The DLR test for aspiring airline transport pilots applying for training at the Flight Training LFT in Bremen consists of 2 parts. The successful completion of the first part, the basic occupational skills assessment, is followed by the second part, the company qualification assessment (FQ).
As part of the FQ, the main focus of the assessment is on the applicant's psychological aspects. In addition, an applicant's aptitude is assessed in a test environment modelled on the working environment of a pilot.
In specifically chosen assessment group role plays and conflict resolution interviews, applicants have to demonstrate their ability to implement specified targets within a team.
In the "loading exercise", known as DCT in DLR terminology, the psychologists in Hamburg assess an applicant's team focus in an artificially created stress situation.
In a simple simulator environment, applicants have to show that they can cope with the practical operational demands in the cockpit; this part of the test is generally supervised by Lufthansa captains.
Last but not least, each applicant has to pass a concluding interview by the aptitude assessment panel, in which any open questions arising from the aptitude data gathered to that point will be clarified.
As for the preparation for the BU test, there is also a tried and tested 3-step plan to prepare for the FQ test:
Step 1: Software training prior to the start of the course.
The FQ software contains a DCT training module as well as a simulator training module; both CBTs are modelled on the original test environment. The modern web-compatible DCT training module allows ATTC students to engage in purposeful practice for this test with fellow participants via the internet outside of the training course. The simulator training module makes it possible to practice the anticipated tasks at the FQ even prior to the start of the course in a realistic setting.
Same as the BU software, the FQ software also contains a powerful analytical unit with diagrammed evaluation for the psychological questions. Applicants who only start preparation for the DLR test with ATTC from the FQ part onwards can also use this software. In line with the "work flow" for the DLR test, the profile data from the psychological questions are also taken into consideration for the personal ATTC training plan for applicants preparing for the FQ test.
Step 2: Course introduction as part of a beginners' training week
The FQ seminar training starts with an introduction to the test requirements at DLR as well as the up-to-date expected content at the FQ. This is followed by a first round of training units moderated by ATTC trainers, comprising group role plays, conflict-resolution interviews and DCT. All contents are closely modelled on original tasks set by DLR. In parallel, the training for the simulator section of the FQ takes place. The simulator training is exclusively conducted by experienced and active commercial pilots using personalised training plans. The "script" for the Interview Training, as in the real test, also incorporates individual insights gained over the course of the seminar in addition to profile data from the psychological questions (in general, the psychological questions, taken by themselves, are hardly selective, but they contribute significantly to the overall diagnosis of an applicant's aptitude).
In order to gain a better understanding of the role of the examining psychologists, the participants also take on the role of the AC observer and - as in the real test - complete the observation forms with the standard assessment criteria.
Step 3: Follow-up revision at home and repeater week(s)
Outside of the course, participants have the option of practising for the DCT test via the internet or to use the FQ simulator module to consolidate training units from the seminar stage.
The training plan during the Repeater week(s) focuses on individual weaknesses of applicants. The repeater training can also be used selectively, i.e. on a daily basis according to the time table.
Same as for BU preparation, Repeater training is free of charge as part of the booking for ATTC trainees and can be repeated as often as desired.
The FQ company qualification assessment at DLR takes place over 2 days and concludes with the final interview by the aptitude assessment panel made up of representatives of DLR and Lufthansa. Applicants are told the result of their test immediately. The final hurdle approx. 2 to 3 weeks after successful completion of the FQ is the aeromedical examination, in short "Medical" by the Lufthansa medical service in Frankfurt/Main. If this final part of the aptitude test has a positive outcome, the path is clear to the (almost) highest workplace in the world.
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