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.

21 thoughts on “Rex Cadet Application Experience”

  1. 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.

    1. 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.

  2. 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

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

  3. 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?

    1. 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?

      1. 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!

  4. 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

  5. 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?


    1. Bump
      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?

  6. Hi,
    I am in year 12 and want to do the Rex cadet program once I graduate. My questions are if the maths test will be really hard? (I am already doing two unit maths at the moment) And would they even consider an application from school graduates? (I have about 5 hours of flight time in my logbook) All the present cadets are Uni graduates with good qualifications… that worries me a little bit.
    Advance Thanks to all the replies

    1. Hi, if you read his experience, he mentions that you should review basic math. The math involved in airline selections are not necessarily hard, its more on how you process the information being asked. In most cases it is very simple but the question makes it seem complicated.

  7. Hi Cadet!

    I have recently discovered a long passion for flying and will also be submitting an application. I am curious how you approached your Resume and Cover Letter to secure the next step in the process?. I am 30 years old, completed UNI and have spent time in the Australian NAVY.

    Thanks for your time!

    1. Hi Nimal,

      Apologies for the late response. Must have missed your question. Have you already submitted your application?

  8. Hi Vish, Awesome man. I hope to see you in the skies together one day. I believe REX may have some other intakes later in 2019, so I will be keeping an eye out for these. I’m hoping they will consider me considering I’m in my early 30’s, although I know I will be a great asset because of my maturity and military background.

    1. No worries Nimai ! And I do believe that you have a great chance of getting a spot in! Most people who do the course these days are pretty much your age I recon, or just university graduates! Plus the fact that the major airlines like Qantas and Virgin opening their Own academies, will see a shortage of candidates applying for Rex in 2019! So this will increase your chance of getting in!! I will only be graduating from school at the end of this year.. so hoping to apply for the January 2020 intake : ) ! Hoping to fly with you/ work with you one day mate !

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