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RAAF Flight Screening Programme

Old 8th Jul 2013, 05:20
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Finished my Pilot Specialist Testing today and somehow, someway I managed to pass! Feels really good after not doing well enough over a year ago. Now to wait for my assessment day to be booked
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Old 11th Jul 2013, 05:37
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Hi guys, I have my aircrew specific testing this coming Monday (pretty excited/packing it at the same time) I'm just wondering if someone could answer, what should I wear? If it something I should get really dressed up for? Or is smart casual acceptable?

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Old 11th Jul 2013, 13:35
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I did mine last Monday in Brisbane, just wore long suit pants with a long sleeve collared shirt (no tie) you need to be comfortable in it that's for sure. Good luck anyways
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Old 12th Jul 2013, 01:25
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Personally I would be treating every interaction with DFR as a job interview. Wear what you would wear if you were being interviewed for the position (as realistically that is what is happening). When I went through the process last time I went in full suit and tie every step of the way and I fully intend on doing the same this time around.

If your clothes fit correctly they should be comfortable! How you present yourself speaks volumes, a picture is worth a thousand words after all!
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Old 14th Jul 2013, 22:01
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Hello everyone,

I have been reading this thread the last couple of days and I must say, It is extremely helpful.

A bit about myself: I first applied for pilot out of high school in 2005 and failed my pilot specific test (due to lack of study and ignorance on my part). I was a part of the AAFC from 2000 - 2005 and completed 18.6 hours in a Cessna 152 in Townsville, I was awarded the Peter Vidler Scholarship which provided a little bit of money towards my flying as well. Since I failed my testing I applied to the defence force to gain some experience, leadership skills and operational experience, I am now a serving member of the ARA for the last 5 years as an RAE combat engineer LCPL. I have deployed on OP SLIPPER and been posted to 3CER, 21 CONST SQN and now 20 EOD SQN. Whilst on deployment (between JUN - NOV 2012) I made the decision that I would reapply and put everything I had into achieving my childhood dream to fly, and as the name suggests I want to fly the C-17 through the RAAF DEO scheme. Since then I have submitted the appropriate paperwork and got the ball rolling, I am now waiting on my PSYCH / Pilot Specific Test to complete my application to send to the PSA. I have sought to conduct OJT's at 36 Sqn to gain some working experience within an active Sqn and I am going to take couple of more flying lessons to get back into the mind set.

My current priority is to pass the Aptitude test! I was almost about to buy a session with the PATS in Melbourne until I read the comments in this forum (Thanks for saving me $3500). I am fine with Instrument reading, coordination and estimation tests, though I hate to admit that my speed, distance and time skills are not so great, so I am working on rectifying that. At the same time I am researching everything I can for the OSB before I head to Tamworth so I am not ‘cramming’ while I am there.

My question is to the already ADF pilots out there is, from what I have told you, are there any shortfalls that you can see that will effect my success? What sort of questions do you think they will ask me?
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Old 15th Jul 2013, 09:58
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One of their questions will most likely be what your reaction will be when you don't get sent to C17, and instead fly King Air. On the other hand, if you do well enough they will send you to jets, how will your motivation fare?
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Old 15th Jul 2013, 12:08
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Had my pilot aptitude testing today and am being progressed to the assessment day.....pretty happy strange thing is I don't really feel super excited. More just looking at how much more I need to learn and remember before the assessment day.
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Old 15th Jul 2013, 21:19
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Being apprehensive is normal.

While you will have some good and memorable experiences on the way through pilots course, it really is a day to day proposition where you need to just keep on keeping on!
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Old 16th Jul 2013, 01:14
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My answer to that is very simple, C-17 is a preference. I would be happy to fly anything. If I get offered fast jets then my motivation would be higher than ever to succeed and be the best within that stream.
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Old 16th Jul 2013, 14:11
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C17

C17, the current RAAF training pipeline is focused around producing Fighter Pilots. You will be questioned as to why you want C17 over FJ's right through the whole training scheme. They may evan question if it is worth training you if you don't want to be a FJ pilot first and foremost. My advice is to be very smart with your answer, pick your words wisely.

Further, preferences for platform type are not formally taken any more at postings time. The fate of your future comes down to your performance, RAAF demand, your QFI's advice to the CO and ultimately the CO 2FTS. Good luck and enjoy the ride.

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Old 17th Jul 2013, 07:29
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Thanks for the advice
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Old 18th Jul 2013, 05:34
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Could anybody advise me when, specifically, during FSP the fitness evaluation is undertaken? I'm referring to the push-ups, shuttle run and sit-ups.

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Old 19th Jul 2013, 08:30
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VS,

The fitness test was done on the afternoon of the second last day for us.
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Old 19th Jul 2013, 10:02
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Had my YOU session the other day and all thankfully went well. Although I was confident I would be fine as I've been through it before, I was still nervous until the my CC passed on the positive news.

Hopefully I can get my Pilot Spec testing booked in soon as apparently case managers have an unprecedented workload at present. As such my CC advised that applicants should be pro-active in following up bookings to ensure they are made!

Time to sharpen up the mental maths I think!
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Old 19th Jul 2013, 11:28
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Originally Posted by frappe
VS,

The fitness test was done on the afternoon of the second last day for us.
Thanks mate, that puts me at ease a bit! Hopefully they do it the same way at mine!
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Old 19th Jul 2013, 14:34
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FSP ADFA

hey guys,

I have now passed all my testing with dfr and am waiting for a position on a flight screening course(adfa). My only chances are to go into the FSP course in september or november/december.

Do you know roughly when they let you when you've been granted a spot on a course..?

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Old 19th Jul 2013, 18:13
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Hey Everyone,

I have only recently stumbled upon this thread and I have so far found it extremely useful, so thank you to all who have contributed so far.

I was hoping that I could receive some help/guidance pertaining to my current circumstances with my ADF application from those who have been through it already or have the necessary knowledge to help me out.

So a little bit about myself. Im nearly 17 and I am currently in Year 12 studying Year 12 courses and scoring relatively well so far, currently sitting on A's and B's with strong intentions to pick up my game and be sitting on comfortable straight A's

The courses I am studying are Maths 3C/D, English 3A/B, Chemistry 3A/B, Geography 3A/B and Psychology 3A/B

For those not familiar with the WA course terms, these are all the highest possible stages that can be completed.

I myself have been interested in some form of career within the ADF for as long as I can remember and more recently (the past 2 years) have decided to aim for a RAAF fast jet pilot, as many other contributors have.

I completed my YOU session 2 days ago (the 18th of July) and passed both the general aptitude testing and the extra testing for those wishing to apply for ADFA. I am now awaiting a phone call by the DFR nurse relating to my medical questionnaire and I also need to schedule a time for my aircrew testing.

So basically, I have a few questions that so far I have not managed to find the answers to, those being;

First off, I have not completed any physics course in either year 11 or 12 and I was wondering if this was going to have any significant impact upon my ability to complete any testing, especially the aircrew testing as it seems as though aspects of physics would naturally be found in the testing.

Secondly, my BMI is currently slightly below the required minimum for service in the ADF. To rectify this I am beginning a workout regime within the next month to hopefully beef myself up a little, and I was curious as to whether or not not meeting this benchmark would have any significant impact on my application.

Thirdly, I was told during my interview that the aircrew testing is about 4 hours long and maths intensive which shouldn't be too much of a problem, but that was all that they told me and I see above that people have given some answers that briefly go over certain aspects of the testing. I was hoping that someone would be able to give me an overview/summary of the aircrew testing, and if possible, give me their opinion on the day.

Finally, Im interested to know if there are any other applicants from Western Australia who are/have gone through the recruitment process and wanted to have a chat about their experiences and compare, so if so, feel free to send me a message or something.

Thats pretty much all I can think of for now, and in hindsight, this is a relatively big post but any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks
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Old 19th Jul 2013, 23:18
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Hi BucketOFish I am also from WA, and have recently successfully completed the application process, if you have any questions feel free to send me a message.

Personally I wouldn't worry too much about your BMI; you have time to increase it.

WRT your lack of Physics I would imagine it would be dependant on how well you perform on the Mathematics and associated aptitude tests.
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Old 22nd Jul 2013, 07:05
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Yeah its all on assessment day now with regard to interviews, medicals etc

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Old 22nd Jul 2013, 14:49
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What sort of essay questions do they ask?
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