Aviation industry jobs

Oleg Urzhumtce tests the wind tunnel at HKUST. Photo: Dickson Lee

The glamour of being a flight attendant or pilot is regularly showcased on television and in the movies. But few people think about the backbone of the aviation industry.

Monday, 22 April, 2013, 9:20am

5 injured as balloon ride at Ocean Park crashes

A giant helium balloon plunged 20 metres, injuring five people, at Ocean Park in Aberdeen yesterday afternoon.

Among those injured was a mainland woman who was on the ground when he was hit on the head by the SkyStar balloon - measuring 22 metres in diameter - that fell outside its designated landing site.

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Pop art

We don't want to burst your bubble, but there's now more to party balloons than bendy poodles and limp decorations.

Online retailer Balloonfish is out to show that balloons can be gifts in themselves, and delivers 'bouquets' of the helium-filled wonders, which float out of their box when it's opened by the recipient.

16 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Amazing gliders

Sugar gliders are very cute. They have small bodies covered in grey and white fur. They have a striped face and very big black eyes. They also have long furry tails.

If you didn't know, you might think that they were squirrels. They aren't. Sugar gliders are quite special animals.

22 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Beijing leisure flights grounded for congress

The Chinese use a colourful phrase, 'Not even a fly is allowed inside' to describe an area of tight security. With the Communist Party's 17th National Congress opening on Monday, the government is trying to literally remove airborne pests with a flight ban announced on Wednesday.

12 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Detours: Plane sailing

Soaring, sailplaning, gliding - whatever you want to call it, there's no better way to see the countryside.

26 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Go on, be daring

With just a couple of weeks left of the holidays, why not try something different. You'll then also have something new to share with your friends when you get back to school.

If you have never tried grass skiing, snowboarding or hang gliding, now is your chance.

11 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Scan for information

Paper 1a Practice

The following texts are the kind you find in brochures and guides. They are rich in information and are intended more for scanning than detailed reading. They tell us about a series of holidays. Glance at the headings first to orient yourself and then turn to the questions. Return to the texts to find the answers.

A. Langkawi Getaway

11 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

High as a kite

Leaping into the air, hundreds of metres above the jungle that surrounds Rio de Janeiro, all I can do is open my mouth in wonder. 'We're flying,' I say, somewhat stunned, to Pedro, who's guiding the hang-glider with the grace of a condor. 'Like a bird,' he replies with a grin.

19 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Pop the question up in the air

CitySeen has a tip for guys searching for a perfect time and place to pop the question to their girlfriend - in a hot air balloon on Valentine's Day with the Hong Kong skyline in the background. She'll have nowhere to run.

26 Jan 2005 - 12:00am


Francis Chin's life-long passion for flying began when he first stepped into a Cessna cockpit at the age of 16. In 1971 he flew a Beagle Pup plane from England to Hong Kong. Here he reveals his five favourite aircraft.


25 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

A small adventure

EXCITED OFFICIALS BUZZ around expectantly as the outstretched wings of a gleaming white Diamond Katana Xtreme TC100 emerge through the hazy blue sky and descend on to the near deserted landing strip of Macau International Airport. Tiny wheels touch down on the scorching hot tarmac and the aircraft's red-tipped propeller winds slowly to a halt.

4 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

HK flier Jaffe soars into elite 200km glide club

Imagine floating in the sky at an altitude of 2,000 metres and drifting for 200 kilometres with only the wind and a couple of thermal updrafts to keeping you up.

Cathay Pacific pilot Nick Jaffe did this, achieving a feat that has put him in an elite class of paragliders who have soared a distance of 200km or more in one of the world's fastest growing sports.

4 Mar 2002 - 12:00am

Glider mishap

A man suffered broken ribs after falling from his glider on Sunset Peak, Lantau. Firemen took four hours to locate him.

26 Jun 2000 - 12:00am