The Honourable Company of Air Pilots incorporating Air Navigators

Aptitude Assessment

Aptitude assessment for potential pilots

Do you have the ‘right stuff’ (the necessary aptitude) to be a pilot?

Flight training is a very expensive business. Before signing a contract for training it's important to know whether you have the aptitude to make a career of flying.  We can help you by providing the opportunity to take a set of aptitude assessments which are specifically designed to indicate whether you have the potential to succeed in professional flying – or whether professional flying standards would be something you would find hard to achieve or maintain.

The assessment is carried out at RAF Cranwell (in Lincolnshire).  These assessments are chosen from the battery used by the RAF in their aircrew selection, although we only use those aspects that we consider most relevant to indicating potential success in commercial flying.  As part of the assessment, you will have an individual de-briefing to discuss the scores you achieved and what they mean.  In addition, that will provide the opportunity for you to talk to a current or former professsional pilot about a career in aviation.


The assessment is designed for those with little or no flying experience so you do not need any prior knowledge or experience of flying.  (The various aspects of the assessment are designed to be experience neutral i.e. previous flying experience will not enhance or degrade the candidate's performance).  Potential candidates should at least 17 before embarking on the assessment. To date well over 1400 candidates have benefitted from the wisdom of having their aptitude assessed before embarking on a commercial flying training course.

Aptitude assessment will give you a very good indication of your innate ability to become a successful pilot – or may well save you a lot of heartache and very considerable financial investment.


If you’re thinking of becoming a professional pilot you are highly advised to take these assessments before you do anything else about flying as a career.

Future Dates:

7 October 2019


Registration forms for the aptitude assessments may be downloaded in pdf format, printed and forwarded to the Company.  If you are paying by cheque - the cheque must be received at least 3 weeks prior to the assesment date, cheques for £155 should be made payable to "Air Pilots".  Payments may also be made by bank transfer or by credit/debit card and you should phone the office on 020 7404 4032 in order to make arragements for payment.  Facilitating Pilot Aptitude testing at RAF Cranwell is non-profit making and members of the Air Pilots Company give of their time and expertise for free – the amount charged is simply to cover the cost charged (by MoD) to the Company. We are advised that applicants must be British passport holders.

Applications for Aptitude assesment must be received in good time before a session (including payment) and we suggest that you should aim to have applications in at least 3 weeks before the date.  Payments will be processed at this three week point, if no payment has been received at this point, an application will be disregarded.  Joining instructions will only be issued when at least 6 applications have been received and at a fixed point two weeks before the planned session. When you apply for an assessment session your application will be acknowledged by email which will explain when you will next hear from us.  You are welcome to contact the office on 020 7404 4032 to ensure your application has been received and discuss any concerns you may have. 

The postal address for applications is:

The Honourable Company of Air Pilots
Air Pilots House
52A Borough High Street

Click here to download the Pilot Aptitude Registration Form