Pilot aptitude is the capacity of an individual, through innate or acquired ability, to be a pilot.
Aptitude testing gives information on strengths and weaknesses in terms of potential for being a pilot. Flight training is an expensive investment and is generally a lifetime career choice. So it is sensible to find out whether you are well suited to the profession before spending money on training.
Pilot aptitude testing involves a series or “battery” of tests that measure an individual’s knowledge, skills and attitudes in regard to their competence to fly (or learn to fly) an aircraft. They generally fall into three broad areas:
Usually the tests are taken on a computer and typically last about 2 hours.
Yes. Pilot aptitude tests are used in the selection systems of most airlines and by the military to assess potential pilot candidates.
Aptitude tests indicate how difficult or easy a student pilot will find flying training. Some skills are innate, but knowledge and acquired skills can be improved with practice. Aptitude tests will indicate areas where individuals can undertake the best possible preparation for flight training.
The complete battery of aptitude tests is offered at $495.00 ($450.00 plus GST). The cost is about the same as a single training flight at many flight schools.
PLEASE NOTE THAT PAYMENT MIUST BE COMPLETED ON-LINE BY EITHER CREDIT CARD OR PAYPAL AT THE TIME OF BOOKING, OR THE BOOKING WILL NOT BE SAVED.
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Simply click on either the "BOOKINGS" tab or on "VIEW THE CALENDAR" to see the available dates and times. To proceed with your booking, click on the time/date for your test and then follow the link to the payment portal. You will be asked to pay on - line by either Paypal or credit card. Clicking on the Paypal link also allows a payment by credit card option.
PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU MUST COMPLETE PAYMENT ON-LINE BY CREDIT CARD OR PAYPAL AT THE TIME OF BOOKING OR THE BOOKING WILL NOT BE SAVED.
Some companies offer some on-line tests, although these are usually just a sample of the types of tests to expect. For accurate and credible results in the full range of tests, it is important that tests are conducted in a controlled environment, free of noise and distractions and using standardised and calibrated equipment. Professional testing should also require proof of candidates' ID to ensure the integrity of the tests.
The tests are conducted at the Simulator Training Centre at the Aviation Australia Campus, Boronia Road, Brisbane Airport. There is ample parking at the campus and bus services are available directly to the Aviation Australia Campus from a number of city locations.
The Simulator Training Centre is on the North Western corner of Boronia Road, opposite the Aviation Australia Administration building.
Please arrive at the testing centre at least 10 - 15 minutes before your booked time slot.
On arrival at the Aviation Australia Campus, you will be directed to the test room and given a short briefing. You will then be seated at a computer, which has a "joystick" style control column and rudder pedals, as well as a normal keyboard. You will take the tests by following the instructions on the screen. You can take a brief rest in between tests and there is a short practice run before each new test so you can "settle in". Tests include visual and audible elements as well as physical inputs through the joystick and rudder pedals. At the end of the test your results will be analysed by the computer and given to you or your sponsoring airline or flight school in the form of a comprehensive, multiple page report. For individuals, a personal debrief from testing centre staff is available on request.
Results are presented in a 14-15 page report that details your performance in each test. They are in a coloured printed format that is designed to be easy to understand.
If you cancel with more than 72 hours notice, we will allow you to re-book, without the need for any extra payment, at any time in the following 6 months. For short notice cancellations of less than 72 hours, there will be a re-booking administration fee of $75.
In order to get a true measure of your potential, it is much better to undertake pilot aptitude tests without specific practice. Certain skills are innate, but knowledge and certain acquired skills can be improved with practice. Aptitude tests will indicate areas where you can brush up to give yourself the best possible preparation for flight training. In order to get a true picture of your potential, as well as information on areas where you may be able to improve, we recommend that you undertake the tests without prior practise. If your test results you find that you do need to brush up in certain areas, a Google search on "How to improve mental math" "How to improve memory" etc will reveal a number of resources.
Dr Steve Holding at the College of Aeronautical Science in Brisbane conducts courses in Mental Maths, Numeracy, Aviation Mathematics and Physics. Dr Holding's website is at http://www.aeroscience.com.au
You may like to bring a bottle of water but you do not need anything else other than a photo ID. Just arrive in plently of time, so you are not flustered or rushed.
In order to keep costs to a minimum, we only accept payments online by credit card or Paypal. (Clicking on the Paypal link offers the option of credit card payment). This must be done at the time of booking. The good news is that we do not charge extra for credit card payments.
PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU MUST COMPLETE PAYMENT ON-LINE AT THE TIME OF BOOKING OR THE BOOKING WILL NOT BE SAVED
The ab-initio tests are designed for pilots with limited or no previous flying experience. The advanced tests are designed for more experienced or qualified professional pilots. It is recommended that pilots holding a Professional Pilot's Licence or pilots with more than approx 100 hours flying experience should take the advanced tests. More details on both test batteries can be found under the "ABOUT THE TESTS" tab on the main menu.