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RAAF Flight Screening Programme

Old 20th Jun 2011, 01:37
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Dan

Get a specialist report- GP probably won't cut it. Aviation med qualified even better. They (RAAF avn Medicine) will only be doing the same with your appeal. Do their work for them, find a credible specialist to confirm your GP's findings.

Good luck
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Old 21st Jun 2011, 08:06
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Oldpinger, lesnak, thanks very much for your advice. I have seen a specialist regarding this and hopefully with the help of my GP and further results disproving Avmeds findings I can get him to write a favourable statement. I presume any appeal would take time like you have experienced lesnak. I would very much like to hear your thoughts on other items which may add substance to any appeal, further to a specialists report.

Thanks again.

Cheers
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Old 24th Jun 2011, 08:27
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Just got back from Tamworth and was recommended for Army SSO as my 1st preference. I was told in my OSB that SSO is almost non-existent at the moment, very few positions being handed out and likely to be that way till the backlog clears/new choppers come on line. GSO was the main avenue being pushed. I count myself very lucky as others were not being recommended for SSO. I was also told that there may not even be another intake this year for any of the services.
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Old 26th Jun 2011, 04:25
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Lesnak, that is great news, well done.

Hopefully all things being equal I will have as much success with my appeal. Thanks again.
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Old 6th Jul 2011, 09:08
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ADFA FSP Course # 201127

Hey guys,

I've got a mate of mine leaving for course # 201127 this Saturday at Tamworth for Flight Screening. Is anyone else going down for the same course? If so, PM me and I'll put you in touch with each other.
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Old 10th Jul 2011, 23:12
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Nice work lesnak, hopefully more good news follows!

I spose I'll probably see your mate there Dilmah, but I won't be there for screening
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Old 18th Jul 2011, 09:04
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Hi Lesnak,

Excellent to hear that. My husband has spent the last six months working towards specialist appointments and also lowering his cholesterol to the normal range without medication which he has done. After your suggestion he is also going to get his personal trainer to write a letter - who happens to be an ex commando.

Any hints on what you actually wrote in your appeal letter? I'm not sure where to start.

CHeers
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Old 2nd Aug 2011, 07:06
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Hey guys

If any of you who've done the FSP happen to have a few minutes to spare, could you please send me a PM as I have a few questions I would like to ask in regards to Flight Screening.

There is a good chance for me getting into one of the upcoming FSP/Boards and would really appreciate any information that can be shared. I am also beginning a re-read of the thread, but Id be extremely grateful for any snippet of info you are able to provide in regards to this.

Thank You.
Best Regards
Sep

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Old 7th Aug 2011, 10:58
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Help with math and eyesight

If anyone is having issues with DFR with regards to maths grades or eyesight, I had to tackle those two issues a few years back and may be able to point you in the right direction.

When I went through I had to re-do Math B which I did via TAFE. This was after first having done a bridging course that I was told do to by DFR, who then subsequently denied it was valid...I'm sure I'm not the first or last to experience this.

Additionally one of my eyes was not 6/6, which means they take into account levels of astigmatism and I was out of limits. I ended up getting PRK [email protected] surgery, however it was a 9 month battle with DFR convincing themselves it was not acceptable when in fact it was. That was 7 years ago and I still hear of people being told your can't get [email protected] You can, I have, and I'm in.

If you have specific issues within the bounds of these two areas feel free to PM me. I can also recommend Dr Stephen Holding, I did his two day aptitude preparation course in 2003 and found it really helpful.

Lastly, DFR seem to get a lot of people on the asthma bandwagon when they've never had asthma. I know of a few people who put down on their sheet that they'd had bronchitis and been subsequently rejected as an asthma risk. So don't give them something to look for as they will tend to find it whether it's there or not. Good luck.
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Old 17th Aug 2011, 08:53
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Does anybody know when the allocations for the September FSP's are made? I had my hopes set on a spot in September, and have been checking the mailbox every day! So yeah, just wanting to know when i'd be notified if i did in fact make it on.

cheers
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Old 17th Aug 2011, 10:08
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You usually get about a month's notice sometimes less. They will ring you if you get a spot.
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Old 17th Aug 2011, 13:36
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Att: Army pilots

Hi,

Are there any current Army pilots available to answer a few questions?

Thanks
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Old 18th Aug 2011, 07:29
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Questions

In The Weeds,

Thanks - I was hoping I'd catch your attention.

1. Following employment training at Oakey, what is the likelihood of being posted to 171 or 173 in Sydney as an SSO?

2. With respect to posting stability, and notwithstanding service needs and deployments etc, what is the general length of time spent at a particular squadron (lets say either squadron in Sydney)?

3. In light of the financial investment in pilots (and retention issues), how does the army treat its pilots with respect to posting preferences?

4. How is aircraft type determined during employment training (trainee preference or instructor recommendation)?

I appreciate you taking the time to shed light on these matters.

Thanks
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Old 19th Aug 2011, 13:57
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In The Weeds,

Thanks for your response.

I note what you have said about 173, however would you elaborate on whether trainees are posted to 171 from Oakey (noting the nature of their role). Are there any particular squadrons that are sought after? Are there any least sought after squadrons?

When you say that army pilots are treated less favorably than RAN and RAAF pilots, can you give some examples to put this into context. I'm interested to know how army pilots are treated on a day to day basis by the hierarchy (in light of the fact that you are an officer and have a big responsibility flying expensive aircraft).

Thanks again mate.

Rito
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Old 23rd Aug 2011, 11:32
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Rito

Aviation in the army plays very much second fiddle to the other corps. It's just a function of where the army has evolved from and what its focus and point of view is. I guess you could say in the Army's eyes, the choppers and RAAF transports are just buses, the RAAF jets are just close air support. Not necessarily right or wrong, just a point of view.

So if you're in the army as a pilot you're not as much of a big deal as you would be if you were an infantry, special forces, or tank officer.
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Old 23rd Aug 2011, 13:19
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AY1483,

Thanks for your comments - much appreciated.

Check your PM.

Cheers
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Old 25th Aug 2011, 10:14
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I finally had an assessment day!
Everything went alright and I've been recommended for board pending some requested docs. The bad news is I'm half a centimetre too tall for the Army which was my second preference! Half a centimetre!!
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Old 26th Aug 2011, 00:50
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Oneflewnorth,

How tall are you exactly? (in cm)

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Old 26th Aug 2011, 03:29
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It was actually my sitting height from head to seat. From memory the limit is 95 and I measured 95.5cm. I was pretty disappointed, especially considering I would measure under that as the day goes on. I'm considering appealing to be measured again but it is what it is.
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Old 26th Aug 2011, 08:57
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I was told that there is an "at risk" (of injuries etc) category which is between 92cm and 95cm. Apparently they can take you if your "at risk" but if you exceed 95cm you fall into a "high risk" (or similar) category and you are unlikely to be considered.

How tall are you standing? Just trying to work out if I would be in a similar category (if you are a similar height)...
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