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Cathay Pacific Cadet Pilot Programme

Old 5th Jan 2023, 08:44
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Originally Posted by aviatorstudent
It would be before the panel interview.
Update: for others who is also located oversea

ICAO will be after the final interview (tech)
HR said both ICAO and medical can be done in parallel if you pass the final interview so you only have to go back to hk once.
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Old 6th Jan 2023, 08:00
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Hey everyone , does anyone know how long it takes for the medical assessment to come back? much thanks!
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Old 6th Jan 2023, 12:33
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Living in Hong Kong? Pay 2000 bucks first before saying anything. Oh it's not refundable by the way. So if you fail at the interview, that's it. You can't get your money back.
Living in overseas? No worry. We will only make you pay after you pass the interview, a way to attract you to give it a shot. Poor locals.
Remind me, whose idea to outsource the test and move it up in the first place? Oh. I remember. Rachel Shieff, the former Cathay ICAO Specialist, as now became a mindset coach in her own gig...
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Old 7th Jan 2023, 08:34
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Whats up guys, had my final tech interview few days ago,
can share with you guys the questions

Tell me about yourself
Layers of atmosphere?
Why troposphere in some places is higher / lower?
Is the earth really a sphere?
Have you done any flying?
What did you do in your flying?
What is a spin?
How do you get out of a spin?
What is a jet stream?
What is the most turbulent part of the jet stream?
Why
What is a stall?
What's the difference between a spin and a spiral dive?
How to get out of a stall?
Whats your favorite topic of aviation?
Tell me about the 747
Whats the difference between -400 / -8
Why the -8 has raked wingtips and -400 has winglets?
whats the difference between the two?
Have you ever failed and tried again and passed?
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Old 9th Jan 2023, 10:15
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Batch classification

Hi everyone, recently I receive offers with my friends
We would like to know whats the difference of batch name start with
CP
CX
CPA?
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Old 9th Jan 2023, 14:03
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Originally Posted by bankertocadet
Whats up guys, had my final tech interview few days ago,
can share with you guys the questions

Tell me about yourself
Layers of atmosphere?
Why troposphere in some places is higher / lower?
Is the earth really a sphere?
Have you done any flying?
What did you do in your flying?
What is a spin?
How do you get out of a spin?
What is a jet stream?
What is the most turbulent part of the jet stream?
Why
What is a stall?
What's the difference between a spin and a spiral dive?
How to get out of a stall?
Whats your favorite topic of aviation?
Tell me about the 747
Whats the difference between -400 / -8
Why the -8 has raked wingtips and -400 has winglets?
whats the difference between the two?
Have you ever failed and tried again and passed?
Do they ask questions based on your flying experience and degree? What if you have no experience flying, and study a totally unrelated degree. I study finance btw.
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Old 9th Jan 2023, 23:03
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Originally Posted by samngng
Hi everyone, recently I receive offers with my friends
We would like to know whats the difference of batch name start with
CP
CX
CPA?
CP = legacy course (FTA full year)
CX = integrated with PolyU (half year in Poly, 8-10 months in Phoenix)
CPA = integrated at CX city (ground school at CX, then flying in FTA, mainly for CPL holders I think)
 
Old 10th Jan 2023, 02:18
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Originally Posted by darrelkwai
Do they ask questions based on your flying experience and degree? What if you have no experience flying, and study a totally unrelated degree. I study finance btw.
I believe so. I have 0 hours, studied business degree. I'm currently working as a Banker.
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Old 11th Jan 2023, 00:06
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Little extra news, from those who accepted into CX4 seems changed into CPA3, which study in Cathay House for ground school instead......
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Old 11th Jan 2023, 04:18
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Hello, just wondering if passes in gcse subjects are accepted as requirement? I did not finish high school and was thinking to self study the subjects.
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Old 11th Jan 2023, 04:20
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Adding to my previous reply is i worked in IT for 10 years now and considering career change to aviation. thanks, any advice would help.
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Old 13th Jan 2023, 04:26
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What’s the waiting time after aptitude test nowadays?
anyone been through that recently?
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Old 13th Jan 2023, 08:55
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Cadet

Has anyone on the thread applied recently and got dates for apt tests/interviews?
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Old 18th Jan 2023, 15:32
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Originally Posted by trigonometry
Just did my final interview this morning. It was super EASY!
Thought they were going to grill me hard on planes and basic aerodynamics stuff like that. None!
They just asked me some simple questions. Questions like tell me a bit about yourself, why do you want to become a pilot, what makes a good pilot, do you think you have those qualities etc..
Within three hours I got an email saying that I passed. Phew! Now waiting to book for medical exam.
Anyone who interested in my experiences, feel free to send me a PM. I would love to share.

P.S. Don't worry much about the ICAO thing. It is super easy to get level 4. I did not prepare for the test and I spoke with a thick Hong Kong accent. They gave me level 5! The aptitude test is super easy as well. I got 6 wrong answers in tracking and I still passed. So don't worry much.

PM me if you have questions!
Hi there trigonometry! Glad to hear that you have passed the cadet interview, I have just received an invitation for interview and I am kind of struggling in the monitoring test (counting balls), I have tried to keep practicing it over and over, still not having an optimal performance, do you have any recommendations or tips you may suggest?

Also, I noticed that you mentioned the tech interview was relatively easy, can I know do you have any flying experience before? If so, how many hours have you got?

If you find it comfortable, you may reach me through on telegram: t.me/santoris42 (Username: santoris42).

Thanks a lot for your assistance! Look forward for you reply!
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Old 20th Jan 2023, 09:46
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Hi there R0gueone. The processing times should be within 1 month to as short as 1 day, just make sure you have submitted all the documents in proper format, and this will quicken the way they handle your applications.

LatestPilotJobs / PASS or any other platforms are great ways for you to practice for the whole interview.

Good luck for your interview and all the best.
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Old 23rd Jan 2023, 06:44
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Do I have to meet an Ophthalmologist for CX medical check?

Hi all, Can anyone tell me how the CX initial medical check was?
Do they ask you to meet an eye doctor or does AME just do it all?

I have no problem with FAA and ICAO class 1 medical standards but I'm not sure how it will be if I have to meet an ophthalmologist as I have corneal dystrophy.

Also, it would be highly appreciated if you could share the detailed experience with CX medical check.

Thank you in advance.
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Old 24th Jan 2023, 23:28
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Originally Posted by trigonometry
jakredflight, I don't want to disappoint you but I did not prepare any of the tests. I just did not have the time. There was only a day or two between tests/interview which came in a surprise to me. And that's how I sensed of their desperation. They did not ask me any questions about planes at all, maybe because I am a zero hour guy. But I heard they have changed their interview style recently, so essentially you are gonna be looking at two round of interviews after you passed the cut-e test, day one, HR interview and day two, technical interview. I was lucky enough to be offered a place on the program but unfortunately I turned it down. Just can't get over the fact that I have to sit here for 4/5 years before I can fly a god damn plane. Afterall I want to fly, not sit here and watching somebody else to fly. Not fun. Good luck!

R0gueone, don't be silly, whether it is a video interview or in person interview it is still an interview. Unless you are going to dress up provocatively to seduce the interviewers I don't see how it matters. You should be asking smart questions, not the stupid ones. I mean if you wanted to succeed in your application.
Trigonometry, there are many reasons to not pursue/start your career as a pilot with CX as a cadet but being “forced” to be an SO and not fly planes for 4/5 years is not one of them. Very few (and dare I say no) airline will put you straight into the RHS of a wide-body to conduct take offs and landings as a zero hour guy. Qantas only hire SOs and similarly UA wide-body pilots start out as IROs. A career as an SO is what you make out of it (more than just babysitting the A/P) and the operational skills, knowledge, and experience you build will more than make up for the lack of “stick flying”.

Assuming you are not in your 50s, the 4/5 years as an SO is a drop in the bucket when compared to the 20/30/40+ years of flying you will have. Besides, even when you do make FO/CA, how much how hand flying will you do? 45 secs out of a 13 hour LH flight? I think you need to ask yourself if you truly understand what being a pilot is like and similarly what type of pilot you want to be (LH/Regional/Charter/Instructor?).
 
Old 25th Jan 2023, 07:30
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Originally Posted by 17zhangtr1
A career as an SO is what you make out of it (more than just babysitting the A/P) and the operational skills, knowledge, and experience you build will more than make up for the lack of “stick flying”.
Yeah there are so much about observing rather than getting hands-on experience, that’s why Dragon has to shut because they allowed their cadets to fly as JFO…Yeah, time does not matter because you are going to live a long life. A few years stuck at the jump seat is worth it..assuming you are still healthy and safe and nothing bad happened. Meanwhile the world keeps spinning and your peers keep promoting, you? I went through the CX stream, took me just under 2 years to climb on a rank. Now? God knows.
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Old 25th Jan 2023, 16:50
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You will receive more information about joining Cathay Dragon in Hong Kong as a First Officer upon successful completion of the Cadet Pilot programme.

For enquiries, please email [email protected].

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Same program, two different outcome. Now everyone has to be forced to take on a longer route. How sad it is.
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Old 25th Jan 2023, 23:38
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Originally Posted by 17zhangtr1
Trigonometry, there are many reasons to not pursue/start your career as a pilot with CX as a cadet but being “forced” to be an SO and not fly planes for 4/5 years is not one of them.
Actually it is. That 4/5 years (outdated) is more like 7+ these days as CX keeps hiring DEFOs in front of you. During the time as SO, the only logbook hours that you earn is relief time, which is not transferrable experience to a vast majority of airlines around the globe. So, you will be stuck in a role for an extensible period of time, and without the experience that provide you with any form of mobility and security. It is a dead-end job, and if you search online to what a dead-end job means, you will quickly find (especially if you end up in the position CX offers you) that this role meets every single criteria.

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