Future pilots must pass an aptitude test divided into two sections.
After the basic professional examination, if this has been passed, the company qualification examination must be taken.
The duration of the examination usually starts at 7.45 a.m. and ends in the early evening.
The tests of the examination, "BU" for short, are completed on a PC.
Mental arithmetic, acoustic and visual memory are tested. Furthermore, dexterity, reaction speed and also mathematical, general and physical-technical knowledge, as well as English language skills are tested.
The ability to perform multiple tasks is also tested. The DLR procedure tests the applicants' multiple abilities, which also reflect the future working environment of pilots and air traffic controllers.
One of the modules used, for example, contains the cockpit elements "course gyro", "airspeed indicator", "altimeter", "thrust indicator or lever" and "clock".
The main task is to control all elements according to a predefined pattern using a joystick and to coordinate the actuation of screen elements and, at the same time, to correctly interpret information (series of numbers) received via headphones (three even numbers in succession: "press green button", three odd numbers in succession: "press red button").
The multiple work test in the DLR test for pilots was introduced in January 2010.
The layout of the new module is based on older computer tests, but allows valid aptitude diagnostic statements to be made regarding the applicant's ability to perform multiple tasks.
The DLR test is one of the most difficult recruitment tests in Germany and only relatively few participants pass it.
You have to prepare specifically, as you are only allowed to take it once.
Our Sky-Supp program was developed for this purpose.
Various measures have been developed by DLR to ensure equal testing conditions for all applicants, including the systematic analysis of test repetition and preparation effects (e.g. Stelling, 2002), the development of parallel procedures in all phases of the selection program (e.g. Zierke, 2005) and the provision of coaching programs, as well as the requirement to keep training logs.
(using Lufthansa as an example)
It depends on Lufthansa how long the entire recruitment process takes, as well as on Lufthansa's current personnel and training planning.
The waiting time varies depending on the personnel requirements between the individual test stages (application, BU/GU and FQ/FU) as well as between different successful recruitment procedures.
The start of training or work activity (ready entries) also plays a role.
The current waiting times for the ab-initio can be viewed online.
Figures Of all applicants who train to become pilots at Lufthansa Flight Training (LFT) and complete the two-part DLR test, consisting of a basic vocational examination (BU) and company qualification (FQ), around 20 to 25 % pass
pass the pre-selection procedure (BU) and of these another 20 to 25 % pass the main selection procedure (FQ).
This means that the overall percentage is around 2.5 to 4% who pass and are selected in the end.
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The percentage is around 2.5 to 4 % overall who ultimately pass all the tests and are actually selected and approved for the profession of pilot.
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