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Is it possible for a privately sponsored cadet pilot to be jobless after graduation?
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Wednesday, 11 June 2008 10:40
Dear Captain Lim,

I heard rumors that chances of getting a job after graduation from a flying school is very low in Malaysia.

As for me, I am thinking of going to APFT privately. It will cost me around RM225K for the course and I definitely have to pay back the money (for the loan) at the end of the day.

So, is it possible for a private cadet pilot to become jobless after training? Any advice?



Hello Rezolles,

Good day!

It is hard to say whether you will have a good or low chance of getting a flying job after graduation because pilot demand is always dynamic. This means that it will vary from time to time. So generally, it depends on your timing. If someone graduates at the right time, he may get a job within a few months but some may have to wait for as long as a few years before they can be hired.

Currently, there are few flying schools in Malaysia offering ATPL courses and one can expect all these schools to produce at least a few hundred cadet pilots a year. So it all depends on how fast airlines like MAS, AirAsia, MAS Wing or Firefly can absorb them.

Hope this will help you to make a better decision.

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First Officer Chang (Airbus A320)
(Answering on behalf of Captain Lim who is very busy at the moment)


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hello chang
Surely you can elaborate on that answer
farook , 12 Jun, 2008
correct timing
there are only 2 major airlines in Malaysia, i.e. MAS & Airasia. MAS is not expanding in terms of fleet size, but Airasia does. I think your best bet would be Airasia if you are eyeing employment in Malaysia. And yet, it all depends on pilot demand at the time you graduate from flying school. You may or may not hired by them. Good luck. :roll
9M-WKS , 14 Jun, 2008
hope u elaborate even more
With much respect first officer,i didn't quite get the answer for the question,i didnt understand much.hope u will elaborate even more inspite your busy flying schedule.I am also eagerly waiting to join a private academy while waiting for air asia to reply on my academic test,so i hope to hear from u to get more ideas about my future.
thanks. :grin
kjay , 19 Jun, 2008
Hello Farook & kjay, sorry for the late reply.
What do you mean by elaborate more ? Would you mind specify it ?

FO Chang , 20 Jun, 2008
Yes it is very possible
The criteria to hire someone is not just always the basic qualifications; in this case it's the license and/or education requirements e.g. SPM or degree and eye-sight, height, weight. An airline will also look at personality, impression, language skills, etc. So, knowing how to fly a plane won't get you into an airline. As most big airlines are also national carriers, other aspects such as nationality, race, religion will also come into play. This is the fact of this world. Then, there is the question of fluctuating demand e.g. SARS outbreak is an example.
Lee Ing , 22 Jun, 2008
Hello Again Chang

You perhaps expain to your readers where else they can go. Any other options apart from the two airlines mentioned. I would rather you rewrite the answer removeing the two comments.

Best wishes

farook smilies/wink.gif
farook , 23 Jun, 2008
Further elaboration
Well, other airline one can consider are firefly & MAS Wing. If all the airline stop getting pilot then you cannot do anything but go find some other job to do. Of course you can look for job related to aviation like cabin crew, flight operation etc while waiting for the demand of pilot to come. There are some private cadet pilot who cannot get pilot job for few years & then they managed to get to fly then jobless again then for some time then get to fly again.
FO Chang , 30 Jun, 2008
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Dear Captain Lim,

I am Gana,and i am 18 years old. To be a pilot is my chilhood dream but i do not know where to get a sponsorship for cadet pilot training.

The only airline company i knew is AirAsia, but there are too many applicants. So, there stand a low chance for me, and just a few applicant will be selected by AirAsia.

That's why i am asking your advice dear sir.

Thank you..
Gana , 05 Dec, 2009
Dear sir,

i would like to ask you..where can i get scholarship for further studying in this course..i accepted as a cadet pilot at MFA..but i do not have sponsor..can you help me?but i got bad result for SPM..so,where should i apply for scholarship other than bank loan??
Asyaari , 05 Apr, 2010

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