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Old 11th Jul 2010, 00:19
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Just a thought:

Holdmetight, the aircraft on the tarmac was it a 777 ?? cause they asked a lot of question about it so, it is because it was the a/c on the tarmac or which you prefer or because they just love it ?

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Old 11th Jul 2010, 00:24
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I did my Stage 1 interview at Cathay City today. Here are the questions I was asked (or at least the ones I remember). I was interviewed by a B777 training captain
Well I read again... I guess I have a clue... quite hard... cause if it was a 747 captain, you could have questions about it.
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Old 11th Jul 2010, 03:40
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Stage 2 Interview

I will be attending the Stage two Interview at 3-4 August? If you are invited please advice ? Thanks.....
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Old 11th Jul 2010, 05:05
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VNA Lotus

I have a PPL with 85 hours TT.

The spotting of the aircraft on the tarmac was quite spontaneous. I was asked to identify almost anything in view. I remember I spotted a Cathay A330, Qantas A330, Kalitta B747-200F, Cathay B777-300, and a B757 from a Chinese airline.

The reason the training captain asked a lot of B777-related questions wasn't just because its his ride, but because I had told them that it was my favourite aircraft. Then obviously a B777 happened to be sitting on the tarmac, and the model aircraft on the table in the interview room was also a B777-300 (which I was asked to identify).

Hope this helps.
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fish How long should I wait?

Hi, I'm new to this forum. Nice to meet all of you. Anyways, I applied for the Cadet Pilot at the end of March, but I haven't received any reply. When I check back on the site (almost every week), they say they're still considering my application. How long should I wait?
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to holdmetight,

what does TOD mean. & would you mind telling how to answer the tech-Q10

Thanks so much
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hi_mate

what does TOD mean
Top of Descent.

telling how to answer the tech-Q10
No problem. Question 10 just builds on your answer in Question 7.

We have the following conditions provided in the question:

1. Spoilers allow the aircraft to travel 50% less distance per 1000ft descended. That means the 33,000ft descent will now cause the aircraft to travel a total of 49.5nm (1.5nm travel distance per 1000ft descent).

2. Spoilers allow the aircraft to increase its deceleration efficiency by 50%, so the aircraft now only needs 7.5nm to slow down.

So the answer is 49.5+7.5=57nm before Kunming.
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@Barney

Just to go back to your post on the CX fleet... You say there are 19+12 = 31. What happened to the 32nd?
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Old 11th Jul 2010, 17:53
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holdmetight

holdmetight,

thanks for the quick reply.

sorry to have one more question, how to identify 773 or 773ER without knowing the engine? if by raked winglet, both of them are quite similar for me. Looking for any advice.

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Old 11th Jul 2010, 19:30
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hi_mate

I'm assuming you are talking about distinguishing a B777-300 from its ER variant when you are looking from afar? In that situation, if you cannot tell whether the aircraft has raked wingtips or not, then chances are the interviewer cannot either. Otherwise, distinguishing a -300 from a -300ER is very easy as the raked wingtips are quite obvious and are possibly the only visible clue you have to help you (other than the GE or RR labels on the sides of the engine nacelles). I cannot think of any other way to tell a -300 from a -300ER besides looking at the wingtips and labels on the engine nacelles.

Hope this helps!
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Old 12th Jul 2010, 03:13
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cx help

hi mate

i sent u email and message hoping u can also send me the booklet and info on the test and interview stages for cx ..im currently waiting for my assessment and hope u can help

waiting for ur reply

my email is [email protected]

good luck for ur career as pilot mate

regards

aqeel
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Old 12th Jul 2010, 04:56
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Thumbs up Thanks holdmetight

Just wondering, during the technical questioning time period. was there any paper and pencil provided just to write down a little notes regarding to the question?

like just doing simple math calculation on a piece of paper rather than just figuring out answer in one's head.

really appreciate your input, wish all the best to ya holdmetight !!
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@StandardToaster

Just to go back to your post on the CX fleet... You say there are 19+12 = 31. What happened to the 32nd?
I am assuming that you mean the Airbus Fleet? There is an dry lease to KA for 1 A330-300(B-HLE). Therefore in the "books" the aircraft still belongs to CX and therefore KA has an Financial Lease of 1 in the Annual Report of 2009. So operational, CX will fly 31 iso 32.
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Old 12th Jul 2010, 08:29
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during the technical questioning time period. was there any paper and pencil provided just to write down a little notes regarding to the question?
No. The interviewer just unleashes a torrent of information and it is up to you to remember what is what, and process the information accordingly to produce an answer. Writing down all the given parameters would have made the question much easier to solve, but I don't think the interviewer would have permitted it.
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@Holdmetight

7. Assume we are cruising at FL380 and we wish to descend to Kunming (elevation 5000'). The aircraft travels 3nm for every 1000ft of descent, and we wish to leave 15nm before arriving at Kunming for the aircraft to slow down. How far before Kunming is the TOD?

38 000 - 5 000 = 33 000 so the distance between Kunming and TOD is 99 NM (33 x 3 NM). I think the 15NM distance is just mentionned for the next question isn't it ?

10. Coming back to the previous question about descending into Kunming. If we use spoilers and it gives us a 50% decrease on the distance the aircraft travels per 1000ft descent, and it improves aircraft deceleration by 50%. What is the new TOD?

I've a different answer Holdmetight but I'm probably wrong...Considering that deceleration will only occur at the end of descend (15NM required with the initial settings), decelaration distance only will decrease but initial descend settings keep the same = 3NM per 1 000 ft.

So the 15NM included in the initial 99 NM of descent will only be 7.5 NM....

So I would say the second answer would be 99 - 7.5 = 91.5 NM

Where I'm wrong ?
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I think the 15NM distance is just mentionned for the next question isn't it ?
No, we have to factor in the 15nm deceleration distance in the same question as well. Therefore 15nm for deceleration must be added to the 99nm used for descent from FL380 to 5000', hence giving us 114nm. The 114nm travel distance is required for the aircraft to lose the 33,000ft AND slow down before reaching Kunming.

I've a different answer Holdmetight but I'm probably wrong...Considering that deceleration will only occur at the end of descend (15NM required with the initial settings), decelaration distance only will decrease but initial descend settings keep the same = 3NM per 1 000 ft.

So the 15NM included in the initial 99 NM of descent will only be 7.5 NM....

So I would say the second answer would be 99 - 7.5 = 91.5 NM
I think you have misinterpreted the question. The question said the distance travelled per 1000ft descent has been reduced by 50%, and the deceleration distance has been reduced 50% as well. Therefore it means the aircraft now travels 1.5nm per 1000ft descent, and now only needs 7.5nm to slow down before reaching Kunming.

1.5x33=49.5nm which is the distance now travelled for 33,000ft descent. The aircraft now only needs 7.5nm to slow down before reaching Kunming, so now it is 49.5+7.5=57nm. Capiche?
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Old 12th Jul 2010, 11:41
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The question itself is not hard at all. The hard part is to listen the question correctly during an interview when you could be nervous, and memorize the conditions of the question.

I think holdmetight is right about the answers according to the stated questions.
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Old 12th Jul 2010, 12:12
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Hi dronehawk, im also kenyan and went thro' the whole process. Dont be worried about response to applications, focus on getting your technical knowledge about CX aircraft to a level that makes them remember you after the interview, coz you only have that one chance to prove it. On the practical side, you have to go to Joburg for all the interviews (since stage 2/3/4 will be in or via HKG, they will ask you to connect thro this point). All the best mate and hope to see you in Adelaide sometime...
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I agree with you guys...I also tought about these answers too at first.

I was just wondering if there were any trap in the question. It's just because descending from FL380 to 5 000 ft strictly following 3NM per 1 000 ft, trust me you'll hit the ground after 99NM from the TOD so I've included the deceleration of 15NM into the total descent to Kunming.

I took it probably more tricky than it was
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I don't thank a math question would be too complicated nor tricky during an interview. it'd probably another case if in a written test. since you would have to listen and interpret all the conditions verbally., just a thought. but it could be tricky sometimes, who knows~~! life is full of unexpectations
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