How would you like to be a Rock Star at ADF aircrew recruiting? Well, if you haven’t already, read the first part of the process here and then settle in for this next part of the series.
This follow-up discusses entry requirements and the YOU session. Naturally after reading it, you have passed so now let’s look at the Assessment or additional testing day.
Assessment Day (Additional Testing)
From this point on, the ADF will be spending money, so you obviously have potential at this time. This additional testing day consists of 4 elements:
- Psychologist interview
- Full Medical Assessment
- OA (Officer Aircrew) Aptitude Testing
- Formal Defence interview
- Psychologist Interview
The psychologist will normally have all of the results of your testing so far. The interview will generally begin a discussion and it is quite friendly. They may ask about your intentions and motivations and whether you think you work well in a team. They may ask you about your life so far and your perceptions of yourself (your strengths and weaknesses). Don’t shaft yourself by elaborating on all your weaknesses! They will be assessing your application and ability to cope with the demands of military life. They will probe your qualities, friends, family background, likes and dislikes, social life and preferences. Indirectly they will be assessing your communication skills, body language and honesty. Don’t get freaked out though. The psychologist is looking for two things. Firstly, an indication of your personality from your answers and secondly they want consistency. So do you fit the aircrew mould personality wise? Are you truthful by being consistent with your answers? So have a bit of a think about how you would answer the questions below which are typical of those asked.
Some Potential questions
- Are you a creative, ideas person?
- Do you prefer large groups of people or one on one?
- Do people view you as responsible?
- Are you adaptable and resourceful?
- Do you focus on the bigger picture rather than fine detail?
- Do you try to avoid taking risks?
- Do you take a positive attitude towards frustration and failure?
- Are you willing to compromise your own view to obtain a group consensus?
- Do you prefer to fly a solo fighter jet or operate in a multi-crew aircraft?
- Is it easy for you to like nearly everyone?
- Can you take being teased?
- Do you introduce yourself to people easily?
- Do you refrain from pouting when things go differently than you would prefer?
- How would you deal with a member of your crew who has strong religious beliefs?
There is no point getting too stressed about the psychological interview. So chill out even if you get a ‘curly’ question. Take it in your stride and never allow yourself to become flustered, tense or defensive – just relax, smile, tell the truth and be yourself. Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not. It is much harder!
The Get Your Wings team highly recommend Dr. Sandi Hill from Pinstripe solutions. She is a current aviation clinical psychologist and you can book a one on one session with her to get the real time scoop on how to ace this. This is liquid gold and we highly recommend it. Contact her here and tell them Mal Bloggs sent you for a discount!
Full Medical Assessment
You will be checked by ADF approved doctors and specialists who will validate and confirm your medical history. These appointments will be arranged in advance so that it all flows on the day. The ADF need to be satisfied that they are not taking on any medical issues (as medical and dental are free in the ADF) and also that you meet the high medical standards required to operate in the challenging and sometimes cramped 3D military cockpit, where you can spend numerous hours and could be subject to an ejection. You will be examined in detail in the following areas:
Audiology ENT Ophthalmology;
Full hearing analysis;
Nose and Throat to ensure no respiratory or sinus issues Full vision test and ocular examination.
Doctor’s clinical examination including standard height, weight, cockpit ergonomic measurements (thigh length, sitting heights to ensure within maximum cockpit dimensions), lung function tests, blood pressure and blood tests for cholesterol, liver function etc. This will include a naked body examination (chaperoned if you request). The doctor will also in due course review your specialist medical results.
Aircrew Aptitude Testing Specifics
Testing takes approximately 90 minutes and is computer based and multi-choice. You will be given a tutorial on how to answer the questions. There a four basic tests:
Aircraft will be shown in a certain direction and rotation. Instructions will then dictate that the aircraft will undergo a 3D rotation in pitch, roll or yaw or a combination and/or direction change, i.e. aircraft rolls 45 degrees left and/or aircraft is pitched 10 degrees nose down. You will then be asked to select the subsequent and final representative aircraft image from a range of selections. This test takes approximately six minutes and has many questions, so must move fast.
Cockpit Instrument Interpretation
The next series involves multiple random cockpit instruments such as airspeed, RPM, fuel contents, oil pressure, oil temperature, fuel pressure, etc. flashing up on the screen for a short duration before disappearing. You will be asked to read a specific instrument (eg: What is the indicated oil pressure?). It is testing your ability to read and interpret an instrument accurately and quickly. This represents a situation where you have an aircraft problem and only a limited time to solve it. They key here is to ensure the correct instrument is read and that the scale and units are identified. So read the question and study the scale. All questions are multiple choice and once again there will be many questions, so must move fast. Here is a screenshot from our Get Your Wings Pilot Aptitude Training app:
Answer 5200 Answer 140
This section consists of multi-choice maths-based questions based on fractions and decimals. It will ask for specific answers but there is no time to work them out exactly on scrap paper and no calculator is supplied! They key here is to estimate the answer based on mental dead reckoning (or best logical guess), which should take about 3-4 seconds, round to the nearest answer then eliminate some of the choices to validate. You must work quickly as most candidates do not finish this exercise. Don’t fixate on one question, if it beats you move on. They would rather 100% of the questions answered with say 90% score than a 100% score of only 50% of the questions.
Aircraft Spatial Orientation
The next series of tests examine your innate ability to visualize aircraft in 3 dimensional space which checks your level of 3D spatial orientation. You will be time compressed so you will have to think relatively quickly. You are the pilot of the aircraft and the aircraft can bank (roll) left or right using aileron, pitch up or down using elevator or yaw left or right about the vertical axis using the rudder. You will need to understand the difference between the various angles of bank 30, 45, 60 and 90 degrees. The screen will contain two instruments: the artificial horizon – AH (sometimes called an attitude indicator or AI) which depicts the aircraft attitude reference the horizon and a compass, which indicates magnetic heading.
Your job is to interpret these instruments and then select one of the 4 multi choice depictions of the aircraft in various 3-dimensional attitudes and orientations and matches the instruments. This can be quite easy if previous practice has been done which should allow test completion and even a revision of answers. Again, you will get only a limited time for this test. Here are a couple of examples: