Dear Captain Lim,
My name is Abdullah Hakim and I am a 20-year old from Sydney, AUS. I recently got an e-mail from the Etihad cadet pilot recruitment inviting me to attend the technical assessment for June 2009 in Sydney.
Cadet pilots for Etihad will be assigned as first officers on the Airbus A320 upon completion of training. I have a strong technical knowledge on the A320 which I study in my own spare time from the Airbus 320 FCOM's (1, 2, 3 & 4). I study all parts of the FCOMs ranging from systems such as auto flight (FMGS & MCDU operation), pneumatic, pressurization, hydraulic, fuel, flight controls & laws, Ventilation and electrical to SOPs, emergency procedures & supplementary procedures.
I was just wondering whether all this knowledge will be an advantage for me in the interview because I believe it is my strongest asset which shows my passion for being a pilot.
I am worried about the aptitude tests because it will be a shame that with all my Airbus knowledge I fail because of the aptitude tests.
Your technical knowledge on the Airbus A320 is definitely an advantage for the interview. I am not familiar with the exact profile of the Etihad selection process but they do follow the general trend of all the established airlines. Sometimes you may not be able to show off your technical knowledge until you have cleared all the aptitude tests first.
Typically, the selection process may be in two stages over two days covering some of the following topics (not necessary all):-
Yes, it would be a great disappointment after having read up on the technical knowledge of the Airbus A320 and yet not get selected because you have not got through the Aptitude Tests.
If you have not mastered the Aptitude Tests through your own researches in this site, the MBA assessment programs or elsewhere, I would suggest that you pay a visit to this site and look at some of the sample questions here.
I wish you all the best.
(Note: I have received many emails on the Etihad Cadet Pilot Program and I hope this answer will ‘hit' more than two birds with one stone!)