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My Journey

October 31, 2009 Leave a comment

It’s funny when I update my friends on what I’m doing at work, some of them immediately respond with “oh hello Captain!” or “so where have you flown? Is it fun to carry passengers?”.

The only thing that bugs me is that we’re not a captain yet, we don’t carry passengers, and we’re only flying around the local airport.

The truth is, it is going to take a very long and arduous journey before we can even carry passengers, let alone become a captain.

So here, let me share with you a little bit about my job…

The programme starts with the basic flying which tests one’s aptitude, and ground school in Singapore. The ground school leads up to a frozen Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL). It is frozen because we wouldn’t have had enough flying hours to get the full ATPL. This phase lasts for about 6 months.

The programme then continues with full-time flying in Australia for about 9 months. Completing this, we will obtain the Commercial Pilot License (CPL), which technically allows us to charge people money to fly with us.

This is then followed by a jet training, also in Australia, which will take up about 4 months.

After this phase, we’ll serve as Second Officers in the company, which will take up another 9 months. This is the stage where we actually carry passengers in real commercial flights.

Only after this will we serve as First Officers, and after a couple years of flying and command training, will we become Captains. I don’t have the numbers for the number of years needed to become a Captain, but it probably takes about 10 years.

So adding up the numbers, it seems like it only takes 18 months to serve our first passengers, right? The thing is that this is the case only in ideal situations. The truth is that some trainings may be delayed or extended, say due to weather, for one batch, and this delay will snowball down to subsequent batches. In reality, the training leading up to the Second Officer stage where we start to carry passengers will take up about 2-2.5 years.

So there you have it. No I’m not a Captain yet, not until at least 10 years later, I’m still flying around the local airport, and no I haven’t carried any passengers yet. 🙂


Categories: Aviation, Life


October 18, 2009 3 comments

Note: This entry is dedicated to someone who shall not be named, who keeps on bugging me to blog before I am able to recycle the previous entry on the next Chinese New Year…

What is love?

The first paragraph of the Wikipedia entry says the following:

Love is any of a number of emotions and experiences related to a sense of strong affection and attachment. The word love can refer to a variety of different feelings, states, and attitudes, ranging from generic pleasure (“I loved that meal”) to intense interpersonal attraction (“I love my boyfriend”). This diversity of uses and meanings, combined with the complexity of the feelings involved, makes love unusually difficult to consistently define, even compared to other emotional states.

As mentioned in the quote, love is a very difficult thing to describe, and it can mean many different things. But I know a couple of things that I love in my life now.

  1. I love aviation and flying. That is why I decided to make the career switch to flying as soon as I was eligible to. I never regretted that decision, although my pay now is less than a third of what I earned in my previous job and the training isn’t exactly easy. At least, I get to learn the things that I’ve always been interested in. And that brings me to the second love, which is…
  2. I love my job. Enough said above.
  3. I love my family. For their support in what I am doing now, although initially my parents and my grandma have some reservations about my decision to take up flying.
  4. I love my friends, especially those close friends who are always there for me when I need them.
  5. I love Plurk, Facebook, and Windows Live Messenger. Though I’m not as active as I was before on Plurk, I still check Plurk and Facebook from time to time either to see what the others are doing, or to update others about my life. In the confines of the dormitory for cadet pilots, WLM is the best way to communicate with outside friends.

There you have it, some loves of my life at the moment. What do you love now?


PS: After months of not blogging, my English is now very rusty and I don’t get that feel that I got when I blog. Heh, I don’t know if this will improve over time, but I’ll try anyway.

PPS: Not sure if I should put the last one in the list. Heh, if you know, you know, if you don’t, then you don’t. 😉

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