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Pilot Career - Singapore Airlines
Written by Capt Lim   
Friday, 20 June 2014 15:15

SIA cadet pilots from Jandakot Flying School
Hi Capt. Lim,

I know you through your book "Life in the Skies". This book is fascinating and interesting and makes me want to know more about aviation.

I'm 16 and I wanted to be a commercial pilot since I was 4 years old.

I'm a Malaysian from Sabah. I want to know whether I should go to college to get a DEGREE first before I start my flying training at JANDAKOT FLYING SCHOOL, PERTH.

Apart from that, how can I have a job if I wish to work with Singapore Airlines because I heard that SIA sends their pilots there for training?

Last but not least, what benefits will my family gets if I am a pilot?

Thank you.


Hi Erick,

Your first question on whether to get a degree first before embarking on your flying has been answered before. See here .

Singapore Airlines (SIA) will not normally accept any graduates from Jandakot Flying School unless they are sponsored by them. They have a very stringent selection process and I believe they are not taking in any new cadet pilots for the moment.

If you want to work with SIA, you have to wait for them to start the recruiting process again in the future. You have to pass their selection process. There is no short cut to getting in.

Benefit wise, an eligible pilot gets concessional airline rebated tickets for self and family.

For your further information, this is what a SIA pilot will be paid and what are his leave entitlement like from the ALPA – S website (Updated up to Aug-23-2013)


Salaries vary depending on the type of aircraft a pilot is assigned to fly and the number of hours flown. Advancement of a pilot’s salary also depends on his length of service with the company and the fleet he belongs to. A First Officer’s basic salary starts from S$6,175 while a Captain’s starts from S$11,550.

Pilots’ Productivity Allowance

In addition to the basic salary, a pilot will receive the PPA (Pilots’ Productivity Allowance). The PPA is an hourly rate paid for every hour flown. Under the prevailing CA, the PPA comprises up to 30% of a pilot’s total income. As this part of the pilot’s salary is based on productivity, it is variable – the more a pilot flies, the more he earns. As such, in cases when flights are cancelled, if he is sent on course, or if he is on medical or annual leave, his salary will be correspondingly affected. Thus, a pilot’s salary can fluctuate – the less he flies, the lower his income.

Pilots Leave Entitlement

Captains and First Officers of SIA on national terms have 36 and 32 days of annual leave respectively, while expatriates enjoy 42 days annual leave. SilkAir national pilots enjoy between 30-36 days leave each year. The industry standard is on average 42 days per year. Pilots do not enjoy any off days on any of the statutory holidays.

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HiCaptain Lim which school should i go if i want to be a pilot in sq
Shawn , 15 Jan, 2016
Dear Captain Lim,
I've searched online about the AB initio cadet pilot under SIA, the requirements is to either have a A level cert, polytechnic diploma or a degree and also it was stated that successful candidates will undergo training at the singapore flying college but the college's academic qualifications requires me to possess a minimum completed secondary school qualification to the GCE ‘O’ levels, but i have only completed N level for normal academic, i do have a polytechnic diploma hence i'm a little confused if the college would accept me. Thank you for taking the time to read this and i hope to get your repond soon!

Yours sincerely,
- , 09 Dec, 2017
Qualifications Becoming A SIA Pilot
Hi Captain Lim...I'm just 17 and i'm waiting for my SPM results and i'm from Malaysia...The most important think that i would like to ask is how and what are the qualifications which can lead me to atleast getting the chance to be in SIA...as i have gained some info from exploring about SIA...it requires at least (O level) which is STPM in Malaysia...so would it be enough for me to atleast fulfill SIA expectations and qualification to become a Pilot or is there any safer way that i can go for
Joseph , 21 Dec, 2017
Airlines to work for
Hello captain Lim ,
I am Ray . I would like to ask my dream is to work for Sia one day but i think they wont take in any cadet pilot anymore . So i want to ask if I go to RSAF and transfer to either SIA or Scoot or tigerair . Is this possible ?
Lastly what do they need do we need any PPL or ATPL ?
Thank for your time . I hope to get a repliy asap .

Your sincere
Ray , 13 Feb, 2018

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