It’s that time of year when selected applicants are being offered placements in Cadet Pilot Programmes at airlines in Hong Kong and Singapore. The competition is fierce as every year the airlines receive thousands of applications and of these, only 50 to 80 will become cadet pilots.

The suitable applicants undergo a special selection process to make sure they are qualified to become a cadet pilot, for airlines like Dragonair, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Scoot or Tiger Airways.

Preparation is key if you want to give yourself the best chance of success throughout this process. So here are a few things you should know if you’ve got your sights set on becoming an airline cadet pilot.

Six-month process

The process of selecting a cadet pilot is a comprehensive one that spans over six months from the beginning to the final stage. It ensures the high standards and professionalism of a few select graduates as a qualified cadet pilot.

The applicants have to pass through several stages in the selection process that is designed to make sure only the best of the best progress to the training procedure. The selection process consists of an HR interview, technical interview, computer aptitude tests, medical examinations, psychological tests and spoken English tests.

Grades aren’t everything

Airlines aren’t only looking for someone who ranks at the top of their class academically. They are looking for a person who:

    – Is well-rounded 

    – Adapts easily to varying situations 

    – Thinks quickly and logically 

    – Has a wide range of abilities and interests 

Cadet pilots who are successful will be able to demonstrate their analytical skills, problem-solving skills and attention to detail. They are driven to achieve great results, which makes them so useful in this field.

Practice makes perfect

Even if you lack the technical experience or flying expertise, you can learn everything you need to know at Learn to Fly Melbourne. Leave that to us and bring your competitiveness, confidence and commitment. You will experience the most rewarding journey of your life and confidently make your way through the intense interviewing process.

The airlines are looking for future captains and not just cadets. One of our programs — Future Cadet Pilot Program (FCPP) — will teach you the objectives, goals, strategies, measures or OGSM and threat & error management straight from the first day of the training program.

Different to the other flight training programs we have, the FCPP offers a broad awareness of the entire aviation industry and a wide range of analytical skills. It will give a comprehensive appreciation of an aviation environment. Through this program, you’ll develop your:

    – Flying skills

    – Aviation English skills

    – Breadth and depth of thinking

    – Aviation problem solving

    – HR and Technical Interview skills

But the most important thing is that you will start to understand all of the knowledge and aspects that regards the cadet pilot interview process. All aspects of the course are designed on details so you will not have any nasty surprises when it comes to the interviewing process.

Get started

To find out how we can help you realise your dream of becoming an airline pilot. Head to the Future Cadet Pilot Program or Cadet Pilot Interview Workshop course pages. Or why not get in touch so you can chat with us directly about your next steps.