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Cathay Pacific Cadet Pilot Programme

Old 22nd Jul 2014, 02:12
  #5781 (permalink)  
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Hongkong
Age: 58
Posts: 7

That's true there are many young and older people whom are aviation enthusiasts. However to get in an airline you have to have a huge commitment and a certain drive. They do care about your school grades etc..... but once you get into 1A its all upto you. You are the only person that can perform. As I said previously a ppl will only help with you basic understanding of an aircraft. But not an interview. Cathay Pacifc isn't investing in cadets there investing in future captains.
Ps someone asked me what to wear for an interview. Dont turj up in a hawaiin shirt and shorts please use your common sense no names mentioned here but they didn't get through.
Pps to all you younger lads don't listen to anyone else even if you haven't gone to university you can still get it they won't judge on your age thats why its open to 18 year olds you just have to show maturity.
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Old 22nd Jul 2014, 05:05
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Join Date: May 2010
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It will probably also come down to your age and location whether having any flying is beneficial or not.

If you are out of uni and live outside of Hong Kong say Canada, USA or Australia, then there shouldn't be any reason why you haven't atleast done a few lessons. Even if you are still at uni, having some flights under your belt wouldn't be too much of an expectation.

Don't get lessons for the sake of trying to improve your interview chances. Do it because that's what you trully want to do.

Question to ask yourself is, if I fail, am I going to say "well i tried" or "I love flying and this is what I want to do with the rest of my life, I am going to get all the licenses regardless of the outcome".

If the latter is your choice, then take up flying lessons. If it isn't, you probably need to think about another career.
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Old 22nd Jul 2014, 05:29
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You hit the nail right on the head. I agree with you. It won't better your chances having a licence. In my opinion if you want to be a pilot you have to be wanting to do it from a young age. If your in your 20s and then you go "oh yeah I THINK I want to be a pilot even though ive never stepped foot in an aircraft and in it for the money that is the wrong attitude. And even though people have passed with no experience its better to have at least a couple of lessons to know if you truly like it then waste a year on interviews and then do the flight grading and it turns out that you dont like it.
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Old 22nd Jul 2014, 06:06
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Join Date: Jul 2014
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What are some traits and personalities that they are looking for their cadets to possess?
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Old 22nd Jul 2014, 10:19
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Commited,focused and interested in aviation with a good knowledge. Also a sensible and matute individual.
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Old 22nd Jul 2014, 10:24
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...also a willingness to work on days off, no requirement for decent housing, or a pay rise for decades, and overwhelming gratitude for being allowed to sit in someone else's big, shiny jet 11 kilometres high all night over most of the Third World.

A passion for filling out computer flight plans, making up crew bunks, shouting on HF radio and not being interested in a Command for at least 15 to 20 years would also be an advantage.

Last edited by Captain Dart; 22nd Jul 2014 at 10:43.
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Old 22nd Jul 2014, 11:32
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Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Hong Kong
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hahahaha, very interesting indeed.

So what are some examples of questions that they've asked to see if your character traits align with what they look for?
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Old 22nd Jul 2014, 16:56
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Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Hong kong
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CX stage 2 on Aug 28

Hello everyone,
is there anyone having their stage 2 on Aug 28?
if yes please PM me!
Thank you very much!
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Old 23rd Jul 2014, 03:56
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Join Date: Aug 2012
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Hi guys!
I am going to attend stage 1a in 30th July.
Here to say hi
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Old 24th Jul 2014, 10:00
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Join Date: May 2012
Location: Hong Kong
Age: 31
Posts: 6
Stage 2 on Nov 3

Pls PM me if you are on the same day

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Old 25th Jul 2014, 17:26
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Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: adelaide
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Feels that I'm ready and gonna reapply for it very soon. Do you guys know normally how long is the waiting period for reapplying applicants?
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Old 26th Jul 2014, 02:34
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Join Date: Dec 2012
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Hi guys, I hv some questions about the functional reach test.
This is a benchmark reference for the future, if you make Captain. The company will use it to determine the distance at which you need to be from the S/O to deliver a full impact blow to the side of the head when they: answer you back (very common with these new kids), touch anything, complain about their salary, or play candy crush in the back seat whilst taxying.
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Old 26th Jul 2014, 03:56
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dolpinsky, Normally is one year. but my friend just waited for half a year. so I guess it depends on which stage or what items u failed previously.
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Old 26th Jul 2014, 07:32
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Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Sydney
Age: 31
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I might not be 100% correct but to the best of my understanding,

Q) in the lift formula, lowering the trailing edge flaps increases......
A) S
B) Cl
C) Cl & S
D) V

I think the answer for this question would be

C) Cl & S.

Reason: Cl increases when Flaps are extended, and Wing area (S) increases as Flaps are extended... Hope this helps!

Here is a link: http://www.experimentalaircraft.info...ft-formula.php
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Old 26th Jul 2014, 14:30
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Will you happen to know how long do reapplying applicants usually wait before getting invitation?
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Old 28th Jul 2014, 04:11
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Join Date: May 2012
Location: Hong Kong
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Anyone is going to have Stage 2 interview on Nov 3?

Pls pm me / leave a message here! Thanks
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Old 29th Jul 2014, 02:02
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Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Over Parafield
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There aren't a lot of entries here regarding the recent flight grading process, mainly because most people come to ask a few unanswered questions and never return, and those who do frequent the place just stalk people and read. So this first-person entry regarding FG is in response to a some frequently asked questions and a few personal requests. Flight Grading these days may be shorter and the planes can be different (or about to be), but rest assured they look for the same qualities and standards in the applicant.

Just to clarify, basic grading these days contains FOUR flights, look at it as a week-long aptitude test. Before each of the flights the applicant will be briefly lectured on what to expect the upcoming flight. Some will be told by e-mail a compass test is included during the stay in Adelaide, but it doesn't exist, flight grading only included flight assessment if not a few technical questions asked by the instructor. For most people who passed stage 2 the purpose and effects of aircraft controls are obvious, but practicing them on the field is a different story. Through the week the basic applicant will be taught to to climb, descend, maintain level flight, turn, practice stalls and do wingovers. Instructor are basically told to note how well / fast do you learn and recall knowledge.

The amount of pointers available for this level are much less than that of Stage 1 and 2, and due to individual difference the variation and expectations differ among instructors. In other words, flight grading is different for everyone, there isn't a specific scale that points to good or bad. Another factor to keep in mind is that the grading is assessed as a whole, and one should not focus too hard on their first few flights, because they weren't meant to be perfect...After each flight there will be a short debriefing between the applicant and instructor noting any errors and room for improvement. However, they will not be told whether they have done well or bad in the instructors perspective.

Bear in mind that these flying instructors are trained to give pressure and watch for reactions, and people in the past have succumbed to it. During my second flight, my mind went blank for several minutes during a series of maneuvers, the instructor whom had been pumping pressure almost made brought it to a tipping point. It was among the spewing saliva and cussing that I silently thought to myself everything I had worked for could very well end in that shitty minute.

To a lot of applicants, myself included, flight grading is a mystical land of fairies and unicorns that is one step next to heaven, the final YES for acceptance into the CPP and ultimately SO in Cathay Pacific. FG was the land so far that only few will have the privilege of visiting in their lifetime, but at the same time the last and final battleground where the hero will face the ultimate boss and his fate. With no exaggerations, failing anything beyond Stage 2 result in a permanent ban from re-application.

The last seven months was a bumpy ride, and I sincerely thank all of those whom have helped me in the selection process both on the board and behind the scenes, and hope the people I have helped directly and in-directly in the past can send the love forward to applicants to come. Within the next month I will receive the message that will tell me whether it is for all or nothing. Wishing everyone on this board the best of their endeavors. Good luck.

Last edited by The_Architect; 29th Jul 2014 at 02:25.
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Old 29th Jul 2014, 14:27
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Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Hong Kong
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Thanks for your detail description on flight grading.
Wish you could get the offer.
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Old 30th Jul 2014, 02:08
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Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Vancouver, Canada
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Smile Stage 2 coming up Oct. 30

Anyone here have their stage 2 on Oct 30th? Send me a pm or email
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Old 30th Jul 2014, 05:20
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Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Hong Kong
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STAGE II on 5th November, 2014

Any one here will have stage II on 5th November? It's time to meet up and study for it. Send me a PM for contact...thanks^^
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