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Cathay Pacific Cadet Pilot Programme

Old 16th Jul 2014, 04:53
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Honestly, there is not enough time for you to prepare the interview if you just start preparation after submitting the application or getting the invitation email.
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Old 16th Jul 2014, 07:29
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hours logged per year.

once line training is complete, approximately how many hours do cruise relief pilots log at Cathay each year?
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Old 16th Jul 2014, 21:30
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Actual hours operated by a typical S/O are about 60 hours per month.

However, only 1/2 the actual seat hours may be logged towards a licence upgrade. Assuming that the S/O spends 1/2 the typical flight time in a seat with a forward view, he/she would be allowed to log half that - so, about 15 hours per month towards a higher licence.

Take a month off for vacation, that leaves 135 hours per year logged time.
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Old 18th Jul 2014, 08:40
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Stage 1a

Does the stage 1a interview (Compass test) for the ab initio program comprise of Physics???
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Old 18th Jul 2014, 16:59
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Question about PPL

Hello fellow Cathay enthusiasts,

I'm in the midst of finishing up my undergrad and I'm debating on whether or not I should get a PPL. I've read that they'd give PPL holders different questions. My question is, being a PPL holder wouldn't give one a better chance at landing the interview correct? Also, would being a PPL holder better prepare one for the interview, although questions might be a harder level?
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Old 19th Jul 2014, 03:10
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Private

Well, a private license/certificate will make you make you an actual pilot. That's more than most of these guys on the forum, who can tell you about jets but can't even fly a 172...

So, YES. Why wouldn't you want to get your feet wet before committing to a life long career?
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Old 19th Jul 2014, 06:00
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You make a great point. But is there a higher chance of getting past the application process to stage 1 if you are a PPL holder?
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Old 19th Jul 2014, 06:31
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CaptainLimbu

Does the stage 1a interview (Compass test) for the ab initio program comprise of Physics???
Yep i was asked some physics mc questions in the compass test...it should be some high school level physics
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Old 19th Jul 2014, 07:49
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Anyone knows what kind of assessment is included in the 1wk flight grading? I know there is stall recovery, but what else?
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Old 19th Jul 2014, 10:53
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Its actually depends on how many hours you already have...
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Old 19th Jul 2014, 12:26
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What if it's less than 100
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Old 19th Jul 2014, 13:05
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Anyone knows what kind of assessment is included in the 1wk flight grading? I know there is stall recovery, but what else?
Basic aircraft control, stall recovery, wingovers, circuits (intermediate grading only). Just pretty basic stuff.
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Old 19th Jul 2014, 13:19
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mast000

I know, just wasn't sure if they've changed a lot after cutting a whole week
anyway thx!
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Old 19th Jul 2014, 13:19
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DrakeSkyle
thx!
Is it the same as KA?
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Old 20th Jul 2014, 03:09
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DrakeSkyle
thx!
Is it the same as KA?
Hm not sure about KA as I've never done it.
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Old 20th Jul 2014, 14:42
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What type of "papers" are you referring to? Other than an HKID and "papers", are there other specific things that they look for when looking at your application?
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Old 20th Jul 2014, 15:53
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Cathay Pacific Cadet Pilot Programme

KA too. Few PPL holders have just got turned down at the 2nd last stage (FTA assessment). Really talented people. So yes he is right. PPL won't secure ur chance. It still comes down to your aptitude, EQ and interview handling.

Good luck~
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Old 20th Jul 2014, 22:11
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Having a PPL

A PPL is just a benefit to the interview it doesn't guarantee you with a place. Even if you had a CPL or an ATPL that obviously will give you a benefit but not a guarantee. Really it just makes you have the benefit of the doubt that you ACTUALLY understand how these things work and you can put it in practise instead of just parroting all the information. And if you tick all the boxes then you will secure an interview. As we all know it doesn't automatically get you a place in CX. As soon as you get invited to your 1a then it is upto you to perform to get the job. You can never have to much knowledge in this industry.
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Old 21st Jul 2014, 04:43
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Thanks, and very insightful information. But what type of "boxes" are you referring to?
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Old 21st Jul 2014, 08:19
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PPL & CPL

Whether there is an advantage in having one or both of those depends greatly on the type of person you are.

If you think having a larger number and a shiny license alone will help in the interviews, tough luck. The moment you show them that you have more logged hours and qualifications you will no longer be treated gently.

The company wants to see evidence that there is individual growth and passion for flight. Spoonfed knowledge and large amounts of time in an aircraft proves little in terms of capability and aptitude. You can almost say the main advantage in getting a license before hand comes after selection when you courses begin,where for a large part you will be presented with familiar materials.

btw, its cold down here
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