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Whether a conversion as a Weapon Officer to Commercial Pilot is possible?
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Thursday, 06 January 2011 15:16

Hi Capt Lim,

I've been going through your website for awhile and I must say that it's been quite informative. But there's something that has been bugging me and I don't know who else I can ask.

I've applied and failed the military pilot selection for the RSAF and presently am applying for the Weapon Systems Officer (WSO) for fighter planes. My goal was to become a commercial pilot and I was wondering if the conversion from a WSO, with no actual flying experience other than being in a cockpit together with the fighter pilot, is possible?

My bond will last 12+ years and I'll be taking a degree course in that time which adds on a couple of years more. By then, I'm going to be about 35 years old or maybe more. If I were to apply for SIA then, would I be too old? Would my flight experience with the RSAF be advantageous despite the age? Would a frozen ATPL and CPL help in my application?

Thanks for reading through and I hope to hear from you soon.

Jonathan


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Hi Jonathan,

If your passion to become a commercial pilot is there, nothing is impossible. Perhaps not SIA but there are other options in the Low Cost Carriers. That said, in 12 + years time, SIA entry requirements may change for good or bad. As a general policy, SIA do consider ex-servicemen quite favorably provided they meet the requirements.

As regard to the age issue, you can read more about it on this site under the same heading. A frozen ATPL is an advantage but it is not a guarantee of a ticket to SIA. Even if you are selected by SIA, you will start from the bottom as your hours as a Weapon System Officer in the cockpit of a fighter plane are not valid but your maturity is generally recognized.

I wish you all the best in the future alt.

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Weapons Systems Operator or straight to apply Singapore Airlines?
Hi Capt Lim,
I would like to add a question here. I recently did not made the grade as a Rsaf pilot during the airgrading phase and now I'm considering very carefully which route to take that would land me in Singapore Airlines eventually. My passion for flying commercial is there but whether which is a better route to Singapore Airlines is making me puzzled. To your vast experience and knowledge, would it be better to get a Weapons Systems Operator contract for 10 years before going to Singapore Airlines or would it be better to sign up for Singapore Airlines straight now would be a better option?
Thank you for your time and help. Hope to hear from you soon
Lee Yu Hong , 12 Apr, 2011

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