Joining

tim!

Newbie
Im soon to be finishing uni, and im inetrested in joining the FAA as a Pilot (hopefully in heli's) What is the minimum time an officer has to sign up for? As i am unsure whether i want this to be my life for the next 12 years.
Also just out of interest how high is the competition for aircrew? This would never put me off im just interested.

cheers
 

dunkers

War Hero
Very high competition for aircrew - in fact I think it's one of the highest. Having said that there is currently a shortage of chopper pilots so maybe it's not so high just now.

I think the minimum length of service is somewhere around 6 years, but remember you are guaranteed a job for 12 years - with promotion prospects and an interesting career. Can't get that anywhere else these days. But I think the answer to your question is 6 years (best confirm that - I think the RN website www.royalnavy.mod.uk will be able to tell you).

Any more questions just fire away
 

SILVER_FOX

War Hero
Not to mention that you get to swagger about the place, lord it up and have the ladies clamber for your attention.

Not jealous at all. Lie mode off.

Good luck.

SF
 

dondon

MIA
SILVER_FOX said:
Not to mention that you get to swagger about the place, lord it up and have the ladies clamber for your attention.

Not jealous at all. Lie mode off.

Good luck.

SF

Also get a pair of Top Gun shades as well , realy strut your stuff in them :lol:
 

tim!

Newbie
yeah also what like initial tests are there before trying to join as a pilot?
i know about the 1.5 mile run (which i can do at 9.40) but the mod webby gives very little info.
And can you opt to fly helicoptors rather than fixed wing or are you told.
cheers
 

dunkers

War Hero
tim! said:
yeah also what like initial tests are there before trying to join as a pilot?
i know about the 1.5 mile run (which i can do at 9.40) but the mod webby gives very little info.
And can you opt to fly helicoptors rather than fixed wing or are you told.
cheers

There is an aircrew selection weekend I think, not sure on the details for this one (looks at spatial awareness I think), successful completition of it allows you to sit the AIB.

Pretty sure you can opt for helicopters rather than fixed wing.
 

SILVER_FOX

War Hero
FlagWagger wrote:

Q: How do you know if you're standing next to a Harrier pilot at the bar?

A. He'll tell you (frequently!)


Excellent! :lol:

One of my favourite pilot jokes:

Transcript from Canadian Forces ATC communication:

Helicopter Pilot [talking to Ground]: "Roger, I'm holding at 3000 over beacon."

Urgent second voice interrupts: "NO! You can't be doing that! I'm holding at 3000 over that beacon!"

[Brief pause, then first voice again]: "You idiot, you're my co-pilot."


SF
 
dondon said:
SILVER_FOX said:
Not to mention that you get to swagger about the place, lord it up and have the ladies clamber for your attention.

Not jealous at all. Lie mode off.

Good luck.

SF

Also get a pair of Top Gun shades as well , realy strut your stuff in them :lol:

I think you'll find they are Oakley's now, they must get issued with them. Oh, and beige Chino shorts and sandals.....worn with tucked in Rugger shirts! :p
 
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