Canadian Forces Aircrew Selection Centre

Alternate Formats

Joining Instructions for PILOT/AEC/ACSO Candidates









The mission of the Canadian Forces Aircrew Selection Centre (CFASC) is to select military aircrew who have the aptitude to successfully lead, plan, and execute the application of Aerospace Power across the full spectrum of military operations; from domestic peacetime support to full combat operations abroad.


All Pilot, Aerospace Control (AEC), and Air Combat Systems Officer (ACSO) candidates must attend aircrew selection at the CFASC, located at Canadian Forces Base (CFB)/ 8 Wing Trenton, and meet the minimum standards on the aircrew selection testing for which they are applying. All candidates will be tested for all three occupations. Candidates are encouraged to arrive at CFASC well-rested, alert, and healthy, as the aircrew selection testing is cognitively demanding. 


The computer based aptitude testing involves the measurement of a candidate’s abilities in a number of cognitive domains that have been linked to job and training success specific to the occupation(s) of choice. Such domains include strategic task management, perceptual processing, short term memory and capacity, spatial reasoning, symbolic reasoning, central information processing, and psychomotor abilities.  Each cognitive domain includes a number of aptitude tests specific to that domain.  Such aptitude tests include measures of the following abilities (see the Aircrew Selection Testing – Candidate Guide for more detailed information):

  1. Simple mental math (division, subtraction, multiplication and addition),
  2. Problem solving (time/speed distance formula and fuel consumption),
  3. Short term memory (digit and letter recall),
  4. Estimation of angles and bearings,
  5. Multi-tasking,
  6. Aircraft instrument comprehension,
  7. Spatial reasoning (interpreting 3D from 2D representations and vice versa),
  8. Reasoning/logic (systems),
  9. Psychomotor ability (hand-eye-foot and hand-eye coordination), and
  10. Vigilance, attention to detail, and situational awareness.


This section describes the expected dress standards, recommended clothing requirements, and the necessary documents to bring with you.

Dress Standards

While at CFASC

Candidates attending aircrew selection should treat this assessment process as an extension of the job interview.  As such, all candidates, regardless of entry plan, will wear business casual civilian dress.  Denim jeans, track pants/shirts, yoga gear, T-shirts, shorts, running shoes, flip-flops, or sandals are NOT permitted during working hours.  CFASC is a scent free environment; cologne and perfume are NOT permitted. Candidates not complying with the dress standards will not be processed at CFASC; such candidates may return to CFASC within the same fiscal year at their own expense. 

Off-duty hours

There will be a limited amount of free time for candidates while at CFASC, and transportation off base is limited to taxi at candidate’s expense. A Gymnasium and swimming pool are available on base, within walking distance from accommodations.

Additional Items

Candidates are also encouraged to bring toiletries in addition to their civilian clothing.  Fitness gear is optional.

Required Documents

As CFASC is located on a Canadian Forces (CF) base, all candidates must be in possession of a photo ID to access certain areas.

Candidates with previous flying experience shall bring their log book(s) and pilot licence to CFASC for verification. 


This section provides transportations instructions and directions to Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton, as well as relevant web links.

Arriving VIA Toronto Pearson International Airport

Candidates arriving by air shall travel from the Pearson International Airport (Toronto) to CFB Trenton by bus.  Megabus provides bus transportation between Pearson and the Front Street Variety Store in Trenton on Highway 33, south of the 401. Candidates should meet the bus at either Post P6 in Terminal 1, or at post C8 in Terminal 3. Candidates should purchase their own one way Megabus tickets (Pearson to Trenton) on-line prior to departure for Pearson airport. Upon arrival at the Front Street Variety store in Trenton candidates must take a taxi to the Base and ask to be dropped off at the Yukon Lodge. One way ticket prices including taxes are $46.33 for adult fare, and the taxi fare to the base is approx. $15.00. Candidates are advised to keep all receipts.

Arriving VIA Personal Motor Vehicle

Whether travelling west or east on Highway 401, take the Glen Miller Exit, (Exit # 526), turning south onto Sydney Street. Continue several blocks south. Turn left at the intersection of Dixon Drive, where you will see a sign indicating 8 Wing Trenton. Continue on Dixon Drive straight through Byron Street intersection. Dixon Drive becomes Curtis Road. Continue until the end of Curtis Road, turning right onto RCAF Road. Turn left at the intersection of Highway 2 (Dundas Street East). Continue east on Highway 2. Turn right at the next intersection to enter the base (8 Wing Trenton), then turn right onto Yukon Street and proceed to the Yukon Lodge at 65 Yukon Street.

Arriving by VIA Rail

Take a taxi from the train station (Belleville or Trenton) to the Base and ask to be dropped off at the Yukon Lodge. Taxi fare approx. $25.00. (Keep all receipts).

Travel Web Links


This section provides instructions concerning the accommodations and meals while at CFASC.


All aircrew selection candidates are to pick up a welcome package (including room keys, map, etc) at the Yukon Lodge reception desk (open 24 hours), located at 65 Yukon Street, CFB Trenton (see enclosed map of 8 Wing Trenton). All aircrew selection candidates, regardless of rank, will be provided similar accommodations at the Yukon Lodge. Further details are provided in the Candidate Welcome Package.

Although Wi-Fi access is not available in the building, wired internet access is available in the rooms; candidates are advised to bring their own network cables with their laptops. 


Day 1

Morning - Testing

The selection process begins on the specified day of test administration (Mondays (Intake”A”) or Wednesdays (Intake”B”)) at 0720 hrs at CFASC, 32 Buffalo Ave, 8 Wing Trenton; specific selection dates will be provided by the Recruiting Centre. The aircrew selection testing generally takes about 8 hours to complete, and includes testing for the Pilot, AEC, and ACSO occupations. The first 4 hours are done on the morning of day 1. 

Afternoon- Realistic Job Preview (RJP)

To gain exposure to other Air Operations occupations, the RCAF offers RJPs of the ACSO, AEC and Pilot occupations for all candidates regardless of their success on the computer based testing.  Commencing at 1330, the RJP includes briefings as well as a tour of the Air Traffic Control (ATC) facilities at 8 Wing Trenton. The day should finish by 1530.


There will be a limited amount of free time in the evenings while at CFASC.  Transportation off base is limited to taxi at candidate’s expense. A gymnasium and swimming pool are available on base, within walking distance from accommodations. 

Day 2

Morning - Testing

The second half of the aircrew selection testing takes about 4 hours to complete. Upon completion of the testing, candidates will be counseled on their test performance.


Successful Pilot Candidates will then undergo anthropometric measurement (body measurements) at CFASC to determine fit for Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) aircraft cockpits. Lunch following anthropometrics.

Afternoon – Departure

All candidates will be briefed on exact departure procedures.Departure timings will depend on candidate’s method of travel. Candidates who flew into Toronto on their way to Trenton will be transported back to Toronto Pearson Airport by 8 Wg Base Transport departing Trenton early afternoon.

After Aircrew Selection Processing

The results of the aircrew selection testing will be forwarded to Canadian Forces Recruiting Group Headquarters (CFRG HQ), and the candidate’s file will be included in the selection board for the specific entry/commissioning plan.  In accordance with the aircrew selection re-test policy, candidates who do not meet the minimum cut-off scores for their occupation(s) of interest may be retested after one year.


Pilot Selection for INTAKE « A »


Saturday or Sunday

Arrival at Yukon Lodge Trenton


Aircrew Tests CFASC 32 Buffalo Ave.


Aircrew Tests CFASC 32 Buffalo Ave.

Tuesday p.m.

Departure for home


Pilot Selection for INTAKE « B » 




Arrival at Yukon Lodge Trenton


Aircrew Tests CFASC 32 Buffalo Ave.


Aircrew Tests CFASC 32 Buffalo Ave.

Thursday p.m.

Departure for home