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What would the Etihad Cadet Pilot Program aptitude tests be like?
Written by Capt Lim   
Thursday, 24 July 2008 09:19

Hi Captain Lim,

I have recently applied for the Etihad Cadet Pilot Program and have been invited to the first stage which includes Logic, Maths, English and the General Knowledge tests.

For the Maths tests, I have mainly been practicing quick subtractions, multiplications, etc. I know you are familiar with many of the Asian carriers aptitude test profile, so will the tests likely to be quick simple Maths or more complicated ones such as "A leaves at time X, B leaves at time Y, when will they meet" kind of question? Or, could it be similar to the QANTAS test in which there is a large amount of data interpretation?

Sorry if it's a silly question, it's just that I am not really sure what else to prepare for this test.

Thanks for your time,

Sam

 
Is there anything you can tell me about airport or airplane security?
Written by Capt Lim   
Saturday, 12 July 2008 08:02
Hey Capt Lim,

Thanks for your response. (I am the one whose mother wants YOU to fly him to the UK, he he!).

Over the last couple of weeks my mother had become more comfortable with me flying to the UK. However, with the recent news, both my mother and my father (who is the voice of reason in the family) have become increasingly worried that the airlines are going to be targeted this summer.

Now there's news of modified cameras and laptops that could easily go past security unnoticed. As a pilot yourself, is there anything you can tell me about airport or airplane security? This is your living, what is your approach if I may ask? Have all cockpit doors been reinforced with steel? Has this been done on the Boeing 777?

Do you know if all international flights have air marshals onboard? How wary are you? Where they are usually situated (you probably either don't know or can't expose this specific piece of information).

 
I am really afraid of terrorist attack and bomb exploding in an airplane.
Written by Capt Lim   
Saturday, 12 July 2008 07:53
Dear Capt Lim,

I am flying in one week's time and I am really afraid of a terrorist attack, i.e. a bomb exploding inside the airplane. What happens to the plane if a bomb explodes? Also, most importantly, what happens to the passengers? Would you be aware of what is happening and do you get sucked out of the plane?

I have read that cargoes on planes are not screened. Do all passenger flights carry cargo and what is the ratio of cargo to luggage?

Thank you,

Cheryl

 
A compliment from a musician with a fear of flying (R)
Written by Capt Lim   
Tuesday, 08 July 2008 23:38
Dear Sir,

I have written to you about a month ago and I did enjoy all your answers. This time, I am not writing to ask any questions. This is just a 'thank you' email. I think I am speaking for those thousands of visitors whom you have helped.

I will tell you a little about myself and my connection to aviation. I am a musician, currently studying in a university. I have a horrible fear of flying since the age of 5. I do fly when I have to, which is basically 3 to 4 times a year but I am scared to death about a month before each flight. My fear increases on the days before the flight and it gets to a point during the flight, when every little sound, movements or bumps made me felt as though it was the end of my life. Once we flew into turbulence, I was quite sure the pilot wasn't telling us anything in order to keep us calm. Every time after take off or when the airplane descents sharply, (I later found out this to be totally normal), I imagine myself going to be drowned in the sea.

 
Flying without fear (R) - a repost.
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Tuesday, 08 July 2008 23:25
Introduction

The September 11th attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon in the US had great implications. It not only caused more people to be fearful of flying but it also shook the world's economy and caused the airlines industry to go into a slump. Many reputable airlines suffered, triggering bankruptcies in Sabena in Belgium, Swiss Air in Switzerland and Ansett Airlines in Australia. More than 100,000 people in the USA lost their jobs in the airlines related business.

Many people who have expressed their fear of flying are well founded. I hope I can help to convince the people at large that flying is still safe. The September 11th tragedy will not stop me from flying an aircraft as a pilot nor as a passenger. In fact this has me even more determined to explain and to reassure everyone to come back to flying. It is easier said than done I suppose. How can I explain to people effectively the fear of flying and to convince them how safe it is to fly again? Well, my mind tells me that it will not be easy in the aftermath of the September 11th attack. I have to write something more about it...

 
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