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Cathay Pacific Cadet Pilot Programme

Old 13th Jan 2011, 10:47
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Mate,

Sorry, I'm new in this website.I'm 24 years old and live in Qatar and will soon obtain QCAA Frozen ATP CPL-IR MCC with 250 hours, this license is based on JAA and recognized by EASA/ICAO.

Qatar Airways have a 3 step interview which takes place in qatar and dubai every year. On their first step, a 50 to 100 question tech test is given on the first day along with the sychometric test and english proficiency test...

Thanks
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Old 13th Jan 2011, 14:29
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You had 2 tries at spelling CATHAY in your first 2 sentences. The interviewers won't like that.........
 
Old 14th Jan 2011, 00:18
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Quick question

Hi all,

Quick question : Do CX except CPL+IR+ME holders with more than TT250 hrs ?

Thank you all
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Old 14th Jan 2011, 00:22
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Sky, yes!! And the good thing is, with these few hours, they wont be too hard on you in the sim check
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Old 15th Jan 2011, 21:49
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Maths Q's

Hi Guys,

Just been working through some of the maths q's that have been posted on here before and wondering if you agree with my answers and/or if there is anything I haven't thought about... would appreciate your input just trying to get ready for stage 2!!!!

1) An A/C was flying at 38000 (FL380) and OAT was -40 Degrees. What should the OAT be according to ISA? Is it warmer or colder than ISA? By how much?-56.5 warmer then ISA by 16.5 degrees!

2) Ground temp was 29 degrees, cloud base was 2000. What is temperature of a parcel of air @ 4000 using DALR and SALR? 20 degrees!

3) If we are flying at 540kt at FL360 with 100nm to go before waypoint A, and we need to reach FL390 by waypoint A, and our climb rate is 1000fpm, when is the latest before waypoint A that we need to start our climb?27 NM before A

4) If we are at 3000 and the QNH is 990, what is the pressure altitude? QNH is Less then ISA so add to airfield altitude = 3690ft

5) Given our answer in the previous question, do we immediately climb after receiving instructions from ATC or do we wait until 27nm before waypoint A before commencing climb? Why? Higher Flight Level = faster TAS, less fuel burn and anything else I cant think off??

6) If our heading is 360 and there is a wind blowing from 090, can we expect to arrive at our next waypoint at the same time, or at a different time? Same time!

7) What is the load factor in a 45 degree AOB turn? 1.4g

8) How many Gs do you pull when you do a 60 degree steep turn? 2g

9) If we are flying at FL330 and we need to descend to FL260, with a GS of 480kts and descent rate of 500fpm, how long will our descent take? How far will we fly during the descent? 14 minutes and 112 NM

10) If the runway heading is 040 and you have a crosswind of 100/20, what is your crosswind component? Using the clock code (1 in 60) rule wind is 60 degrees off hence you take the full cross wind = 20 knots

11) 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? 114 NM

12) 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? 114/2 = 57 NM be careful!!

Happy landings...

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Old 15th Jan 2011, 22:18
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6) If our heading is 360 and there is a wind blowing from 090, can we expect to arrive at our next waypoint at the same time, or at a different time? Same time!

How do you figure that? The question is a little confusing. Is the heading of 360 corrected for the wind coming from 090? Or is it, we have a heading/track of 360 with no wind, and then there is the wind factor? If so then a crosswind will decrease groundspeed and increase leg time.

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Old 16th Jan 2011, 23:17
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Hey guys, just had a question for those who have done Stage 2/3, I have just arrived in Hong Kong and received my itinerary for the day along with a timetable and schedule for the days events and it has basically listed Group Ex, Interview, Mental Mathematics and Flight Planning Ex.

I am shocked as it doesn't include the Computer based aptitude test with joysticks and also the personality 186questions computer based questionnaire, neither piece of the letter I have has these written on them. Did those of you who have done it have these listed on the itinerary?? Or I wonder if they have stopped these tests..
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Old 16th Jan 2011, 23:29
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How long does it say the Maths test last? It should only be half an hour.The 186PF and aptitude tests were all done in the same room on the same computers. So I was in there for about 2 hours in total. The day starts at 08:30 and ends at about 16:30. So not sure if its been omitted.

You never know, they may have gotten rid of the aptitude stuff as they can test your flying ability during flight grading.

I was listed on my schedule by the way...

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Old 16th Jan 2011, 23:55
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Hey SW1, basically the day goes as follows on the timetable :

0830 - 0845 - Welcome briefing
0845-0945 - group ex
1000-1100 interview
1115-1200 - mental mathematics
1445-1615 - flight planning

It also doesn't mention that I have the aptitude or personality test on the cover letter, just those tests. So don't know if these have been pulled, or if they only do the joystick tests now for the zero - low houred guys. But then I have known guys have to do both the wombat and joystick tests who are just as experienced as me so no idea. I wish they'd pulled the mental mathematics aswell, and group exercise.... and interview and just give me the job lol

Only thing is it was mentioned on my email I received back in December and also there is a gap between 1200 and 1445 so obviously there is lunch but thought that would only be an hour so no idea
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Old 17th Jan 2011, 00:02
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I did the WOMBAT in London and the Aptitude test and 186 PF in HK. I dont think its only for low hours guys as im rated on the A320 and have known guys with 2000+ hours who have still had to do it. They may have scrapped it. But that seems like a very long lunch break, you may as well go for a nap in your roomOnly joking.

I hope Cathay are not going to spring it on you on the day. Either way, its not hard and the personality test is just being yourself and answering honestly. Good luck with it all.
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Old 17th Jan 2011, 00:08
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Yea I know 2 guys one an instructor and one a320 rated and both of them had to do it, I don't think they'd spring it on me but meh, thanks, ****ting myself
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Old 17th Jan 2011, 05:20
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Date 2011 stage 1 interviews for Cathay Cadet programe

Hey Guys

I sent my Application form through at the beginning of the month. I was just wondering if any of you know relatively how long it takes them to decide if you have an interview or not? Because Im checking my email constantly for a reply and its killing me haha

Also if anyone knows when the next date for 2011 Hong Kong Interviews?!

Thanks
Chantal x
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Old 17th Jan 2011, 05:36
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futureTP:

Your answer for question 10 is incorrect.
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Old 17th Jan 2011, 08:15
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Yes it seems it has all changed now, no joystick aptitude tests and it seems the 186 question personality test has been removed but they have 2 different maths tests one "mental maths" and the other "aviation maths" no idea of the difference...
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Old 17th Jan 2011, 09:00
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Sounds like the schedule you guys have mentioned just now is typical of the stage 2 interview, did you not have the wombat test in the stage 1 interview?
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Old 17th Jan 2011, 11:06
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SmitHK:

Some people have waited up to a year for an interview. Typically around 6 months tho.
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Old 17th Jan 2011, 15:03
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burnable!

How did you come to that conclusion its a rough estimate not exactly precise but not far off either... so whats the right answer????
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Old 18th Jan 2011, 05:05
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FYI - time to interview

There are a few people who are asking about how long it takes to interview. FYI, I did stage 1 in YVR last week and the other guy I meet there had waited 1 year, I waited 17 Months for stage 1. Don't hold your breath, but if it happens for you work hard and be prepared. If you don't prepare, I think the interview would be a very unpleasant 45mins for you. READ THIS THREAD! I studied lots and still didn't feel ready. If anyone else from YVR interviews has heard let me know by PM
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Old 18th Jan 2011, 10:03
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futureTP:

Trigonometry. Crosswind component is the SIN of the angle off the runway multiplied by the wind strength. Headwind component is the COS of the angle off the runway multiplied by the wind strength.

In your example: SIN60 = 0.866 * 20kts = 17.3kts crosswind.
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Old 18th Jan 2011, 15:33
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stage 2-3 on 18,19,20,21

hi guys, would anyone be able to update on the aviation math and mental math tests, as well as the Harrison?

on a side note, been preparing for so long but starting to feel uneasy about what they are going to ask in the interview for someone with no hours (me).

any inputs appreciated, and thank you guys for all the previous input.

good luck to fellow candidates for 18-21 jan!
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