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Cathay Pacific Cadet Pilot Programme

Old 26th Nov 2013, 03:46
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Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Hong Kong
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CPL & ATPL books

Hi all, I would like to ask for some recommendations on good reference books for CPL & ATPL. I heard someone said FTA is using Jeppesen textbooks, is that real?
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Old 28th Nov 2013, 23:30
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Hi cpt underpants,
Noticed your replies for some time on the cx wannabes. Recently you posted about the low numbers required for the 2014/15 training program. I've been on hold for the last two years. To fill your curiosity on icadet experience myself and a mate also on hold have 4000+ and 2000+ turboprop 1000+jet rpt and still losing out to ab initio cadets. Not just cx either. Industry wide companies taking no experience guys who pay their endos etc over low to mid level experience guys. Suppose 5-6 years you'd have the same experience but why not start higher up the tree if you have the choice... Anyway tangent/rant over.. What was your source? Lol
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Old 29th Nov 2013, 05:52
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PM for you
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Old 29th Nov 2013, 07:30
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ATPL advice

Hi everyone,
i have read from some websites that cx cadet pilot programme requires some sort of ATPL MCQ test. Is this true for those who went through or is this for the transition entry programme? Will the technical interview also contain such questions? (I am a bit concerned about signing up because I don't have much ATPL knowledge, after all the cadet pilot programme is for those who don't have flying experience)
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Old 30th Nov 2013, 02:20
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Join Date: Apr 2013
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anyone awaiting flight grading?
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Old 2nd Dec 2013, 07:15
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Waiting time for CX application

hi guys
just wonder how long did you wait for getting called for 1st CPP interview?
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Old 3rd Dec 2013, 01:59
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Join Date: Dec 2009
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Hey Loeks,

Niks van die comment aantrekken hoor, goede en legitieme vraag. Momenteel leiden ze enkel mensen op met de identiteit van dit land; ook al heb je vorige rondes overleefd, het wordt/is inderdaad wachten geblazen. De situatie op de arbeidsmarkt kan dit beleid altijd weer veranderen, dus wanhoop niet. Sterkte.
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Old 3rd Dec 2013, 16:57
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Join Date: Dec 2013
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2 weeks ago I submitted my online application for Cathay Pacific CPP

4 days later they sent me an invitation to the Initial selection

I have accepted the test schedule, they have made a confirmation and sent me the JKI booklet and I have been studying

Everything seems alright, but yesterday they told me I am not shortlisted and will not proceed with my application.

Does anyone here experienced this?

I have no idea what happened and how to fix it. If I was rejected after the tests or interview then I know what I did wrong and what to do. All I could do is send an email to ask for a reason, but they don't seem to reply these emails.
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Old 4th Dec 2013, 00:34
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Join Date: Dec 2013
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extra notes:
I was born in hong kong, I am living in hong kong, I am a permanent resident
no record of criminal offense, about to graduate from University
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Old 4th Dec 2013, 09:32
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What type of id you have? it has a 'C' alphabet on it?

What is your ethnic group?
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Old 5th Dec 2013, 05:10
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I'm a Chinese Hong Konger with 3* on my ID card and have a HKSAR passport, I am just the most ordinary Hong Konger.

One possibility of the rejection might be my education, I am 1 semester away from my university graduation. Would they finally decided I'm not qualified because of this? But I see many people applied during their first/second year in University and are still shortlisted. I guess if they invited me then reject me, the reason behind should be some solid and factual reason, not my enthusiasm.....
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Old 5th Dec 2013, 12:35
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Join Date: Mar 2009
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I don't want to make a guess on the reason, but I'm sure that they won't reject your application because you are just 1 semester away. The whole selection process takes months to complete. By the time when you get your final offer you should already have finished your uni.
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Old 5th Dec 2013, 14:02
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Join Date: Dec 2013
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Just want to see if it happened to anyone here, because Cathay itself will never reveal the reason.
I'm going to retry anyway. My preparations will not be wasted.
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Old 5th Dec 2013, 14:32
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Join Date: May 2008
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I am a bit confused -you should be a HK citizen not a 'PR' as you stated in your earlier post.
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Old 6th Dec 2013, 09:41
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He is a Permanent Resident for sure. No question about it. The real question is Why they changed their mind. You know, pulling someone in then pushing him away is bizarre. It's a huge bumout, specially when you didn't do anything wrong. Ryan2124, I would suggest you to talk to the assistant recruitment manager directly. She is nice and helpful. I'm sure she can give you a hand in this regard. I can give you the extension if you want to. Sorry to hear that anywayz!
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Old 6th Dec 2013, 17:31
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Join Date: Dec 2013
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I have tried to ask to an explanation but they just ask me to figure it out by myself, as expected, and I know this is what I have to do
Just it could be better if I can get some ideas from them because it is really an unusual situation
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Old 7th Dec 2013, 03:48
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Join Date: Nov 2007
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Born in HK
Ethnic Chinese
SAR Passport
*** on ID

Yet he classifies himself a 'PR'.

Maybe HR is puzzled?
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Old 7th Dec 2013, 09:36
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Do HK citizens (HKPID) with a CPL + MEIR still get a look in for AE?

Also is 29 too old to be shortlisted? I got myself a business degree before getting into aviation.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 7th Dec 2013, 11:57
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Join Date: Oct 2010
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You know that AE and TT are currently put on hold don't you? so even if you have a HKPID, CPL & MEIR, they'll still make you sign on the Ab-initio course or ask you to wait for the grand reopening. It's one way or the other.
Nah. You are not too old for them. Just give it a shot and see how it goes. FYI, a friend of mine recently got out of FTA. He is a 33 year old married man.
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Old 10th Dec 2013, 11:33
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Here is the proof

As 2013 is quickly coming to an end we would like to take this opportunity to update you on the current and projected Advanced Entry opportunities with Cathay Pacific Airways. As indicated in previous correspondence the Advanced Entry selection process has been placed on hold. We recently received the training plan outlining the crew requirement for next year and it has been decided by Management that the focus will remain on the Cadet Pilot stream and therefore there will be no Advanced Entry selection process scheduled for the foreseeable future. I understand this may come as a disappointment however, if we are in a position to recommence the Advanced Entry selection process, we will endeavour to contact you. In such a case, further assessment will be required. Should you remain interested in a Cathay Pacific Second Officer opportunity kindly keep us up-dated with your career progression including significant changes to your personal and/or professional details via the careers link at Welcome to Cathay Pacific. We wish you all the best. Yours sincerely,
 Paula Rousseau Assistant Manager Flight Crew Recruitment Telephone: +852-2747-8248
Decided by "Management" or the HK Immigration Dept?

If "Management" think that they can fill all the future pilot requirements by hiring Ab Initio Cadets only they will be in for a rude shock. A post in the Fragrant Harbour forum painted a picture of SO's struggling to make the standard for promotion to JFO and the training dept being stretched to the limit trying to do it.

I would predict that in the not to distant future CX may be forced to re open the DEFO stream to fill some gaping holes in experience levels. I wonder what sort of package will be on offer?

Last edited by pilotchute; 10th Dec 2013 at 12:09.
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