Swiss: Stage 1 DLR BU

The Swiss recruitment test consists of 4 steps in total, all of which have to be taken in Zurich.

Step 1; DLR test basic occupational skills assessment (BU)

Step 2; Apparatus-based test; Multi-tasking /"Gubsomat"

Step 3; IT flight trainer "PIT“

- Aeromedical assessment/Medical -

Step 4; Personality assessment, Assessment Centre plus mathematics, physics and English

The Step 1 DLR BU-test is conducted by the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) in Zurich and takes 1 day.  The term "occupational" skills assessment already indicates that in addition to the actual test procedure, this also includes a fundamental clarification of the suitability for working as a commercial pilot.

The primary focus of the DLR-BU is on the applicant's capacity assessment, i.e. the ability to absorb audio and visual information, three-dimensional spatial sense and the ability to cope with multiple tasks and stresses. The tasks at the DLR have been developed based on typical demands in the working environment of a pilot.

The psychological part is limited to a yes/no complex of questions on personality as well as handwritten answers to what are know as the 10 questions.

Preparation for the DLR BU test for Swiss

In preparing for the BU test, the ATTC 3-step plan has proven particularly purposeful and effective:

1. Software training prior to the start of the course.

Thanks to innovative training modules, all applicants have access to comprehensive and powerful software even before(!) the start of the seminar. The training software is continuously updated and adapted to the particular requirements of the test. In addition to exercises on the capacity assessment part of the DLR test, the software also includes a powerful analysis module with diagrammed evaluation for the psychological questions.

2. Course introduction as part of a Basic Training week

The run-through of the DLR admission test and the analysis of individual performance levels is followed by the well-founded introduction to the respective exercises of the current DLR admission procedure.

The contents will also be made available in an on-line training area (including lesson notes) for follow-up revision at home. Furthermore, up to the date of the DLR BU test, ATTC subject teachers, trainers and psychologists are also available on-line to provide individual help and support.

3. Follow-up revision at home and repeater week(s)

Training with a personal training plan in a combination of seminar and software training. Based on an analysis of current performance levels, repeater training involves intensive and individual training until ATTC examination standards are reached. Repeater training takes place once the ATTC Basic Training week has been passed; it is free of charge as part of the booking for ATTC trainees and can be repeated as often as desired.

DLR tests are run each Thursday during the Repeater weeks. The purpose is to check in a simulated test situation whether all training content is "ready to test", or whether there are still gaps to be filled.

The test dates for Steps 2-5 will be successively approx. 4 to 6 weeks after the successful completion of the BU test. The total recruitment process regularly takes about 4.5 to 6 months in total.




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