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Cathay Pacific Cadet Pilot Programme

Old 29th Jul 2014, 02:02
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Join Date: Feb 2014
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FLIGHT GRADING (BASIC)

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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The_Architect

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
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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
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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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Old 30th Jul 2014, 07:43
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Join Date: Jun 2014
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Hi,

Just wondering if anyone has gone through the application process for ab initio when they would qualify for Advanced Entry? And if so could they shed some light on what would be expected.

Any insight would be appreciated. Please PM me

Thanks

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Old 30th Jul 2014, 08:02
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just wonder how would you have 1a and 1b on next week as no one knows if he could make to 1b before taking the 1a......
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Old 30th Jul 2014, 08:04
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ODP, are you overseas applicant?
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Old 30th Jul 2014, 08:09
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I live in brisbane but was born in HK and have a HKID

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Old 30th Jul 2014, 08:23
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Did you choose Hong Kong as the 1st preferred interview location?
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Old 30th Jul 2014, 08:31
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No I chose Brisbane but I don't think they are doing interviews anywhere other than HK at the moment
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Old 30th Jul 2014, 09:28
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If you live overseas but fly to Hong Kong to interview then CX schedule 1a and 1b for you on consecutive days
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Old 31st Jul 2014, 03:46
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Yeah overseas applicants will be advised both 1a and 1b schedule on the email. I did 1a on Mon and 1b for the next day. the process is relatively faster I suppose..
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Old 31st Jul 2014, 10:28
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The_Architect, thx so much for your sharing and wish you all the best!!!
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Old 31st Jul 2014, 10:31
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Join Date: Aug 2012
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Hey guys!

Thank God I've just received the email from Cathay inviting me to attend Stage 1b in the mid of August!
Is there anybody with me? Lets have a chat here
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Old 31st Jul 2014, 15:43
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AlvinLiu

Congrats! It took a whole month to schedule 1b huh? How long did it take to find out you passed 1a?
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Old 31st Jul 2014, 17:56
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AUG 28 Stage 2

Please PM if there is anyone having stage 2 on AUG 28
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Old 1st Aug 2014, 02:12
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Join Date: Aug 2012
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Originally Posted by tehbat:8587946
Congrats! It took a whole month to schedule 1b huh? How long did it take to find out you passed 1a?
It took 2 days only... Pretty fast now.
And fyi, some candidates from my time slot received the letter of failure right after walking out of cx city...
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Old 1st Aug 2014, 04:42
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Join Date: Aug 2014
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Flight Grading 23-31 Aug

HI! Anyone here who are doing FG at the titled period? Please kindly PM me and perhaps we could meet up prior to that.
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Old 2nd Aug 2014, 04:58
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Join Date: Jul 2014
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Passport

Does anyone know if they have any preference for what we put down for travelling documents? Canada, US, BNO, HK passport? Thanks!
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Old 2nd Aug 2014, 06:15
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Join Date: Nov 2013
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strawhatpilot

Mate, I believe it doesn't really matter what Passport you hold. Nevertheless, the cadet program accepts applicants who hold a permanent HKID card. To sum up, if you hold HK's permanent ID card you're good to go, regardless of whichever country's travel document you hold. Hope this helps.
Cheers!
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