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Cathay Pacific Cadet Pilot Programme

Old 28th Jun 2013, 17:20
  #5061 (permalink)  
Join Date: May 2009
Location: HKG
Age: 43
Posts: 981
I last applied in November 2011 and got a call in May 2012 (had to decline due to studies abroad), so 6 months for me.
This is indicative of those applying, you get a call for what was once the very best of flying jobs available but decline an interview to continue your studies. What are you studying for? This job used to be a career, if you got it why worry about completing your studies?

Not having a go at you just pointing out that a job at CX now takes a back seat to completing a degree. Well done CX management.
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Old 1st Jul 2013, 02:59
  #5062 (permalink)  
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Smogsville
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Just to let you all know the HKAOA (union) has officially said to its members that bases in CX are no longer an option and can no longer be planned for or expected in the future.

CX will however never say this as you may decide not to join if you realize you will have to remain in HK for your entire career and leaving will result in joining the bottom of another seniority list.
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Old 1st Jul 2013, 07:07
  #5063 (permalink)  
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Hong Kong
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Just finished the aptitude test a couple of days ago. There is something in-born, and something can be learned to make a good result in the test, but spending money on those third-party software (eg.cockpitweb, skytest) is not worthwhile. Focus more on the aviation knowledge which you can prepare in advance.
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Old 1st Jul 2013, 10:46
  #5064 (permalink)  
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Melburn
Posts: 117
Has there been any insight into when the AE Cadet recruitment will recommence? Is next year the assumed?
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Old 2nd Jul 2013, 01:35
  #5065 (permalink)  
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Toronto
Posts: 20
second int. wait time

hello all~
I done my initial assessment and interview 3 months ago, waiting for the 2nd interview. I haven't hear from them yet. Just wondering what's the usual wait period for now is....?

Good luck all
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Old 3rd Jul 2013, 10:01
  #5066 (permalink)  
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Hong kong
Age: 30
Posts: 9
Stage 2

Hi guys, I did my initial 1B on the 21st June . Anyone have a clue when I'd hear from cx ? One guy in my batch moved on to the second stage ! Shouldn't I get results on the same day as him?
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Old 3rd Jul 2013, 17:08
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Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: pearl harbor
Age: 36
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Some say it might commence this october.
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Old 3rd Jul 2013, 18:19
  #5068 (permalink)  
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: HK
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No news is good news.....
Or maybe you can try email to ask them about your application status....
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Old 4th Jul 2013, 09:14
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Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: pearl harbor
Age: 36
Posts: 86

Nah id rather hit the books and go simming. rather than pestering them HR people. After all its all about the patience game. In the end its how prepared you are, that matters. How well can you elaborate between piston engine and turbine engine, how is the hydraulics differ and concur from one color to another, how spanwise airflow is dejected , how winglets increase efficiency, how elegant can you define the memory items. See my friend no news is good news. But Ive got news for you. Im heavily prepared. so why pester? and by now Its only a matter of opportunity that counts.

Us, foreign candidates our only ammunition is skill and knowledge so why pester? we have got lots of prepation to do.

You locals, are very lucky. happy for you.


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Old 5th Jul 2013, 06:28
  #5070 (permalink)  
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Hong Kong
Posts: 4
Stage 1 and Stage 2

Dear Sirs and Madams,
I'll be having my initial A interview soon with cathay Pacific. End of July. I was wondering what the stage initial A and B is about. And also possible some information about Stage 2, if applicable. By spitting through the forum I was able to come with the following information. Can someone confirm if whether this is true and complete ? you have my thanks.

Initial A:
- Technical MPC questions ( 45 min) based on the JKI Booklet 2010 April
- compass test on the computer with :
memory; remember the altitude, speed, radio frequency, time.
Maths; with add/substract/divide/mp questions
Multitask: receive instructions and execute on the Main instrument panel
Flight control: joystick, controll your Vertical speed indicator and balance indicator
Slalom course: use a joystick to stay in the middle of the path
Orientation : given the information with heading, compass and beacon VOR, select the right aircraft.
Basis Physics: basic physics equestions, with energy, power, acceleration, mass

- HR interview, get to know you. and some basic company and HR question some technical questions

- Abstract reasoning test , 8 figures, predict what the last one is.

Stage 2:
- Group excercise; work with your team to figure out the answer
- Technical interview with 2 pilots, technical and HR questions, based on how much experience you have.
- Personality test; choose between your peference rock music or classic music and I don't know.
-Flight planning exercise, work with your partner to figure out the correct path to fly
- math test 30 x 3 questions with a booklet and select the answer on the computer.

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Old 5th Jul 2013, 06:46
  #5071 (permalink)  
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Hong kong
Age: 30
Posts: 9
Cheers mate, I'll get head digging into books now :] And i'll just be patient and wait it out. Hopefully ill hear from them soon!
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Old 6th Jul 2013, 01:56
  #5072 (permalink)  
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Cliffs
Posts: 143

Just a quick question. Since the cadet program is no longer 61 weeks and shortened to 55 weeks. How many hours will the cadets come out with?

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Old 6th Jul 2013, 14:06
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Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Somewherearoundtheworld
Age: 31
Posts: 17

There is some confusion here in terms of the program duration. On its website under the introduction it says,"Cadet Pilot Second Officer trainees will undertake a rigorous 55-week training programme." but when you scroll it down and flip to the Program and Requirement section, it says" Cadet Pilot Programme a 61-week programme for applicants with low experience and no ICAO CPL". So is it a 55 or 61 week program?? Not so sure. Let's say if they really have cut the program short, I don't think it would be detrimental to your flying hours neither. They might just speed up the training trying to feed you everything in 55 weeks. Just a piece of my mind. Anywayz, to your question, the easiest answer would be 200 hours according to their website. "Training includes 160 hours of flying by day and night, in a variety of single and twin-engine light aircraft, and 40 hours in simulators"


You should draw a line between COMPASS and HR interview. Everything below this line and above the word "stage 2" would be under the category of Initial B. keep in mind that you won't be able to do the B unless you pass the A.
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Old 7th Jul 2013, 02:45
  #5074 (permalink)  
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Cliffs
Posts: 143

It's definitely 55 weeks now because they are introducing a new syllabus. The total hours for the 61 week program was around 220 and now that it's 55 weeks I am not sure what to say for the interview. I heard it is near 150-180 hours...can anyone confirm? Thanks!
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Old 7th Jul 2013, 05:13
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Join Date: May 2010
Location: Oz
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They cut some flying hours out of the flying syllabus, as to exactly what hours they cut, you would have to find out from HR or a cadet.
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Old 11th Jul 2013, 20:03
  #5076 (permalink)  
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: hk
Posts: 108
what sort of question will be ask during interview?especially technical part?I have only read about the Pilot's handbook of aeronautical knowledge.
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Old 14th Jul 2013, 00:39
  #5077 (permalink)  
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: pearl harbor
Age: 36
Posts: 86

they will prolly ask you about reciprocating engines. the type of aircrafts they fly. aircraft systems. meterology. airlaw. about cathay. flight instruments. basic navigation.
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Old 16th Jul 2013, 18:33
  #5078 (permalink)  
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Toronto
Age: 34
Posts: 33
Well I changed my date... my stage 1A is now September 5... I land in hkg on September 4 (hope this jet lag don't kill me )

Anyone else doing it around the same time?
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Old 17th Jul 2013, 07:19
  #5079 (permalink)  
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Somewhere
Posts: 55
For those asking about what kind of questions they're asking, I have a friend who recently completed all of the interviews and he said that on each stage of personal interviews he was asked very specific questions about light aircraft and (as was mentioned just above) reciprocating engines. Apparently it is very important to know about the first type of aircraft you will be flying in Adelaide. He also mentioned that as the interviews progressed (including stage 1 interview) they also asked very advanced questions about mach tuck and advantages of winglets. They also asked him to describe specific details on most of the current CX fleet of aircraft.

I hope this helps with your preparation. I'm still waiting on my call up.
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Old 17th Jul 2013, 09:10
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Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: mal
Age: 32
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i just wonder that are those who get their called to the selection are all hong kong resident or the one holding permanent HK resident identity card ?
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