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To be a pilot: Is swimming, geography and memorizing ability necessary?
Pilot Career - Becoming a Pilot
Saturday, 19 February 2011 04:10

Dear Capt Lim,

I am troubled by a few questions which I think, possibly could be asked in the interview and I hope to seek a decent answer.

1. Do you think it is important for a pilot to know how to swim? Why a pilot should know how to swim?

2. Do you think that a pilot must be able to memorize things well? If memorizing things is important, why? (For me, I am kind of bad in memorizing stuff. I would prefer to understand the theory behind and from there, I derive the formulae and stuffs. That is my way of learning. )

3. Do you think a pilot must know the geography of the world well? Why is it necessary for a pilot to know the capital of each country?
(As you know, I kind of loathe memorizing stuffs, if so happen, they ask me in the interview, do you think it is advisable if I answer ''a pilot does not necessarily need to memorize all the countries with the capital because a pilot can do a research of the country if he is assigned for the particular flight.'')

4. In the past, why a pilot must maintain perfect eye-sight? Is it advisable nowadays that pilots with spectacles are allowed to be in-charge of the whole plane?

Last but not least, I did some Google searches on forum since the last time I browsed your website. Unfortunately, what I have found out is that the server is down. Undoubtedly, that was the most informative pilot wannabes forum I could find. This coming 18th, I am going to attend the Air Asia cadet pilot interview. I cannot find any information about what to prepare during the interview and I seems to be running out of time. So can you please enlighten me?

Any advices or information would be greatly appreciated! Thank you and wish you a healthy and happy year!

Thanks again for this spectacular website!

Best regards,


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Hi Jacob,

1. Yes, a pilot must know how to swim. He has to attend a Safety Emergency Procedures Course where “Wet Dinghy Drills” are conducted in a swimming pool. During the training, he must demonstrate that he is at least capable of rescuing a “survivor” in the water by swimming (paddling) a considerable distance on a life jacket to “shore”

2. Yes, a pilot needs to memorize some important drills in an emergency. He needs to react immediately to some important checks or else he would lose consciousness in the air. For instance, if a plane loses total depressurization at 40,000 feet, a pilot has only about 15 to 20 seconds time of useful consciousness to react to a set of emergency drills.

3. A pilot needs to be an all-rounder, not just Geography. If the interviewer asks you the capital of Russia; it shows that you are not good at current affairs if you cannot answer the question.

4. A pilot can wear glasses as long as it can be correctable to normal vision. In the past, pilots needed to have perfect vision if they were military pilots who have to perform dog fights in air battles. Not today. Please read this topic on my website.

My Forum is not very active because I do not have the time to manage it properly. Furthermore, I am troubled by malicious visitors who used to insert SPAMS and viruses to the site. It has been removed for the time being and I may just reopen it to serve as an archive as there are still some useful information inside.

All candidates going for the current Air Asia cadet pilot interview are reminded to be well prepared. Besides being good in English, Physics and Mathematics, you have to be excellent in general knowledge as well.

I wish you all the best!

Future Pilots

All the Best


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air asia cadet interview
hie capt..
do u hav any idea wat kinda maths n physics questions they would ask as i have my interview soon as well!! thanks alot

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