I've started my online application for Cathay, but have a problem with the marks/grades I attained at high school, the problem is I don't have any :sad: as I left school when I was 15yrs old.
I started my pilot training when I was in my 30's and now have a CPL MECIR ATPL subjects and a >1000hrs flight time.
I would love to fly for Cathay and would hate to think a couple of wayward years at high school would stop me.
So do I have a chance or am I wasting my time?
Any one made it through with limited schooling?
27th Nov 2010, 00:28
I'm sure much of this has already occurred to you, but I'll give you my take:
as I see it you're in a bit of a 'no-mans-land' without the high school certificate in this particular instance. The cadet schemes do seem to favour the theory because, in essence they have almost nothing else to go on, in the absence of any flying experience. I joined nearly twenty years ago on a very average to low high school grade, but I DID have a couple of thousand turbo prop single pilot IFR hours in the book... a real ATPL, and that was as a direct entry fast track SO position.
So I think you'll need to either:
1. go back and pass at least a maths and physics high school grade,
2. go straight to University and get some kind of relevant (aviation)degree (just to show 'em you ARE smart, 'cos apart from that, it's of little use unless you're going into management)
3. build some truly meaningful time on a real aeroplane, say 3-4000 hours minimum, multi IFR single pilot or other airline right seat time (commuter turbo prop or jet if you're lucky). The important thing here is to offset the lack of theory credential with gobs of relevant experience!
The other important thing in the absence of any theory credentials is to show them that you can REALLY fly. That is still a big deal in the simulator selection phase, as I understand it, and it may sway them in your favour over some guy with 3 degrees in nuclear physics, but no flying time!.
Unfortunately, having done all that, I think you'll find that the CX cadet package isn't really worth it now, (see elsewhere on this forum) and having gained the credentials I just mentioned, you'd be better served ( and I suspect happier)selling your skills to another carrier. Catch 22, no?
Anyway, your choice. Good luck whatever you decide, and don't give up on the dream.
28th Nov 2010, 16:51
what field are you in now?
Thanks for the replies.
My highest level of education is diploma (not aviation related).
What field am I in? Aviation, General aviation.
2nd Dec 2010, 08:47
should be fine if you have a diploma, since in the minimum requirements part it mentions that
Cathay Pacific - Careers : Careers Home (http://www.cathaypacific.com/cpa/en_HK/careers/student/cadetpilot_requirements)
Thanks for the replies.
17th Dec 2010, 03:23
I say give it a shot, fill in the online form.
Best case they call you, and in a few years time I hear your voice on the PA system while I seat in 25A. Worst case they dont' and you stay as you are right now.
:) wish you best of luck!
17th Dec 2010, 04:06
CX need people who are not good at math. Otherwise, nobody will join under the current conditions offered. Mate, you need to go back to school if you want a future. Most CX pilots have at least a university degree, and many have postgraduate degrees.
airplaneridesrfun "Mate, you need to go back to school if you want a future. Most CX pilots have at least a university degree, and many have postgraduate degrees."
Right better just give up then, eh... them there are some smart people... must mean they is real good like.
Nope, think i'll give it a crack anyhow... Mate.