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RAAF Flight Screening Programme

Old 18th Apr 2014, 03:50
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Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: NSW
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Hi all,

I got my call for flight screening yesterday and will be attending from the 10th to 24th May. Is anyone else on this program?

For those earlier on in the application process that are interested in timing, I did my YOU Session in January, Pilot specialist testing in February, Assessment Session in March, and received a phone call from PSA about two weeks after they received my file from DFR. So it seems applicants are moving through the system quite speedily at the moment.
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Old 19th Apr 2014, 12:33
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Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Brisbane
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Questions about Motivations

Hey all,
I'm new to the forum. I finished and passed Assessment Day last Tuesday and now am waiting for a call to Flight Screening. I want either RAAF fast jets or Navy.
I had a few questions, in particular to those who are currently in the force.

One thing the Psych drilled me about was my motivation for flying. We spent about half of the interview on this; he kept asking "why do you want to be a pilot" and my (main) answer which didn't satisfy him was "I've always wanted to be"-I hadn't really thought about it, I just knew that this was what I wanted. His argument was based on the fact that I hadn't done any flight experience (I'd thought about it but on the RAAF website it says they neither recommend nor do not recommend civilian flight training. As it was expensive and money isn't exactly flowing I'd opted not to do any). However after I managed to tell the DFR interviewer every single detail about ADFA and flight training, he ended up recommending me. I don't know how strongly.

1. Do you think this "motivation issue" would adversely affect my application too much?

2. What are some good reasons to want to be a pilot? All I can think about is that I really really love flying but apparently that's not an answer. What are some of you guys' reasons?
I need some by OSB or I'm screwed...

Cheers,
ContinueTesting
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Old 20th Apr 2014, 12:49
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Hi CT,

Sounds like you've done ok so far. Well done. You wouldn't be the first and you won't be the last to struggle to put into words why you want to fly faster than the speed of sound at low level or perform a rescue in a SeaHawk in heaving seas. But, motivation is a MASSIVE part of your likely success on Pilots Course - so, you do need to be REALLY motivated. If you struggle on course, the first thing they are likely to question is your motivation.
And, to jump through the hoops to get the chance at a crack, you're going to need to give some examples, as you've noted, to convince those assessing you that you indeed do have the motivation to succeed on a VERY challenging and testing course. More challenging these days than went I through, I'm sure. So, the kind of examples you need to think about, need to focus on acknowledging that the road will be tough, but the outcome more rewarding than you can imagine.
Fast jet examples:
- I want to lead a 4-ship of Hornets on a mission - why? The responsibility, the challenge to make it "just right", feeling of accomplishment after a successful debrief and, for the fun of it. I reckon "fun" is a genuine motivation - but perhaps save that for a pilot asking you questions, maybe not the psych.
- I want to conduct air-to-air refuelling in poor weather at night - what a challenge! Single pilot, all the responsibility to ensure a successful refuel or no mission success.
- Chicks dig it.
Navy helo examples:
- I want to drop SF on a drug ship in crap weather which results in the successful apprehension of pirates/druggie scum/etc.
- I want to rescue someone at sea in horrendous weather, keep my crew safe and return at top speed with medical casualties to a tough landing on a pitching deck at night. Who wouldn't want to do that?
- Chicks dig it (but less so than for Air Force pilots...)
You need to live and breath aviation - show you know about everything going on in the RAAF (e.g. MH370 search - how do those crew sound talking to the media about their involvement) or RAN. Overall, think about the things you'd like to achieve as a pilot in the ADF and then think about all the facets that make up such an achievement. Maybe some other current crew can chime in with real life examples of what they've done.
Good luck.
* Disclaimer - "Chicks dig it" - may not be relevant if you're a chick.
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Old 21st Apr 2014, 00:55
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CT

I wouldn't get too specific with your reasoning. Remember your goal is to be a pilot, but you also need to show that you're going to make a good RAAF Officer above all else.

Things to consider:

You want to be a military pilot, not a commercial pilot, what does the military give you that commercial won't? Teamwork? Set career progression? Stable pay/conditions? Adventure and seeing the outdoors through extra curricular training?

What do military aircraft offer you that commercial won't? Low and fast? Smaller teams of people that you can build solid friendships with and see the world? Unique opportunity to fly some of the best aircraft in the world?

You'll get the best training in Australia and potentially the world. That one speaks for itself.

Whatever reasons you come up with, rehearse them, make them genuine. Make sure they highlight the fact that military is what you want. They want fast jet pilots, not freeloaders trying to get to the airlines. Saying "it's what I've always wanted to do" is valid, but there must be something else there that's really solid, and drives your motivation and eagerness to get through the real crappy times, because you will encounter more then your fair share of them through training!

Good luck.
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Old 21st Apr 2014, 06:01
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Hi ContinueTesting

I am currently also in the application process, and I think you concerns are valid, however you did get a recommendation so that is a good thing. The reason your psych questioned you a lot about your motivation to be a pilot is because outside your application, you haven't shown any. For me personally, I don't understand why people don't at least try some flying before applying...you claim you love flying but how do you know if you haven't tried it? If successful you will be spending the next few years flying light aircraft before conversion, which is a lot different to being a passenger on a commercial airliner.

Remember, officer first, pilot second. You've been recommended, which means they believe you have officer potential. So my advice to you would be to find your local gliding club and do a few hours in a glider before going to PSA. It's relatively cheap, gets you more comfortable in a small aircraft and should teach you both some basic hand-feet coordination and basic procedures around an aerodrome.
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Old 21st Apr 2014, 07:56
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Hey Stephlou,

I got the call up as well and will be on the 10th-24th May Flight Screening Program. I'm quietly packing my pants but it will be good to get up there and finally put everything into practice!

See you up there!
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Old 27th Apr 2014, 01:42
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Join Date: Mar 2014
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Hi,

Just wondering if any applicants from Perth or the southwest have had the call up for PSF 18th-31st May?

Best of luck to everyone currently on course or gearing up to head over.

Cheers.
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Old 29th Apr 2014, 02:59
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Hey Ferguson14

I think there are only 6 people on that flight screening course (you can check the schedule in the link below) so you may even be the only one from WA!

You are crossing over with the course that RinzleR and I are on though, so we might see you there in your first week

Good luck with your prep.

Pilot Selection Agency Flight Screening Program Schedule - Royal Australian Air Force
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Old 30th Apr 2014, 14:40
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Hi steplou,

I remember seeing the course schedule and thinking there would have to bit a bit of luck involved for any of the other 5 screenees to be out of Perth. I decided to just put it out there in case there was anyone from this neck of the woods so I could extend an invite into meeting up beforehand - although I'm sure the 7+hr flight over will lend us plenty of time for that.

Best of luck to RinzleR and yourself for your first week of screening, hopefully I can wish you luck for your second week in person.

All the best with your prep!

Cheers!

(I'm sure you're pretty well sorted with everything at this stage of the game but for anyone else in the earlier stages of their DFR adventure for ADF Pilot I've found the ADF Mentors e-pub a great time saver and consolidator of information. Just my two cents! Happy to take PM's from anyone regarding my process up to now.)
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Old 2nd May 2014, 04:32
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Anyone here pass the test but didn't meet the education requirement?
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Old 3rd May 2014, 06:53
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At what stage? I had pilot on my yous sheet but had to make up physics and up my maths level....
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Old 5th May 2014, 03:20
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I've completed year 12 but didn't have the right package e.g not enough majors

Just seeing if anyone is in the same boat/was in the same boat and what did they do.
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Old 6th May 2014, 06:34
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Not having the right year 12 package. E.g 4 majors etc etc

Just seeing if anyone currently having this problem or had this problem in the past and what alternate route they took.
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Old 6th May 2014, 14:00
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Hi vjnr,


I was in your boat and passed my specialist skills assessment and did well so it was valid for 3 years (thank god) because it took me another 2 years to get to my assessment day. I was not good enough in mathematics from school so I took a course to bring me to the correct level that was available on open universities. It was really hard to get a direct answer as to which course to complete and I wasted 6 months doing the wrong course based on bad advice from DFR. I eventually spoke to a great officer at DFR Perth who really helped me choose the right course, but it can be funny. I have a bit of knowledge about what is acceptable, if you want more info PM me with what you need to complete and I'd be happy to help direct you.

I started the whole process when I was 23 and now I'm 25 and sitting in the distribution pool with a strong recommendation waiting for an offer, so don't let it deter you!
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Old 7th May 2014, 03:05
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Similar to myself. I finished year 12 but didn't have a science or 2 unit maths. I did a bridging course for each designed for tertiary entry level (through QUT) and these were accepted by DFR and I was able to progress to the next stage (I think I had to have passes in both subjects before I could do aircrew specific testing - which I passed also) it is very doable!
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Old 8th May 2014, 05:50
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From the looks of it I might have to go back and do a bit more on my year 12 =( or maybe further studying somewhere
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Old 8th May 2014, 09:03
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I didn't do methods in year 12 and so took a bridging course through open universities. It matched the requirements fine, I just had to get a letter from VTAC stating that it was equivalent to methods (I'm in Victoria, so you might have slightly different requirements).

I found it gave a really good basis, especially for calculus, here's the link if you want to check it out: Fundamentals of Mathematics. Takes 3 months to complete
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Old 10th May 2014, 05:08
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CT4B cockpit

Hi everyone. I've been reading through the forums as I am hopefully going to Flight Screening at the end of June and was wondering if anyone who has been through it could provide any pointers for preparation, and if anyone knows where to find a layout of the CT4B cockpit. Thanks
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Old 10th May 2014, 10:29
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In the CT4? sorry, couldn't resist! Google images? Although apart from general interest, not sure why you'd need it beforehand .
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Old 11th May 2014, 12:00
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Figured it'd be good to have a general idea of the layout so there's less shell shock when I get in the cockpit. I've done some lessons and know how disorienting it can be at first. And the Google images results don't show the actual buttons.
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