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Cathay Pacific Cadet Pilot Programme

Old 8th Feb 2015, 10:36
  #6181 (permalink)  
Join Date: Feb 2015
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Functional reach test

Hi guys,

It looks like the format of functional reach test has changed quite a lot since a few years back, from min of 160cm, to measure of leg length (>100cm), to min consideration of 157.5cm nowadays (<163cm subject to functional reach test).
Has anyone one been through this test recently? If so, may you share whether this is done by sitting in cockpit or leg and arm length measurement at medical check?

Many thanks!
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Old 8th Feb 2015, 13:39
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"Another way might be to enrol for the Aviation course at a certain university here in Australia. On their website they mention that they have a partnership with Cathay Pacific and that several top students may be provided a visa and sent off as a cadet"

That is total bs. No "alliance" exists. They're spinning it bro.
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Old 8th Feb 2015, 19:54
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Join Date: Feb 2015
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Here's some pretty interesting info on the partnership. Turns out it was for the AE course.
I also somewhat agree with you underpants that this may be complete bs - given how little students have ever made it through.

But I will not lose hope so easily!
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Old 8th Feb 2015, 22:45
  #6184 (permalink)  
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Are you AE, and do you have an interview?
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Old 9th Feb 2015, 10:54
  #6185 (permalink)  
Join Date: Feb 2015
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Hi Guys,

does anyone one here have/had an Initial Interview for Advanced Entry?

Is the compass test done in the first interview or is it just a 'Reasoning Test' as stated by Cathay.

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Old 9th Feb 2015, 15:44
  #6186 (permalink)  
Join Date: Dec 2014
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Griffith University


I am actually from Griffith University in Brisbane doing the Aviation degree and I'm coming into my second year. During the Australian summer break, I flew back to Hong Kong (as a Permanent HKID holder) to apply for CX.

I finished Stage 1B on 09 Jan and have been confirmed for Stage 2. I'm just waiting on a time slot now, which should be in March.

The partnership seems non-existent (from a student's standpoint), but there is a Ex-Cathay Senior Training Captain there who does some pretty neat things and he has some great preparation resources for CX. But that's about it, I don't see any actual workings going on. I agree with Cpt. Underpants, there's no "top students would may be provided a visa and sent off as a cadet", nothing such exists now at-least. It may just be a selling point.

The University has since changed their degree from a 4 year to a 3 year degree, I'm still in the 4 year one unfortunately. It consists of studying aviation subjects for 2 years before we take a "break" to complete our flight training at selected Australian flight training institutes, whereafter we would return to the University to complete our last year. However, they have a trend with crediting that last year to their students and graduating them if they are accepted into a cadetship program or have an equivalent of at-least 120 credit points (completed 12 degree-required subjects). That's what I am aiming for. I was both lucky enough to have a summer break to apply for Cathay, but I was unfortunate in the sense that I would graduate at the same time as someone who would be starting this year.

For future reference, those who wish to undertake Griffith's Bachelor of Aviation Program, it would be difficult to allow time to apply to Cathay since the process does take a while (6 months is the general consensus?) and it requires you to be in Hong Kong unless you are fortunate enough to fly multiple times back and from Brisbane on short notice. The refurbished program implements holiday study semesters, which students would need to study for and complete exams within the holidays. There would generally not be adequate time to study and prepare in-between interviews if one should apply for CX whilst in this program.

If you have any questions, feel free to PM me or make a post.
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Old 9th Feb 2015, 22:00
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A330 or 777 at CX?

After you finish your cadet training, will you be selected on an aircraft randomly? Or do you have a choice, and does anyone know if Cathay allows pilots to transfer from A330 to 777?
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Old 9th Feb 2015, 23:44
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Thank you for your advice man! That definitely made me think twice about all this.
Would love to get in touch for a bit more info!
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Old 10th Feb 2015, 00:29
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Flight grading 7-15 March

Hi all,

Anyone will go Parafield for flight grading during 7-15 March?
Please PM me

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Old 10th Feb 2015, 01:30
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SO demand in the future for CX?

Does anyone know if their will be an increase of demand for SO or a decrease in the upcoming years? Also, once you finish training, do you choose the aircraft you fly on or is CX that decides? And can freighter be an option as well? Thanks
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Old 12th Feb 2015, 14:26
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Angel 2nd stage interview on 2nd March

Anyone who are taking stage 2 on 2nd March?
We have got 2 in a group now, please PM me, and we can do some preparations and practice together in advance.

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Old 13th Feb 2015, 15:20
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They assign you a fleet once you graduate.
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Old 13th Feb 2015, 15:21
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Hey guys, I am a HK/US citizen, graduating from a university in the US on March and I would like to seek for some advises! I am quite determined to apply for the cadet program, however I have only done some ground school with no actual flight experience. (My parents already paid for my BS/MS degree and I don't want to burn any additional money from them to get myself a PPL.)

Since I am already here in the US, do you guys think that it is advisable to remain in the US, get a job and finance myself through a PPL, then apply for the CPP? I am already a little bit old (mid-24) so I am not sure if I should wait any further to apply. Does Cathay require candidates to stay in HK throughout the interviewing process? In the sense that, do I get like 2-3 weeks of advance notice before the interview such that I may arrange to take some days off from work and fly back to HK? I am not exactly sure if my plan will work. For those of you who are living aboard, what is your experience with Cathay's interviewing schedule?

Thanks, and good luck to all wannabes!
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Old 13th Feb 2015, 20:32
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Hong Kong Permanent Resident Id Card

Hello Everyone im new to this community here and was wondering if you could answer a question that was rattling through my head

I was looking at applying for CX Second Officer Cadetship and noticed you need to have a permanent hong kong id card. does CX disregard applicants without it? How could i obtain one? Is it possible for me to obtain one?

Male from Australia with Australian citizenship

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Old 15th Feb 2015, 02:58
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Cathay won't consider you for the cadet program unless you have a HK permanent ID. You need to live in Hong Kong for seven years before you can get a permanent ID, so your only options are to join either an AE or TT course.
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Old 16th Feb 2015, 07:40
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Hey Andrew , I just PM you . Would you please kindly check your inbox ?
Thx a lot
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Old 18th Feb 2015, 04:18
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British Airways for those that are eligible.


Future Pilot - Reach higher
Reach higher
Choosing to become a pilot is a life-changing decision as well as a huge financial commitment. Here at British Airways we believe in investing in the future, and that is why we have developed a unique programme to offer anyone with the right skills, passion and potential the chance to realise their dream of becoming an airline pilot.

Our flagship Future Pilot Programme is a sponsored pilot training scheme that is designed to select and train aspiring pilots, who currently have little or no flying experience, irrespective of financial circumstances. We’re seeking only the most able candidates with the determination to rise to the challenges of our comprehensive programme.

Once you have successfully completed your training, you can look forward to continuing your journey with one of the world’s leading airlines and taking to the skies as a first officer with one of our London-based short haul fleets.

If you can see yourself expertly navigating one of our aircraft across the globe, delivering world-leading levels of safety, security, and customer service, then the Future Pilot Programme may be for you.

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Role Requirements

You will need:
·To be between the ages of 18 – 55 on 1st September 2015

· A valid passport (with minimum of 12 months before expiry date) allowing unrestricted worldwide travel
·The unrestricted right to live and work in the UK

·To have achieved 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above, including English Language, Mathematics and a Science (single or double award), excluding General Studies
·And either 3 A-Levels at Grades BBC or above, excluding General Studies and Critical thinking or an Honours Degree at 2:2 (or higher) or a pass (or above) in a higher degree such as MSc, MA, MPhil, DPhil, PhD, MBA
·To be able to obtain and hold a EASA Class 1 medical and meet British Airways medical criteria (assessed via BAHS Medical Assessment at Waterside)
·Height between 1.57m (5'2") and 1.91m (6'3") with weight in proportion to height (height is accurately determined during the assessment process). Candidates who are taller than 1.91m may submit an application but may be required to undergo a functionality check to confirm their ability to meet the requirements of the seating positions in the British Airways fleet of aircraft

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·You will have sound hand-eye co-ordination skills, and skills in mechanical, mathematical and verbal reasoning
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·You will exhibit the qualities of a strong team player, as well as the leadership qualities required of a future British Airways Captain

It goes without saying that you’ll be a natural communicator, with fluency in spoken and written English, and that you’ll relish the opportunity to deliver the very highest possible levels of safety and service for our customers.

Application Process

In order to apply for a place on the Future Pilot Programme you will need to apply using the online process. You will be asked a series of questions to determine your eligibility and suitability for the role, submit a CV, followed by an application question (cover letter).

1. As part of your application, we would like for you to submit a CV. Please ensure that your CV details (at least) the following (maximum 2 pages):
·Work experience to date
·Academic Achievements to date
·Any other relevant interests/qualifications/awards/flying experience/courses/ air show attendances etc. which you would like to highlight to us.

2. British Airways believes in investing in the future and that is why the Future Pilot Programme (FPP) has been developed to offer anyone with the right skills, passion and potential, the chance to realise their dream of becoming an airline pilot. As part of your application, please submit a cover letter in which you detail (maximum 600 words):
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c) Why you want to join British Airways

You will need to have reached a decision on your choice of Flight Training Organisation and considered your finance options before starting your application.

The application window will open on Monday 23rd February and close on Sunday 8th March 2015 at 23:59. We reserve the right to close the application window before the published date.

Dates of when the assessments will be held are detailed on ‘The Programme’ page. If you are successful, and invited to an assessment center, we hope you will be available to attend.

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Old 18th Feb 2015, 14:16
  #6198 (permalink)  
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Hey guys,

anyone will have flight grading on 28 Feb - 8 Mar?

PM me if you do~
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Old 18th Feb 2015, 21:05
  #6199 (permalink)  
Join Date: Feb 2015
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Hi Guys!

I have applied for CX AE about two months ago but still receive no response. Anyone experience the same thing as me?
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Old 18th Feb 2015, 23:45
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Hi Guys,

Received an e-mail from Flight Crew Recruitment yesterday asking me to complete an attached Hong Kong CAD form 'Declaration of Flying Experience for Grant of a HK CPL. Has anyone else received this? If so, what was the next step.

Thanks in advance, wishing everyone all the best.
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