The selection procedure for our pilot training is divided into three stages. The first step is the Basic Qualification (“Berufsgrunduntersuchung“ or BU). Here, we assess if you have the basic skills necessary to work in a cockpit.
The Basic Qualification runs for one day. The graph below shows you which steps are involved. For example, the test pertaining to technical and physical processes looks at your knowledge of electrical engineering, mechanical processes as well as heat and fluid dynamics. We also assess your English skills, where you can impress with your vocabulary and grammar skills. As a pilot, you also need to be strong in math and logical thinking. We also look at your cognitive skills, for example, if you possess the necessary concentration and memory.
In further testing, we use a joystick and touchscreen to put your sensory-motor-skills to the test while controlling flight parameters such as altitude, course and speed. At the same time, an acoustic task pushes you to apply your ability to multitask in a complex situation, which you’ll encounter often when working in a cockpit.
You will receive a notification within a few days as to whether you have passed the basic qualification.