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RAAF Flight Screening Program (Merged)

Old 22nd Mar 2016, 11:42
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Khargify makes a lot of good points. I just want to emphasise that you should be positive and enjoying yourself at all times, after all this is a sample of the life you are going to live if successful! Also, I spent a lot of time socialising with the BFTS guys. A lot of advice says here to not touch the board games in the common room but I found playing with the padre and the BFTS students offers a great talking point and environment to ask a lot of questions. In my OSB interview they commented on my depth of knowledge and asked how I knew so much.

One thing I want to add is make friends with your coursemates. These guys are going to potentially be part of your class at training schools and will be your colleagues in the future. Start off well with them and support each other. It is not a competition between you and them, itis a competition between you and the standard to get recommended.
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Old 25th Mar 2016, 13:02
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Hi all. Just wondering if anyone has been given a letter of offer and afterwards, designated class 4.
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Old 26th Mar 2016, 07:15
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Hi alec taylor,

I got a medical downgrade after I got my LOO. Later got reupgraded and am now in the job. PM me if you need any help.

Best,
fs
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Old 27th Mar 2016, 08:46
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Originally Posted by FlyingSoon View Post
Bruce,

No problem

To not close any doors my advice is preference RAAF Pilot at DFR and then when you get the Flight Screening paperwork aircrew service preference form, preference all three as "Most Preferred" on the 3 box form or "5 out of 5" for the 5 box form.

Preferencing more than one job at DFR will make it harder for you to get through Assessment Day considering you can just change your preferences at FSP.

For example on my Flight Screening guys only preferenced RAAF pilot at DFR and ended up getting offers for Army and Navy afterwards anyway as well as RAAF offers.

Good luck,
fs
Thanks for this.
My only "fear" in doing as you suggest is that because I'm over 30 I won't get to assessment day because potentially too old for RAAF. In that case I wouldn't even get the chance to prefer them all at the flight screening...
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Old 27th Mar 2016, 14:29
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Getting to Assessment Day is not the hard part, it's getting through the Assessment Day itself. They'll tell you if you aren't competitive early on in the piece based on age. YOU Session is just to see what kind of person you are and set you in the right direction with regards to testing and giving you a realistic selection of jobs to apply for.
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Old 30th Mar 2016, 00:49
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Hey Brenno,

Congratulations mate, you must be absolutely stoked.

When did your file get sent off to flight screening? Mine is being sent today so it's all about the waiting game now I guess !

All the best mate and congrats again,

machzero

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Old 1st Apr 2016, 09:31
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Hey guys! First time poster long time lurker on this thread! There's some fantastic information on here.

Currently booked in for Additional Testing on this Monday. Been studying non-stop so I'm hoping I'll do well.

With regards to the medicals I'm a little worried. I went to hospital either last year because of a sore chest and was worried it was a heart issue. Doctor diagnosed it as muscle soreness since there was nothing wrong with my heart. Will DFR look down on this whole event? Keep hearing horror stories regarding medicals so I'm just looking for some clarification.
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Old 3rd Apr 2016, 08:13
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hey djmp,

As someone who has had lots of fun with medical, I can tell you that if you are prepared with all the relevant documentation for when they ask you about it you will be fine. If you're in for the Additional Testing, that means you've gone through the YOU session medical. If you raised this then and they didn't make a fuss it means it shouldn't be such a huge issue come Assessment Day.

Make sure to get all the relevant reports for any xrays or imaging performed. Make an appointment to see your specialist if you saw one for a few months away if your referral is valid so you can go and get a report if they ask for it. If they don't ask just cancel the appointment.

The reason everyone has headaches with medical is they go in expecting to be "good to go" and next minute they are unprepared and made Class 3 or 4. Depending on who you see be prepared to have to get all these details and get a letter from a specialist to avoid this categorisation. Getting a 3 or 4 isn't the end of the world however. You can still be classed fit for FSP while not Class 1.

Good luck with the additional testing and if you have any more questions fire away.
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Old 4th Apr 2016, 09:10
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Thanks FS!

Yeah I brought everything up with the nurse and she just jotted it down on the computer. Only elaborated on the date and the diagnosis.

Additional testing went well so I'm through to the next stage.

Yes I was thinking of gathering all the relevant reports. Reading about all the medicals made me want to be pretty prepared for them. Last thing I want is waiting months because paperwork I sent in hasn't reached them or something silly. Better to just have it there and then on the day like you said.

One question - if you don't produce the paperwork does that render you as a Class 3 or 4 until you provide it? And therefore fit for Class 1 FSP?
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Old 5th Apr 2016, 05:21
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Congratulations mate, start studying now for your chosen roles. Don't forget to do a bit of research into the other services as well to round out your knowledge for OSB and Assessment Day

Not producing paperwork will make you a 2E or 2D or something similar (temporarily unfit pending waiver or paperwork), but sometimes if you can't explain something as serious as chest pains then they will shoot you down before you even get a chance!

There's a separate medical sheet they fill out for aircrew applicants during your Assessment Day re fitness for FSP, so it is independent of your "DFR Classification". There's a big box that says "FIT FOR FSP" down the bottom you need to get a tick in!

I missed my first eligible intake because I didn't have paperwork prepared which is why I strongly advocate everyone to cover themselves.

Best,
fs
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Old 9th Apr 2016, 03:49
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I basically have summarised the relevant parts of the ADF mentors pilot book, like the general process, aircraft, history of the services, dot point answers to likely questions like my leadership and personal experiences, structure of the ADF and current issues. Just some more depth on what my interview notes were. Plus a bit of maths and flying study.
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Old 9th Apr 2016, 11:31
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Be ready to answer some different questions and make sure you have your opinions and views set for current operations and recent missions. I wasn't expecting questions asking about my opinions and views so be ready.
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Old 9th Apr 2016, 21:46
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My two biggest tips for OSB are;

To wait and think before you talk. It seems obvious but the nerves on the day will tend to make you rush and say something incorrect, or just inappropriate.

The other tip is once you've said what you need to, shut up. The sound of silence is daunting especially when you have four potential employers staring at you. They're waiting to see if you snap under the pressure of silence and reveal too much.

Be clear, concise and take your time. The greatest pilot of all time, Neil Armstrong would never say something to which he would later regret. In the air however, he was as sharp as a tack. Don't assume that because you emit a slow, methodical demeanour the board will assume you're slow to react in the air. They're looking for officer qualities remember.
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Old 11th Apr 2016, 02:34
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What are people's opinions on the sorts of maths they will ask during your OSB? Are they exactly the type of speed distance time questions that were in the pilot specific testing or are they a little easier to work out in your head? For all my speed distance time stuff I have been using pen and paper but obviously you can't do that in the OSB so whats the deal with those sorts of questions?

My file has been sent to Tamworth and hopefully it won't be long until I get the call.

All the best to everyone!
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Old 12th Apr 2016, 07:41
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Originally Posted by machzero View Post
What are people's opinions on the sorts of maths they will ask during your OSB? Are they exactly the type of speed distance time questions that were in the pilot specific testing or are they a little easier to work out in your head? For all my speed distance time stuff I have been using pen and paper but obviously you can't do that in the OSB so whats the deal with those sorts of questions?

My file has been sent to Tamworth and hopefully it won't be long until I get the call.

All the best to everyone!
The maths questions, I recall, were basic arithmetic and speed-distance related.

Know your timetables back to front. Fraction to percentage values, ie 1/8 is 12.5%.

Other little tricks such as 60kts = 1 nm per minute, are invaluable, not only in the interview but in the cockpit.

Like I've said previously, it's a different game when you get asked 4X16 and they're are 4 people staring at you. Take your time, close your eyes, don't say you don't know. Work it out.
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Old 19th Apr 2016, 03:15
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Finally got the call for flight screening today! i'll be up there from the 8th-21st of May. So let me know if your on the same course. Also received my medical letter a couple of weeks ago and have been all cleared Class 1, which is a huge relief!

Congratulation to everyone above who has also got onto a FSP!
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Old 19th Apr 2016, 14:33
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Congrats Wazza! How long were you waiting between Assessment Day and your phone call?

You must be stoked mate, congratulations again and all the best for May.

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Old 19th Apr 2016, 23:07
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machzero - i completed assessment day September 2015 but was held up with medical and my file wasn't sent to FSP until January 2016, so about 4 months of waiting!
hopefully your wait isnt too long mach.

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Old 2nd May 2016, 09:00
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Hey everyone,

I hope that everyone is going well and those at FSP are loving it.

Just wondering if anyone has had any word of offers coming out for a June/July intake for RAAF.

Cheers
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Old 2nd May 2016, 10:42
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adbailey121,

FYI, two gents that I completed FSP with have received RAAF offers for the June intake.

FLFS
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