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.
Thanks just trying to do my part. It is a sad case for Samuel and our condolences to him and family.
I do not know him and also have no idea on the investigation outcome. However as there are no flight recorder nor voice, it is really hard to judge what actually happened. My only suggestion is to fly safe and always be prepared for the worst case scenarios and make sure as a pilot you have the foresight and skill to overcome it.
thanks for the warm welcome to this forum, never really participated in PPRuNe till i saw this thread..i too wanna help our fellow singaporeans..
basically started out on the caravan, which in my opinion was a good first job great experience, lots of manual flying..met lots of people from diff. walks of life, flew into some short funky strips..had e chance to stay in a mining camp.. cut the story short, few years down e road, got the chance to move on to the avanti.
i still yearn to get a jet job asap as age is catching up..its frustrating at times, seeing lots of my friends from overseas get employed by their local carriers.
overmars:- your advice has been well noted..cheers 9M:- yup will mail you after my hari raya celebrations...
Macarto - Good luck ok. Let me know if you need any help.
FurtherMathematics - If i am not wrong Tiger Airways cadet scheme is using the MPL program whereas Jetstar uses the traditional Program. In terms of which is better, it really depends, but in my opinion, which ever gives you a job at the end is the best one
I believe the industry have slowed down as you might already have heard through SQ voluntary scheme for the pilots. However i am sure the market will pick up maybe next year onwards. It is always a supply and demand equation.
Anymore aspiring pilots out there? This thread is set up for you so please come and voice out so we can all learn.
Yeah i have heard about the slowdown. Hoping that it would get better before i get back.
The supply & demand equation is always there, but the main question, does the supply actually meets the requirement of the demand.
I don't know if this is the trend that we will be seeing in the future. That holding a PPL is the most advantageous. In Aus at the moment, Virgin Australia has just closed applications for cadetship (ATR 72 with Sky west) and ONLY PPL holders & below need apply.
Hi guys, I'm not sure if this is true but CAE Oxford Aviation Academy has cadets that went on to Air Asia Indonesia & Qatar. CAE Academy host many foreign cadets and they have a pilot provisioning programme for their cadets, not sure if it is a good avenue and opportunity for aspiring pilots?
Would definitely love to hear EX CAE cadets share their experience.
rotatemuppet, your use of muppet leads me to think that you're probably from the UK, so the question is, what relevance do you have in this thread for Singaporeans?
If you're Singaporean, then disregard.
Your constant need to resort to namecalling also suggests a certain level of immaturity. Then again this forum is full of it. Pilots are a bitchy bunch.
You might think you're some insider with friends in all those airlines, but remember this (and deny it all you want. i don't care. this is the internet): you and your jolly bunch PAID for your seat. Mushrooms are kept in the dark and fed sh*t.
And about SusiAir, I say this: PIC has the final go/no-go say. Is the wannabe the PIC? So keep telling me I'm spouting rubbish. The death toll is the only proof I need to back up what I've said. Missionitis is a contagious.
I have nothing further to add other than my "caveat emptor".
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Nextant Aerospace has landed a bulk order from Asia Pacific Jets of Singapore for 10 of its Nextant 400XT bizjets, a remanufactured version of the Beechjet 400.
Nextant said it will deliver the airplanes over a period of three years, with some outfitted as air ambulances and others as VIP transports. Asia Pacific Jets also will serve as a sales agent in Asia for the 400XT, and has announced a partnership with Hong Kong-based AirMed Asia, a subsidiary of AirMed International, for the sale of medevac-configured jets.
The first two 400XTs will reach Singapore by the end of the year, a timeframe that is aligned with the opening of a new Singapore base Asia Pacific Jets and AirMed Asia are launching. As part of their agreement, AirMed Asia will handle maintenance and warranty support for Nextant Aerospace in the region.
To create the FAA-certified 400XT, Nextant starts with a Beechjet 400A/XP airframe and adds new Williams FJ44-3AP turbofan engines, Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 integrated avionics, improved cabin electronics including high-speed wireless Internet service, and completely rebuilt interiors. The resulting aircraft has a 2,005 nautical mile range, cruise speed of 460 knots and a price of around $4 million.
SINGAPORE - After almost a decade of trying and failing to set up a Singapore-based budget carrier, AirAsia is planning to give it another go.
Its new Singapore CEO Logan Velaitham has confirmed that Asia's largest budget airline group is preparing to apply for a Singapore Air Operator's Certificate (AOC), effectively enabling it to set up a Singapore-based airline.
He said that as a precursor to the application, AirAsia has made a preliminary presentation to the Ministry of Transport to "demonstrate" AirAsia's commitment and contribution to Singapore.
He would not say when the actual AOC application would be made.
"Singapore is critical for us and we have been delivering the numbers," he said. "Even without an AOC, our arrivals, tourist numbers and contribution to the Singapore economy have been growing rapidly.
Imagine what we could do if we have a Singapore-based carrier?"
AirAsia is believed to have applied for a Singapore AOC several times in the past eight years; the last time was in December 2010. But in a one-sentence response late yesterday evening, a Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) spokesman said the regulator "has not received any formal AOC application from AirAsia".
But having a carrier based out of one of Asia's biggest hub airports would figuratively connect the dots to complete AirAsia founder Tony Fernandes's ambition to establish a pan-Asean carrier group. The now Jakarta-based Mr Fernandes already oversees a thriving airline group headquartered in Malaysia, but with associates in Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Japan.
"We are blessed to be in Asean," Mr Fernandes told BT recently. "It's a market that some people ignore, which plays to our advantage. People are fixated on China and India. There are 690 million people here. I see the growth market as Asean as a whole - not an Indonesia, not a Thailand.
"Imagine if all 690 million were flying within Asean for their holidays. That's what happened in Europe and that's my goal, and that's why I shifted to Jakarta.
"Fifty per cent of our routes in Asean have been never done before. Obviously, China and India will grow but these are markets that we can only scratch. But Asean will be one big market - that's why I am such a big advocate."
Mr Logan is confident that AirAsia will finally land its much coveted Singapore AOC.
"Perhaps we did not have the numbers to back up our previous application," he said. "But things have changed. Last year alone, we flew 3.52 million passengers into Changi. We operate 277 flights here, employ over 80 people and enjoy a load factor of around 80 per cent on our Singapore services. Over the last eight years, we have brought 10 million travellers to Singapore. "
He revealed that AirAsia's Changi operation also provides a significant volume of feeds to the networks of AirAsia and AirAsia X through Kuala Lumpur to destinations like Australia, the Indian sub- continent and elsewhere.
Mr Logan added that AirAsia had also "met all the key performance indicators" of Changi Airport Group to qualify for the airport operator's various growth incentives targeted at airlines operating here.
"We value Singapore, and I would like to think Changi values us," added the 41-year-old Malaysian who has lived here since 1988 and holds Singapore permanent residency.
Under existing rules, a Singapore AirAsia would need to be 51 per cent held by Singaporean entities, with Malaysia's AirAsia Bhd controlling the remaining 49 per cent stake. The airline is evaluating various potential Singapore partners.
"Our brand strategy is to be an Asean airline, with cross-border inter-operability, just like in Europe - which is why Mr Fernandes relocated to Indonesia," he said. "This would enable us to redeploy resources, personnel and assets wherever and whenever necessary. Our pan- Asean vision will not be complete without this (Singapore) AOC."
Mr Logan conceded that his recent promotion to CEO of the Singapore operation was a precursor to the AOC application.
"My job is to keep pushing our growth trajectory in Singapore, while also doing the groundwork and liaising with the decision-makers here."
A Singapore AOC could see many of the airline's new jets being based here. AirAsia hit the headlines in June last year when it placed a record order for 200 new A320s at the Paris Air Show. It currently has 105 planes in its fleet.
A new airline would also boost budget airline passenger numbers at Changi, where the 13 low-cost carriers currently already account for almost 30 per cent of total traffic.