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What are the job prospects for privately funded cadet pilots in Malaysia?
Pilot Career - Becoming a Pilot
Tuesday, 03 June 2008 12:08

Hi Captain Lim,

Thanks for your useful website.

My name is Hanis and I'm from Ampang, Selangor. I have two questions about the pilots' job prospects. I am a private student at APFT (Asian Pacific Flight Training).

My first question - is it true that fresh private students will find it hard to apply for jobs in Malaysia because there are 7 flying academies in the country and just 3 companies - AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines and Firefly to provide pilot jobs?

Secondly, must we have flying experiences if we want to work overseas?

Regards,

Hanis

Hi Hanis,

When you took the plunge to become an airline pilot by enrolling into a flying school as a private student, I hope you were aware that this job has its ups and downs. The picture would be different if you were sponsored as a cadet pilot by the airlines as they would guarantee you a flying career upon graduation.

I have mentioned many times in the past that the aviation industry is highly cyclical and is very prone to the fluctuating market forces. When times were bad, some of my First Officers were working as Flight Attendants or even became jobless upon graduation from the flying schools for a few years before they finally got to fly on the planes.

I am aware that there are at least 7 flying academies/schools in Malaysia. Some were rapidly set up to cope with the recent boom in pilot demand in the country but the scenario may be changing with the spiraling fuel costs and global slowing economy. Malaysia Airlines had just announced today that it is introducing drastic cost-cutting measures that would also include freeze on all recruitment and training. Your best bet then would be AirAsia or FireFly as I believe the leaner low cost carriers would weather this crisis better than a fatter airline.

Yes, you have to have flying experiences after graduation to be marketable overseas. You have to unfreeze your ATPL with at least 1500 total flight hours. Lately, I know of a First Officer who has been snatched up by Etihad Airlines just two years after graduation from MFA.

The Middle East is the place where they are still looking for pilots. For example, look at the advertisement below by Etihad Airlines :-

Job Details

First Officer A320   (50 vacancies)       

Department: Flight Operations
Location: Abu Dhabi
Expiry Date: 31/12/2008

Qualifications: 

A minimum of 1500 hours total flying time and
A minimum of 1000 hours on multi crew, glass cockpit jet aircraft and
ICAO ATPL, valid license and medical
Must be current and
Maximum age limit is 53 years old and
English Language Fluency (written and verbal)
Preference would be given to candidates with Airbus experience
The hours mentioned above shall be on powered fix wing aircraft only

Salary & Benefits: 

Starting salary of AED 24500 or US$ 6655 per month for First Officers and an annual salary increment of AED 500 per month

Flight duty allowance of AED 40 per flying hour

Meal allowance during layovers as per the following rates:

-Middle East/ GCC/ Sub Continent           AED 12 per hour
-Asia/ Far East                                       AED  15 per hour
-Africa/ Australasia                                AED  18 per hour
-Europe/ Americas                                 AED  23 per hour

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Is there any job oppurunities available for a fresh Malaysian forzen ATPL holder ?
Sam , 02 Jun, 2009
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Hi captain smilies/smiley.gif

i'm a form 5 student and i am really interested to become a pilot in major airlines someday. i really want ask you some questions about becoming a pilot.

firstly, how i can apply a pilot job in major airlines? does the airlines will train us or are we have to acquired the CPL/IR or ATPL license first?

secondly, is it the Malaysian ATPL license is recognised by major airlines such as Qantas, Emirates etc.?

third, i'm also wear glasses. can person like me become a pilot in aviation? if no, is there any solution to solve this problem?

Thanks for spending your time with my questions!
i really appreciate with your help. smilies/smiley.gif

Nealdy
Nealdy Thow , 27 Oct, 2009
pilot in a major airlines
Hi captain smilies/smiley.gif


i'm a form 5 student and i am really interested to become a pilot in major airlines someday. i really want ask you some questions about becoming a pilot.


firstly, how i can apply a pilot job in major airlines? does the airlines will train us or are we have to acquired the CPL/IR or ATPL license first?


secondly, is it the Malaysian ATPL license is recognized by major airlines such as Qantas, Emirates etc.?


Thanks for spending your time with my questions!
i really appreciate with your help. smilies/smiley.gif


Nealdy
Nealdy Thow , 27 Oct, 2009

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