Good day to you! Let me introduce myself at this very beginning.
I am Chen Chee Kheng, aged 30 years old. I am AirAsia cadet pilot Batch C7. I have completed my 200 hours ab-initio flying and am just joining back AirAsia. Currently I have completed my initial Airbus A320 Skill-Test and about to do my Endorsement Flight this coming Saturday morning. I just know that you are about to reach your retirement age of 65 years after I read the Travel 360 magazine on-board our aircraft while traveling back to Penang (my hometown) for CNY re-union.
First of all, I would like to thank you sir, because your effort which indirectly helped and brought me to success in becoming a pilot. I learned a lot about piloting via your famous website - www.askcaptainlim.com, such as ETOPS (Engines Turn or Passengers Swim, haha), CAT (meow...oops, it is not cat, is Clear Air Turbulence! ), airline interview process and a lot of more things which I can't recall. It took me about 6 months to finish browsing through all the content (all of those 54 FAQs) before you reconfigured your website to the current configuration in 2008. I gained a lot of knowledge and kept inspiring myself and these are 1 of my fuel to help me continue my endurance to become a pilot.
Besides, I have gained maturity and improved my attitude on facing failures after failing the various interviews with MAS, SIA and AirAsia since 2005 until AirAsia accepted me into their Cadet Pilot program in 2008.
It is a long journey but I am lucky to make it before the cutting-off age of the program (28 years, I made it at 27 and a half years) I am appreciative of what AirAsia has provided me with what I am doing and having now.
Sir, I am inspired by what you have done to the public such as setting up a website and write in the Travel 360 Air Asia in-flight magazine, perhaps other more thing that I might not know. I hope in the future, I will be like you, being a humble and great pilot, and sharing the knowledge with those in need and teach the young pilots to fly with correct attitude.
I am hoping and waiting to be your co-pilot and fly with you one day. I believe by flying with you, I will gain additional, not only in technical knowledge, but most important, the attitude to be a good and safe pilot. I know the chance will be very very very small. So I feel sad to know that you are going to retire next month.
Anyway, I would like to thank you because you have indirectly or directly helped me so much before I succeeded to become a pilot. Thank you!
I will continue to work hard in AirAsia, fly our planes well, and perhaps join Captain Chester Voo’s team to help him with the training and maybe, in future, be the ground trainer/ instructor haha. I want to do something to contribute to AirAsia, teaching is one of my passion too .
Thank you for spending your time reading this email. I just wanted to email you to tell you how much I appreciate you and your effort in spending your time to help other aspiring and pilot wannabes.
Before I end, I will like to share a video with you, the theme is "TEACHING - You never forget a good teacher. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make". It is published inside Facebook. I like this video, I hope you too sir.
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