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Kenya Airways AB Initio Pilot Recruitment

Old 30th Dec 2013, 18:00
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waiting

Thanks @Jay36 for the information.
This waiting game can realy make one go insane. I can't think of anything else. One of the things I have learnt from this thread though is that PATIENCE is part & parcel of this process since we have no control over it.
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Old 31st Dec 2013, 09:07
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Medical Review

Just to update you guys on the current happenings, my group is meeting the aviation doctor Monday 6th Jan. '14 for a medical review.
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Old 31st Dec 2013, 10:41
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PATIENCE

Hey guys, the day is finally hia when we get to have some communication with kq.... I urge that we should remain patient and continue updating each other on the better part of the procee.... I thank our veterans Jay36 on giving us
information on the ab initio process...lets be patient and stay together as a group....happy new years eve pilots n have a prosperous 2014....
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Thank you very much all for the information. patience eventually pays. I'd love to wish everyone a happy and prosperous 2014. May your dreams and desires come to be!
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Clarification

Happy new year-2014-to all wannabes.

Steve Carter. I'm requesting a clarification from you.

In your post above, do you mean that you have received communication from KQ HR? or is the post with respect to Jay36 et al who have received communication from KQ?

I've checked my E mail and there is nothing from KQ. Kindly clarify.
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CLARIFICATION

I have not yet received any info from kq nor any e-mail..... I was thanking Jay36 on his informative posts that shed light on the ab initio interview process...sorry for any misunderstanding,.. If I get or receive any info or e-mail, I will definately share it with u guys [future pilots]....@Quebec
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Old 7th Jan 2014, 18:26
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Guys as someone once told me stop dreaming and start flying..
I remember perusing this site for years on end hoping to get insight on how to enter the ab-initio program..Eventually i manned up and joined a flight school at Wilson airport am already sitting my ppl exams.. so i advice if you really want to do flying don't pin your hopes on kq...
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Old 7th Jan 2014, 20:13
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Well said Orindajeff and for those who will fail to cut the mustard, just look at your failures as the stepping stones to your success.

All the best Orindajeff.
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Old 8th Jan 2014, 07:08
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Orindajeff

The privately funded training route is one we'd all love to take but as I'm sure you know, the cost is very prohibitive to the average Kenyan. I personally would have gone the privately funded way if my parents/I could afford it and avoid being bonded to the company but unfortunately it is out of the question. At the moment, the only realistic way I can attain my license is via this program.

One of my life goals is to find a way of making flight school affordable to aspiring pilots because no one should have to give up what in my opinion is the best career in the world because they can't afford to study flying.
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Old 8th Jan 2014, 11:01
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All i can tell u is that Piloting isn't that expensive..
I have come to know that if you have passion for flying and you make people aware of the passion you will go along way..Remember that yes the program is very heavy and yes its only for the rich and mighty..But your humility goes along away..All i can say is start slowly by slowly.. Ground school costs only ksh 45000 max fifty thousand and if you join a good school you can pay in instalments..
You first do GS and complete then sit the exam and pass greatly all the six subjects.. by that i mean 90% and above..Then try getting like 500000 to fill in your hours for the ppl. After that sit the GFT and make sure you score A++..Remember ppl is the most important part of flying since it is theory based and knowledge based..Getting your cpl all depends on how many hours you fly then after..So all i can say is take the first step the GS.. After all there are many other organisations specially in Kenya that sponsor students but you must have done the grounds school exams and passed..Some also require you have a ppl..So I echo the words of my instructor again ..STOP DREAMING AND START FLYING.. Take the first step.
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what happend to the guys who went for medicals on monday?
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Old 8th Jan 2014, 16:01
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@jay36

Hey jay. Did you attend the medical review and any information from KQ since then.? I request that next time KQ calls your group to their headquarters, just enquire on when they may call us for the aptitudes. This waiting is killing some us,its almost an year now since we applied.
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Old 8th Jan 2014, 16:44
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Orindajeff makes a super valid point... the PPL isn't as far out of reach as one might think...it can be taken step by step, financially speaking. Real aspiring pilots won't just sit and wait for a call to join an airline cadet scheme... they can't wait forever to fly. How many of you wannabe KQ pilots have actually been up on an "introduction to flying" flight at your local flight school?
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Old 8th Jan 2014, 16:58
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In the same line of thought as edwin88, those who have any kind of information regarding the interviews kindly share. This waiting, in my view has tested more than patience. Personally, I have deliberatly put other crucial matters on hold for the sake of this programme. I am now anxious whether it will ever kick off. Only God truly knows what's in store.
Nevertheless, cheer up guys & kindly contribute, especially those who have succeded in the Ab initio programme.
@daladaladriver. Struggling to start a race where you are not sure of finishing scares many people & can be frustrating. We are talking of large amounts of money here in a relatively short time. Again, are you sure of who gona employ you? That's why the Ab initio is the gateway for most of us, it solves many concerns at a go. Defenitly if we all had other means, we would be pilos by now. But that aside, kudos to @Orindajeff for his courage & determination to take the plunge.

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Old 8th Jan 2014, 20:23
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Guys pay attention to what daladaladriver and Orindajeff are saying. You are missing the point for those who self proclaim that being a pilot is their dream. Infact I think Orindajeff has shared some very useful insights on how you can start your career rather than waiting in vain.

Even when you are successful and join the program, there is nothing for free in this world. I think one is given a loan from the local bank to fund their studies. Mind you if you have bad credit rating you can't get the loan and if you fail to perform in your flight school and get dismissed, you still need to pay for the loan.

Rather than looking for all the excuses you can find, how about you talk to Orindajeff on how he did it and how you can leverage on his experience so far and get starting.
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Old 9th Jan 2014, 04:44
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Most of you guys are really patient, waiting for that call, but remember the age limit for this program! You don't have forever to wait... and then what... you be will just another person saying "When i was younger i wanted to be a pilot, I even applied to KQ". Visit a flight school just to see what the next step is if you don't get that call... props Orindajeff! Good job buddy
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My statement seems to have been completely taken out of context. I actually went to Kenya School of Flying and 99's to find out their fees and if they have some sort of payment plan around October last year after the interviews were postponed again. I ended up sticking with KSF because it came highly recommended by most of my friends who've done flying at Wilson and they throw in a free gas turbine rating on the 208B if you start and finish your flying with them.

All they require is a down payment of Ksh415,000 then the rest can be paid in installments according to your access to the money. This kind of down payment is what made me say that it can be inaccessible to the average Kenyan. Those of you who are in the country and have gone through the public university system know that asking an aspiring pilot who could hardly afford his JAB fees and is still neck deep in HELB loans to fork out this kind of money and then more to complete his course is quite far fetched.

That being said, I started a deposit account after settling on KSF where my parents and I are slowly saving up for the first down payment; and should I attain it before KQ calls for the interviews, I will start at KSF as I wait for KQ.
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If you have any questions my numbers are 0727771735 or 0788348359 ..am not marketting my school but to be serious taking the step to train your self really need great encouragement and support. I also aspire to start a scheme to help others make through..for now i have to complete my ppl first then i can tell what next..Please make the first step..and fly..
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its a choice

hey guys.a request to those who are talking of funding themselves for the piloting career,please don't make some of us feel as if we fooling ourselves around by waiting upon kq alone. we could realy wish to fund ourselves privately but unfortunately we cant be capable of doing that. we know the waiting game here is agonosing but we have no options. if the kq door does not open up to us,we will look for other options after attaining some stable jobs, save a little then start privately funding ourselves.

I don't mean to be rude but its taken some of us a great deal and God's intervention to even attain the degrees we have via the jab system and so if that was a problem, how then do i raise all that sum to privately fund myself. kq offers a chance to a person who has a dream and great passion for flying and cant even be in a position to know how that dream will come true.

Its quite a great deal to fund yourself and congratulations to those who have taken that route but please please don't make some of us feel as if we doing something wrong by waiting upon kq.
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Old 9th Jan 2014, 09:57
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ab initio programme

I applied for the pilot training oct. last year i.e. 2013 when i was a fifth year student of Geomatic engineering and GIS at jkuat. I have now cleared the course awaiting graduation around mid june, 2014. considering that the minimum requirements for the training had been hiked to a bachelors degree, what are my chances? who else out there might have applied? have the KQ contacted anyone?
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