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Old 10th Mar 2008, 13:43   #1 (permalink)
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Srilankan Airlines Cadet Pilots New Intake

Does anybody have a realistic idea of when the next intake will be? Will the date be effected by the change in management structure or can we expect an intake/advert within the next month or so?

Also regarding this subject the aritcle below makes interesting reading.

This is not a thread to start knocking about insults about the good and bad things at UL just a request for information.

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Pilot exodus from SriLankan Airlines
By Dilshani Samaraweera

National carrier Sri Lankan Airlines will lose 28 pilots this year to airlines in Asia and the Middle East. Already Sri Lanka’s single international carrier is functioning below the required cadre. The airline will lose many more trained pilots for its airbuses, by the middle of this year – just as Emirates moves out from fully managing the airline.

Sri Lankan needs around 225 pilots for full, regular operations. At the moment it is functioning with 211 pilots. This week, SriLankan confirmed that 28 pilots, out of its current pilot cadre of 211, have already given notice.

“We have around 211 pilots right now. Out of this, we have 28 resignations at the moment. These resignations will take effect by April-May of this year, because they have to give 3 months notice,” said Captain Milinda Ratnayake, Senior Manager, Flight Operations, Sri Lankan Airlines. Most of the pilots are going to airlines in India and the Middle East. India’s demand for pilots of wide-bodied aircrafts has jumped with airlines like Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines starting to operate international flights. Many of the trained and experienced pilots leaving Sri Lankan are entering these two Indian airlines.

SriLankan pilots are also joining Middle Eastern airlines like Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways. SriLankan said it has stepped up training and recruitment to maintain uninterrupted operations, despite the large exodus of its trained pilots.

“We have training capacity for around 22-24 pilots. This is around 10% of our cadre. So we already have ongoing training programmes. We are also on a vigorous recruitment campaign,” said Ratnayake. Already around 40 of Sri Lankan Airlines’ pilots are expats. The airline says the salaries are the same for both local and expat pilots. The outflow of trained Sri Lankan pilots has been gradually increasing over the past few years.

“The demand for pilots is very high now because airlines are opening up in this part of the world and they need pilots. So this has been going on for the past 2-3 years now,” said Ratnayake.


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Old 17th Mar 2008, 06:29   #2 (permalink)
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next intake only once the current batch finishes up...probably around 6-8 months..and anyway if experienced pilots leave..why would they want to throw more inexperienced pilots into line ops..study hard and be patient..i think we will all have to wait a little while

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Old 25th Mar 2008, 07:01   #3 (permalink)
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Srilankan Airlines Cadet Pilots New Intake

The Next Intake will be in June, the exams in August, its confirm.
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Old 9th Apr 2008, 20:58   #4 (permalink)
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Srilankan Airlines Tech. Exams for cadet pilots

Can somebody pls give me some information about the Srilankan Airlines Tech. Exams. How many papers, What's the duration, what sort of questions to expect (Multiple Choise/ Essay) and any recommended reading material to refer.

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Old 19th Apr 2008, 13:25   #5 (permalink)
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Just to let everyone know that the advert is out for the cadet pilot intake...good luck to u all.

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Old 16th Oct 2008, 10:09   #6 (permalink)

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ad will be out by Nov!!!!
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Old 17th Oct 2008, 10:59   #7 (permalink)
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quick question,
do they only take srilankan nationals or other nationalities have chances too?
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Old 22nd Jan 2010, 19:56   #8 (permalink)
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Does anyone know if Sri Lankan is going to recruit through the cadet pilot programme in 2010? I haven't seen any evidence of it yet.

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Does Sri Lankan Airlines take non-lankan residents?
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Old 13th Feb 2010, 12:46   #10 (permalink)
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The article above is nearly 2 years old. A lot has happened in the last two years hhhmm maybe a GFC comes to mind??? old info
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Old 1st Mar 2010, 23:24   #11 (permalink)
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Thumbs down Corruption & Unprofessional Behavior Of Pilots At Sri Lankan Airlines


lol, guys UL should change its course BIG time ( meant the way they run system)
Stupidity, corruption, non professional behavior among pilots and crew and all because of that we shall never be able to take it back to its glorious times!.. I havent apllied to yet yet no need but , sri lankan should realize it !!!

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Old 5th Mar 2010, 19:15   #12 (permalink)
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answer for that most of them come from Big wigs infleuce and they cannot be stopped by the Captains... even the Captains are scared....

Anyway I heard tey are running on loss again.....
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Old 21st May 2010, 06:53   #13 (permalink)
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You are right in someways and wrong in someways...the bad apples left and now are knocking again to be taken back, the good ones stayed and they have realized that it's not good to have the bad with the good so they too are supporting the president in refusing to take them back. Some of who left in a descent way are being taken back the others have been sent to Mihin to be disciplined by the President himself.

They have started recruitting again it seems as there is big plans for expansion including 777 and sea planes.

Time to get your CV ready...
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Old 3rd Jun 2010, 08:58   #14 (permalink)
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Sea Planes back again and 777, what a waste of money, heard they pull everything from UL and Pump it to HIMIN Air,and in another few years time HAMAB wil be the main Airport and all of them at Katu wil have to look at the sky,,,, few years time UL will be ignored and their own staff will be set up.. thats how bad th system is.
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Old 25th Oct 2010, 08:48   #15 (permalink)
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Sri Lankan Salaries

Anyone knows the pay scale for pilots, most specifically 320 Capt., local and or expat.
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Old 3rd Nov 2010, 19:25   #16 (permalink)
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Srilankan Airlines

Anybody from Srilankan care to share some info regarding the screening process

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Old 26th Sep 2014, 15:10   #17 (permalink)
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Heard the other day at Ops that a person who managed to get the command recently didnt sit for his Cadet Intake tech exam way back in 2006 when he got in, he was exhempted from Tech exam and was sent for the Flight test by Mili Rat ... WOW !!!! Land Like No other ~~~~~~~~~~
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Airline Merge: Capt. Druvi Perera Are We Heading For Disaster?
March 7, 2015 | Filed under: Colombo Telegraph,Opinion | Posted by: COLOMBO_TELEGRAPH
By Marlon Dale Ferreira -

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The current Chief Operations Officer and Head of Flight Operations Capt.Druvi Perera of Sri Lankan Airlines has been granted the enviable task of now running the identical functions of Mihin Lanka the low cost budget airline too as now both airlines are being ordered to run under one Chairman but under two separate AOCs issued by the Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka.
Among many blatant decisions taken in the recent past by the former Sri Lankan Airlines Chairman Nishantha Wickramasinghe and the soon to be out going CEO Kapila Chandrasena, is the controversial appointment of Capt. Druvi Perera to the post he currently holds.
It is important to point out that there is ‘NO’ such post as per the legality and as laid down in the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) manual (ref SLCAP 4100 Appendix I dated 16/05/2011 rev 1). The instructions attached here should have been crystal clear especially to those within the aviation sector and of the national carrier.
His post of Chief Operating Officer never existed before and was created and advertised in manner that ensured he was the sole applicant for the post. Strangely even the maximum age for this post was highlighted at 50 preventing other suitable candidates from applying.
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COO Capt. Druvi Perera’s letter served to Capt. Charles Sirimanne the Safety Manager of Mihin Lanka
What further shocked aviation professionals in the Flight Operations was firstly here was a Pilot who had only his Australian Ordinary Level qualifications besides his flying credentials and further his ability and skills were questionable after his famous approach and landing incident in Chennai and more famously his push back without obtaining Air Traffic Control clearance with a VVIP on board in late 2014.
Since these two incidents were reported by Colombo Telegraph on the 9th and 14th of February 2015 respectively, the national carrier is yet to refute both allegations.
Worthy questions been asked now is as to how a person with such track record could be granted more responsibilities when it was commonly known that his controversial appointment and many other dealings is been probed at present at a personal level by Lawyer J.C. Weliamuna and his team.
The 100 day programme of the current ruling country’s government made many voters cast their votes in the hope that perpetrators and fraudsters would be brought to task as part of their pre-election promises. The confidence instilled in the people of this country took a positive turn with many eagerly coming forward to name and shame those who have been abusing power and those that have robbed the country.
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Director General H.M.C.Nimalasiri’s letter addressed to CEO Mihin Lanka approving Capt. Charles Sirimanne’s appointment
This changed mindset of its people has now granted many the confidence to speak up fearlessly, especially those employees within the national airline.
The ongoing probe ordered by the Aviation Ministry has now had employees queuing up Lawyer Weliamuna’s door to blurt out credible information.
Information on the national carrier’s misdeeds and fraud now flow freely by those employees who had been muted all this time power wielding Senior Management in control of the airline who have been planted there by the previous regime.
Pilot related incidents of Sri Lankan Airlines was exposed by the media which raised questions about certain Pilots who commanded commercially operated flights with actions that compromised the lives of passengers on board.
Just five years ago nearly a dozen very senior Sri Lankan pilots who had previously served foreign airlines returned to our shores. They offered their services once again to the national carrier but were cold shouldered by the then Chairman Nishantha Wickremasinghe on the advice of the then Senior Manager Flight Operations for reasons best known to themselves. This was at a time when the national carrier depended on 35% expatriate Captains to fill the void created by many other brilliant Pilots who departed to join various Middle Eastern Airlines in absolute disgust. This took place due to the manner of how the airline was amateurishly been run and especially how they were been treated. The airline was severely short of senior captains on their long haul fleet with flights being cancelled on an adhoc basis.
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Mihin Lanka General Manager Lal Perera’s letter addressed to Sri Lankan Airlines Capt. K.G.R. Yahampath
A year later, when these pilots found employment elsewhere the airline lost no time in advertising for pilots, internationally. Several foreign pilots with some holding dead licences were recruited and millions of public money was spent all over again in reactivating their licenses, whereas all of the returning pilots held live or active licences and would not have cost a rupee to the airline.
“The cash strapped airline lost more whilst a few got rich in the process.
Aren’t these the same people who jumped on the bandwagon and called themselves the patriotic sons of the land ? What humbug !” blurted a Pilot who left to commence a new job in the Arabian Gulf.
The two stories carried by Colombo Telegraph which appeared on the days mentioned previously also highlighted Capt.Druvi Perera’s famous safety related incidents when he was in command of those two specific flights that tainted his professionalism and competence as a pilot.
Strangely those incidents have up to now never been refuted by the airline providing cause to believe that the airline was found to be guilty due to the actions of Capt.Druvi Perera.
What is now interesting to find out is if the Civil Aviation Authority headed by Director General Nimalsiri was forced to hush these two incidents by people in higher power.
Under Capt. Druvi Perera’s astute leadership is also the famous incident where he succumbed to the political pressures which was wielded, requesting him to reduce the pass mark in order to accommodate and recruit two potential cadet pilots. One been a boy and the other been a girl.
The Chief Pilot Training and Standards at that time Capt.Patrick Fernando and his deputy Capt. Ranga Amadoruwa both stepped down from the post in sheer disgust not wanting to compromise their ethical standards and especially compromising the responsibilities that they were entrusted with holding their posts.
It is worthy to mention that Sri Lankan Airlines has always had political pressures of this nature exerted, however in Capt.Druvi Perera’s case, his passiveness to meekly give in tarnished his reputation among the entire pilot community when he requested of this special favour to accommodate the two cadet pilots short comings at the exam.
Further under his directive a foreign company was introduced to assist with the recruitment of cadet pilots when a tried, tested and proven system the airline had in house and run by their very own senior pilots for over 15 years was changed at a very considerable cost.
This new recruitment process perhaps has been one of the contributing reasons as to why certain pilots have been acting as ‘cow boys’ in the flight deck instead of respecting and not jeopardizing the human lives which was placed in the trust of their ability when operating commercial flights.
Capt. Perera has now incidentally started off on a wrong note with the low cost carrier Mihin Lanka when he served the Safety Manager Capt. Charles Sirimanne a letter dated 16th February 2015 stating that he no longer holds the post he diligently served on a voluntary basis.
Strangely the organisational chart and reporting lines do not permit the COO Capt. Perera any business to serve this sort of letter to the Manager Safety at Mihin Lanka when it should be have been served by the latter’s direct boss the CEO and that too in consultation and after approval of the Director General Civil Aviation.
What appears now is that Capt. Druvi Perera has clearly overstepped his authority in a clear ‘abuse of power’ and in sheer haste to cover up a more sinister and corrupt practice that is being conducted by the Director Flight Operations Capt Pujitha Jayakody, the Chief Pilot Training and Standards of Mihin Lanka.
The issue at hand here at Mihin Lanka is the sudden recruitment of foreign trainee pilots violating existing local regulations when plenty of local pilots were more than ready to contribute heavily to hold this dubious honour. There was no transparency in their selection process and very few within the airline knew they had landed.
Was this Capt. Druvi Perera’s strategy and meanness in punishing Capt.Sirimanne for this standing in the way of Capt.Jayakody ?
An even greater question asked now is has Capt. Druvi Perera now assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of Mihin Lanka? especially after he has now clearly stepped over the boundary by serving Capt. Sirimanne this letter through sheer ignorance and made an utter mess of himself and those even copied on the letter. If this is not a clear abuse of power then it would be interesting to find out what the real definition it is.
As far as the Civil Aviation Authority and the letter served by Director General H.M.C.Nimalasiri is concerned, Capt.Sirimanne will continue remain as the Manager Safety of Mihin Lanka.
What baffles most is the absolute ignorance also of Lal Perera the newly appointed General Manager of Mihin Lanka went on to issue a letter to Capt.K.G.R.Yahampath of Sri Lankan Airlines informing him that he will be assuming Capt.Charles Sirimanne’s duties at Mihin Lanka on the same day which was 16th February 2015.
The real question asked now is as of the 16th February 2015 who really officially holds the post of Safety Manager Mihin Lanka?
Colombo Telegraph has also obtained credible information which highlights a safety related issue at Mihin Lanka which otherwise has an unblemished record spanning seven years since it’s relaunch that would have any airline enthusiast read with much interest.
That story too would be published by Colombo Telegraph in the near future.
The experience of the Captain on that particular flight operated out of Colombo and destined for Jakarta returned back to base an hour and a half after take off that saved the lives of passengers and saved day for the Mihin Lanka on the 20th December 2014.
In this instance the management of Mihin Lanka may be fighting shy of thanking the said pilot to date for an excellent job done and saving the image of the airline.
This hair raising experience should have been shared with the pilots of their partner Sri Lankan airlines at the least, as is done in aviation all over the world but then the man Capt Perera monitoring both Flight Operations Department hadn’t bothered to do so even though two months have now lapsed after the incident.
The critical and valid question asked now is how safe are the country’s national carrier and its low cost carrier as long as Capt.Druvi Perera is at the helm operationally and more importantly holding the throttles of both airlines?
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