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 professional 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 be at least 18 on the date of 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

Due to the current pandemic and social distancing measures, RAF Cranwell have a large back log to their own Pilot Aptitude Testing schedule and therefore are unable to offer us any Pilot Aptitude Testing in 2021.  We will ensure that once any dates are scheduled for 2022 we will advertise them on our website. Please keep checking back for updated information.

If you have any queries regarding aptitude testing, please contact the office by email  office@airpilots.org