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Cathay Pacific Cadet Pilot Programme

Old 18th Jun 2023, 15:05
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Feels like HK is a sinking ship... can't imagine how things will be by 2047
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Old 19th Jun 2023, 10:08
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Hi everyone, I'm new here. Does anyone know what the 30min online initial interview (between the aptitude test and the final interview) is about?
Thanks for sharing.
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Old 19th Jun 2023, 17:41
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Originally Posted by cdwkiwi2012
Hi everyone, I'm new here. Does anyone know what the 30min online initial interview (between the aptitude test and the final interview) is about?
Thanks for sharing.
Hi, I did it a month ago, it's only one HR lady attending. Asking mainly about your background, why do you want to join Cathay, history of Cathay, your current job, how long is your notice period, etc. Nothing technical, just about you.
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Old 19th Jun 2023, 18:36
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Originally Posted by trigonometry
It might not be an easy choice to make, but it's actually not, it's quite an easy one actually, simply because, you are young, you have the time to kill, plus, you already have a PPL under your belt, and you are working towards to get your CPL, regardless if you get the cadet opportunity or not, that actually put you in a much much better position as opposed to someone who are in their early 30s or mid 30s who doesn't have any experience at all. It might be too late for them to do both. Take the citizenship route. Fold your life in HK for now and start a new life somewhere else. Once you have secured a second passport, then come back, Cathay will be more than happy to offer you the same opportunity as the one they offered you before, or else, they might take you on the DESO position, assuming if you continue to build hours and get the experiences while living in overseas. You are a smart cookie, if you managed to land in a job that gets you 60k a month now, you will do fine somewhere else. PM me if you need connection. I can help. Cheers.
Funny enough I have spoken with a handful of captains these days and they all told the same thing which is exactly what you have said in your reply, so I think being in my early 20s does put me in a better position in that respect. Thank you so much for the advice Trigonometry. Much appreciated!
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Old 20th Jun 2023, 20:58
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Originally Posted by ChatGPTX
bananarepublic:
Money is one thing, getting a second citizenship is another.
Growing up in Hong Kong I have seen the ugly and glamours side of this city from the inside out. I can say without any uncertainty that I do not want to die in this place. Now there is a chance to become a citizen of another country and the door is not opened forever, I worry that if I wait for too long, the ship will sail. Canada has set a deadline which is 2026, UK is now thinking to extend the wait period from 5 to 8 years. The clock is ticking..On top of that, there is a cadet opportunity, which is the fastest and easiest way to get into an airliner..so hard to choose .That's why I wanted to know how you guys think particularly for the locals.

Hardrod:
My thought is exactly the same. A few of my colleagues make more than me and they have tendered their notice in exchange for a second passport. So hard to choose.
A bit off-topic, but if you ever choose to come Canada, I would stay away from Vancouver. Real estate prices are about the same as Hong Kong, yet the job market is absolutely garbage for how expensive it is here. Much better idea to go Toronto - better job market and I heard it is a better place to do your flying post-PPL if you ever choose to continue your career in aviation.
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Old 22nd Jun 2023, 01:08
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Originally Posted by cdwkiwi2012
Hi everyone, I'm new here. Does anyone know what the 30min online initial interview (between the aptitude test and the final interview) is about?
Thanks for sharing.

​​​​​​​A question they always ask (asked 5 out of 6 times for me and my friends who did the interview), what would you do if you have some disagreements with your colleagues.

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Old 22nd Jun 2023, 07:57
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Originally Posted by YSOSERIOUS
Feels like HK is a sinking ship... can't imagine how things will be by 2047
The housing market would have remained the same or worse, and HK will be the land of PRC for sure..
Isn't' the govt going to bring in 100,000 talents from China this year?! It's only 2023 we are talking about.
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Old 22nd Jun 2023, 14:21
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Originally Posted by Hardrod
The housing market would have remained the same or worse, and HK will be the land of PRC for sure..
Isn't' the govt going to bring in 100,000 talents from China this year?! It's only 2023 we are talking about.
sorry but Iím afraid that Iíll be one of that 100,000 😂
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Old 24th Jun 2023, 17:24
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Originally Posted by cdwkiwi2012
Hi everyone, I'm new here. Does anyone know what the 30min online initial interview (between the aptitude test and the final interview) is about?
Thanks for sharing.
I am also in the process, can we contact
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Old 25th Jun 2023, 02:49
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Originally Posted by lz9497
Hi, I did it a month ago, it's only one HR lady attending. Asking mainly about your background, why do you want to join Cathay, history of Cathay, your current job, how long is your notice period, etc. Nothing technical, just about you.
Thanks lz. Did you make it through to the final interview?
They failed me at the initial interview by asking a bunch of big questions such as qualities of a good pilot, importance of SOP, challenging part of multi-crew operation, etc. The questions were somewhat fair but obviously they were not happy with my answer. To be honest, this is my first interview with an airline and I didn't prepare much for the initial one because I thought this is more of a self-introduction thing whereas such questions are only asked in the final/technical interview.

FYI, I got 250 hrs (NZ CPL, frozen ATPL, ICAO 6) but I've been away from the aviation industry since Covid. Having flight experience/licenses only makes it harder to interview for cadet entry I think.
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Old 25th Jun 2023, 10:41
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Originally Posted by Weixuan
I am also in the process, can we contact
Same here. My computer assessment is tomorrow.
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Old 25th Jun 2023, 22:12
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Originally Posted by cdwkiwi2012
Thanks lz. Did you make it through to the final interview?
They failed me at the initial interview by asking a bunch of big questions such as qualities of a good pilot, importance of SOP, challenging part of multi-crew operation, etc. The questions were somewhat fair but obviously they were not happy with my answer. To be honest, this is my first interview with an airline and I didn't prepare much for the initial one because I thought this is more of a self-introduction thing whereas such questions are only asked in the final/technical interview.

FYI, I got 250 hrs (NZ CPL, frozen ATPL, ICAO 6) but I've been away from the aviation industry since Covid. Having flight experience/licenses only makes it harder to interview for cadet entry I think.
Sorry to hear about that, good that you have experience. I have South African CPL with ATPL subjects as well, but failed to find a job after completing my training in 2019. They do expect more when you have experience. It was quite hard for me in technical interview, the pilot did ask me very specific questions regarding my training aircraft and my type rated aircraft, even asking about intercepting radial and entering holding patterns, etc. I did study HARD before the interview but still find it very stressful. Wishing you luck next time!


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Old 26th Jun 2023, 03:28
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Originally Posted by lz9497
Sorry to hear about that, good that you have experience. I have South African CPL with ATPL subjects as well, but failed to find a job after completing my training in 2019. They do expect more when you have experience. It was quite hard for me in technical interview, the pilot did ask me very specific questions regarding my training aircraft and my type rated aircraft, even asking about intercepting radial and entering holding patterns, etc. I did study HARD before the interview but still find it very stressful. Wishing you luck next time!
Thanks lz. Same background with me. Yeah, I knew they give people hard times in the technical interview. I just didn't expect any of this in the initial one. And worse, they don't inform you about the timeline or the process beforehand. I had only one day between the aptitude test and the interview. But anyway, guess I will get an instructor's rating and teach for a while before my next attempt with any of these big shots.
Btw, did you pass the final one? Best of luck to you too.
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Old 26th Jun 2023, 08:20
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Originally Posted by cdwkiwi2012
Thanks lz. Same background with me. Yeah, I knew they give people hard times in the technical interview. I just didn't expect any of this in the initial one. And worse, they don't inform you about the timeline or the process beforehand. I had only one day between the aptitude test and the interview. But anyway, guess I will get an instructor's rating and teach for a while before my next attempt with any of these big shots.
Btw, did you pass the final one? Best of luck to you too.
oh that's not good that they didnt even give you some time to prepare yourself, I've got almost 2 months waiting time in between..... yes I passed the final interview, I have done my medicals as well, just waiting for medical results, Thank you.
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Old 26th Jun 2023, 16:39
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Should I join the Cathey Cadet Program?

Hey guys, I am looking to become a commericial pilot for any Hong Kong airlines (leaning towards Cathey) because of the low tax rate and my local cityzenship. I know Cathey hasn't been doing well since the pandemic, but they offer a cadet programme that is pretty renowned. My question is should I do the general route ( ppl -> cpl -> 250 hrs *second officer/ flight instructor -> 1500 hrs *first officer) or try the Cathey Cadet Programme which is like 1 year? Also, does anyone know how much the Cathey Cadet Programme cost and if there's any drawback to it like forcing you to sign a ridiculous contract upon completion of the programme? Thanks guys
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Old 27th Jun 2023, 05:15
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Originally Posted by 5feet7180pbsonthecut
Hey guys, I am looking to become a commericial pilot for any Hong Kong airlines (leaning towards Cathey) because of the low tax rate and my local cityzenship. I know Cathey hasn't been doing well since the pandemic, but they offer a cadet programme that is pretty renowned. My question is should I do the general route ( ppl -> cpl -> 250 hrs *second officer/ flight instructor -> 1500 hrs *first officer) or try the Cathey Cadet Programme which is like 1 year? Also, does anyone know how much the Cathey Cadet Programme cost and if there's any drawback to it like forcing you to sign a ridiculous contract upon completion of the programme? Thanks guys
Clearly you don't know how this program works. Why don't you do your research and read the whole damn thing first? It's not that hard is it
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Old 27th Jun 2023, 12:55
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It's "Cathey" 5feet7180pbsonthecut was talking about Hardrod. Not "Cathay" the one we know.
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Old 28th Jun 2023, 05:05
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Hey guys, how long does it generally take to receive your medical result from HKCAD or CX? Thx
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Old 28th Jun 2023, 05:25
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Advance Cadet Course

Originally Posted by lz9497
oh that's not good that they didnt even give you some time to prepare yourself, I've got almost 2 months waiting time in between..... yes I passed the final interview, I have done my medicals as well, just waiting for medical results, Thank you.
hi lz, congrats on passing the final interview. Do you have any idea when will be the next advance cadet course start? I have passed the final interview on March and they offer me to join on April. Since I live overseas and unable to move to HK that fast, so they told me to wait for the next class to open. I saw you recently pass the final, hope you have more update status to share. Thanks
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Old 28th Jun 2023, 09:48
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Originally Posted by fatginger
hi lz, congrats on passing the final interview. Do you have any idea when will be the next advance cadet course start? I have passed the final interview on March and they offer me to join on April. Since I live overseas and unable to move to HK that fast, so they told me to wait for the next class to open. I saw you recently pass the final, hope you have more update status to share. Thanks
Isn't there a batch of cadet pilots starting their courses every month?
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