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RAAF Flight Screening Programme

Old 22nd Jun 2008, 10:21
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Ahh cheers guys, that was niggling on my mind quite a bit. I guess I'll just have to see what happens, but at least I know it might not be an outright 'no'.

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Old 22nd Jun 2008, 11:18
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I didn't say he was a blunt, merely 'blunt-minded'. I felt the pompous tone of his reply to Mark_86's first post was totally inappropriate. Guys like Mark_86 who are obviously keen to take on a RAAF career should be encouraged, not cut down by being labelled 'lazy and inattentive to detail'.
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Old 22nd Jun 2008, 23:31
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Fair enough.
I guess the point is to make sure he gives himself the best chance of making a good impression with whatever communication he has with the hirers and firers, and that may as well start with requests for information and support in places like this.
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Old 22nd Jun 2008, 23:57
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Fair point, but I think there are more positive ways of getting that kind of message across.
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Old 23rd Jun 2008, 01:36
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Anyone having your attitude need not apply. Perhaps you were one of my failures.

Having been on selection boards and been on rare occasions a party to some bad selections having dire and tragic consequences, be assured that the RAAF will continue to take great care with its selections of those who are to handle its enormously expensive and potent assets.

My advice to Mark 86 was to have him smooth off his rough edges evident in his posts if he is to have any chance of succeeding. His eagerness is a big plus but he leaves me concerned about the quality of his education.
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Old 23rd Jun 2008, 02:57
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Bet this is the first time you've been called a baby boomer, Milt. (For those not aware of Milt's background, he was flying P51s in Korea when most of us baby boomers were still learning to suck our dummies.)

Mark 86, at a guess, I'd say your application is in limbo most probably because someone has put it aside because they're hoping to give you a go because you've shown obvious application by going back to night school etc... but in some other area, your application falls short.

Having spent some of my time in the RAAF perusing applications for aircrew positions, I was constantly amazed at the lack of care taken in the presentation of their application by some applicants. An old rule of thumb, very difficult to do in this age of instant emails, is to stick anything you write in the top drawer and re-read it next morning before sending it in. Even better, have your secretaty/wife/a colleague to scan it before you send it in - and if they query ANY point that YOU think is clear, it's not, so re-write it.

Good luck with your application. If it's what you want to do, it's worth pursuing.
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Old 23rd Jun 2008, 05:54
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Perhaps you were one of my failures.
No, I wasn't. As a matter of fact I had a very successful career in the RAAF, which included several flying postings of my choice, a QFI course, representational duties in a very visible post, early promotion to SQNLDR and a 'gong' in the Australia Day honours list some years back.

I take your point - I am well aware of the need for attention to detail in any flying related activity. Nevertheless, I still feel the tone of your 'advice' to Mark_86 was inappropriate.
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Old 23rd Jun 2008, 06:15
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OK now 'ops normal' and well done. Did you fly my babies?

I lay claim to being the midwife for every F-111C in that I made a point of attending for their first signs of life as each was energised electrically. Self destructed in the job when I managed to get the last one through Honolulu.

Meanwhile Mark 86 has made contact seperately. I may be able to give him some help with a reference.
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Did you fly my babies?
Alas, no.

I apologise for my earlier outburst. Glad to hear Mark_86 has been in touch.
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Old 23rd Jun 2008, 11:12
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(Wiley) - Thank you for the reply.

As per your post - I don't believe my old Resume (which was handed in on my JOES Day two to three years ago) was really up to scratch. As "Milt" has clearly (and rightly) indicated, my grammer skills are in dire need of attention - so I think you could only imagine what they were like two to three years ago.

Hopefully this hasn't affected my application too much though.

I think by now it is quite obvious that this is something that I really want to achieve. So let it be known - I do appreciate all the input everyone has given, it really means alot.

As for my testing,Resume,documentation etc... which I have completed and handed in so far - there is nothing I can do about that now, it's in the past.

What I can do however, is ensure that when/if I get to Flight Screening I do as best as I possibly can in order to make up for earlier discrepancies - and hopefully get a position at Pilots Course.

Once again, if anyone has any more advice on how I can get my application moving along any faster, please let me know.

Regards,

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Old 27th Jun 2008, 00:23
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I'm hardly a wealth of information but I would be interested to find out how you are getting on with your plans to join the RAAF, theedmancometh?

The reason I ask is that I am in a similar(ish) boat to yourself as a NZer with designs on joining the RAAF. For myself it has taken 4+ years of planning and work to get myself in a position to apply for a Permanent Residency Visa, of which I have 38 weeks left to go until I am eligible to do so. In this final year I am focusing on preparing for aptitude/fitness tests, as well as learning as much about the RAAF as I possibly can.

Although these forums and others have been a fantastic source of information about the recruitment process, it would probably we wise to speak to a recruitment officer sooner rather than later. I had intended to head back over to the West Island later this year, and it would probably be smart to arrange something beforehand. Is there any way to contact ADF recruiters from overseas?

I'm quite happy to share my progress on the process for others who are interested, however you wont hear much from me for 38 weeks until I reach the 1st hurdle. In the meantime, however, feel free to PM me theedmancometh if you want to compare notes on the whole affair.
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Old 30th Jun 2008, 01:15
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I'll send you a PM shortly
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Old 4th Jul 2008, 06:02
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Hi all,

Today I found out I have been selected for a Pilot Selection Agency course - 26th July. The whole process started over 8 months ago back in November!

As I'm 27 I really don't feel age is much of a factor at all. It has never been mentioned during the whole process and is I think a bit dated. Possibly more related to aptitude to learn new skills.

I started flying when I turned 15 but personal circumstances meant I couldn't really pursue the career until now. I haven't flown since 2001 but I love flying and can't really see that as a barrier.

Will now spend the next 3 weeks getting as much information as possible, and preparing; I've been jogging a fair bit, and just going over all the basics.

Anyone else found out they are in the July 26 program? Swap preparation advice?

What really helped me get this far was a phone call to an actual pilot in the air force - Flight Lieutenant Steven English. He helped me understand amongst other things leadership opportunities as a pilot and other duties pilots may perform whilst on base. I.E. Safety Officer, General Social Activities Officer. Leadership example: Finding a potential safety hazard and referring it to a commanding officer, or working out a safer way or a more efficient way to conduct a certain task.

Good Luck

Cheers, Joel.
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Old 5th Jul 2008, 07:53
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Hi edman,

Between high school and applying:
Basically after high school I was put in a situation where I couldn't leave Sydney (other family member medically related reasons) until 2004. I was also quite financially limited at this point as well due to more or less the same reason.

This isn't the first time I have applied !

First was in 1999 I applied for ADFA. Failed at the interview stage - Unknown; possibly age. Was asked to come back.
Came back in 2005. Failed due to motivation - reasons for applying - general knowledge. Asked to reapply in 6 months.
Reapplied 2007. Through to PSA!

My advice - Keep applying until you get in if thats what you really want to do. I heard of someone who was successful after 5 attempts!

They will question my motivation. I will be preparing that the most. I know my own motivation is strong, but explaining it out may be difficult. My constant reapplying might show motivation. Explaining my choices will be hard but maybe my flying aptitude will cut me some slack !

I have approximately 60 hrs all accrued before 2002 which means Ill be assessed with people who have never flown; "Band 1" inexperienced. Which may or may not work in my favour. I think I would be okay in the advanced stream but I'm happy to be in the beginner stream.

My preferences. Air force; Navy; Army.
To be honest I would be happy flying in any service.

Cheers
Joel.
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Man this thread is useful. Im currently in the process, still have to set an assessment day date. I found the JOES day testing to be not too challenging, while the pilot specific testing I found hard. During the fuel/distance/time calculations I thought I had failed, but allas I passed. Im quite concerned about the whole life expirience, considering im still in grade 12, but anyway, the AAFC bulletin has some great info on pilot specific testing.

oh and there is a certain amount of study you can do for pilot specific testing, as the recruiters will tell you you cannot study. Example, try the New Zealand Air Force recruiting, they provide some practice questions.
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Old 5th Jul 2008, 15:59
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RAAF Flight Screening Program

Hi guys,

(Being my first post, please redirect me if I'm posting incorrectly).

Basically I began my process in December last year, had no problems with the tests. Unfortunately my file was sitting on someone's desk at DFR for the last 4 months or so, rather than being sent off to the PSA.

Cut a long story short, at short notice I got informed of being panelled for the FSP next week.

Because I didn't hear ANYTHING from the ADF/DFR (not even a letter acknowledging being recommended to FSP, etc) I just assumed I wasn't a cut above the rest, so I hadn't had any flights or kept up the studying.

So in the last 10 days or so, I've been studying my tits off
(found this really helpful:FAA - Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge )
and trying to book for instructional flights has not been easy - apparently it's a really busy time to be flying, and was told I should be booking about a month in advance...

I've only had one 40 minute instructed flight in a cessna 152, but I LOVED IT!! I am seethingly jealous of every pilot, esp RAAF pilots, out there!!! You guys get to do THIS for a living?!!

My background is in veterinary surgery - lecturing and reasearching at 2 different universities after a short time in private practice. I think I've been placed in a good position - I've seen plenty of arrogant and cocky people as well as those that cannot work in a team, and saw my fair share of good and bad leaders. This motivated me to seek a good team working environment that was professional and dedicated, as well as requiring enormous amounts of physical and mental skills (ie, the military)
It also taught me to multi task, work under pressure, with lots of warning sensors/sirens going off, etc.
I am hoping these qualities are things that are useful in a miltary piloting setting.

Anyhoot, my questions are in regards to the FSP at the BAE systems in Tamworth:

1. Are candidates with little to no flying experience more likely to fail the course?

2. Does previous flying experience REALLY get compensated for? (esp if you have none to little??? Or is this an urban myth?)

3. What are the roles of the military pilot? (I gather there are lots of paper work roles, being an officer position and all?)

4. Although I'm due to fly out for Tamworth in 6 days time, should I cancel, in the hope of obtaining a later date? I accepted this originally feeling that the FSP is a test of potential, and although you could get several hours in the air, if I'm a dud, I wouldn't want to disguise it and try and "sneak" past the ADF. I gather the RAAF OSB people do this day in and day out, so they would pick out good from bad...?

5. I'm not sure how different the Warriors or Cessna's are to the FSP's CT4B Parrots and CAP10's... Is there any point in trying to find someone that could fly me up at such short notice?

6. can anyone recommend any flying centers in Sydney? (I've been going to Bankstown airport)

And any further tips/hints/info on the OSB would be greatly greatly appreciated!!

Thank you in advance, and apologies for an epic novel of a first post

Cheers,

Dan.
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Old 6th Jul 2008, 00:50
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Hi Ninja,
Well done on getting to FSP.
I applied in dec last yr too, and got into the 26 July FSP.

I can't really answer any of your questions as I havnt actually done the FSP - only to say - the course is designed for both people who have flying experience and people who do not. Since there will only be about 7 people in the course with you it is safe to say they will tailor it to your level and get a very good idea of how successful you will be during the initial training.

They actually advised me not to do any flying at all until the FSP, so now I won't be.

Theory wise, military flying is different to civilian so apart from general aeronautical knowledge, studying the FAA texts may not be extremely important, but I would say the more study the better.

Good Luck, Maybe Ill see you at East Sale or BFTS!

Joel.

PS Read the thread in this forum started by HornetBoy. A lot of useful information there!
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Old 6th Jul 2008, 01:32
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Firstly congrats on your acceptance.

1. & 2. The people most likely to fail are those who aren't prepared to put in the effort required to pass the course because they think they know it all or because they are too lazy to try and do it the way the ADF wants them to. Previous flying experience can be both a help and a hindrence. Don't concern yourself with it. Concern yourself with listening to your instructors and doing as they tell you. I didn't have any experience to speak of when I went through and the people who were suspended first on my course were those who boasted a few hundred hours. With your study, if you can get a copy of the PAARM (the ADF coverall reference) that may help a little.

3. & 4. This concerned me a little mate. If you are only 6 days from the FSP an you haven't got a firm grip on at least some of the roles you may be directed toward you should probably get onto the ADF websites and talk directly to ADF pers in the jobs. Some people on here have opinions based on theories and impression not fact so talk to a face if you can. I do not mean to say that there is not a wealth of knowledge and experience here but when you don't know any better it may be hard to decipher the current situation from other less accurate points of view. Go visit a base if available. I won't espouse opinions on roles, I'll leave that to others.

The rest. Don't worry too much about 'catching up', it is a screening process not the actual course. Prepare yourself by figuring out why you want to be a military pilot because ultimately that is what will be the motivation you are going to need to pass the actual (a quite a full on) course.

Good luck with it, it will be as rewarding as you make it.

TW
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Old 6th Jul 2008, 09:57
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Ninjadan-

Qs-
1 -No more likely than the ones with experience
2- Yes
3- Have a trawl through RAAF/ARMY and Navy.gov.au websites
4- Enthusiasm and a genuine passion for military flying will get you a long way
5- Lots different
6- Sorry can't help with that one

Good luck!!
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theedmancometh,

Cheers it really is a great wealth of knowledge and should be kept on the first page. You are correct in that it is a YOU session now, but on the letter I recieved it was called a JOES session still (had mine around 2 months ago). No interviews yet I have some on assessment day. Yeh you can deffinantly study, I recieved a comprehensive list of questions for assessment day, I just figured I would add the information about the pilot specific as it seems that is where a lot of people are held up.

cheers from the guy with the hat
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