Morning! At the medical stage of my Application now and im wondering What sort of time should i should expect to wait for entry as an AET
Thanks for the gen , Is the FAA undermanned at present or just need more guys for the jsf?I guess the time from doing your Medical to joining Raleigh depends entirely how good your AFCO is. I know some people who managed to get to Raleigh within 6 months, and I know some who waited two years for a space. Hopefully the winds favour you and you get in quickly. It's always good to see more AETs joining up.
I do like the wildcat but i would be happy with whatever i end up on , all of the current aircraft appeal to me . How was phase 2 training? do you have an exam each week about what you have been taught that week?Some squadrons are not necessarily undermanned, but there aren't enough people with the required competencies/skills for what they need. They will be wanting people for the F35 though. Generally it's good to have more manpower than you need, so then if people go away on deployment or training courses or whatever really, then you've got the spare resources to compensate.
If you end up going Wildcat we'll probably cross paths at some point.
Brilliant cheers for the insight seems mad that people would go get pissed and neglect rather important stuff ,dont think id touch the stuff until i have finished its means to much to me .do you only have one attenpt at the tests or?Not necessarily each week. You'll do a test for each module: some modules are quite short so can be covered over a few days, but some of the longer ones we had about 10 days to revise for. Generally you get a bit longer when you get to the second stage of Phase 2A, in between the intro and hangar stage.
Phase 2B for Wildcat started with 8 weeks of learning the aircraft in a classroom environment. First 2 weeks are general training for the air station (joining routines, hangar safety, etc). Then you do a week of mechanical learning in a classroom, followed by a consolidation/revision week. Then another 4 weeks on avionics, but still with tests every 2 weeks.
Once you finish the classroom stage you go onto the squadron, where you'll help out with tasks in the hangar while getting your training task book completed, until you do your QM examination which decides if you're allowed to become fully qualified. Usually takes about 23 weeks for the whole of Phase 2B, but some people can finish it sooner. At some point during the hangar stage you'll take a week to do the QS, which is essentially a lesson in paperwork.
All-in-all, as long as you're prepared to actually attempt it and you care about the result, it's easy. It's the people who don't revise and just go out drinking every night who struggle, so take that as you wish.
Also as a navy aet do you do both mech and avionics ?As oppose to raf and army where you can join as a mech or avionics tech.
For the first, when you first qualify you're not specialised yet so you do both. However it's expected that you submit a Trade Preference card within 6 months of qualifying so you'll go either Mech or Avionics for when you're going for Leading Rate's course.Brilliant cheers for the insight seems mad that people would go get pissed and neglect rather important stuff ,dont think id touch the stuff until i have finished its means to much to me .do you only have one attenpt at the tests or?
i look forward to it cheers for the info good to hear some up to date stuff rather than 10 year old archived stuff . well i left school 4 years ago with a E in math and revisied like [email protected]@k to pass the rt so i wont be pissing this opportunity up the wall haha , at what point do you express an interest for a specific Aircraft ? Are they currently training new recruits on f35? And can work you work on other aircraft during your time ?For the first, when you first qualify you're not specialised yet so you do both. However it's expected that you submit a Trade Preference card within 6 months of qualifying so you'll go either Mech or Avionics for when you're going for Leading Rate's course.
As for the second, you'll get more than one chance for each test, they just might give you an academic warning or something. Obviously if you keep failing they'll get rid of you, but you seem to have a good attitude to it so chances are you'll do fine.
2a being the initial 6months? Each step at i time but i would like get around everything in my time i reckon including the historic flight ! I must admit f35 would be amazing but as i say i think all of the navies flying craft are superbYou'll put in your aircraft preference at the end of Phase 2A at Sultan, and they'll allocate based on availability.
I'm not sure if they've started training new recruits yet; they give you the list of options for your aircraft choice and we weren't given the option of F35 when I went through, but I'm not sure what the up-to-date options are.
However, I believe that most of the engineers going to F35 are currently already trained strength. I suppose you'll have to ask your DO when you get to Sultan.
You could work on other aircraft, but generally you'll need to do some time on your type first. Wildcat is probably the easiest to move between different types at the moment, because the HMA.2 is the Naval one, while the AH.1 is the CHF variant of the Wildcat used by the Army and 847 NAS.
There could however be opportunities to work on Naval Historic Flight for a time, which is based at Yeovil. You could select an aircraft type and then put in a request to do some help in their hangar once you've finished all your training.