Anyone here who got commissioned a pilot from AET/M?

wannabeaet

Lantern Swinger
*Wipes away the cobwebs*.

Hello again all.
So I did what I said I would.
Got fast-track.
Did my front-liner.
Got my papers raised.
Now back at HMS Sultan on LAETAV course and got my FATS on monday!

I have been practicing bits and bobs, various games, hand-eye games with a mouse (no joystick), and completing maths exams, speed- time-distances and iq tests etc online.

Just wondering if there's anyone out there who could chuck me some last minute advice on FATS?
Maybe somebody lurking on here who is in the know or who may have sat it recently?

Cheers :).
 
Last edited:

Waspie

War Hero
Not me but good luck.

I have quite a few mates who did what you are doing. Several are 4 ring captains that fly you on your hols to exotic locations courtesy of Mr Branson!!!

It's worth it - stick at it and reap the rewards.:thumright:
 

Bad CO

Admin
Good effort and luck to you. There is a bloke where I'm working who came up the same route who is now a Lt Cdr, A2 QHI with oodles of hours on Junglies and a nice tour in the states under his belt. It can definitely be done if you put the effort in and have the aptitude.

I did OASC ages ago but I can't believe it has changed that much. Main thing is to go prepared, as you are, get a good nights sleep beforehand and have confidence in yourself.

Next step grading!
 

Pontius

War Hero
I'll echo what the other guys have said and congratulate you on having got this far. I had an AEM in my division (bombhead) who did exactly the same thing. It was a long process but he ended up as a Junglie and, later on, joined Air 2000 on the Airbus. Also, two of my mates on the mighty SHAR =D were ex Lower Deck. One is now with Virgin and the other with BA. So, it can be done.

To be honest, it sounds like you're doing the correct prep for the FATs. You can't really prepare too much for the hand-eye co-ordination tests because you've either got that or you haven't. If you haven't, then playing video games etc won't really help. The maths and IQ tests, however, are well worth as much practice as you can muster, especially the speed, distance, time stuff. I don't know if you read it on the thread in the Joining Up forum but one of the the best tips for SDT is to treat your speed in miles per minute. So just divide the speed by 60 and then use the smaller numbers, rather than lots more division/multiplication. Time to cover 240 miles at 360 kts? 360 kts = 6 nm/minute; 240/6 = 40 minutes. Sure, you can do 240/360*60 but the miles/min is quicker (and what's used in the real world).

Apart from that, make sure you know exactly how to handle the maths questions that involve such things as a train leaving point A, going to B, at 60 mph; another train leaving B, going to A, at 80 mph, where will they cross? What distance will the first train be from B when they cross? That sort of thing. It's not rocket science but just make sure you've got the technique weighed off, so you don't have to think about how you calculate the answers. Lots of practice on the 'next in sequence' questions, where they show you weird shapes or variously shaded shapes and you have to determine what the next and/or the next two shapes are in the sequence. There's plenty of IQ books for those questions.

Apart from that, it's exactly as Bad CO says; a good night's sleep beforehand and stay off the booze so your hands aren't shaking when you're doing the hand/eye tests :thumbup:

Good luck and let us know how you get on.

Edited to add: make sure you know how to read and interpret the information given on 'basic 6' aircraft panel i.e

Airspeed Indicator Artificial Horizon Altimeter
Turn & Slip Direction Indicator Vertical Speed Indicator

There are various tests where you have to look at a panel and choose the correct picture of what the aircraft would look like when viewed from outside and vica versa i.e. you're given a picture of an aircraft and you have to choose the correct panel. Much easier if you know how the information is presented without having to look too hard at each instrument (you'll mainly need to look at the artificial horizon and the direction indicator).
 
Last edited:

Sumo

War Hero
All above advice spot on and congratulations on being in the right place to chase your dream.

As with any exam preparation before the event is the main key, but how you actually approach the exam is also important.

Good night kip cannot be stressed enough
Do not revise to late the night before, let your brain relax
In the exam if the questions are waited 5 marks, 10 marks etc., give yourself 10 mins start reading time and 10 mins finish read time, vary depending on length of exam.
Divide total number of marks by time left, multiply each question by that number that will give you time for each question in mins.
Be careful of time and stick to time allowed for each question
Do not panic if you are stuck just move on to next question you will have time to go back

Remember if you had 10 mins for a 10 mark question you will normally get 7 marks in 4 mins, just the way things work out

10 mins start read time allows you to RTFQ and understand plus select the order you will attempt, you do not need to answer in order, get some you really know under your belt first it will help you relax.

10 mins final read allows you to check you have answered all questions, pick up stupid errors

On completion you should know if it went well, go and have a well-deserved beer, then prepare for the next event.

One pusser exam I took I notice in the last 10 min read I had cocked up and missed a 10 mark question, I had time to get some more marks

Good look hope this helps

PPS in maths show all workings, in a 10 mark Q the correct answer may be only worth 3 marks the rest goes on the correct mathematical process
 

slim

War Hero
Take it steady, don't panic, and don't forget to moderate your Manc accent, so your future messmates (sorry Wardroom muckers) can understand you.:toothy8:

Good luck
 

scouse

War Hero
You will need to speak to Pontious, to improve you RT skills....Rog, negative, affirmative,can do,hunky Doorey,pear shaped, Good effort .etc etc :toothy8: ps not in a Citeeeey accent more with a plum in the mouth......only joking:rofl:
 

soleil

War Hero
*Wipes away the cobwebs*.

Hello again all.
So I did what I said I would.
Got fast-track.
Did my front-liner.
Got my papers raised.
Now back at HMS Sultan on LAETAV course and got my FATS on monday!

I have been practicing bits and bobs, various games, hand-eye games with a mouse (no joystick), and completing maths exams, speed- time-distances and iq tests etc online.

Just wondering if there's anyone out there who could chuck me some last minute advice on FATS?
Maybe somebody lurking on here who is in the know or who may have sat it recently?

Cheers :).

http://www.navy-net.co.uk/joining-u...aptitude-tests-fats-my-experience-advice.html

Good Luck for Monday!
 
Top