EPST Ab Initio Pilot Training
Ab initio is a Latin term meaning "from the beginning" and is derived from the Latin ab ("from") + initio, ablative singular of initium ("beginning"). c.1600, from L., lit. "from the beginning", from ablative case of initium "entrance, beginning", related to verb inire "to go into, enter upon, begin".
"To only train high level potential pilots and all the way to the job requirements of an airline."
European Pilot Selection & Training (EPST) was born and opened its doors on December 1st, 1997. It was much later that the name turned out to be wrong as EPST became a Global “player” rather than just European.
To take an individual from zero experience and train them to fly airliners, began with the candidate selection process. Dick Verburg said:
Setting up a selection system turned out to be a challenge which was eventually solved by developing their own Handling Skills: Eye-hand-foot coordination, multi tasking, spatial orientation, short memory, mental arithmetic etc., and adding a psychometric test from the Dutch Institute of Aviation Psychology (IAP) (which was only available as a paper test). Jointly they moved that test into a PC based test, from which reports could be made for aviation management's interpretation. But the selection turned out to be the least of the problems....