The Honourable Company of Air Pilots incorporating Air Navigators

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 professsional 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 at least 17 before embarking on the assessment. To date well over 1000 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:

10 December 2015, 10 March 2016, 16 June 2016 and 13 October 2016

Registration forms for the aptitude assessments 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 assessment must be received no later than two weeks before a proposed assessment session. We are unable to confirm a session will go ahead until we have received at least 5 applications at this fixed point two weeks before the planned session. You can apply for any assessment session but joining instructions for a particular date will only be issued in the two weeks before the assessment date.  When you apply for an assessment session your application will be acknowledged by email which will clearly explain when you will next hear from us.  You are welcome to contact the office on 020 7404 4032020 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