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what happens between passing AIB and joining BRNC

I recently passed my AIB for pilot with my prefered start date to be september. Now im a little confused and probably should have asked this at Gosport but i was overwhelmed with infomation and simply forgot to mention it.

If i dont get my prefered entry date then i was told that i would go into a pool with other candidates for a year. This seemed fair enough but it contradicts what some people have been saying on here. I have read that its very unlikely to get an enterance after your prefered date as they priorotise the candidates that are nearest the start date ahead of older candidates. For example june/july candidates that asked to be put in september have a greater chance than those who were selected in october but failed to gain entry into there january prefered entry.

Is this true. I hope my question is understandable. It seems a little rambled. My reason for asking this is that if they offer me a chance to go obverver and i turn it down in september (where competition is fierce due to having to compete with people who are comming straight from education) i want to know if i have got a chance of being picked for pilot in say november or another date after that.
 

blimy

Badgeman
I don't believe that this is ture. Why would they pick less suitable candidates just because they hav passed closer to the time of intake.

However that does't mean you don't ahve a high chance of being offered Observer (especially if you apptitude in this area is greater than Pilot). I am in the same postion as I passed in Oct and my preference date is Sept.

All I know is that I have been told that the final deadline for Sept intake is 24th July, so will just have to wait and see! Do you think you would accept Obs. if offered??
 

silverfox

War Hero
Moderator
Book Reviewer
Candidates in the pool are sorted on quality of pass, not on the date of their AIB. After all - if you don't get your preferred date it may just be because there is someone in the pool with a better score......
 
I have been thinking about the "would you take obs?" question ever since leaving gosport.

I have asked a few people their opinions on it, including some people at dartmouth (cadets and staff), but wont get a reply until next week.

The thing is, i know that an observer in the FAA is a well respected and credited job. However, my ambition is to fly Fast jet and this simply wont be possible in the Obs pipeline. I have been training on the grob recently to give me the bset possible start through grading and have the chance to practice on a fully aerobatic aircraft between grading and EFT to give me a solid ground for trying to get into the FJ pipeline.

My main problem is that in the interview i was asked the question of taking observer. I hadnt prepared for it and said yes, but i really feel i should have said no upfront and straight, thats how strong i feel about it.

If the only option in the FAA was to go rotary wing then i could not feel so strong about pilot over observer but this isnt the case and FJ's are available and thats what i want to go for. On the other hand a job in the FAA would be amazing, even as an observer the oppertunities will be amazing, however i dont want to be regretting things in 5yrs time thinking "what if".

ahhhh, my mind is turning over with decisions and it hasnt even been a week since AIB.
 

shotty13

Badgeman
Blimy's right the date is 23rd/24th of July, having quit my job and finished my final exams all that happens for me between now and September is a couple of holidays and maybe a run or two to keep my fitness up. This of course relies on me getting september entry but the acceptance rate for Pilots/Obs passing AIB is one of the best and my score was pretty good.

As for Pilot or Observer i dont mind, same goes for fast jet and rotary, for me its just being able to fly in the navy. Unfortunatly people wanting to be fast jet from birth dont quite see it that was and looked rather angry when i managed to get past Cranwell/Sultan
 
If I where you I'd use the time between your AIB and your entry to Dartmouth wisely.

As your going to be a pilot I'd stand in front of the mirror for at least 2 hours a day practicing your steely eyed look.

Also, mutter to yourself over and over again "God I'm fantastic, God I'm fantastic, God I'm fantastic" you need to do this until it becomes second nature and you actually believe it.

Best of luck.
 

Karma

War Hero
wet_blobby said:
As your going to be a pilot I'd stand in front of the mirror for at least 2 hours a day practicing your steely eyed look.

Also, mutter to yourself over and over again "God I'm fantastic, God I'm fantastic, God I'm fantastic" you need to do this until it becomes second nature and you actually believe it.

And of course get comfortable with the idea of a pink flying suit....
 

Twiglet

Newbie
I may be wrong but I believe that the way people are selected for Dartmouth entry is pretty simple.

You get a score for your AIB (if you are aircrew this is combined in some way with your aptitude score for your overall score).

You go on a list for your entry specialisation in score order.

If there are x places in a particular entry the x people with the highest scores are offered entry. If one of these people declines the entry their place is offered to the next person on the list.

This means that if someone's score puts them at the top of the list the day before the offers are sent out they will bump someone further down.

I am sure someone will correct me if I am wrong about this!
 
higthepig said:
Try The RAF then if you want to fly.

Things have probably changed now but when I was at BRNC one of my entry's father was a crab pilot and had told his son the flying was better in the RN hence him joining the RN, he was though mightily pissed of when CVA01 was cancelled and the RN stopped training fixed wing pilots and made him into a rotorhead.
 
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