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RAAF Flight Screening Programme

Old 31st May 2011, 04:41
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Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Brisbane, QLD
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6 and a half months of fighting Medical and my file has finally been cleared and sent to PSA...

What to take from this?
DON'T GIVE UP! Just like Hornetboy who started this thread all these years ago, it pays to fight for what you want...just a tad of a cliche, but where this is a will, there is a way!
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Old 31st May 2011, 07:47
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Join Date: May 2011
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By the sound of things there will be several of us from this thread heading down, but no doubt I'll see the rest of you in the ADF further down the track sometime. Good luck!
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Old 2nd Jun 2011, 01:09
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Results for specialist testing?

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who has contributed to this thread, and kept it alive through the years, it really has been a valuable source of information for me, as I'm sure it has for many others. Thanks to all of you, I managed to scrape through the specialist testing for pilot on Tuesday.

Now, the lady who told me I had passed said that she couldn't give me a specific score, however she could tell me that because of my score, my results were valid for three years. She explained that based on the score you achieve, your results may be valid for one or three years. I was curious as to whether being given three year validity on my results meant I was less competitive, or more competitive.

If anyone could let me know, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks again!

P.S. If anyone wants any information on the specialist testing, please drop me a PM and I would be more than happy to help out (but do it soon while I can still remember! ).
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Old 3rd Jun 2011, 02:04
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Your results are classified as being in one of 4 bands; i.e. Band 1 to Band 4, with Band 1 being the highest.

If your results are valid for 3 years then you've scored on the better end of the scale, and therefore should be more competitive in that regard. Bearing in mind of course that it is not only your test results that will factor in to your competitiveness.

Whilst I'm not sure at what percentage (or what ever measurement is used) the bands cut off, if you're curious to find out which band you've fallen into you can ask the psych on assessment day and they should be more than happy to tell you.
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Old 3rd Jun 2011, 08:14
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Thanks for the info ant, much appreciated! That puts my mind at ease a little, though I might just ask the psych to satisfy my curiosity.. Cheers!
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Old 5th Jun 2011, 13:38
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Hey guys,

For anyone that has already been through PSA, do you know anything about distribution dates coming up? Last I heard RAAF not til Feb next year, but I'm hoping that has changed for some reason. Any ideas?

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Old 19th Jun 2011, 08:23
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Medical Appeals process


Like most on this thread I am in the middle of a long and drawn out pilot application for the ADF. This forum has been a great help throughout the initial stages and specialist testing, so thanks to all who have contributed.

However, I have since been sent a letter stating I have been assessed as medically unfit due to "hypertension" (high blood pressure). Although disheartening, I plan on appealing this decision and was chasing a little help from those of you who have experienced an appeal and more specifically medical rejection due to high BP. As you can all probably relate, assessment day and getting poked and prodded is not the most relaxing environment and hence one may experience raised BP readings. Subsequent readings from my GP are below the stated guidelines and will form the basis of any appeal.

I would appreciate any help from those who can shed light on this process. Again many thanks.

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Old 20th Jun 2011, 01:37
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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.

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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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Location: Perth, WA
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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.

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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

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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.

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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


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

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Old 18th Aug 2011, 07:29
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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.

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