South Asia and Far East WannabesA forum for those applying to Cathay Pacific, Dragonair or any other Hong Kong-based airline or operator. Use this area for both Direct Entry Pilot and Cadet-scheme queries.
I just got a confirmation email for my initial B stage assessment next week. The email includes a 15min “compass test –control” which wasn’t mentioned in the first invitation email they sent last time. Can anyone who’s recently done the initial B stage tell us what’s involved? I’m guessing it’s a hand-eye co-ordination test, so is it just the same slalom and pedal/joystick test from initial A? Or something different like a flight director, keeping the cross centred type task?
I just got an email from Cathay saying im shortlisted to Stage 2, but i dont know when yet is there any tips and what to prepare for from you experienced people who took the Stage 2 already ? Any help would be appreciated !! PM me if you want!! Thanks !!!
For the basic compass test (ab initio candidates), the technical test is actually a physics test. The level is high school level physics. Everyone gets slightly different questions, so there is probably a memory bank of questions which the computer randomly selects each time. There's about 10-15 questions from memory. e.g they give you a picture of several cog wheels and asks which one spins the quickest.
In the advanced compass test (advanced entry candidates), the technical test is more aviation related.
The hand eye coordination section is also different between the 2 tests. Advanced compass does a ILS type test where as the basic compass test has a slalom course and a pitch and rudder control type test.
Maths test is not overly hard, but requires good speed at calculations to finish. If you can do long divisions, additions, fraction, speed/distance etc relatively quickly, you should be fine.
Memory test is about remembering some numbers and then retyping them for the computer. Its things like radio frequency, altitude, heading and speed.
Orientation test, the computer will explain how to complete this task, and then based on reading the instructions CAREFULLY, apply your new knowledge to work out which is the correct answer. There will be an artificial horizon and ADF/RMI type indicator, and all you have to do is based on what these instruments are showing determine which aircraft matches the displays. There will be several aircrafts displayed obviously. You try and get through as many as possible in the time given. But please read the instructions carefully, if you don't understand how it works, you will get them all wrong.
I completed my Business degree last year with very good marks in all my subjects (Final GPA of 3.1). Over the past few months I have been flying once a week at the Central Coast Aero Club in Warnervale and now have 12 hours flying experience. I completed my Pre-solo exam a few weeks back and my instructor has indicated I am ready to go solo. The weather hasn't been great the last few times I have gone flying so I am yet to go solo. Weather permitting; I plan to go solo this Wednesday.
I intend on applying for the next round of cadetships with Cathay Pacific, Virgin Australia and Jetstar. I anticipate that my Uni marks, flying experience and passion will be sufficient to be seriously considered. In the mean time, I would like to keep flying and get my PPL however I am uncertain if it is worth getting my PPL if I will have to go through the whole process again (assuming I am accepted into a cadet program). My parents have said they will support me to get my PPL as long as I contribute also. If I do continue my training and get my PPL it will mean that I will have to pay for part of my PPL training, all of my cadetship training (if I get in) and also repay my uni degree loan which is $27k.
So my question is: Do you think having my PPL will set me above the rest when it comes to getting selected for a regular cadetship, or do you think I should complete my student training and then stop flying pending acceptance into a cadetship?
First of all, do you have a Hong Kong ID card? If not then you need to have a CPL just to be considered for the cadet program. I really suggest you research more into this as it doesn't seem you have done much. First of all, the training in the Cathay Cadet Program is paid for completely by Cathay, you are only bonded for 6 years of service. In the cadet program you will be assessed on your flying skills based on how many hours you have, that way they are not assessing someone with zero hours against a PPL holder. Getting a PPL won't hurt (apart from making flight grading harder) and it would show enthusiasm but in my opinion it won't help you that much.