"AMU 112" is the Air Medical Unit of the Air Force and is in charge of sorting candidates for the army flight courses. The selection process is lengthy and includes a number of summonses to the unit base in Tel Hashomer. The path conducts various tests of increasing difficulty that serve as an initial sieve for the Assessment And Selection stage to which a very small percentage of candidates for service participate.
In order to reach the Assessment And Selection stage, you must successfully pass all the exams, including the initial screening of AMU ALEF, to which you are invited, in which each candidate will pass a psychotechnical test. Candidates who successfully pass this section will remain for further screening using the simulator test.
This page is intended for English readers to provide basic information about the service provided by the site, but please note that the entire site and the simulator are written in Hebrew only as they are aimed at Israeli Air Force flight candidates.
The simulator test, which lasts between 3 and 4 consecutive hours, is designed to test a wide variety of factors from what it initially seemed and is in no way similar to the flight simulator games available on the market. The simulator at AMU examines the candidate's ability to quickly understand the tasks based on a good understanding of inertial reference systems, spatial visual perception with hand-eye coordination alongside the application of rules that challenge the candidate and bring endurance and perseverance as part of his psychological infrastructure.
To use the simulator, you must have a throttle and stick set of the type used for simulator games ( Read here about HOTAS for understanding the structure and usage). After a successful registration to the system and connecting the controllers to the computer, go to the User profile page and coordinate the axis and buttons, a simple and one-time process. If you have not connected and set up the controllers, the simulator will not work.
At this point you can launch the simulator and start practicing.
The exercises in the simulator begin with the presentation of the controls and gages available to you and training in their operation. In the first stage the aircraft will be required to hold a certain target distance in one axis, then in two axes and then in all three. The first chapter of the simulator is entirely devoted to the ability to fly in space while controlling the speed, altitude and direction of flight. The second chapter is devoted to shooting at an enemy plane and as in the first chapter here too the exercises are presented with increasing difficulty as over time information from new gages and new mission requirements are added.
In addition to the simulation exercises presented in preparation for AMU-ALEF, you will also find the option to return to the exercises you have already passed, whether successfully or not, as well as other options that appear in the menu that will not be available for you in the real test.
Unlike commercial simulator games that provide continuous audio-visual stimuli and changing challenges along with a diverse interaction that are all used to glue the user to a chair, AMU will test your perseverance in monotonous and seemingly boring tasks in front of a screen that transmits simplicity and lack of sophistication.
Alongside the challenge of psychomotor intelligence you will be required to demonstrate a willingness to persevere on a mission, just like a fighter pilot on his way to a cross-border bombing mission, a mission that takes a few minutes at most but requires an hour and a half flight in each direction. The overriding purpose of the simulator is to filter out the "inappropriate" and this is where the preparation comes into the picture. To be successful you need to practice, then practice and finally practice more. If you are a member of a combat fitness group or a trainee in a sport, you already know the relationship between training and the development of abilities and meeting challenges, here you will encounter the exact same attitude and the more you train, the more ready you will be to successfully pass the simulator.