Symbiotics-FSANA Partner for Prescreening

27 April 2023

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The Flight School Association of North America (FSANA) is partnering with Symbiotics for prescreening of prospective ab initio pilots. Symbiotics will offer Pilot Aptitude Assessment (PAA) programs to FSANA members.

Symbiotics are providers of prescreening and assessments for Pilots, Cabin Crew, Maintenance Engineer, Dispatchers, and Airline Management. Symbiotics provide assessment and selection, training, and consultancy services in over 130 locations spread through 80 countries across five continents.

FSANA President and CEO Robert Rockmaker commented, “The introduction of prescreening pilot applicants is one of the most significant enhancements to the pilot production pipeline since the Wright Brothers made their maiden voyage on December 17, 1903.”

Tyler Tenbrink, Director of Talent and Development at Piedmont Airlines, owned by American Airlines, said, “The introduction of prescreening pilot applicants at the ab initio level ushers in a new and much-needed process for the creation of new pilots at all levels.”


Symbiotics Technical Director Richard Brecknell added, “FSANA and the IAAC are striving for the highest standards in the flight training industry, and we are excited to partner with them to provide our psychological expertise and assessment solutions in support of this program.”

The IAAC (International Aerospace Accrediting Commission) – created last month by FSANA – advocates that all flight schools should incorporate some level of prescreening as part of their application process. One of the IAAC accreditation standards includes the requirement to establish a vetting process which will support the enhancement of human performance aspects of career cockpit management, which in turn supports overall human performance in the cockpit.


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