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Cathay Pacific Cadet Pilot Programme

Old 28th Jan 2011, 19:22
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Hi everyone,

Sorry it's me again...

Quick question about the vision requirements for the Cadet Programme or any commercial pilot jobs.
I have asked numerous people (flying and non-flying), and was told that as long as vision is correctable then I shall pass Class 1 medical (Vision part).
My concern is, is there a limit to how "bad" your eyes can be prior to correction?
I was told that people over -3.00 are usually considered legally blind.
I am in the -4.00 zone and have astigmatism of 1.50 and 1.75.

Thanks!
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Old 29th Jan 2011, 00:04
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KeLC13, you're probably best talking with an aviation eye examiner to determine what the exact requirements are, maybe even your aviation authority that issues the Medicals - i think its good to get a good thorough medical before you commence flying anyway just to make sure everything is alright before chucking all that money in for training.

As for CX, unless somebody from the company can confirm the exact Medical requirements, then i don't think you will know until you apply or have your medical examination with them - maybe you could email the cadet people and ask if you can speak with someone from their medical department.

It seems CX generally does have a higher medical standard than just being able to get a Class 1 Medical.
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Old 29th Jan 2011, 01:19
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Vancouver Jan 14th Stage 1

Hi 6cfn,

I still haven't got any news since my Jan 14th Vancouver Stage 1, have you or anyone from that week got any news yet?

Thanks!
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Old 29th Jan 2011, 01:20
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there are many limits/requirements regarding your eyes, but it's not really related to your astigmatism or whatever, and you are to be tested on your reading ability on close, medium and far range, WITH AND WITHOUT correction.

as for the eyes i didn't see the company imposing a higher requirement (i've done both company and CAD) but don't take my word for it

for your worries about eye sight alone, go to CAD website, download a form called DCA153(OPH) (not the DCA153 for the whole class 1 initial), get an ophthalmologist appointment and go get tested with that form. it's going to cost 600-1000 hkd.

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Old 29th Jan 2011, 05:48
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[[[[[[[[[Quick question about the vision requirements for the Cadet Programme or any commercial pilot jobs.
I have asked numerous people (flying and non-flying), and was told that as long as vision is correctable then I shall pass Class 1 medical (Vision part).
My concern is, is there a limit to how "bad" your eyes can be prior to correction?
I was told that people over -3.00 are usually considered legally blind.
I am in the -4.00 zone and have astigmatism of 1.50 and 1.75.]]]]]]]]]]]

Not sure if Cathay has a higher standard than Dragonair in terms of medical checks. My experience is that over -3.00 you have to do an additional check which requires your eyes to be dilated to see if there is any damage. And astigmatism is not a problem. In fact... I have -3.75 for glasses and 1.5. Passed the eyesight exam in less than 5 mins total (without the wait time for dilation of eyes).
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Old 29th Jan 2011, 06:43
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cathay pacific

hey guys! is there anyone that has applied to the CX cadetship a little bit older? im 23 at the moment, but probably wont be appliying till im 25-26. would still be considered young enough starting in my mid 20's? id assume id have 35-40 years to repay CX for their investment in me.
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Old 29th Jan 2011, 14:06
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Hi,

From what I have been reading here, it could take months to get a reply to your application. I noticed on the Recruitment Ad they have on Flight Training Adelaide, in the fine print on the bottom it says, "Candidates not notified within eight weeks may consider their application unsuccessful." Does this mean the reply time is now shorter if successful?
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Old 29th Jan 2011, 18:30
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Van Interviews

Hi KBH.
I interviewed on the 10th and STILL no news yet despite them saying i'll know by jan 28TH. I'm a little worried. I'll let you know when i get word.

Does anyone know if they email AND call even if they
reject you?
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Old 29th Jan 2011, 19:32
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You'll get an email first if you pass or fail, then a call a couple of weeks later giving you a date for Stage 2.
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Old 29th Jan 2011, 19:34
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747aus, doubt that would be a problem, I'm 24 (25 in April) and that issue has never come up, depends on your experience I'd say tbh... But don't take my word for it.

The whole if it takes longer than 8 weeks to get back to you consider your application unsuccessful isn't the case, took them 6 months to get back to me when I first applied.
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Old 29th Jan 2011, 20:41
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thanks for the reassurance. so you have been accepted into the programme? i do think that if i get in at 25-26 then ive still got nearly 40 years that i give an airline.
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Old 29th Jan 2011, 23:56
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there were 3 high profile candidates back late last year all over the news (probably also a PR exercise) they were doctors and other professionals earning twice the SO pay and in their 40s. so i suppose if you're quite brilliant and don't mind the relatively short career then they are fine with it.
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Old 30th Jan 2011, 01:15
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FWIW, I've flown with both the (former) investment banker and the dentist.

Neither are impressed and both are supplementing income with investment properties and locum work.

The investment banker (married, 2 kids) told me he was $14000 in the red each month; the dentist (single) already has a home in the Northern New Territories so (approximately) breaks even, not even close on his S/O income alone.

Food for thought.
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Old 30th Jan 2011, 02:19
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i do expect the whole expirience to be anything but easy trust me. if someone loves the job and loves to fly then they would put up with most things to fulfil their dreams. opposed to doing it the old fashioned way, being paid anything is a bonus.
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Old 30th Jan 2011, 03:42
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Age limit isn't a problem, there are plenty of cadets over 30.
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Old 30th Jan 2011, 07:51
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Hey guys,
Just got invited to attend Stage 1 interviews in Melbourne. Did anyone else on here get invited as well?
Good luck to everyone and their interviews =D
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Old 30th Jan 2011, 15:36
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I'm curious why there are no US locations for Stage 1 interviews in the schedule.
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Old 30th Jan 2011, 20:23
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I'm curious why there are no US locations for Stage 1 interviews in the schedule.
San Francisco is in April
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Old 31st Jan 2011, 02:23
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"being paid anything is a bonus"

Being paid is a necessity!
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Old 31st Jan 2011, 03:06
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Oops...missed that..I'm surprised there are not more though.
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