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Written by Capt Lim   
Sunday, 29 July 2012 04:46

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Hi Capt Lim,

As most of us know that the amount of jobless pilots are increasing in Malaysia, and the competition out there is getting really fierce.

I have clocked almost 500+ hours with a flying school as a flight instructor abroad. The pay is somehow very degrading but I'm doing it for my passion of flying and at the same time expanding my knowledge in the aviation industry.

Now I have the minimum hours to apply for many airlines/cargo/corporate companies but most of my applications have been rejected and some offered me line training with the company but with an initial payment that I should pay if I wanted to get a job with the company. But I have limited funds and I really want to get a job in the airlines.

I studied commercial pilot for the love of flying and knowing at the end your hard work you would be paid a decent amount of salary. But looking at the situation now most airlines are "pay to fly". Only the rich could afford to get into the airlines.

Are there any other options to climb my way up to the airlines rather than paying for my own line training?

John

Hi John,

As you are aware, there are more than 1000 jobless pilot graduates in Malaysia and the legacy airlines are not hiring except the Low Cost Carriers (LCC). Due to the financial position of most airlines, they would save cost by hiring those who are type-rated if possible. Hence the “pay to fly” thing is introduced.

At the moment, supply exceeds demand in Malaysia. If given the opportunity to join an airline and paying one’s training, I would recommend that you take it if you have been unsuccessful and not lucky enough to have passed the recruitment process. Even then, these successful candidates would still have to pay back for their training via an arranged bank loan
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Mr.
Hellow Sir/ Mam ,
I would like to enquire about your Type rating and Line training programme
I am a Indian National having a Indian Passport . I have a Valid ICAO Cpl from Philippines
Please Let Me Know if u have a programme for details stated above .
Waiting for your Kind reply

Regards ,
Azhar
azhar , 17 Oct, 2012
Mr
Hellow Sir/ Mam ,
I would like to enquire about your Type rating and Line training programme
I am a Indian National having a Indian Passport . I have a Valid ICAO Cpl from Philippines
Please Let Me Know if u have a programme for details stated above .
Waiting for your Kind reply

Regards ,
Azhar
azhar , 17 Oct, 2012
Just borrow from AH LONG!!
Even u have money now, airline are not even hiring!! I have funds waiting and still I don't get the opurtunity!! It's TOOOOO COMPETITIVE with the so not fair govt and the MARA loan... You have to snuggle all your way to the front!!! Such a pain in the arse!!
Adrian , 04 Jan, 2013
Paid line training for real?
Dear Capt,
Been reading many posts and things look quite difficult for a new comer or someone willing to move to a bigger airline without jet experience.
I'm a turboprop FO with aprox. 2500hrs total time and hold an ICAO ATPL.
I have been looking for a chance to get an upgrade on a jet (either B737 or A320).
Been months I sent CVs everywhere and the same answer kept coming...."You should be a local to be considered and if expat have a type rating and 500 hours on type"
It's challenging given there is no airline in my country of origin and I don't want to be stuck on a turboprop for the rest of time.
The option of P2F is here and if this is what the industry wants, I have no choice.
There are not many reliable P2F options out there.
I wrote to WORLD WINGS AVIATION. They never responded. They neither take your phone calls or reply to any emails.
I wrote to ATRANS on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it '> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and they never replied me back. I phoned them on their number (310) 721-7725 and it seems to be a wrong number. They seem to be working with Asian carriers.
If they exist and are reliable, does anyone have their contacts or proper phone numbers?
Also, I mailed and contacted the guys at Jet Training in UK.
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They responded to my surprise.
They are quoting the 500 hours line training and 1 year job contract at EURO 62,000. It's so hard given such an investment with no work guarantee in the end.
I've never expected that one day I will have to think of the P2F option but I will have no choice in the end.
Can you please give some updates on reliable and trustworthy P2F options if they exist?
Positive feedback and precise information will be deeply appreciated here.
Barry , 01 Mar, 2015

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