We follow the trends of pilot recruitment and assessments very closely in Simtech and analyse what areas candidates are falling down on in their assessments. With so many airlines recruiting at the moment, competition amongst candidates is fierce and the pressure is on. You want to secure your dream job and passing your assessment is the only way to do this.
We have identified the areas where candidates are most likely to fail their assessments and give you some advice on how to confidently pass and land your dream job.
Communication is key
At a conference in Berlin, Ryanair’s Head of Training told us a startling statistic that approximately 20% of applicants who are chosen for an assessment in Ryanair fail before they even get into the building. Why? Because their ability to speak English isn’t good enough for Airline flying.
Although you may have passed the minimum requirement English Language Rating which is ICAO Level 4, you may not be putting it into practice enough. Assessors are looking for candidates that can speak English clearly and confidently. Your ability to communicate under pressure or in difficult situations is vital to sharing a cockpit with a Captain effectively.
If you’re worried about your communication and interpersonal skills and want to be more confident when speaking English, do an English comprehension course, talk to your classmates in English or complete your MCC or JOC through English. This will give you a greater chance of passing the first hurdle of the telephone interview.
Practise, practise, practise
How well can you fly the aircraft on instruments alone? You may have been top of the class in flight school but are you practicing regularly in a simulator to stay familiar with techniques and knowledge of the aircraft.
While you are waiting to apply for an assessment or waiting to hear back from an application, get in touch with a local flight school or simulator facility and let them know you are available for Pilot Monitoring or last minute simulator partnering. They may need someone to stand at the last minute for a JOC or MCC course. This is a fantastic way for you to keep up your knowledge of handling the aircraft and gaining hints and tips from different instructors.
You could also consider doing a Flight Instructor’s Course. This is a formal course that is of great value to enhance your knowledge, skill, attitude, maturity, self confidence and is very impressive on your CV.
How important is Airmanship?
Another area where many candidates fall down in is Threat and Error Management (TEM) which goes hand in hand with airmanship and the ability for a pilot to use good judgement and well developed skills to recover the aircraft to safe flight. TEM is the pilot’s ability to anticipate threats and errors before they present themselves. To reach a high level of airmanship you need continuing motivation for personal improvement. The reward is increased Situation Awareness that leads to safe control and understanding of your operation.
To build up your knowledge you need to study, study, study and really understand what you are studying. Rather than answering multiple choice questions, read flight manuals, study presentations on IFR training or articles on CRM in industry magazines.
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