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Old 26th Sep 2009, 04:17
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FSP

Got my call yesterday for October FSP! (24th-7th)

Over the moon and relieved to say the least. I have been praying on that call for a while. I had my assessment back in late June. I'm 31 so I was feeling a little old compared to most of the others on the day! Just need to knuckle down now, study big and do the hard yards at FSP, can't wait.

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Old 26th Sep 2009, 04:42
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Congrats :)

Congrats CJ, and good luck!
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Old 27th Sep 2009, 03:10
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Cheers Dilmah and right back at ya!
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Old 27th Sep 2009, 20:42
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Waaaaahhhhh!

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Old 28th Sep 2009, 09:53
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Well, just finished a tiring battery of tests at Spec in Brissy today. Passed - and finished all of the tests with a bit of time to spare! Thanks to everyone on this thread that offered advice, it all worked out ok in the end. Seems like a big hurdle, but then again, theres no doubt that it wont be the most stressful one in the career we're all aiming for, nor the last one where its all on the line. So this can only mean one thing - back to the books, because the toughest part is yet to come!
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Old 29th Sep 2009, 08:12
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Well done Chris, good luck at flight screening!

Mudrat - I'm in the same position as you mate, having completed spec testing. I like to focus on one hurdle at a time, the dream seems more ascertainable that way...
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Don't suppose you have a good idea of what to expect at assessment day? I've done my homework (and read the rest of this extensive thread!) - theres a psych and defence interview, medical .ect, but what I'd really like to know is whether anyone here has done it recently and can give me any fresh insight into the process?

I happen to know someone that used to do the psych part of this assessment and previously the OSB for the RAF at Cranwell, but all he has to tell me is "What they're assessing in your interviews are: 1. If you've bothered to research the job and 2. whether you're good at interviews!" Another bloke has told me it was all very straightfoward with little questions like "whats that plane in the picture on the wall" and whatnot and was all very easy and streamlined. On the other hand, I've heard some disaster stories!

Rest assured, I've been getting to know the trade through talking to the guys who either currently fly for the air force or those who used to, and reading over all the info I could get my hands on over the last few years, but I think that last ounce of confidence gained through knowing what's to come from those who have been there would be invaluable!
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Old 30th Sep 2009, 08:32
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Gents,

Dont get too wound up over flying experience or lack there of. I have seen trainees with instructor ratings fail the course, where those with limited prior knowledge have aced the course. Remember, the PC9 is a different kettle of fish to the CT4.
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Old 30th Sep 2009, 23:28
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MudRat,

Did mine about 6 weeks ago.
When you get there they get you to fill out a behavioural questionnaire, maybe 30 questions. As with all behavioural q's answer honestly. This will be used by the psych tester to confirm that what you say in the interview matches up. Before you have the psych interview, they put you in a room for 15mins and you have to write a short essay. Then they interview you. I think this goes for about 30-45mins. She was madly writing a lot down about what I was saying. Questions like "when was the last time you took an elicit drug?", "never" of course is the right answer. (Note: how that question assumes that you HAVE taken elicit drugs - psych tactics) Bare in mind that all this info is being taken for future reference in OSB etc. So what you say may come back and bite you if you have been telling lies and wind up contradicting yourself later.

Then interview with defence personnel. Mine was from the army. This was suprisingly easy for me but i think i got lucky. This guy asked questions like what is that plane on the wall, nothing obscure just one that the RAAF operate. Then where will your training take you in terms of OTS, BFTS, 2FTS, where ARE these places located ie, on a map. Once this guy could see I had done my research he just told war stories of his time in the ADF and how cruisie his job was and how good the view was from his office window. NOTE, he was asking questions straight off the website on his computer, then would take a sec as he read through it to check that i was right.

Then the medical. Ishihara test. You can get a hold of this online and memorise the numbers if you really want. Though i wouldn't recommend it. Nothing that special about the medical other than you either are medically fit or your not. Oh, and wear nice undies for the duck waddle they make you do.

I got FS on the 17th of Oct. Anyone else out there going down then? I have about 6000 words to write for my last semester of a Bachelor or Aviation and a heap of study to do for the RAAF. Only two weeks to do it. My pants are about to explode!
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I trust you lot will show a little more enthusiasm for flying than the course thatís here now. Pulling a sickie because you canít hack flying more than once a day doesnít go down well.
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Old 1st Oct 2009, 04:29
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Cheers for the information aviationascent!

I trust you lot will show a little more enthusiasm for flying than the course thatís here now. Pulling a sickie because you canít hack flying more than once a day doesnít go down well.
Thats very surprising! I suppose some get there and realise its not what they thought an aviation career, let alone one in the defence force, would be like. Do these blokes have much experience? Sounds strange to me, I'm convinced after talking to all the relevant people and getting up and having a fly whenever I can that there's nothing else I'd rather be doing!

Just out of curiosity, are you one of the BAE or ADF blokes based at the facility in Tamworth?
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Do these blokes have much experience?
No.
Sounds strange to me, I'm convinced after talking to all the relevant people and getting up and having a fly whenever I can that there's nothing else I'd rather be doing!
You and me both. However I guess if it isnít an air conditioned cockpit flying straight and level it isnít Gen Yís thing!
Just out of curiosity, are you one of the BAE or ADF blokes based at the facility in Tamworth?
Nice try. Have a look back through this thread and draw your own conclusions.
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Only once a day? These Instructors sound a bit soft
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Bluddy flying - interferes with uckers!
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Old 2nd Oct 2009, 01:14
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Nice try. Have a look back through this thread and draw your own conclusions.
Its always worth a try! Conclusions already drawn

Looks like I'll be in good stead; all that glass-canopy experience gliding on a blistering mid-summer Queensland day will really play in my favour! Then again, I bet its a different kettle of fish alltogether when its a plastic parrot and you've got an instructor assessing you all the while!

On a more serious note, FSP couldn't come soon enough. Really looking to get into one of those mid January FSP slots for DEO next year. Anyone got an offer for next year, or know if they are even thinking about filling those places at the moment?

Aviationascent - I have a feeling we're both working on the same assignments
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hey guys

I wish i'd joined this forum earlier, I've completed my interviews with Defence recruiting in Brisbane and have a place on the FS Course on the 17th of Oct, so aviationascent looks like I'll be meeting you in Tamworth.
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Old 3rd Oct 2009, 04:47
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hey guys

I wish i'd joined this forum earlier, I've completed my interviews with Defence recruiting in Brisbane and have a place on the FS Course on the 17th of Oct, so aviationascent looks like I'll be meeting you in Tamworth.
Just out of interest, how long did you have to wait between Assessment day and getting the call for FSP?
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Old 3rd Oct 2009, 15:50
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Hostie crossing over to the other side :P

Hi everyone!

I am currently working as a good old air hostie but have been wanting to join the Air Force for years. Family circumstances and life led me in a different direction for a while... needless to say I am back on track again, well 5 years later What can I say... I have come to my senses :P

Wel...l I have my YOU day end of this month and I am getting myself into prep mode by studying up as much as possible on the Air Force, the recruitment process and what to expect.

For the girls/guys that have just recently been through the process, could I ask someone, if you have the time, to pm me.. and give me the low down on ACTUALLY what to expect?

The problem with researching on the net is that you never know what is accurate and what isnt. I don't want to stuff this up and I would be very grateful to anyone that could just drop me a line, instead of me having to spend hours reading through thousands of posts on here, distracting me from practising my aptitude tests

I would just love a heads up on what to focus on. I barely scrape enough time off work to sleep these days, so fitting in study too is tough. So prioritising is a BIG thing for me... plus it would be nice to make some friends in the process that think alike :P

Anyways, BIG congrats to everyone that has been successful recently and I hope to hear from a buddy soon!

Hannah
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Old 4th Oct 2009, 06:31
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mudrat, I did my Assessment day on the 17th of Aug so it I had to wait about a little over a month between my Assessment Day and getting the call for the FSP
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Cheers Alex!

That timing would work great for me (though I'm well aware that it varies). Pretty much guarantees FSP for me next year if ever, which gives me a great 'holiday' period to spend prepping.
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