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Cathay Pacific Cadet Pilot Programme

Old 8th Dec 2010, 07:22
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flight grading

Well done holdmetight- well deserved!,
I'm still awaiting word re:flight grading, really hope to meet and thank you in the future;
Do you know if all advanced flight grading is done as per your post? (Grob115)or is there another catagory done on the TB10 tobago?
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Old 8th Dec 2010, 08:27
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Stallone is pretty much spot on for upgrade times.
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Old 8th Dec 2010, 08:27
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Advanced Flight Grading is for people with between 30 and 220 hours TT, while those who have between 220-1500? do Advanced Entry Flight Grading. The former consists of 3 Grob flights and 3 IFR sims, while the latter consists of 3? general handling flights and 4 VFR navs, all on the Tobago TB10.
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Old 8th Dec 2010, 08:47
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pahwa, are u waiting for an invitation to stage 1? if so, it may take a while before you get the invitation email - most people wait from 6-12 months after applying before being emailed.
6-12 months? Try 18 months and counting.
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Old 9th Dec 2010, 09:59
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JKI

Will someone be kind enough to send me the JKI booklet please ^^

want to start studying b4 they email me >.<
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Old 9th Dec 2010, 15:15
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I recently had my Stage 1 interview in Hong Kong, and would love to share the questions that was asked...

a) Personal

1) Please introduce yourself
2) Are your flying lessons incorporated into your university aviation degree? Why and why not?
3) How has your parents influenced you in your choice of university degree?
4) What is involved in your university studies? What have you learnt as a result of your studies?
5) What made you interested in the aviation industry?
6) How has your university degree relate to your current job?
7) Does your parents, partner and company know about you being here? What are their views on you being here?
8) What did you think made you fail last time?
9) What have you done to improve on the matters just mentioned?
10) How did you prepare for this interview?
11) Why do you want to become a pilot?
12) Are your parents and partner supportive of you being a pilot?
13) How would your friends describe you?
14) What have you got to offer to Cathay Pacific if selected?
15) Did you apply to other cadet pilot programs? If so, what do you think went wrong in those application.
16) Why did you choose Cathay Pacific?
17) What do you think of Hong Kong? Will you be happy living here?
18) How have you dealt with conflicts in the past? Provide an example please.

b) Program Knowledge
1) What aircrafts does Cathay Pacific operate?
2) What's the engine on the B747-400 and A340-300?
3) What aircraft does Cathay Pacific have on order?
4) Name 5 destination we fly to in Europe
5) Where will you be sent for training if successfully chosen
6) Which airport does that flight school operate out of?
7) What aircraft will you be flying during your training down there?
8) What license will you gain after the completion of the program?
9) What position will you be offered after the completion of the program? How long will you stay in that position?
10) What choice of fleet will you be given?

c) Technical
Note: The technical questions were chosen by the pilot interviewer during the personal section of the interview, as he was seen circling and writing down the questions during my chat with the HR girl. Items were based on your level of knowledge. I was given more jet aircraft questions due to my working background.

1) Circumference of the Earth measured at the Equator
2) Is it possible to provide a fairly accurate estimate of the distance between two points (e.g: A and B) if they are both on the same meridian?
3) Where approximately is Hong Kong in refence to Lats and Longs
4) Maximum rated thrust on B747-400
5) Draw on whiteboard the four stages of thrust generation for piston
6) Do exactly the same for jet engine
7) Identify differences between the two
8) Draw VSI and explain how it works
9) If the static port is blocked during a climb, will VSI read 0 or maintain constant after aircraft levels off?
10) Name types of drag
11) Explain how the winglets work
12) What other wing tip devices are available?
13) What is aspect ratio? Explain why winglets are essentially affecting the aspect ratio.
14) What is the lift formula
15) What is the most critical aspect in the lift formula?
16) If we doubled the speed and halved the size of wing, how is the lift affected?
17) Does the airflow over and below the wing flow in a same direction from leading edge to trailing edge? Explain.
18) How does flaps affect lift?
19) What is the name for the point where lift is said to be acting from?

That was pretty much all the questions asked. But as I mentioned, technical questions can vary since pilots choose the questions based on your flying or working experience, and is selected pretty much during the interview at random. Be sure you are absolutely clear on the things inside the JKI as majority of the questions will be from there.

For me, the interview went on for about 60 minutes. Although on average, it normally takes about 35-45 minutes.

Hope this helps!
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Old 9th Dec 2010, 17:08
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thanks for sharing..

hope you'll get called for the next round..

maybe i know when did you go for your first try, and when did you re-apply?
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Old 9th Dec 2010, 17:25
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I initially interviewed in Dec 2008. Re-applied Jan 2010, called for interview in early Nov 2010
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Old 9th Dec 2010, 17:53
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u hold a HKID??

December 2008 i-cadet still not implemented right?
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Old 9th Dec 2010, 18:51
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Yes, I was born in HK, hence HKID holder.
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Old 10th Dec 2010, 00:05
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G-VSSH:

for personal Q9, may i know how did you answer that?
i guess they really queue the applicants up.
thanks for sharing.
are you going back to aussie or stay in hk till stage 2?
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Old 10th Dec 2010, 04:18
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For Q9, it really does depends on what you've done. I've simply gone back, reviewed my strengths and weaknesses, and worked on them... And this was reflected during the interview and through my academic results and reference letter given by my employer...

I will be going back to the land of kangaroo and wait for the email to come...
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ok, so u flew to HKG for the interview.. How much did it cost you including the hotel??
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Old 10th Dec 2010, 10:00
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For Q9, it really does depends on what you've done. I've simply gone back, reviewed my strengths and weaknesses, and worked on them... And this was reflected during the interview and through my academic results and reference letter given by my employer...
did you get the reference letter from your current employer? is the letter with reference to a pilot interview?
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Old 10th Dec 2010, 13:01
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b) Program Knowledge
1) What aircrafts does Cathay Pacific operate?
2) What's the engine on the B747-400 and A340-300?
3) What aircraft does Cathay Pacific have on order?
4) Name 5 destination we fly to in Europe
5) Where will you be sent for training if successfully chosen
6) Which airport does that flight school operate out of?
7) What aircraft will you be flying during your training down there?
8) What license will you gain after the completion of the program?

9) What position will you be offered after the completion of the program? How long will you stay in that position?
10) What choice of fleet will you be given?
5) Adelaide, Australia?
6) Flight Training Adelaide (FTA) in Parafield Airport?
7) Grobb G115 during flight grading, but will cadets train in that? what other aircrafts will be used in the 61wks?
8) CPL, fATPL?? i heard abt the P2X, what is that??
10) Do all cadets start with B777 once become S/O??
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Old 10th Dec 2010, 13:15
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5 & 6 correct, 7 don't know

8 - You end up with a HKG CPL ME/IR not an atpl or fatpl. You do not get a p2x rating either that is something you get in HKG with CX before starting a a line pilot.

10 - Chances are you wont get a choice, they will put you where they need you. SOs start on either the 747, 777 or A340 not just the 777.
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thanks for the enlightenment
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Old 10th Dec 2010, 14:58
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Stallone

You fly the Grob115, Tobago TB10, Diamond DA42 and Mudry CAP10 as an ab initio cadet. AE guys only fly the Diamond DA42.
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For Q9, it really does depends on what you've done. I've simply gone back, reviewed my strengths and weaknesses, and worked on them... And this was reflected during the interview and through my academic results and reference letter given by my employer... did you get the reference letter from your current employer? is the letter with reference to a pilot interview?
Yes, reference related to the pilot interview, and my employer's observation of character and qualities...
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For Q9, it really does depends on what you've done. I've simply gone back, reviewed my strengths and weaknesses, and worked on them... And this was reflected during the interview and through my academic results and reference letter given by my employer... did you get the reference letter from your current employer? is the letter with reference to a pilot interview?
Yes, reference related to the pilot interview, and my employer's observation of character and qualities...
so ur current employer is very supportive huh? i seriously doubt i can do it over in my company. i will try to ask my previous employer.

did others get reference letter with reference for a pilot interview as well?
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