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Cathay Pacific Cadet Pilot Programme

Old 7th May 2023, 11:24
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Originally Posted by Hbfftbmtt
Hey,

Anyone has gone through the Cadet Process. I have been invited to the initial interview. Is that the HR one?

Thanks
how's your initial interview going?
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Old 7th May 2023, 14:11
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Originally Posted by MoreBackpressure
Thank you so much for the information! Do you know if candids already have FAA's CPLs, are they required to, or even legal to, take the PPL and CPL check rides again in the U.S.?
Probably not PPL but CPL check rides .Just like in FTA, even CASA CPL or MECIR holder cadets need to have CPL check rides over there, however test is not based on CASA standard but HK CAD standard .
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Old 11th May 2023, 05:30
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Could anyone tell about how many cadet pilots are enrolled in a CPA/CP/CX program recently? maybe 15-20?
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Old 11th May 2023, 16:19
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Hi Guys,

I applied for the CX cadet programme yesterday, do you you guys roughly know how long it takes from initial application submission to receiving the first email for the online amplitude tests.

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Old 11th May 2023, 20:54
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Smile Initial interview

Originally Posted by ppfly787
how's your initial interview going?
I did mine few days ago, it was very chill, it's purely HR
I have only one lady with me, whole process with mostly personal questions and little touch about Cathay knowledge(fleet, destination).

They wanna know why you want to fly, why you choose Cathay, do you know what is SO job, will you be able to take few years of wait, how would you feel about the training program in FTA or integrated. How do you like to work in HK, how is your family feeling about it... Then she nicely introduced what is in the next panel interview and following steps, telling me to expect more since I have pilot license already.

I got news about the next interview the second day, it was a pleasant experience.
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Old 12th May 2023, 01:43
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Originally Posted by lz9497
I did mine few days ago, it was very chill, it's purely HR
I have only one lady with me, whole process with mostly personal questions and little touch about Cathay knowledge(fleet, destination).

They wanna know why you want to fly, why you choose Cathay, do you know what is SO job, will you be able to take few years of wait, how would you feel about the training program in FTA or integrated. How do you like to work in HK, how is your family feeling about it... Then she nicely introduced what is in the next panel interview and following steps, telling me to expect more since I have pilot license already.

I got news about the next interview the second day, it was a pleasant experience.
Thank you for you answers lz. There are several similar questions in my initial interview and I am preparing for the final interview. Feeling so hard to prepare for the technical questions since I have no flight experience.
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Old 12th May 2023, 10:02
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Smile initial interview

hi do you start your final interview ,I will attend initial interview ,can you share some experience to me (questions or subject )?
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Old 12th May 2023, 20:06
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Originally Posted by ppfly787
Thank you for you answers lz. There are several similar questions in my initial interview and I am preparing for the final interview. Feeling so hard to prepare for the technical questions since I have no flight experience.
I'm sure the training captain wouldnt expect a lot from you, watch some youtube videos about how planes fly, some aircrafts you really like, whats the specs of the aircrafts, show them you are genuinely interested in flying and aviation rather than take it as any ther jobs...
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Old 13th May 2023, 07:35
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And don't forget to show them you are absolutely OKAY to be a temporary Customer Service at the Airport, to work at the check in counter, greeting passengers, check in their bags, check their passports, greet and meet passengers at the arrival halls, and maybe, maybe someday to work as Flight Attendant serving peanuts and drinks, and pushing trolleys as well. To the current Head of Flying Training, title means nothing, everything is possible, after pilots are also human, can use them in many different ways. What a mess.




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Old 18th May 2023, 13:09
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How long did it take for you to hear back from them since applying? Was just wondering. I also sent in my application and I've got my license already.
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Old 19th May 2023, 07:48
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I have convited a driving offense before (sentenced for Careless Driving), will that affects my application?

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Old 19th May 2023, 09:53
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I have infected with STDs previously due to many sex partners and sex without protection (careless mistakes), will that affect my candidacy as well?
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Old 22nd May 2023, 01:53
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That was mean.



But I also agree lmao, the application probably stop right after he/she click yes to convicted before.
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Old 24th May 2023, 14:36
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Now I'm just happy that I got a lawyer and got my reckless driving ticket dismissed... did 85 in a 55 trying to pass a old lady in her buick
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Old 24th May 2023, 17:15
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Hello everyone!

I'm a bit unfamiliar with HKCAD and CX, so I'm puzzled by the phenomenon of CX's Second Officer (SO) lasting for 6 to 7 years.
This is unusual because, in most countries, the SO phase is just a period for accumulating experience, typically lasting one to two years.

Initially, I thought this might be due to CX's heavy fleet, which could require higher standards for FO promotion. However, in a similar airline like SIA, SOs often get promoted within 1.5 years. So, it doesn't seem to be the case.

Then, what could be the reason? Is it due to CX's unique FO experience requirements or specific licensing experience requirements from HKCAD? Are there any documents or regulations supporting this requirement?


PS: My impression is that CX has a requirement of 2,000 hours of experience for FO promotion. Is this true?


I appreciate anyone who can help clarify my confusion. Thank you for your generosity!
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Old 26th May 2023, 04:52
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For those who wanna to join Cathay as cadet these day , you got to ensure you have sufficient fund for at least 2 years before you receive your 1st pay check , something like $30,000 HKD .

Cathay used to send cadet to Australia for flight training with accommodation provided and subsidies, however , most of the cadets these day will be doing 9 mths ground school training in Hong Kong with zero income or subsidies, neither accommodation . For cadets from oversea they got to sort out their own place to stay !

Another 7-9 months flight training afterwards in Arizona US sounds slight better than life in Hk as flying school does provide accommodation, but NOT MEAL . Cadets are required to sort all these out on their own cost .
By the tine they finish the flight training and back to HK , employment contract may not be available for a while,

Being a Cathay cadet isn’t a privilege anymore, hopefully their hard work will pay off one day .
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Old 26th May 2023, 09:14
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But based on the brochure we received from HR, weekly allowance will be given for both in HK and in AUS/US. Are they just lying? I was expecting something like 500HKD per day allowance (per diem) like we have in Engineering department right now.
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Old 26th May 2023, 11:03
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Over which countries did cathay pacific flew while flying from HK to New York when Russian airspace was avoided?
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Old 27th May 2023, 02:03
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Originally Posted by YSOSERIOUS
But based on the brochure we received from HR, weekly allowance will be given for both in HK and in AUS/US. Are they just lying? I was expecting something like 500HKD per day allowance (per diem) like we have in Engineering department right now.
Bahahaha ...HKD 500 per day ??!! You joking ?! I would love to have a look of that brochure .

My cousin is one of the cadet from oversea, he 's receiving NOTHING in HONG KONG, no subsides , allowance or accommodation been provide . WE the family has to support his life in such expensive city !
He's been told that flying phrase will be in Arizona US , accommodation will be provided with daily allowance is around US 24 per day , that 's not even enough to cover meals ! and they have to share a ROOM with another person . Cathay really brings cost cutting into next level .
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Old 27th May 2023, 04:59
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Originally Posted by FL170
Can anyone shed some light on bond arrangements?

All this free training and employment would have to come with chains and a big spikey ball for at least, say 7 years I would imagine ..?
Nothing is FREE mate . Itís not full sponsorship since Cos 18 , you got to pay back half of training which is around $500,000 hkd in the first three years.
let say if they have new Cos come up , they may change the teams again
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