Pilot Career -
Sunday, 12 October 2008 20:48
Dear Capt Lim,
Thanks for your email. I really appreciate your effort in replying (see this query) even though you are quite busy with your current flying job.
Thanks again for your advice. For your information, I have a long discussion with one of the Flying Instructor from Integrated Flying Academy in KL about the above subject. Fortunately, I have been given excellent guidance towards becoming a pilot. I will be taking my PPL this January to qualify me for the license (single engine - 50 hrs) and then proceed for my IR (dual engine - 35 hrs) to qualify me as a pilot with PPL & IR. Later on, I will continue with the Assistant Flying Instructor course which needs me to complete another 150 hrs of solo flying.
Since I want to be a Flight Instructor, I was advised to get my CPL for Fixed-Wing and later on PPL for Rotor-Wing. I've just send my application letter to DCA and currently waiting for the reply.
I agree with your idea that I might not really need this career since I owned an established consulting firm and specialized in the development of Palm Oil Mill, Palm Oil Refinery, Biodiesel Plant, Kernel Crushing Plant etc. at the moment. But as I mentioned earlier, I'm not only looking for another alternatives for my career but I'm also chasing for 'my incomplete dream'.
I see you really have the great passion to fly and being quite realistic about your chances in the commercial airlines.
I think what you are planning for your self is a good idea. What you are doing is another alternative path to eventually get your ATPL. I have known of many airlines pilots who went through this more tedious but rewarding route. What is not on your side is the age factor. Who knows? When you are fully equipped with the pre-requisites for the airlines, opportunity may knock on your door for you to realize your ‘incomplete dream'
As an Assistant Flight Instructor, you can learn a lot about flying and building up your hours by teaching basic students in the Flying Club or Flying Academy.
I wish you all the best!