Rex Cadet Application Experience Rex Cadet Application Experience
This article was submitted by forum member (whitham89) on 28th July,2014. Hi guys, Thought I would share my experiences with applying for the Rex... Rex Cadet Application Experience

This article was submitted by forum member (whitham89) on 28th July,2014.

Hi guys,

Thought I would share my experiences with applying for the Rex Cadetship Program so far (I’m currently still in the process of going through it). A bit about me: I’m 25 and have a couple of uni degrees in Law and Media from Adelaide Uni. I decided to change to a career in aviation. I began the UniSA Bachelor of Aviation degree at the start of ’14, and applied for the Rex program in May. I have no flying experience other than an hour-long trial instructional flight with FTA at Parafield and a couple of sessions at Flight Experience (B737 simulator).

Here’s what’s happened so far:
– I got an e-mail inviting me to sit the WOMBAT test in Mascot, Sydney. It is like playing a PC game from the 80s. Two joysticks, and some buttons between them. You try to keep a cross inside a moving circle with one joystick, and keep two vertical bars lined up with the vertical sides of an expanding and contracting hexagon with the other. There are also 3 different ‘bonus’ rounds to choose from at any time, and these get you the points. It goes for 90 mins (30 learning, 60 doing). It’s fine for anyone who’s played computer games.

– Got a call a couple of days later inviting me to an interview in Wagga. Traveled there last week. It was at the AAPA building at Wagga airport. While I was waiting, I got a maths test to do. Questions ranged from easy to difficult. I had 25 mins to complete it, didn’t quite finish it. Interview was with a Paul Musemeci and two other guys. Mr. Musemeci asked most of the questions. Some discussion about why I wanted to be a pilot, what are good qualities of a Rex F/O, why I would be a good F/O, how would I go being away from home for 9 months, how I would stump up $25k, questions about the Saab 340, basic aerodynamics and engine systems questions with the use of a model Piper that was on the desk, what the lift formula is, what leadership is, what was my worst quality, what my favourite A/C is, and other questions tailored to my resume were asked. I assume these questions differ slightly based on your personal experiences in aviation etc. They also asked me where I see myself going with my career ultimately. I did some name-dropping, as I’ve had a chat with 1 or 2 people who have done the program.

– I was asked to wait outside. A couple of minutes later, one of the guys who was in on the interview came out and said I was successful in my interview and I’d be doing a sim test. It was with a guy named Rob. He was a bit of a lad. He said it was ‘to make sure my brain was attached to my hands’. The sim was a twin engine A/C, but it may as well have been a single. He explained some things to me with the use of a whiteboard, and then he got me to demonstrate level flight, and left and right 30 and 45 degree turns. He said I was very good for someone with no flying experience. The receptionist at AAPA told me I would hear from them soon (she wasn’t sure exactly when, maybe a week or two). I am reasonably confident of a 2nd interview.

Some tips for anyone who gets an interview:
– Revise basic aerodynamics, maths and engine systems – control surfaces, stalls, turns, icing, engine types, flaps, lift formula. Even if you have no experience or anything, revising these will show you have an interest in aviation
– Make sure you know Rex (the specifications of the Saab 340, where they fly etc.)
– Practice basic interview questions with someone before the interview (I did, and it turned out to be very helpful, especially the question about where I see my career heading ultimately)
– Play some Flight Sim if you can – buy a flight yoke off eBay or Gumtree
– Make sure you present well (friendly, smiling, maybe a little joke here and there to show you’re human)

I will keep you up to date with my progress as I go, but I hope what’s here so far helps anyone who is thinking of applying. If anyone wants to ask me a question I’d be happy to answer.

  • Crystal

    July 16, 2016 #1 Author

    Hi, cadet!
    I hope you really get in, and your dedication is shown through your success through each testimony they out you through 🙂 The information is very helpful, thank you so much for sharing that! I cannot thank you enough.


    • cadet

      July 18, 2016 #2 Author

      Hi Crystal,

      The experience was submitted to the forum by someone that went through the process. We have not received an update just yet but hopefully we hear back soon.


  • Isaac Logan

    July 24, 2016 #3 Author

    I have been in contact via email with the guy who posted this back in the day, he was successful, graduated at the end of last year and is now an F/O based n Adelaide


    • cadet

      August 4, 2016 #4 Author

      That’s great!

      Hopefully he will stop by again when we relaunch a forum soon.


    • Alix

      August 11, 2018 #5 Author

      Hi Isaac, do you mind passing on their email? I am very interested in getting in contact to see how they are going now.


  • Christine

    November 7, 2016 #6 Author

    Hi there,
    I am due to sit the wombat test. As I am not that familiar with computer games, is there any other practice to recommend besides flight simulator?


    • cadet

      November 7, 2016 #7 Author

      Hi Christine,

      Other than the flight simulators, testing preparation for airline applicants tend to get expensive as it is seen as an investment in your future. Have you browsed around the internet for these solutions?


      • Christine

        November 7, 2016 #8 Author

        I had a look, and found a place that does simulation flight training and interview preparation. I think it will be a good investment, if it leads me to purse my dreams!


        • cadet

          November 27, 2016 #9 Author

          How did it all go for you?


  • CC

    July 19, 2017 #10 Author

    Hi there,
    Does anyone know the salary of a Rex Cadet per annum? Even a brief idea would be good to go by.
    Thanks CC


    • cadet

      July 22, 2017 #11 Author

      Hi CC,

      Rumours a few years back pointed to around $55K.


  • Chris

    September 24, 2017 #12 Author

    Hi there.

    Thank you for the interview tips, greatly appreciated. I have the WOMBAT and Maths test coming up. With regards to the Maths test you did, can I ask you kindly what kind of maths should be the primary focus to succeed in this test?



    • Dan

      December 28, 2017 #13 Author

      I’m about to do the WOMBAT and maths exams. Anyone out there able to comment on Chris’ question about what to focus on in the maths exam?


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