Cathay Pacific


PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 12 April, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 12 April, 2006, 12:00am

Wendy Leung's resume

1997: Graduated with a bachelor's degree in environmental science from the University of Hong Kong

2001: Joined Cathay Pacific as a cadet pilot and took part in a 14-month training programme

2002: Completed the course and became a pilot with the title of second officer

How to get there

Programme: Cathay Pacific Cadet Pilot Programme

Entry requirements: (1) at least 18 years old; (2) at least 1.6 metres tall; (3) be physically fit; (4) possess excellent English skills; (5) five passes in HKCEE, with physics and mathematics, together with two passes in A-Levels, or a degree or diploma in any discipline

Selection process: After the initial screening, short-listed candidates are invited to attend a series of interviews and tests on aptitude, English writing, mathematics, as well as a thorough medical examination.

Successful candidates are offered an all-expenses-paid, two-week trip to Australia for flight grading.

Programme characteristics: The cadets will attend a 60-week residential course at a training school in Adelaide, Australia. After a cadet has finished the course and passed the exams, he will receive a Hong Kong Commercial Pilot's Licence with a multi-engine Command Instrument Rating.

The path

Cadet pilot (receives flight training)

Second officer (acts as a cruise relief pilot, monitors all facets of the operation and supports the crew)

Junior first officer (with more experience, sits on the right side of the cockpit)

First officer (with more experience)

First officer - relief commander (with more experience)

Captain (the commander in the cockpit, with at least seven years' experience as first officer, sits on the left side of the cockpit)