Becoming a pilot at Cathay
If I get PPL and CPL in Australia by getting trained in flight schools like Aerospace Aviation(www.aerospaceaviation.com) or Flight Training Adelaide (www.flighttrainingadelaide.com), would I get hired as pilot (second officer?) at big airlines like Cathay Pacific?
If not, does it help me to at least to get into their Cadet Pilot Programme?
Any answer is appreciated, thanks!!
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
In this case, yes and no. First of all, Direct Entry Second Officer is opened for those CPL holders with at least 1,000 hours quoted under the belt. Plus you need a multi engine and command instrument rating. And in reality the successful candidates under this scheme are those who've already got their ICAO ATPL with at least 1,500 hours including some solid turbine engine aircraft experience. In this context you may be qualified to apply for Direct Entry. But for freshly graduated CPL holders the only possible option is the Cadet Pilot Programme in which you'll start your training all over again even though you've got some 200 hours and a valid commercial licence.
While it's an advantage to have some flight experience prior to apply for CPP, it only helps you to score high in the initial screening by showing your motivation. But it does little once you're in third and forth round of selection. The third round interview's much more about your personality rather than your flight skill. In the forth round you'll be doing your flight grading based on your level, and this's case by case. For those who don't have any airborne experience, they will be taught with basic stuff, mainly aircraft handling. For those basic CPL holders they'll do instrument grading. And if you hold instument and multi engine rating, you might be assigned to do aerobatics straight away. The true purpose for flight grading isn't about the skill you already have, but your learning ability that whether you can pick up new stuff pretty quick. With this your licence doesn't help you at all.
In most of the Western world, pilot has long been oversupplied. Self supporting student pilots who strive to get a CPL is pretty common and generates quite an amount of fresh commercial pilots with so little flight experience. But the poses in large and international airlines are somewhat limited and highly competitive. So these fresh graduates mostly get their first job as an instructor or a small charter airline pilot (flying touring or regional aircraft with a handful of passengers) in order to build up hours. Ideally they'll manage to get into a larger regional or charter airline with turbo-prop or even small jets, then another few years of flying before even considered by large international airlines, while they're in their early 30s if they start their flight career at late 10s and early 20s. So don't even think that you can enter large airline if you simply hold a CPL with a few hundred hours, what they need are those with tonnes of flight experience. And you can only consider CPP as a unique scheme as a production of undersupply of pilots due to the nature of pilot as a minority.Source(s): I'm an Aerospace Aviation's student pilot