduction to medium level visual Navigation (NAV). GF includes manoeuvres such as flying circuits, basic aerobatics, stalling and emergency handling. IF instruction covers basic instrument interpretation skills and flying instrument approaches. Ground training will also be conducted in Aerodynamics, Aircraft Systems, Airmanship, Air Power, Air Traffic Control, Aviation Medicine, Cockpit Systems, Meteorology, Morse Code, and Navigation.

Upon completion of the Pilot Basic Course, students will proceed to 2FTS at RAAF Base Pearce for Pilot Intermediate Course. Flying at 2FTS is also undertaken in the PC21. The course is approximately 30 weeks duration with 135 hours of flying and simulation. Aside from developing the flying skills learnt on Pilot Basis Course, students will also be introduced to formation flying and low-level navigation. Students will also learn how to operate an aircraft and not just fly it. Following completion of Pilot Intermediate Course students will complete Pilot Advanced course, if they have been streamed to fast jets, or complete an operational conversion on a transport or surveillance aircraft.

So this would suggest that the simulators are still a while off. The 2019 timeline seems to fit.

hansfalkenhagen
11th Sep 2017, 11:16
Which page did you find this on?

Pretty sure it's under "additional requirments" on the RAAF pilot job page. Still no mention for navy and army pilots though.

5piece
11th Sep 2017, 11:28
Which page did you find this on? I just checked the pilot job pages for the roles I'm interested in and they only mention the older FSP program. I also attended a recruitment session about a month ago and they made no mention of this newer process either. Not doubting you, just seeking clarification.

G'day phlegm, you'll need to look at the defencejobs.gov page for pilot rather than the pilot page at airforce.gov then have a look at "Additional Requirements".

Dilmah G
14th Sep 2017, 19:34
Ladies and gents,

Does anyone know the current visual standards for aircrew? Specifically, what the pre-op limit for any kind of laser eye surgery is?

Was tracking -7, but have recently read -3 for aircrew in light of a recent change and would like to confirm.

hansfalkenhagen
17th Sep 2017, 05:49
Ladies and gents,

Does anyone know the current visual standards for aircrew? Specifically, what the pre-op limit for any kind of laser eye surgery is?

Was tracking -7, but have recently read -3 for aircrew in light of a recent change and would like to confirm.

Upon successful completion of the assessment day, you will be booked in to see an opthamologist. Only then will you know where you stand. If you're given a job offer for an aircrew position they will pay for laser eye surgery. Just don't do any surgery beforehand, there are some types they will not accept.

Dilmah G
17th Sep 2017, 05:53
They'll pay for laser eye surgery? That's news to me. I'm in service and wanted to see if I could get some certainty before getting on AVMED's radar.

hansfalkenhagen
17th Sep 2017, 07:09
They'll pay for laser eye surgery? That's news to me. I'm in service and wanted to see if I could get some certainty before getting on AVMED's radar.

Well, atleast that's what the doctor at DFR told me. It all depends on the condition of your eyes. My left eye is perfect vision, my right is a little worse. They told me, if I get the job, that either my eyes will be fine, I might need glasses or I might require laser eye surgery. They did however say that this would not be at my expense. They also erged me not to go and get laser eye surgery myself as some types of surgery are not accepted. Perhaps it's all different for in-service applicants though

13Beast
19th Sep 2017, 02:54
Another update on FSP. Was on the phone this morning to BAE Systems, and apparently all DEO slots have now been filled for this year's remaining FSPs. All those remaining in the pool, me included, will likely be transferred to the new system as priority candidates, and should all expect a call-up to attend a flight screening course with the new system from next year. Letters will be coming out to all those affected in the coming weeks, and will provide further updates on the situation.

Apparently, they are still ironing out exactly how the whole transition from Tamworth to East Sale will go, so don't take my word as gospel given the state of flux, but that is what I was informed this morning.

hansfalkenhagen
19th Sep 2017, 12:40
Thanks for that info, 13Beast. It's a bit of a relief to hear that now. I attended an aircrew seminar tonight and even DFR did not really know what was going on.

The only tit-bit of info I received recently was in regards to helicopter pilot candidates. While Air Force training will be conducted at Air 5428 at RAAF Base East Sale (as mentioned by other posters), both Army and Navy helicopter candidates will be trained through the Air 9000 Phase 7 HATS (Helicopter Aircrew Training System) at HMAS Albatross using 15 newly purchased Airbus H135 helicopters to replace the Kiowas and Squirrels. HATS is aiming to train up to 130 helicopter pilots, AMWO's, aircrewmen and sensor operators per year.

Jkahler91
26th Sep 2017, 08:55
Hey Everyone.

I had my assessment session for pilot last Thursday and was successful. I have received some info about the FSP changes.

Starting from 2018 FSP is no more and ASP is starting (Aviation Screening Program). this is 2 day course at East sale. As the RAAF is acquiring PC-21 trainers to replace their CT4B and PC-9 Trainers, these are high performance aircraft so they will not allow candidates to fly them. This is where the ASP comes in. It will be a computer and simulator based assessment and a tour of the base. I'm unsure if OSB will be in the same week.

Starting 2019 BFTS will be at East sale and all RAAF and RAN pilots students will conduct their training there. Start of 2020 is when RAA students will conduct their training at East Sale.

Hope that helps

JK

Ascend Charlie
27th Sep 2017, 07:16
Ahhh...East Sale, commonly known as Pleurisy Plains, just hope for a spring or autumn course, as winter is seriously cold, and in summer the flies from the cow paddocks nearby are infuriating.

hansfalkenhagen
27th Sep 2017, 14:35
Letters will be coming out to all those affected in the coming weeks, and will provide further updates on the situation.


Have you received one of these letters yet? My enlistment coordinator said I should have received one last week but I still haven't heard anything.

13Beast
28th Sep 2017, 01:42
Have you received one of these letters yet? My enlistment coordinator said I should have received one last week but I still haven't heard anything.

I haven't received any letters either, and I have to say, at least you have an enlistment coordinator who contacts you! I haven't heard boo from mine in months. Can't say I am all too happy with DFR at present, they seem to have gone well off the boil a bit. FYI, I am also in the mix for an Aero Eng role with the Army, and they were all hot to trot to put me through for the soonest upcoming board a while back in order to have me in by Jan next year and now...the silence is deafening :P Not that its a bad thing though, one positive is I get to see how my pilot's application pans out in the meanwhile.

avnx88
1st Oct 2017, 22:32
Hey Guys, First time post here but have been following this forum for a little while. Seems like i'm in the same boat as most of you - currently waiting for progression to what was flight screening.. Thought I'd mention that I have received an email with a letter attached mid last week confirming what we already know. Flight Screening is now done and all current and future candidates will be moved to the new Aviation Screening Program at East Sale. Letter specifically states that you need to get in touch with your Enlistment Coordinator to confirm intention to move to the new program. Interestingly, it also says that candidates who have attended flight screening previously and were unsuccessful are eligible to attend the new screening program with no waiting period (unless specified by your OSB). Should be pretty busy when it all kicks off.

avnx88
2nd Oct 2017, 06:13
Hey mate, how long ago did you recieve this email?

I got it sent to me last Monday morning. It's just a generic letter with a couple of pages of detail with a few FAQ's at the end.

Isaiah98
5th Oct 2017, 02:56
Hi there guys , i was just wondering if anyone has received any invitations for the FSP sessions in November for ADFA candidates?
Also a general question are all FSP invitations sent out a month before the session or does it vary?
Cheers

blakeyhawk
14th Oct 2017, 13:10
Interestingly, it also says that candidates who have attended flight screening previously and were unsuccessful are eligible to attend the new screening program with no waiting period (unless specified by your OSB). Should be pretty busy when it all kicks off.

Thanks avnx88,

How many attempts would we have at this ASP simulation before we are knocked back for good? I'm turning 20 next year, and realise this is still quite young for DEO application - (I was not recommended earlier this year at flight screening due to my "life experience" and flying scores.) Just wondering if it is worth it to apply again early, or if I should finish my engineering/science degree for 3 more years?

Also, it was raised a little while ago, but not addressed - does anyone know if there is a compulsory service period as part of the aviation selection under the new system - ie. if one was to be offered ATC, but not pilot after their initial training would they be able to decline the offer?

13Beast
15th Oct 2017, 07:01
Thanks avnx88,

How many attempts would we have at this ASP simulation before we are knocked back for good? I'm turning 20 next year, and realise this is still quite young for DEO application - (I was not recommended earlier this year at flight screening due to my "life experience" and flying scores.) Just wondering if it is worth it to apply again early, or if I should finish my engineering/science degree for 3 more years?

Also, it was raised a little while ago, but not addressed - does anyone know if there is a compulsory service period as part of the aviation selection under the new system - ie. if one was to be offered ATC, but not pilot after their initial training would they be able to decline the offer?

Perhaps the system will just stay the same with regards to being in the two year grace period prior to getting your wings/graduating, that you will be able to pull out at any time before graduation. You'd think they'd keep it that same way given how people will get streamed into entirely different careers from what they may have initially intended.

Then again, maybe they'll take a note from the Brits and the Yanks and once you're in, you're in...so help you God. Had an officer mate of mine in the USN, get accepted into pilot training. Was all good at low altitudes, until they went to the second tier of training which involved higher altitude flying. Turns out he had a severe inner ear issue; and had the instructor take the controls from him as he became so disoriented in the cockpit. Was immediately checked out by the doc, grounded permanently and reassigned to a general officer job elsewhere in the USN. Spent the next 6 years or so hating life until he could get out!

sab2304
16th Oct 2017, 07:27
Another update on FSP. Was on the phone this morning to BAE Systems, and apparently all DEO slots have now been filled for this year's remaining FSPs. All those remaining in the pool, me included, will likely be transferred to the new system as priority candidates, and should all expect a call-up to attend a flight screening course with the new system from next year. Letters will be coming out to all those affected in the coming weeks, and will provide further updates on the situation.

Apparently, they are still ironing out exactly how the whole transition from Tamworth to East Sale will go, so don't take my word as gospel given the state of flux, but that is what I was informed this morning.


Thanks for this info mate,
Did they happen to mention anything about ADFA slots?
And were they okay with you calling them? I'm thinking of giving them a call.
Cheers.

snelson2017
19th Oct 2017, 00:25
Hey Guys,

I'm off to flight screening in less than a week. Just wondering if anyone has any last minute advice?
I've done a few hours of flying and have been studying ADF, aircraft, leadership etc.

Can anyone give me an insight to what the leadership activities were like and the speeches? Also, any tricky questions in the OSB and what type of maths questions I should expect?
I understand OSB questions can be tailored to you, but every little bit of information helps!

Thanks!:)

Isaiah98
19th Oct 2017, 05:31
Thanks for this info mate,
Did they happen to mention anything about ADFA slots?
And were they okay with you calling them? I'm thinking of giving them a call.
Cheers.

I've attempted to call them (I'm in the ADFA stream) and i received a curt response from a person working in the flight screening department. But in regards to ADFA slots there are still two more screening invite opportunities at the remainder of Oct and start of Nov (25th and 2nd respectively). My enlistment coordinator explained that if you receive no invitation by this time you will be included in next years new Aviation Screening Program.

sab2304
19th Oct 2017, 07:03
I've attempted to call them (I'm in the ADFA stream) and i received a curt response from a person working in the flight screening department. But in regards to ADFA slots there are still two more screening invite opportunities at the remainder of Oct and start of Nov (25th and 2nd respectively). My enlistment coordinator explained that if you receive no invitation by this time you will be included in next years new Aviation Screening Program.

Thanks mate,
I just got off the phone with Tamworth and the guy who answered said that the last flight screening is no. 47 (25th Nov-9th Dec) and they are only thinking (its likely) about cancelling the 2-16th Dec. Hoping this is the case as I have exams during the other 2. Cheers.

avnx88
20th Oct 2017, 01:56
Thanks avnx88,

How many attempts would we have at this ASP simulation before we are knocked back for good? I'm turning 20 next year, and realise this is still quite young for DEO application - (I was not recommended earlier this year at flight screening due to my "life experience" and flying scores.) Just wondering if it is worth it to apply again early, or if I should finish my engineering/science degree for 3 more years?

Also, it was raised a little while ago, but not addressed - does anyone know if there is a compulsory service period as part of the aviation selection under the new system - ie. if one was to be offered ATC, but not pilot after their initial training would they be able to decline the offer?

Hi blakeyhawk,

I don't know the exact answer to your question about attempts at ASP, as the information that I've read doesn't give any info on this. My guess is that it would be beneficial for you to pursue some life experience and more flying experience over a one to two year period before going back to sit it again. Being only twenty, you definitely have time on your side. Getting a degree under your belt should go a fair way to demonstrating aptitude and commitment but I would be looking for some volunteer / leadership opportunities also.

Tenfold
22nd Oct 2017, 12:26
Hey everyone. Iím going to flight screening next month and Iíve just got a few queries/worries that anyone who has been to FSP could possibly answer. First of all, I have no flying experience, is this going to be an issue? On saying that, I have worked as an aircrew member in the RAAF for the past year. Also, is it true that youíre shown a room of model aircraft, some of which are older and not military, and asked to label them. Also, do they still asked mental maths questions during th interview part.

finestkind
23rd Oct 2017, 23:15
TC1

A bird in the hand etc. You say not fit for service for 12 months. Is that inclusive of ADFA where you maybe in the service but not on service etc and can continue with an issue that will be cleared before you begin "service".

You need to sought this out.

junior.VH-LFA
24th Oct 2017, 03:05
Turning down a slot at FSP is only going to look one way to those assessing your application.


Balls in your court though.

13Beast
24th Oct 2017, 04:58
I do not think there is an issue with turning down a spot at FSP, provided that you have a good reason...missing your high school graduation sounds like a very valid reason to me; especially given the short notice.

If I was you, I'd contact DFR and explain to them over the phone as to how you genuinely want to attend and it's been a difficult decision, but due to clashing with your year 12 graduation it is something you had to choose over FSP. Impress upon them that you are most certainly keen to attend another FSP in the new year asap, and insist they make a note on your record as to the reasons why (high school graduation...if you say anything about how you're miffed with them for mucking you about, or that its pointless as you have to wait a year due to your arm - you'd be signing your own death warrant to your ADF application). Just my two cents.

finestkind
25th Oct 2017, 03:15
A YR 12 graduation is a significant event………………………….at this time. When you look back on it years down track, yes it will have some relevance but not as much as it has now. You are looking at starting your career and not just at a car wash. Number of things to consider, from are you happy to delay you application 12 months, are you able to accept foregoing the grad but not be successful at FSP??

There are applicants that miss their grad, do not do schoolies to attend FSP. Only you can make the decision.

titanpilot
25th Oct 2017, 10:49
Hey everyone. Iím going to flight screening next month and Iíve just got a few queries/worries that anyone who has been to FSP could possibly answer. First of all, I have no flying experience, is this going to be an issue? On saying that, I have worked as an aircrew member in the RAAF for the past year. Also, is it true that youíre shown a room of model aircraft, some of which are older and not military, and asked to label them. Also, do they still asked mental maths questions during th interview part.

I highly recommend getting some flight training if you can. Preferably one of the courses designed to get you through FSP. The people who got high recs in my group either had recent flying training or had more hours than everyone else.

Don't stress about knowing every plane in the room. It's not the kind of thing that they would ask you unless they doubted your interest. Don't even stress about knowing the answer to every question. If you don't know just say "I'm sorry Sir but I don't know the answer to that". Research everything about the job you want to apply for.

I wanted navy pilot. I could tell you everything that was in the DFR website on navy pilot. I could also tell you a lot about navy life, the types of ships I could be posted to, the aircraft, the training, service period, everything. I could name the ranks. I could name the organisational structure from the fleet air command all the way up, including all the names of the officers up to chief of defense force. All, the ministers in charge, up to the gov gen. All operations the navy is involved in and what the purpose of those operation are.

If you study all of that then you don't really need to worry. They will realise straight away that you are keen and will drop those kind of questions.

There will be personal questions. If you have a girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, wife, kids, etc expect to be asked about how you and they will cope.

None of this should be new information to you and I will not give specifics as to what happens since they asked me not to.

There will be maths questions. Nothing too complicated. It's not too hard to figure out what type of questions they will be. I recommend keeping your brain active with a maths app or something at least a day or two before you have your interview.

Finally, relax. By the time you get to the OSB part they will pretty much have decided on whether they want you or not based on your flying potential. They aren't ogres. They are actually really nice people. They want to see confidence and the only way you can give them that is if you think of them as just normal people. Treat them with respect though.

Brando12
29th Oct 2017, 00:18
If Im sick at the time of the flight screening. (Vomiting, chest pain etc). Will they still allow me to go to Tamworth and fly??

josephfeatherweight
29th Oct 2017, 02:52
If you tell them you have "chest pain" you will probably not have to go to Flight Screening. Ever... :E

Seriously, what on earth are you asking?

If you're sick with (Vomiting, chest pain etc) do you really want to be "allowed" to go to Tamworth and have your one shot of getting in, when you're feeling like that?

Or do you mean "will they still expect me to attend Flight Screening if I'm suffering from an illness?" - if that's the case, I'm sure they won't "make" you attend, though it may be a wait until the next opportunity comes up.

Come on, prospective military aviators, show some common dog!!

Slezy9
31st Oct 2017, 21:40
If Im sick at the time of the flight screening. (Vomiting, chest pain etc). Will they still allow me to go to Tamworth and fly??

Who has chest pain? Ever? Unless you've just run a marathon or are dying??

Either way, I would not tell the ADF in anyway shape of form that you have chest pain, ever!!

Just say you have a cold and can't clear your ears! The military AVMED people like to jump straight to the worst and work back... So chest pain will immediately be a heart problem, which will at best delay your application or at worst disqualify you forever!

hansfalkenhagen
1st Nov 2017, 10:44
If Im sick at the time of the flight screening. (Vomiting, chest pain etc). Will they still allow me to go to Tamworth and fly??

For all you know, DFR recruiters might read this thread. If you have chest pain, you might have more worries with your health in general as opposed to worries with DFR. I'd be getting checked out by a doctor asap.

I was truthful with my application to DFR. As a result, I had to spend a few thousand on specialist medicals to get my aviation class 1 medical. I think DFR would have appreciated my honesty in this case.

If you're caught lying you will never get in to the defence force.

SonicStrike
2nd Nov 2017, 04:29
Hey guys!

I cannot believe the wealth of information available in this forum!
Congratulations to all of the candidates who have been progressing through the process and to the ones whose hard work has paid off and have commenced OTC.

A bit of a background on me, I am 21 and applying as a DEO. This is after completing an accounting degree and spending over 12 months in a global firm and realising that my boyhood dream of being a military pilot is very much real and far more attainable than I once thought. My love for flying started at airshows as a young lad and progressed to simulators, remote controlled models and more recently some time in the cockpit.

I have completed my YOU session a few weeks ago and received some extremely positive feedback and have booked my additional testing for next week.

Looking forward to sharing some tips and insights into the process as I hopefully progress through each stage.

Good luck to all currently in the process or waiting for an offer!

ThunderChief1
2nd Nov 2017, 06:48
Is anyone on FSP201746? I'd like to connect with some others before heading down.

Also, i'm sure these questions have been asked many times on this thread, so feel free to link a page with relevant info instead of replying.

Basically i'm headed down to FSP later this month and am not entirely sure of what to expect (beyond flying and OSB obviously). I have no flying experience.

Are there any resources/information I should be studying other than everything from assessment day? Should I try to familiarise myself with the CT4 and its instruments?

A rundown of FSP as well as any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers :)

rickyrider35
2nd Nov 2017, 15:02
Hey guys,

I've been selected (finally) to go on Flight Screening for the ADFA 18/11 - 01/12 session :p

I've been reading most of this enormous thread, up to the last 20 pages now!! Definitely a lot to learn here, so first of all, thank you to all the contributors and current applicants who are part of this nice little aviation community. :D

I'd also like to know if there's anyone else on this thread that's going to be joining me this month? If there are you probably have already posted but, as I said, I still have to finish the last few thousand words :8
Really hope that as many of us can get in as possible, and that we receive an offer for the start of ADFA this upcoming january!!!

Thanks again and I appreciate any further tips or questions you may want to extend!

rickyrider35
3rd Nov 2017, 13:48
Hey Guys, I've been invited to FSP 46 (17th-2nd of November). I tried making a post yesterday after finally making it through the bible's worth of information that is amassed here! Thanks to everyone that's been posting relevant info and has been willing to help, I appreciate it as someone who is trying to go in as prepared as possible.

First of all I'd like to say that if anyone here is in for that course too, and would like to get in contact, I'm more than happy to make a connection on fb or phone and get to know each other before we embark on this adventure! If there's one thing I've learnt reading this thread is that it's all about comradery and forming a smart collaborative cohort and shine as a group as well as individually.

On another note if anyone who has already been through this process would like to extend me any additional advice or any questions, feel free to do so. :)

harrybass3
13th Nov 2017, 01:13
Hey guys,

I went on FSP in march this year and placed in the top 25 percent of candidates.

2 guys from my FSP got in, one Navy one RAAF.

Does anybody have any intel on what the situation is with intakes at the moment? I hear feb will be a large intake so perhaps that is my best shot.

Can anyone share some light on the current intake process for all 3 services?

MLed
17th Nov 2017, 01:29
Hey guys,

I went on FSP in march this year and placed in the top 25 percent of candidates.

2 guys from my FSP got in, one Navy one RAAF.

Does anybody have any intel on what the situation is with intakes at the moment? I hear feb will be a large intake so perhaps that is my best shot.

Can anyone share some light on the current intake process for all 3 services?

This is what Iíve been told but donít necessarily take it as fact.
For army: not recruiting currently
Navy: Unsure of current situation
RAAF: there are 4 ots intakes coming up. Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr.
number of pilot candidates being selected for each intake respecably to each month: 20,13,13,8.

harrybass3
17th Nov 2017, 11:58
This is what Iíve been told but donít necessarily take it as fact.
For army: not recruiting currently
Navy: Unsure of current situation
RAAF: there are 4 ots intakes coming up. Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr.
number of pilot candidates being selected for each intake respecably to each month: 20,13,13,8.

OK, well that sounds promising.

So if I got a high recommendation in March (top 25 percent) would my chances still be good?

My preferences are all 5.

I remember doing some maths based on how many fsp slots there are and how many people get recommended and the pool size ended up being around 90 to 100 or so.

MLed
17th Nov 2017, 14:16
OK, well that sounds promising.

So if I got a high recommendation in March (top 25 percent) would my chances still be good?

My preferences are all 5.

I remember doing some maths based on how many fsp slots there are and how many people get recommended and the pool size ended up being around 90 to 100 or so.

I received the same level of recommendation as you in August and at that time there were only about 50 people in the pool. Iím unsure as to how big it is now but Iíd say the odds are decent. Weíll hopefully have an answer in the coming couple of weeks.

harrybass3
18th Nov 2017, 05:04
How did you know there were only 50 people in the pool?

based on 24 screened a month, then 12 getting recommended, that would mean there would be around 80 in the pool by December and that is not factoring in drop outs, sick people and in service transfers (separate pool apparently)

Great odds then...

HornisseHoffnung
20th Nov 2017, 11:21
Sorry to wake the dead thread everyone. I just finished my YOU Session (baby-steps) and was wondering if anyone could be so kind as to info-bomb me on the additional testing day and assessment day. OSB info wouldn't hurt either. Cheers.

harrybass3
20th Nov 2017, 22:58
Hey mate,

just do a search on the rest of this thread and you will find what you need. You can find lots of stuff online as well just by googling.


Another mate has said that next year FSP is getting ditched for something called the aviation selection program.

I cant find anything on this I am not sure if I will have to sit the Aviation selection program even though I have a high rec on flight screening in March.

Can anyone confirm when next offers are coming out for Jan/Feb and if they will be done in the same batch?

harrybass3
20th Nov 2017, 23:24
Sab when was this?

A few people have said they are on december FSP?

Did they tell you when the offers will be distributed?

Can you elaborate on ASP?

harrybass3
21st Nov 2017, 02:48
OK, well that seems fine.

But isnt that ADFA FSP? I am applying for DEO.

It's good for us that the last flight screening got cancelled. It means that there will be even less people in the pool.

@mled said that there were 50 people in the pool as of August but i have no idea how he/she would know that. Did anyone say anything about the number of people in the pool when you were on flight screening or Intake numbers??

The waiting is killing me...

JN8
21st Nov 2017, 03:51
Hey Harry,

I did FSP last month and was told pretty much the same things as sab2304 said. Nov/Dec FSP courses will be the last, and then it will all close up before restarting in March 2018 as ASP in East Sale. ASP will apparently involve one day of info sessions on various aviation careers and one day of simulator based testing. Then based on how well you go, you'll be invited back for an OSB on another day for a particular job.

Apparently, those who were recommended at FSP in 2017 will remain in the pool for one year as normal and then if you still haven't got an offer, you can do ASP. So 2017 FSPers are lucky in that they probably won't have to wait 3 years for a second chance!

I have heard that there will be intakes in Feb, March and April. Given that ASP only starts up in March, I'd say all those spots will come from those who did FSP in 2017. So, again, that is good for 2017 FSPers! I've heard that offers should start coming out in early December, but have no idea if all intakes will hear at the same time.

I know that the wait is hard, but hopefully we'll all know soon!

lightning2Boy
21st Nov 2017, 11:57
OK, well that seems fine.

But isnt that ADFA FSP? I am applying for DEO.

It's good for us that the last flight screening got cancelled. It means that there will be even less people in the pool.

@mled said that there were 50 people in the pool as of August but i have no idea how he/she would know that. Did anyone say anything about the number of people in the pool when you were on flight screening or Intake numbers??

The waiting is killing me...

Hey mate, I had my FSP in June and got the same recommendation. I have been sent a letter talking about an attestation medical that I am to complete to be medically suitable. From what i've research this is the medical done on day of enlistment. Just wondering if you have received any kind of letter like this in the past week or so?
Also a guy I met at FSP got a call from the navy officer saying that they are sending his dossier off to nowra. So hopefully this is good signs for us! and if less people in the pool hopefully a Jan offer!!

hansfalkenhagen
21st Nov 2017, 13:09
Clearing a few things up

@sab2304, If you were told FSP 47 is the last FSP of the year, then FSP 48 must have been cancelled. See this link for the current schedule: www.airforce.gov.au/docs/170109-Schedule-ADF-PSF-Course-Schedule-2017-AL3.rtf

@harrybass3, paperwork I received recently states that, even if you have already successfully completed a FSP and have not yet been given an offer by the end of 2017, you will need to attend the new ASP in 2018.

Offers will probably not be distributed until all current candidates sit the new ASP, whether they have or haven't completed a FSP.

I know there were about 50 candidates currently waiting to go on the FSP as of August 2017. I do not know how many candidates are waiting to be given a job offer. You would also now need to factor in all those applying for ACO and JBAC roles.

As of 2018, all RAAF, Army and Navy pilot candidates (whether they have or have not completed the FSP) as well as JBAC, ACO and AMWO candidates will be tested via a new Computer Based Aptitude Testing System (CBATS) which will assess candidates on a range of aviation careers. You will no longer be assessed as a "pilot candidate" but rather an "aviation candidate".

For this reason, I'd expect the number of candidates for the ASP to be rather high. However, the 2-3 day ASP was designed to process candidates at a much higher rate than the current FSP which is ran over a 2 week period.

I know this might seem like a bit of a drag, but consider the following. The 2016 Defence White Paper states the following aircraft acquisitions to be made soon:
- 8 new P8 Poseidon aircraft
- 72 F35A aircraft
- 3 Chinhooks
- 15 new Airbus H135 training helicopters (for the new HATS program in Nowra)
- Then factor in the possibility of brand new airframes due issues with the Army's Taipans and Tigers

I think it is fair to say that ADF pilot recruitment will be enormous over the next few years.

harrybass3
21st Nov 2017, 22:25
Ok,

Let's summarise.


1. Pool size The pool size for people awaiting FSP was 50 as of August, we have no clue what the distribution pool size or can anyone assist. We do know it will be smaller than last year because of a few cancelled flight screening spots (not sure if different for ADFA or not?)

2. FSP is moving to ASP as of March. 2017 FSP candidates that received a recommendation will have to do ASP if they have not received an offer yet...

QUESTIONS
1. Will there be offers distributed from the current pool of candidates that completed FSP 2017 with a recommendation? If so, when?
2.how did @MLED know the numbers for the intakes as per the last post?
3. A mate who just finished OTS said that "he heard" OTS was full until June??? (doubt this)
4. Why would offers not be distributed until people sit ASP.surely they will send offers for jan, feb, march 2018 before the end of the year seems to be the concensus.
Also, what does DP-AF mean, that is where my application is at the moment for a february intake....

tayra
21st Nov 2017, 23:22
Ok,

4. Why would offers not be distributed until people sit ASP.surely they will send offers for jan, feb, march 2018 before the end of the year seems to be the concensus.


I think the consensus was that anyone who got an offer after a recommendation at FSP would be placed on an OTS course such that they ended up on the last however many BFTS courses at Tamworth next year.

Anyone getting an offer after the new ASP will be doing their BFTS in Sale on the PC-21 and what they assess on the ASP is supposed to reflect those changes to the training system. It seems unlikely that they would be waiting for the ASP to be up and running before sending out offers. Unless of course that's in the context of offers for DEO this year having already gone out. So it would make sense that no new offers would go out till people have actually completed the ASP.

That being said, patience is probably key here until more reliable sources of information pop up (which I am not :}).

MLed
22nd Nov 2017, 02:22
All my information came from the mouth of an enlistment coordinator for one of the guys that I went to FSP with. According to them, they were told that offers for the next rounds of OTS should be coming out before the start of December.

hansfalkenhagen
22nd Nov 2017, 03:14
Also, harrybass3, when did you sit your assessment day? Chances are you will need to sit that again if it's coming up to 12 months. I think you mentioned doing the FSP in March?

harrybass3
22nd Nov 2017, 06:35
Sat my assessment day on the 27th of november. Funny that I am resitting my medical on the 27th.

I think another assessment day would not be too much of an issue.

I recall smashing my assessment day.

I just hope they dont make me resit additional testing although a mate of mine didnt have to resit it before he got in.

harrybass3
22nd Nov 2017, 06:54
Sorry correction.

I sat my assessment day in August 2016.

My enlistment coordinator emailed me asking for me to come in for a medical only, on the 27th of November this year. Her email said this is so I am "good to go should I receive an offer". I think the medicals expire but not the interview.

Also, emailed FSP and they said "DF-AF are finalising their final selection for DEO pilot, and we should have some indication by early December" (word for word the email)

If the file is at DP-AF is that a good sign?

hansfalkenhagen
22nd Nov 2017, 09:47
I can't really speculate on whether something is a good sign or not. However, here's to hoping you get an offer by the end of the year, so good luck.

If not, by the sounds of it you should do well at the ASP regardless.

To my knowledge the additional testing lasts three years. Assessment day medicals and the dental check last 12 months. Even if you are given an offer you will still need to resit these medicals if you reach the expiry.

MLed
5th Dec 2017, 04:30
I take it nobody has heard anything yet?

harrybass3
8th Dec 2017, 02:46
Zilch mate.

I had a chat with my enlistment coordinator. No offers, to her knowledge and she assures me she would know, have been made this side of July.

I have medicals to refresh but other than that its the waiting game. @MLED how did you know about the intake numbers btw?

I keep getting told different things regarding intake size, BFTS is backcoursed, an official document addressing the pilot shortage in the RAAF said intakes will go up to 165 per yeah.

Who knows....???

MLed
8th Dec 2017, 03:21
Thatís the same as my enlistment coordinator has said too.

Thatís what I was told by two of the guys that I went to FSP with and they were told by their enlistment coordinators. Iím with you though that there is tons of contradicting information.

FlyingSoon
14th Dec 2017, 09:02
To give a bit of clarity

BFTS is closing up shop. The instructors are moving to Sale to convert to the PC21 and thus the courses are being stripped away from BFTS in 2018. The first Army BFTS course next year is in September, until then it is RAAF/RAN courses mainly consisting of ADFA with a few DEO courses.

HATS is opening at Nowra - the same "train the trainer" issue has seen a limited pipeline for Army pilots to go through and this has reduced the intakes.

So what: If you are in the pool it is facetious to think that the lack of candidates going into the pool means you've got an amazing chance - the courses are thinning out next year as BFTS reduces capacity.

To answer a few questions - the course intakes are panelled months in advance. It is fairly common for Army to be recruiting 6-12 months out, and everyone that went to RAAF from my intake got offers on 3-9 months notice. This gives rise to the "OTS is full" idea.

DEO Army - This links in with the "enormous pilot intake" fallacy. Army is currently having issues with the restructuring of its training pipeline. There is a skill shortfall at the QFI level meaning there is a backlog of pilots awaiting conversion. The recent RMC grad had approx 10 pilots. The next class coming through now only has 3 pilots. The so what is that Army is restructuring the training timeline and therefore there is less intake. Eventually all RMC cadets will have the option to test for Pilot as opposed to entering the College on a cadetship.

Medicals - attestation medical is completed on the day of appointment and is relatively cursory to check for any final changes. Your actual medical only lasts 12 months much like it is in service.

I am about to go on Chrissy leave so if anyone has any questions post here and I'll do my best to answer them.

Best,
flyingsoon

blakeyhawk
14th Dec 2017, 11:43
FlyingSoon, or anyone else for that matter, would you have any idea about the rules of the new ASP regarding waiting time between failed attempts and number of possible attempts?

At BFTS you could only attempt the flying component of the program twice in your life, and you had to wait 3 years between each attempt. If you were not recommended based on your OSB or other personal factors, they would usually give you 12 months between attempts, or another amount of time up to their discretion.

Trying to decide when to go for ASP, as I was not recommended in Feb 2017 due to my flying scores as well as my 'age and life experience'.

FlyingSoon
14th Dec 2017, 20:54
In your specific case I would hold off until you can demonstrate you meet their other criteria first. Unfortunately being in service now I am well removed from the ASP side of things and speculation won't help.

harrybass3
14th Dec 2017, 21:55
@flyingsoon

What are your thoughts for Raaf intake?

I was told by my enlistment coordinator that intake spots have not neen filled. This was then confirmed by flight screening that DP-AF had not finalised the ots intake.

When we speak of intakes i am referring to getting a letter of offer from RAAF/RAN.

Its hard because we keep hearing conflicting things.

I would imagine that seeing as the pilot intake on 2019 will be around 165 that 2018 would be generous to RAAF as they say in official documents they need more pilots.

Ideally, i hope they send offers for OTS soon and then we can just wait for the new OTS.

My mate got an offer for July in June. 4-6 weeks is what i heard in terms of notice period.

FlyingSoon
15th Dec 2017, 02:53
I was told by my enlistment coordinator that intake spots have not neen filled. This was then confirmed by flight screening that DP-AF had not finalised the ots intake.

I'd go off that. The only problem is courses are being thinned out next year as staff move down to Sale and get QFI on the PC21 which is why courses are being thinned next year.

Its hard because we keep hearing conflicting things.

This is part of the game, and it is going to be a frequent feature of your career, especially whilst in a training environment

I would imagine that seeing as the pilot intake on 2019 will be around 165 that 2018 would be generous to RAAF as they say in official documents they need more pilots.

As above, I would not be too hopeful for a large intake next year given the movement to Sale. Once this has completed I imagine it would pick back up. Keep in mind the new screening is going to qualify a larger amount of pers for the job so it will only become more competitive.

Ideally, i hope they send offers for OTS soon and then we can just wait for the new OTS.

My mate got an offer for July in June. 4-6 weeks is what i heard in terms of notice period.

Courses are usually booked a while in advance but numbers change which is where you get the late notices from. Notice varies. The best thing to do is keep regular contact with your EC and ensure you ask specific questions about the next course dates, if they have been panelled yet and if the offers are out.

FlyingSoon
16th Dec 2017, 13:55
The new Aviation Officer career plan consists of only GSO pilots. The idea is that no one will be able to test before entering RMC. Testing will be conducted approx six months in and open to anyone at RMC who meets the specialist medical requirements. The exact implementation of this is still unknown. Last I heard ADFA were still filling cadetship due to the further extension of their training pipeline. There is still two years of ADFA av cadets yet to come through the college. I have no idea what the recruiting picture looks like at this stage.

There are still a number of pilots in the pipeline both on conversion and awaiting either basic or rotary qualification. I would not bank on the amount of pilots Army will need at any given time especially in this timeframe. At the moment we have the ARH issues & mid life, MRHs soon to start to go to 6AVN, EC at HATS and the Chook acquisition. It's simply too hard to pick.

It takes longer for Army to acquire aircraft at the moment than to train pilots so I wouldn't concern yourself about a war scenario :)

hansfalkenhagen
16th Dec 2017, 15:37
MRHs soon to start to go to 6AVN

Does this mean that the bulk of Army aviation (besides the Tigers in NT) will be moving away from Townsville? Being 6AVN I'm assuming most pilots (stationed in Townsville) will be moving to Holsworthy Barracks close to Sydney?

Also, further to my question in my last post.... If a prospective Army Pilot gets an offer for a July 2018 intake, it would take 18 months for officer training followed by another 12 months fixed wing (BTFS) and rotory training (HATS) before commencing the final 6 months of your helicopter specific type conversion... so, my thinking is that would take an pilot cadet to 2021 before commencing their type conversion. Surely by that point the "back log" of current Army pilots awaiting conversion would have finished, and new pilots would be needed to commence their conversion??

I know it's difficult to speculate on this, but the timeline for a proespective applicant to initiially apply and then finaly finish training and "get their wings" in the Army is still a 3-4 year process. I would have thought the Army would still be recruiting in advance rather than turning the tap off completely.

FlyingSoon
17th Dec 2017, 00:13
Hans, I wouldn't put all your eggs in one basket. If I learnt anything in my time dealing with DFR, it was that anything can happen at anytime and if you want to be a pilot it pays to have all options open.

No, we are not moving MRH from TVL, we are moving 6AVN off Blackhawk over the next few years. It's a change that is being resisted so wait out on how long that takes.

I'd imagine the lower intakes at the moment would lower the backlog but as above there are still two years of ADFA cadets coming over on cadetship. I'd wager it would be smoothed out by that point yes. The Army has not quite turned the tap off.

hansfalkenhagen
17th Dec 2017, 00:27
Thanks for the info. With that being said, would you think it's fair to argue that they won't put new candidates through RMC until the backlog is finished.. So essentially a two year waiting list to enlist?

FlyingSoon
17th Dec 2017, 02:46
I couldn't say with any degree of certainty. I think they won't recruit direct entry, if they have spots they'll fill by testing pers in II Class at RMC

harrybass3
17th Dec 2017, 05:40
But what about RAAF?!

Surley they have intakes?

hansfalkenhagen
17th Dec 2017, 07:52
But what about RAAF?!

Surley they have intakes?

According to the DFR website, RAAF and Navy are doing a lot of hiring once they put everyone through the new ASP in Sale next year. Further to this, all of the new RAAF aircraft acquisitions coming soon is a pretty clear indication for high recruitment levels over the next few years. Don't stress. Army closed up in early June (the day after my assessment day).

IsDon
17th Dec 2017, 16:04
My nephew has been aiming for a RAAF pilot career for many years. I spent many years as a RAAF pilot and Iím now flying with Qantas. Following in my footsteps it seems.

He was given a top 25% recommendation from flight screening earlier on this year. His HSC results came out on Friday and, as expected, he got a very good result.

What he wasnít expecting was a phone call on Friday afternoon from the Navy offering him a pilot position for next years ADFA intake. It was a ďtake it or leave itĒ offer. Giving him till 1500 Friday to give his answer. Heís never shown any interest in the Navy and is not really interested.

He was told that all the RAAF courses were full and that if he didnít take the Navy offer heíd miss out in ADFA next year.

My many years in the RAAF have given me a healthy scepticism of recruitment so this just doesnít ring true to me. Iíd suggest all services would have been waiting for the HSC results to be released before offers could be finalised. It just sounds like the Navy trying to secure strong candidates before the RAAF makes an offer.

Anyone care to offer an insight into the process or to enlighten me whatís at play here?

harrybass3
17th Dec 2017, 19:10
@isdon

I was told my EC that the 2018 courses for pilot had not been panelled yet and fsp told me that my file was with DP-AF being considered a february intake.

This is for DEO and adfa may be different. There is so much conflicting messaging its not funny.

IsDon
18th Dec 2017, 01:31
@isdon

I was told my EC that the 2018 courses for pilot had not been panelled yet and fsp told me that my file was with DP-AF being considered a february intake.

This is for DEO and adfa may be different. There is so much conflicting messaging its not funny.

Thanks Harry.

Lack of information seems to be a recurring theme. How can anyone make a judgement call on the next 15 years of their lives without all of the facts.

harrybass3
18th Dec 2017, 04:05
So i just spoke with my EC.

Raaf intakes have gone out and I missed it. 12 were gone out for Jan.

Navy can still come out in January for a FEB intakes but there will be limited spots.

At this time its either Navy or sitting ASP in march/april.

AnythingIsPossible
18th Dec 2017, 04:30
So i just spoke with my EC.

Navy can still come out in January for a FEB intakes but there will be limited spots.

At this time its either Navy or sitting ASP in march/april.

The Navy intake is 25th January so I'd be hoping offers will be out this week rather than waiting until the new year

IsDon
18th Dec 2017, 05:21
ASP. Sorry for my ignorance but is that the new simulator assessment system thatís coming in?

I know thereís a new way but what are they going to do with everyone whoís missed out on the small number of RAAF ADFA Pilot slots available for males? Do they just go to a hold file for direct entry courses or is their whole application binned and they have to start again? Seems like a huge waste of time and money to reassess people that have already been deemed suitable.

hansfalkenhagen
18th Dec 2017, 08:23
FSP was the old program through BAE Systems in Tamworth.

ASP is the new program through Lockheed Martin in Sale, Vic.

Anyone who is not given an offer by the end of the year will need to sit the new ASP next year (only a 2 day program now).

I can only assume the ASP is doing this because Lockheed Martin want to only recomend candidates tested by themselves, rather than their competitor, BAE Systems.

Speculation really, but it makes sense.

josephfeatherweight
18th Dec 2017, 11:32
He was told that all the RAAF courses were full and that if he didn’t take the Navy offer he’d miss out in ADFA next year.
Smells a bit suss to me too, IsDon.
Problem is, not really an easy way to find out, which is a bugger.
Got any (now) 1 or 2 star mates still in??

hansfalkenhagen
18th Dec 2017, 17:57
In regards to things seeming a bit suss...

Googling anything about the ASP.. There's a lot of hiring going on with seek.com.au, to hire people for different project and management roles. Seems like everything is a bit "last minute".

IsDon
18th Dec 2017, 22:28
Smells a bit suss to me too, IsDon.
Problem is, not really an easy way to find out, which is a bugger.
Got any (now) 1 or 2 star mates still in??

Yes I do actually, and I spent yesterday on the phone to various contacts.

What I can say is that the general comments here are correct.

Apparently all of the RAAF ADFA Pilot positions have been selected and my nephew wasnít one of them. I was surprised to be told there was only 10, yes 10, RAAF ADFA Pilot positions open for males. I donít know how big the intakes are now, in my day there weíre around 30. So 20 females, 10 males. Should make TOGA parties fun for the 10 but I despair for the future of RAAF aviation if political appointments under a social agenda trump aptitude.

I certainly wouldnít want to be a QFI at 2FTS. Stand by for much hand wringing and naval gazing when the traditional 50% pass rate plummets to 30%. Unless politics comes into play and the standards hurdle is lowered to avoid embarrassment. From mates still instructing scrubbing a girl takes almost an act of Parliament.

As for my nephew, heís decided to use the Navy offer as a potential back door into the RAAF. To reject the Navy offer would require him to go through the complete ASP selection process from the start. All previous aptitude testing is thrown out in favour of the new system. With any new system it may take a year or two to get right so thereís a very real possibility that he may not go as well with the new system. Service transfers are quite common these days and if he does well on pilots course thereís the very real prospect of putting on a blue uniform and going straight to fighters. Seems as if the competition wonít be as high as it should be. He may even like the Navy and elect to stay. Flying an embarked helicopter would be a hoot. My previous life included RAAF Iroquois and P3Cs among the seven RAAF types I flew. Combining the fascinating world of maritime flying with a helicopter would be very rewarding flying.

Good luck to all of those still in the pipeline. Thanks for all of your assistance and support.

rowdy trousers
19th Dec 2017, 05:23
isdon
I'm also trying to make sense of all this. Would you happen to know if your nephew only had RAAF as a preference, or whether he had also listed Navy, but with a lower preference number eg 5 for RAAF and 1 for Navy, or something like that.

IsDon
19th Dec 2017, 05:53
isdon
I'm also trying to make sense of all this. Would you happen to know if your nephew only had RAAF as a preference, or whether he had also listed Navy, but with a lower preference number eg 5 for RAAF and 1 for Navy, or something like that.

Hi Rowdy.

Yes I know because he asked my advice on this.

While at flight screening he was told to score his preferences 1-5. He was told that putting less than a three on any of the non preferred services could possibly earn you a black mark. Iíve since found out that was incorrect advice.

I suggested he vote with his gut, but I cautioned against putting his non preferred service too high. He preferenced as follows:

RAAF 5
RAN 4
ARMY 3 (could have been 4, he wasnít sure what to do with this)

What Iíve found out though was that if you ranked a non preferred service low then you wouldnít be considered for it if you missed out in your first preference.

He voted very well as it turned out.

rowdy trousers
19th Dec 2017, 07:49
Thanks Don
Looks like it may have been very wise to give Navy a 4. Thanks for the info. Would you happen to know whether the successful RAAF applicants have actually been informed, or only that the slots have been allocated, and yet to be advised?

IsDon
19th Dec 2017, 08:52
Thanks Don
Looks like it may have been very wise to give Navy a 4. Thanks for the info. Would you happen to know whether the successful RAAF applicants have actually been informed, or only that the slots have been allocated, and yet to be advised?

Not certain of that mate, sorry.

FlyingSoon
21st Dec 2017, 06:49
Most of Defence is on stand down now. Offers would have already gone out for the various positions given SSTs start in Jan (ADFA). With regards to the Navy offer, if RAAF doesn't want him but he has a 4 down, then next dibs go to Navy. They would have been under the pump to get the spots filed before stand down hence the take it or leave it. For future reference, the only numbers you should use in your preferences is a 5, 4 or a 1.

5piece
27th Dec 2017, 11:45
There has been a recent article by Australian Aviation regarding the Air 5428 Pilot Training System Project. There's no major surprises in the article but it does give a good overview of what the new training system looks like for the future pilot trainee. It's a worthwhile read.

I can't post links yet so google " Australian Aviation The RAAFs quiet revolution in pilot training" and it'll show up.

Lambo_
8th Jan 2018, 08:18
Hey,
I received a letter of offer for an Army Pilot through ADFA
When i looked at the actual letter it has

Career Division: General Service Officer

and then further down it has
Function: General Service Officer
Sub Function: (nothing)

Nowhere does it mention being a pilot which i suspect may be because its only for ADFA but im not entirely sure

Is this normal for what a successful flight screening candidate would receive?
Thought i should check before signing away the next 14 years of my life.
Thanks for any and all help.

FlyingSoon
8th Jan 2018, 18:41
What does it say your ROSO is out of curiosity?

Definitely call to get it confirmed/changed. My LOO said General Service Officer (Pilot) from memory. It's recorded against your career profile from the start. I'd wager it's the same for ADFA, I was a DEO to RMC.

Good luck,
fs

Lambo_
9th Jan 2018, 12:02
ROSO is 9 years, Went in to accept it and apparently I was only offered GSO. Its all a bit confusing and im still trying to clear it up but generally the enlistment coordinator was under the impression that i failed flying but my transcript said i was competitive for Pilot position. Im going to go talk to my career counsellor and clear it up tomorrow but if im still only offered GSO i will probably take it. Does anyone have any experience or understanding of moving from GSO to GSO pilot over the course of ADFA or upon graduation? Is it possible? and is it Realistic?
Thanks for any and all help

josephfeatherweight
9th Jan 2018, 12:49
Lambo, very sensible of you to check. Make sure it is very clear as the ADF have made a bit of a habit recently of being particularly "thorough" with regard to contracts - when it suits them, anyway. Make sure it reads as it is supposed to!

FlyingSoon
9th Jan 2018, 19:19
Is it possible? and is it Realistic?

Possible yes. Realistic? Not so much. Given the new career model for GSO Pilots and the fact they are going to test those at RMC there is a chance. Just keep in mind by the time you get to testing you'll have completed three years of a nine year ROSO; you will be on the hook for the rest regardless. During my time at RMC no one got on a cadetship, some were in the same position as you(albeit DEO).

PM me for more. Best,
fs

finestkind
10th Jan 2018, 03:27
Lambo.

You should know whether you were recommended or not from the FSP. If rec'd you are in a position to be looked at for pilot but you may have not been competitive enough to be offered that spot.

hansfalkenhagen
10th Jan 2018, 10:41
Given the new career model for GSO Pilots and the fact they are going to test those at RMC

Any further info on the new career model for GSO Pilots. I have been left in the dark since my assessment day in early june last year. Also made my last phone call to DFR yesterday. They still don't know anything and couldn't comment about GSO pilot positions being tested for candidates already in the the 6 month mark at RMC.

Thanks in advance

FlyingSoon
10th Jan 2018, 10:45
Have a look at my last few responses in this thread. In summary, testing will only be done at RMC for DEO leaving ADFA cadets as the only ones on cadetships. There will be no SSOs in future. The training shift in schools, among other issues, is having a significant impact on the continuum.

Very Sneaky
16th Jan 2018, 13:51
There's a lot of hiring going on with seek.com.au, to hire people for different project and management roles. Seems like everything is a bit "last minute".

That doesn't sound like defence at all /s

tayra
22nd Jan 2018, 05:32
The defencejobs website has been updated recently with more information regarding the Air Academy and the ASP. Looks like offers to attend the ASP should start flowing in February.

MLed
23rd Jan 2018, 02:35
I saw the updated info on the defence jobs and RAAF websites. I called my EC today to get clarification on the process for people who have been to flight screening already and she says she still doesnít know if I need to go to ASP (even though it states that on the website). Also she couldnít give me details regarding the May intake size. Does anyone else have additional information on either of these subjects?

tayra
23rd Jan 2018, 02:59
Everything so far including that letter from Director General Personal AF would indicate that you have to do the ASP as well.

Last time I was able to get a hold of my EC (assuming we have the same one) they were waiting for more info to filter through from the RAAF in February. In the meantime they were compiling all our files into digital form (apparently files going to the PSF were all in paper form) ready to send down to the ACMC.

Akahmi
24th Jan 2018, 11:15
Hey guys, I'm also a current ADF pilot applicant. I failed my initial aptitude testing however after a year of hard work I breezed through the initial aptitude and additional testing, I didn't have any certified hours however I had been flying recreational at my local flying club and was told by the recruiters that email proof of the pilots I flew with would be enough so I didn't spend any money on flights.

Consequently I had about 7.5 hours of flight time but the problem was that after I passed my assessment day, I didn't submit my form for flying hours until about 3 months later. I submitted it around June 7th last year. My high school grades were alright higher than average and I got an OP 6 in high school and started doing engineering at uni however the results at my uni were quite average as I wasn't really focusing on it as much as I was looking at it as a factor to fill time.

Anyway after my application was submitted they asked me for my uni results and I never heard anything back. My question is what could be some reasons I was not selected for flight screening? A mate of mine got an OP 14 and still got selected for flight screening but not me? I'm just trying to see what my short comings are. So I called up my recruiter and asked them to put me into this years pool of applicants for FSP.

Do you guys have any advice on what I need to do and why I wasn't selected for FSP? Do I need to get official hours through certified instructors in my log book? I'm going to be increasing my uni marks this year without a doubt so that won't be an issue. Also what are my chances of being selected if I'm being put into this years pool of selection early on?

Cheers

FlyingSoon
25th Jan 2018, 10:50
Selection for flight screening isn't(wasn't) based on your hours, it's a holistic assessment of you as a candidate. I did not submit any uni results and got through. Air time only helps demonstrate interest. They don't(didn't) even ask for proof, or at least I've never heard of them asking.

Akahmi
25th Jan 2018, 11:06
Selection for flight screening isn't(wasn't) based on your hours, it's a holistic assessment of you as a candidate. I did not submit any uni results and got through. Air time only helps demonstrate interest. They don't(didn't) even ask for proof, or at least I've never heard of them asking.
Damn for me they asked for log books and all that. But what other reason could it have been, my medicals were fine, maybe its because i'm indian :( (I'm a citizen though)

Akahmi
25th Jan 2018, 12:22
Also I forgot to mention, I was called up by my recuriter and asked if I wanted a sponsored trip to ADFA college in Canberra paid for by the ADF meaning paying for flights food hotels transport everything. So they spent alot of money on me clearly because they thought i was a good candidate as well as the fact that from QLD alone only about 11 were selected. So clearly I am competitive I just can't fathom why I didn't get selected, even after spending all that money on me lol. The hotel we stayed looked very expensive, it was a 4.5 star hotel lmfao, please someone give me reasoning, I am starting to lose hope.

junior.VH-LFA
27th Jan 2018, 23:32
Also I forgot to mention, I was called up by my recuriter and asked if I wanted a sponsored trip to ADFA college in Canberra paid for by the ADF meaning paying for flights food hotels transport everything. So they spent alot of money on me clearly because they thought i was a good candidate as well as the fact that from QLD alone only about 11 were selected. So clearly I am competitive I just can't fathom why I didn't get selected, even after spending all that money on me lol. The hotel we stayed looked very expensive, it was a 4.5 star hotel lmfao, please someone give me reasoning, I am starting to lose hope.

The dribble you're posting might give you insight on your problem.

Akahmi
28th Jan 2018, 09:28
The dribble you're posting might give you insight on your problem.

Was just taking a little piss out of it lol, but thanks for your very helpful contribution judging my entire character based off a few words, you must be a psychologist?

AT591
29th Jan 2018, 00:52
Also I forgot to mention, I was called up by my recuriter and asked if I wanted a sponsored trip to ADFA college in Canberra paid for by the ADF meaning paying for flights food hotels transport everything. So they spent alot of money on me clearly because they thought i was a good candidate as well as the fact that from QLD alone only about 11 were selected. So clearly I am competitive I just can't fathom why I didn't get selected, even after spending all that money on me lol. The hotel we stayed looked very expensive, it was a 4.5 star hotel lmfao, please someone give me reasoning, I am starting to lose hope.

You already got your answer from FlyingSoon, its not based on just your high school results, its a whole of character assessment.

Also; "I didn't submit my form for flying hours until about 3 months later". That obviously didn't help your case.

And further to what Junior.VH said, if you cant "fathom why" you didn't get selected, he was merely highlighting that in your posts you come across as arrogant and self-entitled, which will not help you at all during the selection process. Honest self reflection might be of value to you.

Finally, FSP no longer exists, do yourself a favour and do some research.

finestkind
29th Jan 2018, 03:37
Akahmi.
You state that you submitted your hours in June. That does not mean your application was at the PSF. Also you indicated they asked for your Uni results. Two points here. First your application will not be processed until they have all the documentation they need. Secondly If your Uni results were questionable, not matter what reason, and your applying for ADFA how do you think that looks. ADFA is extremely competitive with more applicants applying for pilot than can be assessed let alone the number successfully completing FSP that do not get an offer.

Akahmi
29th Jan 2018, 04:45
Akahmi.
You state that you submitted your hours in June. That does not mean your application was at the PSF. Also you indicated they asked for your Uni results. Two points here. First your application will not be processed until they have all the documentation they need. Secondly If your Uni results were questionable, not matter what reason, and your applying for ADFA how do you think that looks. ADFA is extremely competitive with more applicants applying for pilot than can be assessed let alone the number successfully completing FSP that do not get an offer.

Hm that's true, they said they sent it off in June to Tammsworth so they would have had my application sometime after that. I guess it's time that put the towel in and looked into commercial flying, cheers for the insight though.

hansfalkenhagen
29th Jan 2018, 06:42
Was just taking a little piss out of it lol, but thanks for your very helpful contribution judging my entire character based off a few words, you must be a psychologist?

What a great way to derail a great thread

josephfeatherweight
29th Jan 2018, 12:13
Akahmi, I’d like to offer a small bit of advice, in the hope that you can settle down, have some introspective thoughts, and perhaps steer your application back onto the path of success.

Firstly, you have, within a very short time frame, managed to agitate some of your fellow applicants and indeed some current and former ADF aircrew, with your manner and tone of posting. If you can achieve that, online, on an anonymous forum, in less than a week, when you are ASKING for assistance, have a think about how you might come across in other situations IN PERSON.
maybe its because i'm indian

Secondly, if you quickly come to a conclusion that your ethnicity is a barrier to your selection, then I would humbly suggest that this is more of a problem you are creating. In my experience, individuals who jump to similar conclusions find it difficult to avoid these feelings affecting their personality, and it is THIS that people will judge you on - not your ethnicity. To be fair, I suggest this as a white, Anglo male who has not faced judgement based on such concerns. I will say that in my time in the RAAF, I did not witness anyone experiencing such barriers and I sincerely hope that there are none - the ADF is actively attempting to diversify its applicant intake. Don’t allow these preconceptions to be a barrier for you.

Finally, your posts are written like you are writing a text message to a mate, which, for an old-school codger like me, is not befitting of a Military Officer.
Spelling mistakes are lazy Tammsworth and I guess it’s time that put the towel in doesn’t make sense and indicates a willingness to give up - there have been people on this thread who tried for MANY YEARS and took MANY ATTEMPTS to get into the ADF.

From the above, it would be all too easy to look at you just simply from your posts and perhaps dismiss your application with a “Well, looks like the ADF dodged a bullet here...” - prove me wrong!
Sincere good luck!

ryano
29th Jan 2018, 15:18
Yeah I'll bite.

It's pretty simple. Your application won't be processed until it has been completed and you have supplied all of the appropriate documentation required. In the three months it took you to send in your flying hours, all your application did was gather dust on someone's desk. Meanwhile, 150 odd good quality applicants pushed in front of you for consideration.

You're competing against high calibre people for a pretty small number of positions. Hundreds of people make it further in the application process every year. How do you stand out in a pile of 400 resumes? An OP1 gathers attention, not a 6. Distinctions at uni gather attention, not simply attending. Team sports, leadership positions within organisations, a significant interest in aviation. You have to tick every box mate. You don't have to be the best at everything, but you have to be pretty bloody good. You have to sell your potential, sell your ability to dig in and slog your guts out for a few years and never give in.

I'll tell you right now, your ethnicity has nothing to do with it.

Pick your grades up, work your way into management, volunteer when you can, play team sports, show more of an interest in aviation. Be ruthless in how much you want it. If it seems a bit hard, GA and the airlines are as equally brutal. The only thing is they won't tell you straight to your face.

JPJP
30th Jan 2018, 06:51
trip to ADFA college

If you can’t name it correctly; it’s unlikely that they’ll pay you to attend it. “Lol” :rolleyes:

hansfalkenhagen
30th Jan 2018, 07:53
Alright everyone, while the individual might not have the same level of life experience as other members on this forum, I think his intentions were cordial.

But let's put the thread back on track.

I called up DFR earlier this week. I was notified that they were still waiting on "target numbers" for applicants to put through the ASP. Apparently this information is to be received by DFR in late Feb/March.

If anyone has any further information on the oh-so-long-wait, please post here.

tayra
30th Jan 2018, 09:07
Alright everyone, while the individual might not have the same level of life experience as other members on this forum, I think his intentions were cordial.

But let's put the thread back on track.

I called up DFR earlier this week. I was notified that they were still waiting on "target numbers" for applicants to put through the ASP. Apparently this information is to be received by DFR in late Feb/March.

If anyone has any further information on the oh-so-long-wait, please post here.

Had a chat to my EC this week. It looks like (at least for my EC) that they are still waiting for official policies and procedures from the RAAF about how to process applicants.

As of last September the priority for candidates attending the ASP was apparently based on the date of assessment day. This is presumably to avoid as many candidates lapsing as possible. Whether or not this holds is up in the air for now. Also no word on those left in the FSP pool being given priority over others.

Nothing new regarding the nature of the screening though my money is still firmly on a CBAT battery similar to the RAF and CAF. They must be in a bit of a hurry to get everything together if they're still intent on screening at the start of March.

hansfalkenhagen
30th Jan 2018, 13:25
They must be in a bit of a hurry to get everything together if they're still intent on screening at the start of March.

I think they are certainly still in a hurry. They are still hiring PC-21 technicians on seek.com.au!!!

Come March I would of waited 10 months for the ASP, so hopefully I get an offer for the program rather than sit another 9 hour assessment day (my winge for the day :{).

Also, for everyone reading, I suggest heading over to the RAAF website. They have updated their site with more info regarding the ASP and other links for OSB, etc. (https://www.airforce.gov.au/our-people/careers/defence-jobs/officer-aviation/acmc/selection-process/aviation-screening-program)

A key tit-bit of info I took away from this: "RAAF and Navy pilot students will start training on the PC21 in Jan 2019 and Army students will follow in Jan 2020. All pilot candidates for the 2018 ADFA intake, regardless of service, will still be selected using the current FSP. Additionally, students for the last RAAF pilot course on the CT4, which starts in mid-2018, will also still be selected using the FSP." It lines up nicely with the lengths of each service's officer training courses.

tayra
30th Jan 2018, 13:50
Come March I would of waited 10 months for the ASP, so hopefully I get an offer for the program rather than sit another 9 hour assessment day.

I'm in a similar boat to you with ASP timing coming very close to when I sat my assessment day.

But on that note, I was also told of two eventualities:

Attend ASP -> pass -> attend OSB -> assessment day lapses
= Resit the medical portion only. (unsure if specialists as well)

Attend ASP -> pass -> assessment day lapses with no OSB offer
= Resit the entire day, pysch, DI, med etc.

I think it's quite likely a fair few candidates will be re-sitting their assessment days because of the timing. Even if you assume that they will push people through quickly who don't have long before their year is up. You also have to factor in that OSBs are now separate and not pilot specific and perhaps the ACMC has no say in when they're run. They'll either need to account for the timing of the first couple of OSBs after the ASP or they just let the chips fall where they may and it's down to luck :ok:.

But as Joe mentioned above there are many people who've spent over a year to get in. In fact I think under a year from application to entry might be on the shorter side of things judging from most of the candidates I've talked to.

hansfalkenhagen
30th Jan 2018, 14:24
But as Joe mentioned above there are many people who've spent over a year to get in. In fact I think under a year from application to entry might be on the shorter side of things judging from most of the candidates I've talked to.

Yeah I agree. I've been in the pipeline for a few years. I haven't failed any stage but have more or less been 'resume building' for some time now (playing in an indie rock n' roll band for a few years seems to question DFR's perception of your motives for wanting to join... but perseverance is key).

NovemberCharlie92
1st Feb 2018, 00:27
Good Morning everyone,

I am intending on starting an application to join the RAAF as a DEO Pilot and have a quick query about the new Air Academy program that is being started up. I have spoken to DFR and they were apologetically uninformed about the new processes (not their fault at all) but seeing as some people here may be in the recruitment process, I thought some one here may have some guidance.

From all the information I can find on the DFR/Air Force website, there will be two pathways into the Air Academy, one being Pilot pathway and the other Mission Elementary pathway.

There are also a few areas where it states that you will not know which operational stream you will be selected for at the time of attending the Air Academy. The information also goes on to state that you will know which pathway (pilot or mission) that you will be on in the Academy at the time of your appointment.

As it is all a little confusing to me, my question is this. Can this be read into as if you apply as a pilot applicant and successfully get recommended for pilot throughout the ASP/OSB process, that your offer of appointment will state you will be on the pilot pathway, and that once you are down at the air academy you do not have the chance of being streamed off into air traffic control or air combat officer etc? Would I be correct in believing that it is only officer candidates on the mission elementary pathway side of things that have the uncertainty as to which role they will end up in?

As I will be leaving a different high paying job in the aviation industry to pursue this dream to become a pilot (if accepted obviously, never a guarantee), it would be comforting to confirm how I read the website in that I can apply to become a pilot but not accidentally become an air traffic controller without any input of my own.

Kind Regards.

tayra
1st Feb 2018, 11:25
NC92, I believe you have it spot on.

From what I understand in the future we will all be applying as officer aviation candidates and ASP results will determine which pathway you enter as.

At the ASP I assume there will be both a cutoff for Pilot and a cutoff (likely lower) for ACO/JBAC. If you make pilot, great, pilot is what you get but if you go through as mission pathway you have that uncertainty a la GSO as to where you'll end up.

edit: apparently the future of the program is for there to be no streaming until AFTER OTS and the first lot of coursework at the air academy.

hansfalkenhagen
1st Feb 2018, 15:33
"Since the RAAF does not recruit to particular job streams, if candidates are successful in their application they will appointed to the RAAF as part of the Officer Aviation Family and their letter of offer will indicate; the type of officer intake, the pathway will be into the Air Academy, and any restriction of employment."

https://www.airforce.gov.au/our-people/careers/defence-jobs/officer-aviation

tyler_gordon20
2nd Feb 2018, 12:52
Hi,
I have a little bit of confusion regarding Initial Employment Training. I have read from a few sources that if going through ADFA, both COMSURV and AVMED are completed whilst there. However if going through direct entry AVMED is completed just before BFTS and COMSURV is completed between BFTS and 2FTS. I was just wondering if this is correct.
Cheers

tayra
9th Feb 2018, 02:21
Anecdotally I was on a base tour recently and one of the pilots there didn't complete COMSURV till after his opcon so course availability is probably the deciding factor of when you do it.

NickyG
10th Feb 2018, 23:57
ASP - I recently received an invitation to attend ASP (mid March) assuming I'll be one of the first. I'm seeking any assistance on how to prepare/what to expect as info in the letter was limited. I've applied for JBAC and already been recommended by OSB but still waiting for offer.
I know this is a pilots thread but since the testing is now combined across all OA roles I'm hoping to get some links to practice assessment likely to be included. Can anyone point me in the right direction for Aviation cognitive tests online?
The letter stated that the assessment component is all computer based consisting of aptitude testing using the Military Aviation Cognitive Testing System (MACTS).
It reads as if the test will be exactly the same regardless of the role applied for and I'm wary my flying aptitude is limited.
Thanks in advance for the assistance and I'm happy to contribute a brief if the ASP once completed.

tayra
11th Feb 2018, 03:25
I generally recommend:

https://www.preplounge.com/en/mental-math.php

for general mental maths practice and

Speed Distance Time | OASC: RAF Officer and Aircrew Selection Centre (http://www.speeddistancetime.info/)

for speed/distance/time/fuel questions. One caveat about this website is that all of the questions use "nice" numbers which can get you unstuck if you get thrown questions where you are forced to round or estimate answers.

If you are anyway programming inclined it's fairly simple to make your own questions with more variety and difficulty.

The Ayatollah
11th Feb 2018, 04:13
Hey NickyG, I'm in the same boat as you. I was offered a position on an ASP in early/mid March as well, and the lack of info in the email was slightly frustrating. However, it did say that once your position and itinerary has been confirmed you'll be emailed an "ASP Package", so fingers crossed there'll be some info in that. I also have some friends at East Sale at the moment and if I find out anything helpful I'll be sure to pass it on.

Tayra - thanks for those links. There's also a pretty good pdf floating around google somewhere (unfortunately I don't have the link anymore) which details all the pilot aptitude testing in use by the different branches of the US armed forces. There's some decent techniques in there about approaching typical battery testing, and it's good to skim through at the very least. I'll chuck the link up if I find it.

hansfalkenhagen
11th Feb 2018, 05:23
ASP - I recently received an invitation to attend ASP (mid March)

Congrats!

When exactly did you receive this letter and when did you sit your assessment day and OSB?

Thanks in advance.

tayra
15th Feb 2018, 23:53
They did say starting and March and they seem to be sticking to that. The fact that they are hiring a dedicated liaison between DFR and the ACMC doesn't mean it's all falling apart at the seams. Hopefully it means a greater flow of information through to the enlistment coordinators who have a hard time doing their job when they're in the dark. Also doesn't help with us impatient bastards calling up every other week.

For any ADFA applicants reading. I heard your initial ASPs will be run all through April (due to extra personal requirements for the <18s). DEO will then kick back in for May.

hansfalkenhagen
16th Feb 2018, 03:28
^^ Just being humorous.

But, I do think it's fair to say that it's probably best not to be in the first or second group to go through the ASP. There has been a lot of civilian hiring for the ASP over the last couple of months. I'd imagine it'd take a little while for them to get the ball rolling effectively.

13Beast
19th Feb 2018, 09:04
Uh oh... I am now officially in the first week's ASP... :ooh:

Congratulations! Now the waiting is over (for you), and it also seems that ASP is well and truly up and running. Hopefully a lot more of us can get some invites soon to sit it.

hansfalkenhagen
19th Feb 2018, 09:20
Congratulations! Now the waiting is over (for you), and it also seems that ASP is well and truly up and running. Hopefully a lot more of us can get some invites soon to sit it.

Thanks 13Beast.

For everyone reading, don't run out to the letter box everyday checking the mail for an invite to the ASP like I did. Mine came via email from the Brisbane office, despite the fact I am from Melbourne.

I completed my Assessment day in early June 2017 and ranked in the "middle of the pool", just to give others an idea of when they might receive an offer based off the date of their Assessment days and competitiveness. This is for DEO.

5piece
21st Feb 2018, 09:00
Hi All,

For those wanting to get a gauge of the rate of distribution of offers, I completed my assessment day in early July and received an email today with an offer to attend ASP in the second half of March. If offers are being sent out based on the date of completion of assessment day, then it seems they are making good progress considering Hansfalkenhagen receiving an offer a couple of days ago and having attended assessment day about a month earlier than myself.

tayra
21st Feb 2018, 09:04
Hi All,

For those wanting to get a gauge of the rate of distribution of offers, I completed my assessment day in early July and received an email today with an offer to attend ASP in the second half of March. If offers are being sent out based on the date of completion of assessment day, then it seems they are making good progress considering Hansfalkenhagen receiving an offer a couple of days ago and having attended assessment day about a month earlier than myself.

I haven't received an offer and I completed my assessment day last April so perhaps that's not the basis for it. Guess I'll have to start nagging DFR again.

hansfalkenhagen
21st Feb 2018, 09:42
Actually, Tayra, get on to DFR asap.

By the sounds of it you will need to sit your assessment day again soon due to the 12 month expiry. It may be worthwhile sussing out if you're getting an offer for March. If not, I would request to resit your assessment day asap to be in good stead for the rest of the year. You will need to get the Aviation Class 1 Medical again very soon too.

tayra
21st Feb 2018, 09:46
I did hear straight from my EC that assessment day date was what they planned to use as of some time late last year. Most of those ACO/JBAC candidates have valid OSB recommendations so it makes sense for them to be at the front of the line. OSBs are probably a little more taxing to run than assessment days.

However, I'm a bit wary that I may have slipped through the cracks again which incidentally also happened with my dossier for flight screening. Just out of curiosity did you guys receive offers from your EC, the ACMC or just some generic DFR contact?

hansfalkenhagen
21st Feb 2018, 10:17
Just out of curiosity did you guys receive offers from your EC, the ACMC or just some generic DFR contact?

You're in luck, the offers are coming straight from DFR Brisbane.

I am from Melbourne and have not heard anything from my EC.

Tayra, check your message box.

The Ayatollah
21st Feb 2018, 11:36
Tayra I heard the same thing from my EC last year that order of assessment day date was how they were planning to do it.

I'm applying as a DEO pilot and got an ASP offer for early March, so it's apparently not only ACO/JBAC they're trying to move through - although I agree the OSBs likely play into it.

For background, I completed my assessment day over two days (due to weather) in late March and early April, and my ASP offer came from a generic DFR contact in Canberra. I haven't actually had any contact with Brisbane DFR in a month or so now.

If you completed your assessment day last April and haven't been offered an ASP slot I'd definitely chase it up with your EC.

Akahmi
21st Feb 2018, 13:28
Tayra I heard the same thing from my EC last year that order of assessment day date was how they were planning to do it.

I'm applying as a DEO pilot and got an ASP offer for early March, so it's apparently not only ACO/JBAC they're trying to move through - although I agree the OSBs likely play into it.

For background, I completed my assessment day over two days (due to weather) in late March and early April, and my ASP offer came from a generic DFR contact in Canberra. I haven't actually had any contact with Brisbane DFR in a month or so now.

If you completed your assessment day last April and haven't been offered an ASP slot I'd definitely chase it up with your EC.

Can I reconfirm what an EC is? Is it enlistment coordinator, or the person whom you're appointed to after you finish your assessment day? Also I apologise for my attitude previously, I was told that if I didn't receive an invitation by Jan 2018 that it was all over so I was a little frustrated and upset but reading the struggle some of you guys have gone through, after years of no responses and getting calls makes me hopeful. I completed my assessment day around April, guess I'll have to rebook.

F_X_S
22nd Feb 2018, 04:57
Hey guys, I recently received an offer to attend an ASP course ( 1812D - 21/03 to 24/03). Basically in the same boat as everyone attending the ASP (lack of info, basically not knowing what to expect) for the first time.

Also if anyone on the forum is attending the same ASP, message me, would be awesome to know some people before heading in.

tayra
22nd Feb 2018, 09:33
Thank you everyone for the advice. With the power of email and professional prose I now find myself on a course at the end of March. :ok:

hansfalkenhagen
22nd Feb 2018, 11:25
If anyone hears any info in regards to the number of candidates per course, current size of people waiting to go on the ASP, etc... post here.

It would be good for us to have an idea of the ratio of candidates to positions vacant.

Here's to hoping there isn't 1 job to every 20 candidates going through ASP.

MLed
26th Feb 2018, 23:10
Thank you everyone for the advice. With the power of email and professional prose I now find myself on a course at the end of March. :ok:

Hey tayra, how long ago did you contact them? I tried sending an email to the address listed on defence jobs a week ago and no reply as of yet.

tayra
26th Feb 2018, 23:14
About a week ago. Through DFR though not the ACMC email listed on the jobs site.

edit: Also from reading around on facebook etc. it seems that those who attended a FSP last year are waiting longer compared to those who didn't get a shot. Could just be chance though.

TheAlchemist
27th Feb 2018, 03:37
HI guys and girls, I just wanted to say thankyou for such a knowledgeable thread from everyones inputs, I thought ild get involved by signing in and posting my first reply.

I started my application process the second time round in 2016 and after some hurdles to jump through, go for an assessment day next friday.

Looking forward to any generous info sharing around ASP specifics for those undergoing this in March & Good luck all!

Thunder2
5th Mar 2018, 10:12
Hi everyone, same story here for me, recently received an offer to attend an ASP course (1812B - 19/03 to 22/03). If anyone is attending the same course, send me a message!

Ps. Has anyone been through the first ASP yet?

hansfalkenhagen
6th Mar 2018, 09:16
Ps. Has anyone been through the first ASP yet?

"Has anyone been through the ASP yet?".
The questions we should all be asking ourselves is how much do the beers at the bar available to us cost?!
I am on the ASP starting tomorrow, someone let me know in advance!

tayra
6th Mar 2018, 10:30
"Has anyone been through the ASP yet?".
The questions we should all be asking ourselves is how much do the beers at the bar available to us cost?!
I am on the ASP starting tomorrow, someone let me know in advance!

Better get a good sleep then or is it just the base tour tomorrow?

F_X_S
6th Mar 2018, 19:31
I am on the ASP starting tomorrow, someone let me know in advance!


All the best at the ASP hansfalkenhagen!

For all all those that have received offers to attend an ASP course, have you received your ďinformation packageĒ yet?
The reason I ask is because itís been almost three weeks since I confirmed the date and I am yet still receive my itinerary.

thanks in advance guys.

tayra
7th Mar 2018, 00:22
Been quoted as one week before your course is when you'll receive your joining instructions.

Rich.ieP
7th Mar 2018, 08:14
Just received a call from a mobile number and it was about if I can make a last minute jump on the course starting next Wednesday (14/03/18) as someone has dropped out. I'll be speaking to my boss tomorrow if I can afford half the week off last minute.

Just to let everyone know, I did my assessment session August 2017.

Edit: So I am on the course next week, the lady mentioned that this was a good thing for me as there is an intake coming up for April/June. I believe this is for RAN and RAAF but just speculating.
Now to hit the books and study hard.

hansfalkenhagen
10th Mar 2018, 02:19
So alcohol was banned for ASP candidates because "we don't want to make it look like we are encouraging alcoholism is the Defence Force"...

tayra
10th Mar 2018, 02:27
Assuming you're embargoed from talking about anything other than the alcohol situation, were you attempting to celebrate or drown sorrows?

hansfalkenhagen
10th Mar 2018, 06:36
@tayra
I passed for both Pilot and Mission Elementary but this doesn't necessarily mean I will get an offer to attend an OSB.

You receive paperwork hours after the final exam. It will not show an actual numerical score, but rather a graph depicting how you went for each of the 7 tests for both Pilot and Mission Elementary separately. I was able to work my score out to be about 48/63 (76%). In 10 days I will receive paperwork stating if I have offers to attend an OSB for Pilot roles, Mission Elementary, both, or neither.

ASP results are only used in part of DFR's decision to whether I am invited to a OSB or not. I was told that I will most likely receive an offer for a ACO/ATC/ABM OSB but Pilot is more or less 50/50.

I only know of one candidate who passed with a higher grade than me (around 85-90%) and he was also told that his chances of receiving an offer for a Pilot OSB was also 50/50.
Many of the officers at East Sale suggested there was an 80% fail rate. From candidates I spoke to:
- 1 in 10 passed the Pilot test for the first group
- 2 in 10 passed the Pilot test in the 2nd group (of whom barely passed thus were told they most likely would not receive an offer for a Pilot OSB).
- 4 in 10 passed in my group but two would not be deemed competitive.
There were even some higher ranking Pilots who had been in the RAAF for over 20 years and said they had sat the test in the week prior and failed.

If you don't make the cut-off you won't go to an OSB. If you do make the cut-off you still need to be deemed competitive to receive an offer (even if you score 100% on the ASP).

Further to this, if I don't receive an offer for a Pilot OSB in 10 days I will effectively need to wait 12 months to get roughly an extra 5% to be deemed more competitive. It's a bit overkill really.

hansfalkenhagen
10th Mar 2018, 06:40
Oh, also...

I don't know how they are selecting candidates for the ASP at the moment.

There were people who recently finished their assessment day and had started the entire recruitment process about 12 months ago. There were people who have been in the process for years and had waited 10 months since their assessment day. There were also 3 people in my group who had completed the FSP and the OSB - 2 of which failed and 1 barely passed.

There were also current civilian pilots who failed the ASP. It really was a mixed bag.

Fergusen
10th Mar 2018, 07:03
Hey man. Congratulations, I wish you all the best.
Also, what type of tests were they? Mental arithmetics, hand-eye coordination, memory tests, simulator testing?
Thanks

tayra
10th Mar 2018, 11:28
@tayra
I only know of one candidate who passed with a higher grade than me (around 85-90%) and he was also told that his chances of receiving an offer for a Pilot OSB was also 50/50.


That's interesting that a score that high still doesn't guarantee an OSB slot. Doesn't really leave much dynamic range in the scoring for assessing relative competitiveness. Perhaps the competitive score is higher at present because BFTS won't reach full throughput until well into next year and thus they don't have that many pilots slots to hand out.

Good luck with your potentially multiple OSBs.:ok:

michaelrobins
10th Mar 2018, 11:31
Well done hans. I wish you all the best. What about the tests what were they? Maths? Memory? Simulation? Hand eye?
Is it true that the testing section spans 8 hours in time? Many thanks

hansfalkenhagen
10th Mar 2018, 11:43
Further to my last comment, everyone in each group were pretty switched on and successful individuals. I don't see it as those who passed were smarter than those that did not.

While I passed the test, I certainly think their are many people who are more intelligent than I am yet they may still may not make the cut on the ASP. I am not trying to discourage anyone with my experience with the ASP. Just consider that the ASP tests for very specific traits, not necessarily your level of intelligence.

My advice for anyone attending the program is to not get too hung up on not making the cut. Everyone is still encouraged to come back to resit the tests 12 months later. ACMC will also give you the results for which areas you performed poorly on so you can improve your score.

Further to this, take the following in to consideration: you are not competing against anyone else but yourself. So don't get shitty with other candidates you see as a threat or those who achieve better results than you. I know of a few people (including myself) that had some weird experiences on the ASP caused by other disgruntled candidates.

hansfalkenhagen
10th Mar 2018, 11:50
That's interesting that a score that high still doesn't guarantee an OSB slot. Doesn't really leave much dynamic range in the scoring for assessing relative competitiveness. Perhaps the competitive score is higher at present because BFTS won't reach full throughput until well into next year and thus they don't have that many pilots slots to hand out.


I think a score as high as the one I made reference to will most likely get an offer to attend an OSB, however there are many other things taken in to consideration such as:
- service preference
- job preference
- current restrictions
- assessment results from DFR
- educational results/achievements
- psych results/assessment interview results etc

At least we will know in 10 days as to whether we get an offer to attend an OSB or not.

hansfalkenhagen
10th Mar 2018, 22:25
Also, what type of tests were they? Mental arithmetics, hand-eye coordination, memory tests, simulator testing?
Thanks

I won't go in to too much detail on the tests. Obviously DFR have spent a lot of time and money setting the ASP up, so spilling the beans specifically on the testing elements wouldn't be beneficial for anyone. I am not saying this to lessen other people's chances, I am saying this to make sure the right people are selected. It's best for everyone to go in fresh. Remember that many people do scrub out during pilot training - the ASP is another measure to reduce the fail rate.

A week or so before attending the ASP you will be sent the Joining Instructions booklet. At the end of this booklet you are given some information on the tests. Images and a brief explanation are shown for about 7 tests. There are however about 20 tests all up ranging from about 2 minutes to 35 minutes to complete.

The booklet does say to brush up on time, speed and distance questions and fuel calculations. I used the following link for this, but didn't really feel it helped too much: Speed Distance Time | OASC: RAF Officer and Aircrew Selection Centre (http://www.speeddistancetime.info/)

I would definitely brush up on general arithmetic though (12 times tables, general addition, etc).

There is absolutely no flight simulator testing however.


Is it true that the testing section spans 8 hours in time? Many thanks

Yes there is about 8 hours of testing, however it is split over 2 days and you have an optional 5 minute break roughly every hour or so. Pilot specific testing is about 4 hours long, as is Mission Elementary testing.

The ASP will look similar to this:
Day 1: meet at Melbourne Airport about 12pm. The drive to Sale is about 3 hours, yet it took my driver about 5 hours. You will be in a group of 10 driving in a mini bus and have about a 45 minute break along the way. You will arrive at East Sale in the late arvo. After a short introduction you will be given flight suits and your room keys. You will share an apartment with about 3-4 other people. While you will have your own room, you will share the commons room, bathroom and laundry with your 3-4 house mates. Dinner will be around 6pm.
Day 2: Up at 6am and breakfast around 6.30am. 7.30 to about 11.30am will involve seminars and base tours. Lunch at 12pm and your Pilot specific testing from about 1.30-5.30pm. Dinner around 6pm.
Day 3: Basically the same as day 2 but the seminars and tours are in the arvo and Mission Elementary testing is in the morning. You will receive your results around 3-4pm.
Day 4: You will leave around 7-8am and head back to Melbourne Airport.

This thread has been very helpful to me, so I will drop back in a few times over the next few days to answer any questions. Like I said earlier, don't ask me anything too specific about the types of tests involved - I have given my reasons why.

michaelrobins
11th Mar 2018, 00:54
Hey hans, so if you aim for pilot role you have to try your best both for pilot and mission elementary testing?

hansfalkenhagen
11th Mar 2018, 04:10
Hey hans, so if you aim for pilot role you have to try your best both for pilot and mission elementary testing?

Mate, it's entirely up to you if you try your best for both tests or not.

Central.runner
13th Mar 2018, 02:35
I won't go in to too much detail on the tests. Obviously DFR have spent a lot of time and money setting the ASP up, so spilling the beans specifically on the testing elements wouldn't be beneficial for anyone

Great insight, thanks hans and others.
Aside from the structured ďtestsĒ at ASP, did the assessment and grading of the candidates cross over into other personal aspects such as service knowledge, personal motivation, conduct, teamwork, leadership, knowledge of training, career expectations etc? Obviously not from formal interviews but in any way contributing the competitiveness of the candidate.
Naturally these are critical and will bear out during OSB, but in preparing for ASP as efficiently as possible it would helpful to get a sense of these other items that donít feature as highly or at all. If someone had entered this process from the pilot candidate side for example, is there any advantage or benefit in getting across all roles covered by ASP before arriving?
Many thanks to the contributors and best of luck to all candidates!

Footprint
13th Mar 2018, 09:01
Hi all,

My EC advised in mid Feb that there are around 200 people in total recommended from previous OSBs (Pilots, ACOs & JBACs). Virtually everyone validity in the pool had to run out before the ASP kicked in on March 6th.

ASPs will consist of new candidates and the previous recommended lot.

The ASPs are all back to back in March. 4 ASP the 1st wk, 4 the second, 3 the third and 2 in the last wk of march.

Next ASP rounds will be in May.

Hope this helps those wondering what is going on.

hansfalkenhagen
13th Mar 2018, 09:53
Aside from the structured ďtestsĒ at ASP, did the assessment and grading of the candidates cross over into other personal aspects such as service knowledge, personal motivation, conduct, teamwork, leadership, knowledge of training, career expectations etc? Obviously not from formal interviews but in any way contributing the competitiveness of the candidate.


The ASP is strictly for testing a candidate's cognitive functions and, during the ASP, you are graded on this and this only.

Afterwards, ACMC choose to give you an offer to attend a specific OSB (be RAN Pilot, or RAAF ACO, etc). Their decision is based off the things you've mentioned, ie. service knowledge, personal motivation, etc - but these things were already determined during your YOU Session, additional testing and Assessment Day.

To reiterate, the ASP tests only your cognitive functions. Afterwards you will get an offer to attend an OSB based off your results right from the beginning (You session right through to ASP).


If someone had entered this process from the pilot candidate side for example, is there any advantage or benefit in getting across all roles covered by ASP before arriving?

I am not exactly sure what you mean by this. Are you asking if there is even any point trying for Mission Elementary testing if you are only applying for Pilot?

If this is your question, it is important to remember that the ASP tests for Pilots (for all three services), other Officer Aviation roles in the RAAF (roles are slightly changing, JBAC is now simply called Air Traffic Control... ABM (Air Battle Management) is now a separate role, etc) and other roles such as Navy AvWo.

If a candidate received 100% on the pilot's test and 0% on the Mission Elementary test, I wouldn't be surprised if they just kicked you out then and there.

tayra
13th Mar 2018, 10:10
So they have actually created two distinct sets of testing for both officer aviation pathways? I would imagine there absolutely would be a large degree of overlap in requirements for both roles.

From the research I've done on the RAF testing (which I believe is what we've adapted/licensed), their tests are split into aptitude domains of:

verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning, spatial reasoning, work rate, attentional capability and psychomotor coordination. They test all 6 domains and then perform what they've defined to be an optimal weighting of each to give you your pilot/aco/jbac etc. score.

The only possible non-crossover domain for JBAC/ACO would be pyschomotor coordination (which isn't even the highest weighted domain for pilot in the RAF).

But I guess this is all needless speculation and I'll find out what's what in about a week. In my view it would be entirely pointless to perform worse on the mission elementary testing in some hope that it will put you in higher contention for a pilot OSB.

hansfalkenhagen
13th Mar 2018, 11:02
Tayra, you are correct in most of what you have said except there are 7 aptitude domains for the pilot test and 6 for mission elementary - I am betting you can guess which domain is not tested for the latter (in fact, you already have).

While both Pilot and Mission Elementary might test for "spatial reasoning", for instance, the actual "spatial reasoning" tests will be different for each ASP test - if that makes sense.

Like I said earlier, to my understanding, the Pilot test has about an 80% fail rate of a pool of pretty intelligent and successful people. For these people who fail the Pilot test, or rank low on this test, they will still have an opportunity to sit a Mission Elementary OSB ON THE PROVISION THEY ACTUALLY PUT IN THE EFFORT FOR THE MISSION ELEMENTARY TEST!

Further to this, I am getting a little tired of the candidates who claim they will ONLY accept a pilot role - or worse, will only accept a fast-jet role in the RAAF.

If a candidate will ONLY accept a pilot role, I'd argue that the candidate should simply cancel their ADF application and pursue a career in civilian aviation. I, for one, would happily accept a non-aviation role, even a non-aviation & non-officer role, if I was unsuccessful with my chosen preferences.

You need to actually have the desire to be in the Defence Force in the first place.

junior.VH-LFA
13th Mar 2018, 11:48
Further to this, I am getting a little tired of the candidates who claim they will ONLY accept a pilot role - or worse, will only accept a fast-jet role in the RAAF.

If a candidate will ONLY accept a pilot role, I'd argue that the candidate should simply cancel their ADF application and pursue a career in civilian aviation. I, for one, would happily accept a non-aviation role, even a non-aviation & non-officer role, if I was unsuccessful with my chosen preferences.

You need to actually have the desire to be in the Defence Force in the first place.

There's nothing wrong with people knowing what they want. The RAAF will take as much (if not more) out of you than it will ever give you in return. No point playing the game if it isn't worth the prize at the end in your personal desires.

I wouldn't have joined the RAAF as anything other than a pilot. That doesn't make me a bad officer, if that was the case there'd be a lot less pilots...

donpizmeov
13th Mar 2018, 14:19
Hans the world is not a fair place. The RAAF has been hiring pilots for a long time. They know what you need to pass the course, and what you need to have a successful career.
Someone totally focused of being a RAAF Pilot with no interest in being a NAV etc, is not a lesser candidate to someone who wants so badly to be in the military they would take any job.
You either pass the selection or you don't. If you don't, it's a personal choice what you choose to do next.
But I agree with you about someone thinking doing badly in the non pilot tests is somehow going to help their application. They would seem to have some gaps in critical reasoning, and perhaps a different career choice would better suit.

Central.runner
13th Mar 2018, 22:17
I am not exactly sure what you mean by this. Are you asking if there is even any point trying for Mission Elementary testing if you are only applying for Pilot?


Thanks hans, youíve answered the question in your response. The question wasnít about effort in any particular test but rather being caught off guard in a conversation about other roles and having little knowledge about them. For whatís it worth, these recent contributions have prompted me to at least gain an overview of these roles before ASP.

Slezy9
14th Mar 2018, 01:36
being an ACO in a P8 is still are far better career than any civilian role I can think of.

Wow, you sure know a lot about aviation, military and civilian, for someone who's just starting out...

I'd rather sit up the front of any aircraft as a pilot, any day, than sit down the back of anything (super hornet included).

junior.VH-LFA
14th Mar 2018, 01:48
Wow, you sure know a lot about aviation, military and civilian, for someone who's just starting out...

I'd rather sit up the front of any aircraft as a pilot, any day, than sit down the back of anything (super hornet included).


You got that right.


I like being a pilot, if it didn't work out here I'd be giving it a crack somewhere else. You should go have a chat to any ACO's working in the civilian sector of aviation post leaving the RAAF and their employability... there's a lot more to think of when joining Defence than just being keen to do everything. It doesn't make anyone less of a candidate when they know what they want to do and what they're not interested in.


Just as an offside remark as well, there's no such thing as applying yourself for only a "fighter pilot" role, by the time you find out if you're going fighters or not it's too late to just disappear into the ether if you find out you're going multi crew. Thatís not how pilots course works.

Where is the civilian equivalent of fast jet aircrew? I guarantee there are lot more ex Fast Jet Pilots working at the mainlines right now than there are ACOís.

hansfalkenhagen
14th Mar 2018, 02:28
Slezy9 and Junior.VH-LFA

I agree with what you have both said and will take it on board. But consider where my frustration on this topic has come from. I have just completed the ASP program with candidates who rocked up to a RAAF base in shorts, t-shirt and thongs. Candidates who needed to be told several times that they would not be allowed to enter the officer's mess for dinner in the clothes they were wearing. Candidates who were happy to ruin other people's positive experience because they failed the ASP. Candidates who said they wanted a RAAF pilot job yet did not want to go on deployment...

Funnily enough these were the same candidates who would often say they would accept nothing short of RAAF fast-jet pilot.

The key point I am trying to make in all of this, which it seems I have failed to achieve thus far, is for candidates to still try their best for the entire program and not waste the ADF's time. We all know it is highly like that the majority of 3000 applicants who apply per year will not be given a job offer for pilot. So why not increase your chances to accept a role for Mission Elementary or helicopters if you don't make the cut for RAAF pilot?

I for one am very happy to have a non-aviation military career but am certainly not "keen to do anything". I will just have to recognise that the 95% of candidates who fail the recruitment phase are not.

tayra
14th Mar 2018, 06:43
Haha, I got my first job out of high school for being the only one at a group interview not wearing thongs and boardies.

I don't think it's unreasonable for people going through these first ASPs to only want the job they've applied for. I want to be a pilot and an Officer in the RAAF... at the same time. It's going to be different for everyone. If it actually becomes the case that you don't know which job pathway you're on till after OTS then yeah, it seems very likely that some people will jump ship during their IMPS grace period if they dont get what they want. So as it stands, those self-selecting themselves out of contention is good thing. As for the people being bitter after failing, this is likely the first major 'NO' that some of them have received in their lives. Especially because it's almost a personal attack of 'no you as a person do not have the aptitude to do this job'. Whether or not they bounce back and learn from it before having another crack is the main concern.

After some more cyber sleuthing I found those 7 domains that you mentioned. Looks like they've introduced some new names for them whilst the tests remain the same. Hope you did well on the CLAN test if it was covered. It's the most significant (statistical) indicator of IFR performance apparently.

Thunder2
14th Mar 2018, 22:51
Thanks to all the contributors, the info has definitely made me more confident.

During the ASP test, I am guessing they don't give you any feedback for individual answers? Like a green tick.
And I couldn't find anything about it online, but is it true that there is a verbal reasoning test in the ASP?

The Ayatollah
18th Mar 2018, 04:58
During the ASP test, I am guessing they don't give you any feedback for individual answers? Like a green tick.
And I couldn't find anything about it online, but is it true that there is a verbal reasoning test in the ASP?

Hey thunder, you guess right. Practice questions will give you a green tick, but the testing questions wonít. The only feedback you get is at the end of course, which is still just a general overview.

There is a bit of verbal reasoning, but itís not especially difficult.

Rosco22
18th Mar 2018, 16:19
@hansfalkenhagen - congratulations on the recommendation. You seem very motivated and keen to do well, which will stand you in good stead in your future training.

To all others reading his advice, take it with a grain of salt.

Many years ago I received a phone call to congratulate me on being offered the role of Navigator. I declined, and 3 days later received the offer of Pilot, a decision which I cannot thank my 17 year old self enough for.
DFR and the RAAF will try and get you in for whatever role they can, knowing there is a trickle down to other specialisations from those that initially applied for Pilot.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with knowing what you want. There are many great careers in the RAAF, however being 'in the RAAF' is not the be all and end all, and it is 100% OK to say you only want to be a Pilot.

Also, '3000 pilot applicants a year' is drastically overstated. We are chronically short and can't get enough good people in the door, let alone out the end of the training pipeline.

Slezy9
19th Mar 2018, 01:51
Also, '3000 pilot applicants a year' is drastically overstated. We are chronically short and can't get enough good people in the door, let alone out the end of the training pipeline.

In the late 90's/early 2000's there were approx 10,000 applications for pilot across all three services per year. There has been a steady decline in interest over the last 15 years or so. In 2016 there were 400 people who walked through the door and said I want to be a military pilot.

junior.VH-LFA
19th Mar 2018, 14:34
Because people of the current generation arenít stupid enough to sign on to something for 11.5 years with so many variables when they can just get a HECS loan and do a Cadetship...

The RAAF will figure that out, eventually.

tayra
19th Mar 2018, 22:24
Is the IMPS really the defining factor? If you read these forums for any amount of time it doesn't seem like anyone is painting Civil aviation in the best light either.

hansfalkenhagen
19th Mar 2018, 23:19
To any pilots currently at East Sale, do you know when we will be receiving the rest of the PC21's (the other 43 I believe)?

Will they even put groups through BTFS at the moment or will they be waiting 'till next year?

junior.VH-LFA
20th Mar 2018, 13:22
Is the IMPS really the defining factor? If you read these forums for any amount of time it doesn't seem like anyone is painting Civil aviation in the best light either.

Times are and have been changing for a while.

I like the RAAF, Iím not dumb enough to think itís the best wicket in the world though. The exodus underway is enough to demonstrate that.

But Iíll never regret it, hell, I love the actual flying more than I could ever explain.

Slezy9
21st Mar 2018, 00:27
But Iíll never regret it, hell, I love the actual flying more than I could ever explain.

My thoughts exactly!

But... I believe it's a young mans game, unless you want to be CAF.

donpizmeov
21st Mar 2018, 12:04
Have done both. Much preferred being with Ronny.

hansfalkenhagen
22nd Mar 2018, 10:09
I like the RAAF, Iím not dumb enough to think itís the best wicket in the world though.

C'mon mate. You're a pilot in the RAAF. You have the best wicket in the world.

Most people could only dream of what you do for a living.

If you don't mind me asking, what aircraft are you assigned to?