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An unsuccessful cadet pilot sharing his views on why he probably failed.
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Sunday, 16 December 2007 18:52

Dear Captain Lim,

Your site is wonderful and it gives a lot of advices to those who want to become a pilot. If you have no objection, I would like to share with all on what had probably caused me to fail my cadet pilot interview with Cathay Pacific Airways.

My name is Johnson and I am 32 years old. I have worked for the last 10 years in the information technology sector. At the end of 2003, I sent in my application for the Cathay Pacific Airways Cadet Pilot Program and a few weeks later, I was invited to attend the selection process. The process consisted of 2 written tests (IQ and English), a simple medical check and an aptitude (psychomotor) test. I think I have passed those tests but failed in the preliminary interview.

At first, I was a little disappointed but I later realized that I was not prepared to be a pilot yet. I submitted my application because I wanted to change my job and found that a pilot's profession to be special, coveted by many and that the pay is good (I think). I also realized that, to be a pilot, you must be genuinely interested in it first, not merely wanting to be one just because of the attractions.

I have not given up my pursuit yet. I will prepare myself more thoroughly this year, like improving my English and my knowledge in aviation. If I finally find that this career is still not my cup of tea, then only will I give up pursuing it.

Could you kindly give me some advice as to whether there are any age limit on the Cadet Pilot Program? I will be 33 soon. Was the age factor a reason why I failed? Will my application be rejected the next time I submit it?

Thank you.

Johnson

Hi Johnson,

Thank you for sharing your views and why you were unsuccessful in the Cathay Pacific Airways Cadet Pilot interview. I am not very clear on the Cathay's Cadet Pilot Program policy. You can write to them to find out on the age and re-application issue.

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Cathay Pacific Cadet programme
Hey there!! I am not sure what their requirements are for their cadet but all I know is there is someone who is 35 and the oldest amongst all who got in as a cadet.
Fly boy , 26 Sep, 2010
older cadets
In my opinion age is a very important factor, not to be disregarded. consider the fact that to receive the higher end of the pay grade you have to hold a senior position in the the company which usually equates to time served. this time served to reach the level of captain can any where in the 10's of years period. Now consider the fact that you have to do training which can at most go for 3 years. consider the fact that pilots need to be medically fit to fly. and as time goes on the probability of passing the yearly medical goes down slightly especially from 60 years onwards. now if your 35 and start training now you will have around 20 years to get to the higher side of the pay scale which compared to pilots who started in their 20's is less probable
Otto , 28 May, 2011

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