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Pilot Shortage in Hong Kong

Old 22nd Jun 2022, 02:47
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Compulsory, uncompensated mini closed loops and quarantine for all passenger flights.
A tracking app that must be illegal in most countries.
AND.....prison is back for you, your crew, and your family if you, or someone on your crew, tests positive.
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Old 23rd Jun 2022, 07:43
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Seriously, WTF are any of you guys still doing there ?
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Old 25th Jun 2022, 09:50
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Originally Posted by stevieboy330
Seriously, WTF are any of you guys still doing there ?
Why are you here? And if you already left, go bother someone else.
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Old 26th Jun 2022, 09:11
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I’m ex-KA and I come here weekly, often in astonishment, to see how you are all going and to see what you are all bitching about now. I did almost 20 years in HK and half of my non-aviation friends have left in the last 18 months. It is intriguing, it is sad and how the leftover pilots have been treated horrendous.
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Old 26th Jun 2022, 10:20
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the only reason to stay is for the $$$$!

oh wait...
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Old 26th Jun 2022, 18:54
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It is indeed sad to see how a once great airline (I am referring CX, but Dragonair was also a wonderful company) has been brought to a shell of its former self by truly the worst and most self-serving management group in the industry. They took it from what it once was, a place where the employees were motivated, loyal and dedicated (and passionate) to a company that is now lacking in all of those necessary sentiments. A tragedy that will eventually be highlighted in business school as a case study in management failure.
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Old 27th Jun 2022, 07:56
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Do passionate pilots in a great airline fly an ILS differently?


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Old 27th Jun 2022, 09:09
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Originally Posted by Sam Ting Wong
Do "passionate" pilots in a "great airline" fly an ILS differently?
Over the years I reckon CX and KA crews of old would've completed more flights in difficult conditions than industry average. Safely, expeditiously and without fanfare because they were well-recruited, experienced and well-motivated pilots (and FEs in the day). So if we extend the narrow terms of your "fly an ILS" to the more general and perhaps more appropriate "conduct an airline operation"' then I think, conclusively, yes.
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Old 27th Jun 2022, 09:44
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Originally Posted by Busbuoy
Over the years I reckon CX and KA crews of old would've completed more flights in difficult conditions than industry average. Safely, expeditiously and without fanfare because they were well-recruited, experienced and well-motivated pilots (and FEs in the day). So if we extend the narrow terms of your "fly an ILS" to the more general and perhaps more appropriate "conduct an airline operation"' then I think, conclusively, yes.
Why do you believe so? What were the so called more “difficult” conditions a CX/KA pilot had to endure compared to other companies?
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Old 27th Jun 2022, 10:52
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Originally Posted by SaulGoodman
Why do you believe so? What were the so called more “difficult” conditions a CX/KA pilot had to endure compared to other companies?
You misunderstand me sir. The CX/KA of old had a reputation for getting flights done when technical and operational challenges thwarted others.
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Old 27th Jun 2022, 11:23
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Originally Posted by SaulGoodman
Why do you believe so? What were the so called more “difficult” conditions a CX/KA pilot had to endure compared to other companies?
You tell me why it's the same as other regions..
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Old 27th Jun 2022, 11:41
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Yeah, what he said.....
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Old 27th Jun 2022, 13:00
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Originally Posted by Oasis
You tell me why it's the same as other regions..
Did I touch a sensitive subject? Honestly I couldn’t think of any reason why flying for CX/KA would be more challenging when you compare it to similar companies. But please enlighten me.
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Old 27th Jun 2022, 13:43
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Originally Posted by Sam Ting Wong
Do passionate pilots in a great airline fly an ILS differently?
Indeed they do. The Approach button has to be caressed with love and passion for the autopilot to respond in kind.
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Old 27th Jun 2022, 14:09
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Originally Posted by SaulGoodman
Did I touch a sensitive subject? Honestly I couldn’t think of any reason why flying for CX/KA would be more challenging when you compare it to similar companies. But please enlighten me.
Because flying in to that aviation cesspit that is the PRC on a daily basis for the KA guys was not without its challenges, and the approaches in to the two airports in Hong Kong, and that’s not allowing for the extremes of typhoon conditions, were not on occasion that easy.
CX and KA have had their moments; no autopilot Go Arounds, attempts to fly the 25L ILS at 1500’ because they were “stable” however in the main they did a pretty good job. Compared to some other carriers. A few of which left aircraft in the harbour or upside down on taxiways.
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Old 27th Jun 2022, 15:10
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Originally Posted by SaulGoodman
Did I touch a sensitive subject? Honestly I couldn’t think of any reason why flying for CX/KA would be more challenging when you compare it to similar companies. But please enlighten me.
It’s not sensitive, but thank you for your consideration.
Go ahead and explain why we have the same issues in the region as anywhere else in the world.

You brought it up, so make your point. I might agree with you if you make a good case.
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Old 27th Jun 2022, 17:57
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Originally Posted by MENELAUS
Because flying in to that aviation cesspit that is the PRC on a daily basis for the KA guys was not without its challenges, and the approaches in to the two airports in Hong Kong, and that’s not allowing for the extremes of typhoon conditions, were not on occasion that easy.
CX and KA have had their moments; no autopilot Go Arounds, attempts to fly the 25L ILS at 1500’ because they were “stable” however in the main they did a pretty good job. Compared to some other carriers. A few of which left aircraft in the harbour or upside down on taxiways.
PRC pilots manage it (flying in the PRC) with, frankly, an excellent safety record.
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Old 27th Jun 2022, 18:06
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Originally Posted by Oasis
It’s not sensitive, but thank you for your consideration.
Go ahead and explain why we have the same issues in the region as anywhere else in the world.

You brought it up, so make your point. I might agree with you if you make a good case.
it was Busbuoy who was claiming that pilots in CX/KA have completed more flights in difficult conditions. I see no valid reason why but please enlighten me.

Having said this I am not disagreeing with you Oasis on the fact that you guys have different issues compared to crews in other reasons. But having flown on many of the same routes as CX/KA but also many more regions, terrain, warzones etc I am simply wondering why the CX/KA flight conditions are more difficult.
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Old 27th Jun 2022, 20:02
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In what way is the environment we operate in relevant?
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Old 27th Jun 2022, 21:30
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Different ?

Originally Posted by Sam Ting Wong
In what way is the environment we operate in relevant?
Languages, accents, typhoons, sh*t ATC, lung destroying Cat III smog....... Naw, it's the exact same everywhere right ?? STW = fool .
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