The Honourable Company of Air Pilots incorporating Air Navigators

Aptitude Tests

Aptitude testing 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 tarining 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 tests 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 tests are carried out at RAF Cranwell (in Lincolnshire).  These tests are chosen from the battery used by the RAF in their aircrew selection, although we only use those tests that we consider most relevant to indicating potential success in commercial flying.  As part of the assessment, and following the tests, 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 tests are designed for those with little or no flying experience so you do not need any prior knowledge or experience of flying.  (The tests are designed to be experience neutral i.e. previous flying experience will not enhance or degrade the candidate's performance).  It is also strongly suggested that potential candidates should be 17 or over before embarking on the tests.  To date well over 1000 candidates have benefitted from the wisdom of having their aptitude tested before embarking on a commercial flying training course.


Aptitude testing 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 tests before you do anything else about flying as a career.

Dates in 2015

24 Sept, 10 Dec.

Registration forms for the aptitude tests may be downloaded in pdf format, printed and forwarded to the Company together with a cheque for £155 (made payable to Air Pilots).  This service 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.

Applications for Aptitude testing must be received no later than two weeks before a proposed testing session. We are unable to confirm a session will go ahead until we have received at least 6 applications at this fixed point two weeks before the planned session. You can apply for any testing session but joining instructions for a particular date will only be issued in the two weeks before the test date.  When you apply for a testing session your application will be acknowledged by email which will clearly explain when you will next hear from us and you are, of course, welcome to contact the office on 020 7404 4032 to ensure your application has been received and discuss any concerns you may have.

Click here to download the Pilot Aptitude Registration Form