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Changing my career from sailing to piloting…
Pilot Career - Becoming a Pilot
Friday, 20 February 2015 16:17

From Air Stewardess to Pilot

Hi Captain,

I've read your book "Life in the Skies" and it really inspired me to pursue my dreams. I have always wanted to be a pilot since at a very young age. I'm 24 years old this year.

Currently I am working as a Navigating Officer (3rd Officer) under MISC which transports LNG.

Are there any possibilities if I take up piloting? Is it too late to build up my piloting career?

I have a Diploma in Nautical Studies. Can I apply for cadetship program with my Diploma or still require my SPM certificate? Is it possible to get a sponsorship?

I really hope to hear from you and that you could guide me, Captain Lim.



Hi Christie,

It is not too late at your age to take up flying as a career. Unfortunately, the opportunity is very limited today and many airlines are closing their doors to ab initio (from scratch) students.

As there are still many jobless flying graduates, airlines is slowly absorbing them rather than sponsoring new ab intio cadet pilots

I believe Air Asia is not sponsoring any MPL (Multi Crew Pilots License) for this year (2015). However, when recruitment resumes, the competition is generally very tough and only the cream is selected. Although the qualification is quite basic as stipulated by the DCAM, most of those selected tend to have higher grades.

Below are the DCAM Educational Qualifications:- 

2.2.1 An applicant, whether for initial pilot training (ab initio) or requiring an abridged course will not be accepted for training on an approved Commercial Pilot's License course unless he passed a Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) or equivalent qualifications with credits in five (5) subjects including English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject.

2.2.2 Applicants who possess other equivalent educational qualifications or foreign professional licenses shall refer to the DCA to determine whether their qualifications can be accepted for this purpose.

For more information about becoming a pilot, please scroll down on the left of my Home Page to Pilot Career. There are 13 sub topics on all you want to know about becoming a pilot.

All the best to your future endeavor!

A Lady Pilot with Virgin Atlantic


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How could radar track MH370 flying towards Penang at 594 knots?
Hi Captain Lim,

Please could you interpret a riddle for me?
The 2015 Interim Report for MH370 claims MH370 was tracked on radar flying from Kota Bharu to Penang flying at 594 knots.

I understood there was a surface wind of just 15 knots from East to West that night. I also understand the B772 is limited to a VMO of 330knots which translates to a maximum speed at 35,000feet of 499kt True Airspeed.

I know the radar readout gave a Ground Speed, but it still makes no sense. This image suggests a Boeing 777-200ER flew faster than the maximum speed.

In your opinion was this possible or is it possible that it was a different type of aircraft they tracked?
Simon Gunson , 23 Apr, 2015

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