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Pilot Career - Cathay Pacific Airways
Written by Capt Lim   
Monday, 06 June 2011 04:15

Cathay Cadet Pilot Program (at FTA)

Hey Captain,

I recently discovered your website and I have been spending quite a lot of time browsing through it. It’s fantastic to see the kind of interaction you have set up with other keen people.

I am in my final few years of Aeronautical Engineering and I wish to become an airline pilot. I live in Adelaide, Australia and recently I had a chance to visit Flight Training Adelaide which provides training to cadet pilots from airlines like Cathay, Qantas, Dragonair etc.

I am really keen on applying with FTA for a scholarship with Cathay and I'd really appreciate some advice on how to go about it. I've still got another year before I proceed and would love to know what sort of skills should I look to develop.

Also, I'd like to know if I should be making any financial arrangements at all. Even if I do get the scholarship are there other expenses that could become a bit of a challenge down the line?



Hi Charlie,

You could apply to fly with FTA as an unsponsored private student. However, Cathay is unlikely to take you in after your graduation unless you are sent there by them after you have gone through their selection processes.

I have written a lot about the recruitment process of Cathay Cadet Pilot Program – one of them is here.

Some of the skills and attributes that you should strive to develop prior to your application for the program are:

o Motivation and aspiration in the field
o Assertiveness
o Judgment and problem-solving skills
o Leadership and team work skill
o Communication (written and oral) skills
o Technical aptitude
o Readiness for challenge
o Compassion for flying
o An open-mind
o Genuine interest to pursue a career in this field as a life long career.

If you are sponsored by Cathay, then you have to sign a bond with them and your financial burden for the course is taken care of. For more information about your career path, Cathay is currently recruiting Second Officers - please go here

PS. To check for any latest updates or postings, please follow my new Twitter at @CaptKHLim

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Hey Capt.

Thanks for the reply. Sounds like I'am going to have to present myself as a graduate WITH some flying experience for the CATHAY scholarship. I read up on another persons question on the site about his career plan to becoming a pilot. He was an aerospace engineer too and earnt some $$$ as an engineer before going to flight school. If i choose to the same, what sort of time frame am i looking at before its too late age wise?. I'd presume airlines do have an age limit for their programmes? Anyone want to share their thoughts on this??
Charlie , 06 Jun, 2011
Hi Capt,

I live in Mexico City and hold a valid private pilot´s licence and I´m 28 years old. I was wondering if I could apply for the cadet pilot for cathay pacific even if I don´t live in australia. As you know in Mexico City there is no domestic airline who sponsors cadet programmes.
Armando , 05 Oct, 2011
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Hello Capt,

If I hold a valid PPL and live in Mexico City, can I apply for the scholarship? I´m 28 years old is there any restriction about the age?

Kind Regards,
Armando , 05 Oct, 2011

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