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RAAF Flight Screening Programme

Old 3rd Mar 2012, 02:34
  #2001 (permalink)  
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So got back from the YOU session yesterday. Everything went fine. Apparently I'll get a call from the case manager soon to book me into my Spec Testing. On this note, I was wondering if I could grab any advice of anyone on here in terms of things such as; what's involved in the testing, is there any physics involved etc. Basically anything to give me an idea about the Spec Testing.

Thanks guys.
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Old 4th Mar 2012, 09:41
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G'day all,

I've got an upcoming assesment day, I've been doing a lot of reading in prep for it but there are a few queries I cannot find answers for anywhere. If anyone could prove some insight into these I'd be most grateful!

1. Is there additional maths/aptitude testing on the assessment day? I am NOT going for ADFA entry but have read contradictory info on this... I was hoping that was done and dusted with my Spec testing!

2. Was the essay done at the start of the day, was it on a "topic", or just a series of three questions? Once again I've read both things and was hoping to do a bit of preparation...

Feel free to PM if you would prefer that to replying.

Thanks for any help!

All the best with your recruitment.
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Old 5th Mar 2012, 09:30
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Old 5th Mar 2012, 12:24
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Appeal now submitted due to being categorised as Class 4. Just a minor hurdle to overcome!

I have had no details from my careers counsellor (CC) regarding contacts for currently serving pilots in the ADF. He says he has no contacts to get in touch with.
I was told that I can only get these meetings arranged through my careers counsellor, so should I attempt to get a different one? Has anyone else come across this problem? I don't want to be disrespectful to my CC, but I feel that having a discussion with current serving pilots in the RAAF and Army (applied for both) is more important.
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Old 6th Mar 2012, 08:59
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talk to a pilot


From what I've been told (and it seems to change on a case by case basis-that's just DFR) you must first pass your assessment day and be recommended to be able to visit a base and speak to a pilot.

My case manager told me that if every YOU session applicant for a pilot role was given an opportunity to speak to a pilot they'd never get a chance to fly. That being said I have had an opportunity to speak with an army helicopter pilot. I might be able to find his number if you send me a PM. Otherwise, just keep pushing through and hopefully you'll get the opportunity after you pass your assessment day.
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Old 24th Mar 2012, 11:07
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i just contacted my local raaf base (east sale) saying that i was interested in becoming a pilot and would like to come down and talk to some of the pilots and have a look around, got a email back, talked to someone down there who helped me arrange it. (and CFS is extreamly busy)

so i would just contact the base directly, call 1800 033 200 and ask to speak to the base of your choosing.

hope this helps
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Old 24th Mar 2012, 23:04
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I'll definitely give that a try, thanks
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Old 26th Mar 2012, 00:57
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Back from Tamworth and got recommended which I'm pumped about. Offers are out soon apparently so hopefully something comes. Thanks for all the help everyone's given, really appreciate it.
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Old 26th Mar 2012, 12:43
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hey everyone, first post

So i have my additional pilot testing coming up soon, just wanted to ask a few questions. it would be greatly appreciated.

Basically, what kind of mathematics is involved, any essay writing or the like, is there a memory test, or any instrument reading? Basically absolutely ANYTHING ANYONE can tell me, would be of the utmost help.

thank you very much.
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Old 27th Mar 2012, 00:38
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That's the next thing on my list, so I'd like to know too!
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Old 27th Mar 2012, 06:01
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Read the thread
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Old 27th Mar 2012, 12:52
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To be fair, it's a very long thread. I was being lazy because it took me so long to read through it all the first time.

However, I went back a bit and I found this:

"Phase two: specialised aptitude
Instrument test
spatial skills tests
maths tests
hand-eye co-ord"

Anyone that has done it recently? Is it up to date? Did you find any particular part more difficult than the rest? What exactly is the instrument test?
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Old 27th Mar 2012, 23:53
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To be fair, it's a very long thread. I was being lazy because it took me so long to read through it all the first time.
To be fair, pilots course is much longer.
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Old 28th Mar 2012, 09:51
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Thanks to everyone for their help on this forum over the past 3 years. Today I got the distribution call for Army SSO. Best news I've ever had in my whole life. It has been a rocky ride and I nearly gave up but now the real hard yards begin and I can't wait
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Old 29th Mar 2012, 07:47
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hey guys, had my additional testing today and passed, so all's good for the assessment day

Just wanted to let people know that is they want to ask any questions (even if they've read the thread, searched online etc, I know i did, that they can PM me any time, and ill try my best to answer them.)

Good luck everyone else!
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Old 29th Mar 2012, 12:08
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Hi dudes and dudettes,

Just a big thank you to you all for providing all this information. It is hard to read through the whole thread but it's worth it. Two years ago near the end of uni I "was thinking about it", and over time the desire to become a RAAF pilot just really took hold.

How much I've learnt in the past 2 years about the job, it's unbelievable the misconceptions that I had and that most people who will never apply will always have.

Anyway, I'm posting for a reason and that's to ask a question (like everyone else here!). I've done my YOU day, done my Assessment day. I had an issue with childhood asthma but after a specialist test it was all cleared after a week or so and about 2 months ago after repeated calls to my case manager I finally found out that my file had been sent to the PSA.

My question is this: it's been 2 months, and could be another 10. Is there any way at all of finding out how competitive one is compared to the rest of the cohort? I know I'm not top top because I've seen others bragging (just being happy) about their FSP dates in here which means I've been passed over at least twice. Any ideas? Or do I just sit and wait and get on with things for a year hoping for a call? To be honest I don't get why they don't tell you how you score, at least then you can have some kind of closure or hope either way!

Thanks guys.
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Old 30th Mar 2012, 05:09
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@ yossarian88

If I recall correctly you should have been given a contact number for PSA in the letter stating that your file has been received. My suggestion would be to give them a call and ask how you're sitting. I did the same and they were quite helpful.

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Old 31st Mar 2012, 06:07
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its a floating pool, changes weekly.
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Old 31st Mar 2012, 09:49
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Hi all,

Latest update is that hubby finished flight screening last week and was recommended, which was great news.

Now just waiting for the call/letter - lets hope there is one!

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Old 1st Apr 2012, 06:08
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That's awesome, congrats!
I can't wait for the inevitable day when I'll be doing the same.

Just a general question to anyone who wishes to contribute; how did you deal with the two weeks off from work? I imagine I will just tell the boss straight-up.
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