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British Airways DEP Selection - THE lowdown Part 1

Old 12th Aug 2011, 20:32
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Any ideas when the next set of assessments are likely to become available, I understand Aug/Sep is done with now, so assuming perhaps Oct/Nov?
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Old 12th Aug 2011, 20:36
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No technical questions at all and no problem (perhaps encouraged?) with non-aviation examples.
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Old 12th Aug 2011, 21:05
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I was asked to use aviation examples only, so be prepared for that (they did say that that was their preference, unless I thought I had an outstanding answer from outside aviation).
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Old 12th Aug 2011, 22:05
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Cheers guys.

Appreciate any snippets of information.
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Old 13th Aug 2011, 06:34
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I really think, then, it must depend on which interviewer you get.

I got into the Hold Pool in 2008 and used about 50% non-aviation examples.

I employed the same philosophy this time and wasn't asked to come up with any alternative aviation examples.

They do stop you, ask questions and re-focus you, if necessary, so I have no doubt they would ask you to use a specific genre of example if that's what they wanted.
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Old 13th Aug 2011, 11:35
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Just a quick question. When you go to the interview did they run through your logbooks? I really need to get mine up to date. Will they accept just a print out of my online logbook?
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Old 13th Aug 2011, 15:54
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They don't go through your log book, just take copies and give it back to you during the interview. I would suggest it was a good idea to have it up-to-date.

I have no idea about the print-out.
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Old 13th Aug 2011, 16:04
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With regard to the above, can anyone confirm in what sense the joystick controls the crosshairs in the BA test.

For example, if the horizontal line moves up do you "pull up" to it as with a flight director, or do you move the joystick up (ie push down) to move the line back down to the middle. Confused? The practise software lets you do it both ways??
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Old 13th Aug 2011, 16:07
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Mine was electronic, I didn't have time to send it off to be bound properly so printed it out and took it to staples. They ring bound the edge and it looked ok. No one questioned it, just remember to sign every page.
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Old 13th Aug 2011, 16:20
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Thanks very much! I've been looking for a ring binder of some sort to make it look good but a binding thing from Staples like you mention might be a better idea. I'll have a look around.
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Old 13th Aug 2011, 17:18
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George, may I suggest googling the following: print bind electronic logbook - Google Search
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Old 13th Aug 2011, 19:06
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Thank you! I checked it out. Looks good.
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Old 14th Aug 2011, 09:16
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@Jrhardly: if you move the joystick to the left, the bar moves left. If you push the joystick forward, the bar goes down. Hope that explains it.
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Old 14th Aug 2011, 09:31
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Is it the crosshair element the same as the CTC test from about 3 years ago? I had no idea what to expect before I did that test but still passed because I got the hang of it after the practise run. All this talk of moving left to go right to go left while looping the loop backwards is seeding doubt in my mind!
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Old 14th Aug 2011, 11:08
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If you had the ability to get the minimum requirements and be called for selection, the crosshairs will not be a problem for you. The instructions are clear and there is no time constraint. Put your energy towards thinking of specific answers to the questions listed earlier in the thread.
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Old 14th Aug 2011, 14:37
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Hello guys,

applied on first week of August and no reply yet...around 4500 TT, 4000 on medium and heavy jet...anyone on the same boat??
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Old 14th Aug 2011, 15:23
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Applied 3 weeks ago tonight (15 working days). 3,000hrs TT, Q400. Nothing heard as yet, and I am not expecting any positive news now. Oh well.
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Old 14th Aug 2011, 19:42
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Guys don't panic I heard they had 1500 applications
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Old 14th Aug 2011, 21:02
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Guys, don't worry if you haven't heard 3 weeks after putting your application in.

I got called for interview about 2 months after putting in the application. They just have so many to get through so I wouldn't worry yet.
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Old 15th Aug 2011, 20:16
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BA's Direct Entry Pilot Recruitment

I just tried the new BA D/E pilot recruitment questions on line. My application was terminated at the "have you any military experience" question. I haven't so it just stopped there. I did the test again but this time I put 'yes' in answer to the question and it went immediately to the next stage. So much for BA being an 'equal opportunities employer', Apart from discriminating against civilian trained pilots, it also (conveniently perhaps) discriminates very largely against women, black people and a host of excellent European pilots. I, and many others no doubt, have all and more of the experience they require and advertise for, including type ratings for some of their aircraft.

Has anyone noticed that you can only get a pilot job these days if you already have a pilot job. Unless you are current and have flown in the last six months, you can't get a job. At some time, someone’s going to work out that there are pilots to fill the vacancies, but all they need is an OPC/LPC and 'Bob’s your Heinkel'. Most companies would have to put you in the SIM first in any case. It's Barmy. I blame these recruitment agencies that have taken over the pilot workforce; they think that if you haven't flown for a year, you must stupid and must have forgotten everything you ever knew about flying. I'm quite sure the average Chief Pilot wouldn't consider himself unemployable after a year out of work, or would he? Maybe these folk should not judge others by their own capabilities and in any case, maybe it’s time to put WWII and the bravery of “THE FEW” behind us and accept the fact that the RAF is now not the only place you can train to be a pilot!!
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