SIFT Selection Instrument for Flight Training Exam

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Last Updated: June 2024


1. Aviation Knowledge:
Aircraft Systems: Understanding of basic aircraft components, such as airframe, powerplant, avionics, and control surfaces.
Aerodynamics: Principles of flight, including lift, drag, thrust, and weight; Bernoulli’s principle; aerodynamic forces in straight and level flight, climbs, descents, and turns.
Flight Instruments: Familiarity with cockpit instruments, including attitude indicator, airspeed indicator, altimeter, turn coordinator, heading indicator, and vertical speed indicator.
Navigation: Basic navigation techniques, including dead reckoning, pilotage, radio navigation aids (VOR, NDB, GPS), and navigation charts.
Weather: Understanding of weather phenomena affecting flight, including clouds, fog, icing, turbulence, winds aloft, and weather reports/forecasts.
Regulations: Knowledge of aviation regulations, airspace classification, flight rules (VFR/IFR), and aircraft certification requirements.

2. Spatial Awareness and Visualization:
Spatial Orientation: Ability to maintain spatial awareness and orientation in three-dimensional space, including understanding aircraft attitudes and control inputs.
Spatial Visualization: Capability to mentally manipulate and visualize aircraft movements, trajectories, and spatial relationships.

3. Mathematics and Physics:
Basic Mathematics: Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry concepts relevant to aviation, including calculations of speed, distance, time, and fuel consumption.
Physics: Principles of Newtonian mechanics, including forces, motion, acceleration, and inertia as applied to aviation.

4. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving:
Decision Making: Evaluating situations and making informed decisions under pressure, including risk assessment, threat identification, and problem prioritization.
Problem Solving: Analyzing and solving aviation-related problems, including emergencies, system failures, and navigation challenges.

5. Instrument Interpretation:
Instrument Reading: Interpretation of flight instruments, navigation displays, and other cockpit indicators under various flight conditions.
Instrument Procedures: Understanding of instrument approach procedures, departure procedures, and en-route navigation techniques.

6. Communication Skills:
Radio Communication: Ability to effectively communicate with air traffic control (ATC) using standard phraseology and procedures.
Cockpit Resource Management: Understanding of crew coordination, communication protocols, and teamwork principles in the cockpit environment.

7. Psychomotor Skills:
Hand-Eye Coordination: Proficiency in manipulating flight controls and operating aircraft systems with precision.
Motor Skills: Ability to perform flight maneuvers, such as takeoffs, landings, climbs, descents, turns, and emergency procedures.

8. Aptitude Testing:
Cognitive Abilities: Assessment of cognitive skills, including spatial reasoning, perceptual speed, mathematical reasoning, and mechanical comprehension.
Personality Traits: Evaluation of personality factors relevant to aviation, such as assertiveness, stress tolerance, adaptability, and leadership potential.

9. Simulator Exercises:
Flight Simulation: Practical exercises using flight simulators to simulate real-world flight scenarios, including basic maneuvers, instrument flying, navigation tasks, and emergency procedures.

10. Preparation Strategies:
Test-Taking Skills: Strategies for managing time effectively, eliminating incorrect options, and maximizing performance on multiple-choice and performance-based questions.
Study Resources: Recommendations for study materials, including aviation textbooks, training manuals, online courses, and practice exams.

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