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Pilot wannabe with age and work-inside-cockpit issues
Pilot Career - Becoming a Pilot
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:31

Qantas A380 taking off from Melbourne.

Hi Capt Lim,

I hope to realize my dream as a pilot, but it’s a bit late for me now - 34 years old this year. I have to support my family and everything for the past few years

I have an Australian passport, brought up in Singapore, so I consider myself a true blood Singaporean even though I have an Aussie passport alt.

The odds are against me for SQ recruitment and some other airlines since I am a foreigner. According to online feedback, Qantas and other Australian airlines are not hiring or training.

I have checked a few internet sources. For me to get into flying, it seems very risky, especially if self sponsored. By the time when I finished my flying course in Australia, I will be 36 years old and waiting together with the younger guys, hoping to get recruitment from ANY airlines...

I am not sure how difficult the interviews and flying exams are, but I believe that I can get through them. I am medically fit as well.

Do you know anybody who gets recruitment with airlines at late age of 36 years old and above?

Something on my mind - long hours in the plane, I can't sit still for hours (restless) in the plane as a passenger, my legs cramp up easily from sitting for hours etc..

Does that happen to some pilots in the cock pit?

I would appreciate your feedback and advice.


Best Regards,


Hi Lester,

Please read the section on Age (see here) under Pilot Career in my Website to get an idea about your query.

Anyway, you may be on the borderline to become a sponsored pilot for some airlines – SIA may consider you in the past but unlikely now because you are no longer a Singaporean citizen. Your only choice is to be a self-sponsored pilot and even that, it would be a long and winding road for you to maneuver before you can realize your dream. Can you take it especially if you have to support your family at the same time?

Flying jobs in Australia are hard to come by as you have realized but not impossible if you have completed a flying course with the necessary licenses and the determination at 36 years old. You have to work your way up (even starting up as a crop duster, charter flying, etc to build up your hours) because you have no experience. Thereafter, you can start to look for a flying job in the airlines with at least 1500 hours. I believe, Cathay Pacific in Hong Kong is probably the only airline I can think of that recruits new pilots from Australia.

Flying in the cockpit for long hours is different from that of passengers at the back. Pilots are often very busy even on long cruises and I never had such issues when I was in the cockpit.

I wish you all the best in your futurealt.

PS. To check for any latest updates or postings, you can follow my new Twitter at @CaptKHLim

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I agreed with what Capt Lim statement. The aviation exam from JAA is difficult. If you prepare to enter to airline you must have the full commitment. Good luck and best wise. Hope one day we may fly at the same airline
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