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I really need your professional advice on how airlines recruit pilots.
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Thursday, 02 April 2009 16:44

Dear Captain Lim,

I really need your professional advice on how the airlines recruit pilots. Please kindly bear with me cos it's kind of lengthy. This is what happens:

I've a brother, 31 years old, who is very keen in taking up a commercial flight license in Malacca which cost almost 100K SGD as he is very keen in becoming a pilot. As the cost fees is really too high, I've actually try to knock some sense into him.

Though I'm not familiar with how the airline runs but I believe they've a stringent standard for recruitment of pilots. I don't think they will recruit people to be their pilots simply just because they have a license. I really don't want him to waste his time and huge sum of money and ended up with nothing.

In fact, he went for interview on 2 different occasions with SIA when they are recruiting cadet pilot but was not successful even at 1st round of interview.

Base on your experience, what are the chances of him getting recruited by SIA to be their pilot when he can't even make it to be their cadet pilot after he get his license (by that time, he would be about 33 years old). He is a degree holder in Computer Science with no other aerospace qualification.

Do you think his chances will be higher if he applies to be other airlines' pilot? Every time, I try to talk to him about this. He keeps thinking that I'm trying to put him down and says that I don't know anything about airlines. That's why I've no choice but to turn to you for help.

Hope that you can offer me your professional advice.

Thank you!

Yasaku


Hi Yasaku,

I have said many times before that SIA has a very stringent selection process for pilots. If he had failed in the interview in two attempts before, my opinion is that the chances of him being accepted in the future are not very good, more so with this economic downturn.

However, his chances are better if he does not mind flying for a low cost carrier (LCC). Even that, getting an ATPL from a basic flying school (MFA) at $100,000 .00 SGD will not guaranteed him an immediate flying job in any airlines. Most low cost carriers would require him to have at least a type rating on the Airbus A320 or Boeing 737 and that would incur further expenditure.

Well, if finance is not a problem, a pilot who has failed to get a sponsorship from a major airline (eg the SIA cadet pilot scheme), would stand a better chance of getting into a LCC if he has a type rating. (Yes, I have received many emails from pilots with type ratings but they are still looking for that airline job!)

P.S. I have just changed the title of this website to "Just About Flying..." instead of "Ask Captain Lim" because I can no longer answer or attend to many questions except for a few due to my working schedule (currently attending a course). My apologies to all...

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