My son has only 2 'O' levels and presently serving the military, due to complete in Dec 13.
He wants to become a pilot. I have been asking around and the soundest advice is like this:-
Academically, he is unlikely to be sponsored by an airline. The next best option is to go to a flying school and get a PPL / CPL (IR), either in Singapore or Malaysia.
After attaining CPL (IR) then try to apply for a pilot's post in any airline.
What's your take on this?
It is true that no airline will sponsor your son without the minimum qualifications – 5 'O' Levels with at least credit in English, Maths and a Science subject.
On top of that, flying schools in Malaysia or Singapore would not accept students without the basic qualifications stated above.
Your options would likely be to send your son to some US flying organization where entry level is not as stringent but US FAA licenses are not equivalent to ICAO licences. Even if he could get his US PPL/CPL (IR) converted, the airlines here would still look at his basic qualifications – 5 ’O’ Levels.
At the moment, due to the surplus of new pilot graduates, an airlines job is out of the question and assuming if he can get his CPL in the end, the possible likelihood of a job is found in general aviation - crop dusting, private charter or as an assistant flying instructor in a flying club. But his lack of basic academic qualification is likely to be the major obstacle to a successful flying career in the airlines in this part of the world.
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