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.