kevinlee wrote:Hi All.
I am currently a malaysian citizen with Australian PR. I work in the medical industry.
I am 33, single and always have been a dream of mine that one day I can become a commercial airline pilot.
Can anyone help me for some advice on the following.
To be fully qualified as an airline pilot.
1. How much would the course cost; duration of the course and where are the best place to apply.
2. Average entry salary for a trainee airline pilot
3. Does SIA employ pilots with commercial qualification from other parts of SE Asia. I believe the course can be expensive and there maybe some cheaper alternative in flying courses.
4. Competitiveness and demands in the industry.
That's all I need for now to get started.
Do you have any flying experience before?
If you were chosen to become a cadet pilot, SIA will train you for free at their Singapore Flying College but there will be a bond for it. The duration of the course will take around 3 years, if you are lucky, the duration may be shorter. The first part of the training will be conducted in Singapore and then you will move on to Perth and Brisbane for further training, mainly in the practical flying lessons. After you have successfully completed all the flying training and simulations plus a few observation flights and etc , you will become a Second Officer. The entry salary for Second Officers will be quite low, I am not really sure of the amount but I think it will be around 2k or less, not too sure about this and most people have to fly around 1 and a half years(depending on performance and situation)before they can become First Officer.
The salary during the cadet pilot period is not significant, just enough to cover your daily expenses, it will be around 1K per month.
If you hold a valid commercial pilot license, you can skip the training in Singapore and Perth and head on straight to Brisbane, which is the last part of flying training but you will be having more simulations when you are back in Singapore.
For the best place to apply for the position, you can look up SIA website for their cadet pilot position. Lastly, if you were chosen, you may be asked to join Singapore Airlines main fleet/Cargo/Silkair.