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# Cathay Pacific Cadet Pilot Programme

South Asia and Far East Wannabes A 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.

# Cathay Pacific Cadet Pilot Programme

6th Mar 2011, 05:50

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Pressure Altitude Question

I came across a question from the questions listed by previous candidates that I couldn't answer. I was wondering if anyone could lend a hand with this one:

" If we are at 3000' and the QNH is 990, what is the pressure altitude?"

From what I've read, altitude increases 27ft every 1 mb. So, would this simply be (1013.25 - 990) x 27 +3000 = QNE = 3627.73 ?

The difference between the pressure altitude and the actual altitude seems to be a little on the high side.

Thanks for help.
6th Mar 2011, 08:33

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@6cfn

Given the low altitude that answer would be ok in an interview situation with no aids. In reality the number you got is a little on the low side. The conversion changes with altitude:

1 mb = 27 feet at sea level
1 mb = 50 feet at 18000 feet
1 mb = 100 feet at 39000 feet

Correct answer would be 3640.7 feet using the real formula.

h2 - h1 = 221.1T (logP1 -logP2)

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6th Mar 2011, 09:39

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April AKL

Hey everyone, wow this is a long forum to read. Anyone going to the April interview in Auckland? I'm hoping to nail it to get out of this disaster zone we call Christchurch. Any tips would be greatly appreciated, especially these sample questions! Keep em coming!
6th Mar 2011, 19:02

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MilPilot

Thanks for the quick response. Appreciate it.
6th Mar 2011, 20:12

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Hey can anyone answer the question of how long from submitting your app online to getting a positive/negative answer? also did anyone get a date for europe this year?

thanks
7th Mar 2011, 15:26

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medical?

just curious if there is a medical or eye test or anything like that during your stage one interview.

Thanks
7th Mar 2011, 15:58

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No medical only in Stage 3 in HK.Although you will get a medical form to fillout and list any injuries or defects you may have. Be wary of this because if there is something on there that they dont like, you wont be invited back for Stage 2 even if you ace the whole thing.
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oh cool thanks sw1
8th Mar 2011, 05:41

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CX engines

hey does anybody know what types of engines cx uses on each aircraft?
cant find it on their website.
8th Mar 2011, 06:45

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773 and 77W

Hey James,

Here's my input into the forum in return maybe someone can help me.
747-400 uses either the RR (Rolls Royce) Rb211 or the PW4056 (Pratt and Whitney)
777-300 uses the RR Trent 892
777-300ER uses GE90-115B's
777-200's use RR Trent 877's
A340's use CFM56's
A330's use RR Trent 772's

Now as for everyone else, can someone please point out how would I identify the difference between a 777-300 and 777-300ER as they are the same length etc. Only difference I can think of is slightly bigger wings and bigger engines on the ER but how would you know if only one model is on the table...
Come to think of it, how does the -200 differ, (33.3ft smaller?) Should I count doors or something?

Cheers
8th Mar 2011, 07:54

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greatbattle, i can't see anything wrong with your calculation other than you have used a rounded figure of 30ft per 1mb (which is used for simplicity)

chchflyboy

if you think about what makes the 300ER wings longer, then u will be able to spot the difference

as for the difference between 200 and 300, counting the doors is a very easy way to tell, and if you look at enough pictures of the 200 and 300, you will see the difference clear enough

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8th Mar 2011, 10:23

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stage 2 maths

Hi can someone post some examples of the Mathematics questions for Stage 2 please!!! Thanks
8th Mar 2011, 11:32
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My advice, knowing the interviewers, would be to concentrate on the answers to the personal questions instead of worrying about who can search the internet the best. Your personality and attitude will get you this job.
8th Mar 2011, 14:46

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simple way to tell the difference between the 773 and 77W is that racked wingtips
8th Mar 2011, 15:05

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Hey guys,
Quick question! I got an interview on april 14th in San Fran. Since I don't have 1000tt and haven't done ATP written, I applied (in Nov 2010) for the cadet program. But this is what I recieved: "Cathay Pacific Airways is pleased to invite you to attend our Second Officer Initial Selection in San Francisco"
So, is this going to be a cadet or s/o interview? I'm confused.
Thanks
8th Mar 2011, 17:02

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Hi guys,

What are the GCSE requirements? I have a C in science and a D in maths. Does this mean I'm not eligible? A few months ago I knew nothing about flying but taught myself using microsoft flight simulator, well followed the lessons and I have learnt a lot since and absolutely love it. Got a real flight coming up soon as I know real flying is a lot different from simulator flying.

Thanks.
8th Mar 2011, 17:41

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Jason8: Why don't you look on the website? I don't think a D will be good enough
8th Mar 2011, 20:33

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Well, since you applied for a cadet position I would assume it would be a cadet interview.
8th Mar 2011, 23:01

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jason

These are the minimum education requirements (taken from Cathay Cadet Pilot page)

5 passes in Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination / GCSE (O Level) including Physics and Mathematics, together with 2 passes in Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination / GCE A Level, Science subjects preferred OR

Passes in Physics and Mathematics to year 10 and completed high school with the required university entrance qualifications, Science subjects preferred OR

Hold a degree or diploma in any discipline.
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