Pilot Career -
Saturday, 02 May 2009 09:43
Dear Captain Lim,
Thanks for this amazing site.
I am 17 years old and currently facing the SPM exam. Though I am not taking Physics, I knew that I am qualified to become an airline pilot through your site. But the only problem is, I heard that now, MAS and AirAsia have stopped hiring female pilots. I heard about this from a MAS Second Officer. We both have a short conversation before this and he advised me to forget about my piloting dream and said it is impossible for girl to be an airline pilot.
I want to find out whether this is true. I’ve been waiting and working hard for many years to achieve my dream. I don't want that to affect my chances of being hired just because I am a girl… it’s so unfair.
Thank you for taking your time to answer my question.
May God bless you and have a good day!
The requirements to becoming a pilot today is getting stiffer by the day as the demand drops in view of the current economic situation. Yes, many airlines would insist that you have Physics rather than a General Science subject as a requisite where academic qualification is concerned. In addition, they are also looking for those with higher qualifications - “A” Levels or at least a Degree rather than just an SPM when they have so many to choose from.
Would airlines stop recruiting female pilots?
Well, as I have said before, MAS has never recruited female pilots (although they had contemplated doing so once) and that leaves Air Asia as the largest employer of pilots from the opposite sex in Malaysia. The demand for the pilot profession is a volatile one and it is dictated by the global economy. More so, with the current swine flu (H1N1) fever going around - the travel business is going to be hit hard. Some airlines (e.g. SIA) is cutting down on flights and asking pilots to go on “no-pay leave” to cut costs.
As for some of the airlines that currently employ female pilots in this region (SilkAir, AirAsia), I don’t believe they will close their doors to female pilots when the economic situation improves in the future.
So it is not true that it is impossible for a female to become a pilot. The window of opportunity will open again for those who are really interested when the world economy is back to normal again.
I wish you all the best!