Frequently Asked Questions

I wear spectacles, is that OK?

Good vision is necessary to fulfil the duties of a Pilot. Corrective lenses such as spectacles or contact lenses are OK provided they correct your vision to the acceptable vision standards for a Pilot’s licence.

Refractive eye surgery such as LASIK is not recommended by Cathay Pacific Airways as a means to correcting vision for purposes of holding a Pilot’s licence. This is because (as with all medical procedures) there are potential postoperative complications, which may affect your vision standard and therefore deem you medically unfit.

Does Cathay Pacific have female pilots?

Yes we do. There is no difference between males and females in terms of selection criteria, selection process or training.

How long does it take for the whole recruiting process?

About 4 to 6 months.

Do I need to have studied a Science Major at university to be qualified for the Cadet Pilot Programme?

No, that’s not a requirement. The educational standard is either to have completed Secondary School with good passes in Mathematics and Science, or a Diploma/Associate Degree & Degree in any Discipline.

Will I need to have any flying experience before applying for the Cadet Pilot Programme?

No, that’s not a requirement. Many successful Cadet applicants do not have flying experience.

Do you think I should get a PPL / join some aviation course outside?

It is really a personal choice. You do not need actual flight experience, however an aptitude and a passion for aviation is essential.