The alternative flight test (AFAST) measures your special aptitudes and personality characteristics that are required for becoming a helicopter pilot.
You can’t expect to join a helicopter pilot training without scoring better in AFAST or a military flight aptitude test. The test screens your suitability for a military rotor-craft pilot as well.
Helicopter pilot training programs cost a lot to the army organization. They can’t afford to train the people and then realize that the trained pilots don’t have strong aptitudes for becoming a successful helicopter pilot. In such circumstances they not only waste money but also the trained staff becomes their liability.
The alternative flight aptitude selection test is structured with a view to select the best candidates who have aptitude to become good helicopter pilots. The psychologists sort out data about your motivations, leadership skills, coordination and excellent physical condition. For that purpose they use alternative flight aptitude selection test.
You must score at least A 90 to pass the test. You have only two chances. Try to score higher in the first chance and if you fail, you can muster your knowledge for the second and the last chance. However, you shall have to wait for a period of six months before you can go for the second professional alternative flight aptitude selection test.
You have to answer 200 questions divided into 7 subtest areas within a specified time. The sections would be as under:
Section 1- Background information
You will meet 25 questions about background.
Section 2- Instrument comprehension test
An artificial horizon in an aircraft displays the aircraft attitude as it relates to the ground. You will be required to determine the position of an airplane in flight by looking at two dials, one showing the artificial horizon, the other showing the compass heading. You are required to answer 15 questions within 5 minutes.
Section 3-Complex movements test
The complex movement test measures your ability to visualize motion by judging the distance. Five pairs of symbols are given, representing direction and distance. You will choose the one pair that represents the amount, and direction of movement to move a dot from outside a circle into the center of the circle. You shall be offered 30 questions to be solved within 5 minutes.
Section 4- Helicopter knowledge test
This sub-test deals with your general understanding of the principles of helicopter flight. A section of the alternative flight aptitude selection test focuses upon your knowledge of helicopters, basic flight and common knowledge of aviation. It consists of 20 incomplete statements followed by 5 choices each. You shall be given just 10 minutes to answer all of the questions.
Section 5-Cyclic orientation test
This subset of the alternative flight aptitude selection test comprises of 15 questions. You are shown a series of three sequential pictures that represent the pilot's view out of the windshield. They change from top to bottom. You will determine which position the cyclic would be in to create the changes in the view indicated by the pictures.
Here you will have to adopt role of a helicopter pilot. The helicopter can be climbing, diving, banking (turning) to the right or left, or in a climbing or diving bank. Look at the pictures from top to bottom and decide what maneuver it is doing. Next, your task is to decide which position the cyclic (stick) would be in to perform the maneuver. For items in this test, the cyclic is moved as follows:
For banks: To bank left, move the cyclic stick to left. To bank right, move the cyclic to right.
For climbs and dives: To dive, push the cyclic forward. To climb, pull the cyclic back.
You shall be given 15 questions to be answered within 5 minutes.
Section 6- Mechanical functions test
This subset of the alternative flight aptitude selection test determines your understanding of general mechanical principles. You are shown some pictured and are asked 20 questions on the mechanical principles illustrated, within 10 minutes.
Section 7-Self Description Questions
This subset of the alternative flight aptitude selection test asks questions about your interests, likes and dislikes. You shall meet 75 questions to be answered within 25 minutes.
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