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Do airline pilots get sunburn in long haul flight?
Flying - Medical
Written by Capt Lim   
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 13:52

On Ultra Violet (UV) Rays

Hi Captain Lim,

How are you? I have a question:

Do airline pilots get sunburn in long haul flight? If yes, then how do they protect themselves?

Finally, does the windshield of newer aircraft (eg: Boeing 777, 747-8) block out more UV radiation?

I read that flying, especially at high altitude, can increase the risk of skin cancer significantly. But, I also know that windshield is laminated and has a vinyl inter-layer that should block out most UV rays (both type A and B). Unfortunately, UV intensity does increases with height..

Please correct me if I am wrong.

I appreciate your opinion.

Thank you

Hon SC, (PPL student)
Pilot aspirant - Should I refinance my house to take up flying?
Pilot Career - Becoming a Pilot
Written by Capt Lim   
Saturday, 04 April 2015 03:53
The Great Airline Pilot Shortage Myth (Part I)

Dear Captain Lim,

I always wanted to be a pilot. It is my passion and dream. I am from an average family and have some financial problem to pay for the course fees, I have applied for the British Airways cadetship but was rejected. This means that the only way to fulfill my dream is through the flying school.

I know that educational loan does not provide for 100% of the total course fees. My Mum and I have decided to "re-finance" our house. Our plan to do so was not only to pay for the course fees but also to help my Dad settle his credit card debts and other loans so that we have to pay for one loan only.

I know I wouldn't settle for a normal 9-to-5 job, I wanted freedom. That's why I want to be in the skies. This is actually not a second option. I want to be a pilot and I know what his responsibilities are. It's not about the glamour and salary, I really love and enjoy flying.

I don't know what to do. Do I really have to refinance my house? I know it will put my family in risk too.

I really hope that you could answer and give me some advice

Thank you for your time, I really appreciated it!

Best Regards,
Bryan San
Bumps in the Air
Weather - Air Turbulence
Written by Capt Lim   
Tuesday, 17 November 2015 05:12
(Below is my contribution to the Travel 3Sixty in-flight magaine for October 2015)

Some air travellers describe their encounter with air pockets as dropping thousands of feet.

I have often explained that the experience is similar to travelling on land where a smooth road suddenly gives way to bumps and potholes, making the journey a little uncomfortable.

Image: GETTY


In spite of the term being quoted so often, it is in fact impossible for there to be a ‘pocket’ in the sky as air vacuum cannot exist in the atmosphere.
Would an airline pilot with engineering qualification gets a higher salary than those without?
Pilot Career - Education
Written by Capt Lim   
Tuesday, 28 April 2015 04:03
British Airways wants female pilots (17Feb15)

Hi Captain,

I have just finished reading your first book, LIFE IN THE SKIES within three days. The book gives me a lot of motivation to not give up in life; I’ve to recourse one of the aviation subject in my Institute. But yeah, I need to stay strong to become just like ya. oke

Let move to the question. Let say, after one has been qualified in License Aircraft Maintenance and then he takes a piloting license, does he get a higher salary than the other pilots with no Engineering background?

From Flying to Writing
Flying - General
Written by Capt Lim   
Saturday, 21 November 2015 17:56
(This article is from PopClub Magazine Issue 50 November 2015)

By Billy Boey

Destiny sets an unexpected journey for Captain Lim Khoy Hing. Instead of becoming a teacher that he envisioned himself to be, life made him take on a journey into the aviation industry. Now retired, Captain Lim did not contend himself to stay home and relax. He continued to be active in his line of work to inspire and educate fearful flyers, as well as aspiring pilots through his book Life in the Skies. POPCLUB catches up with the former commercial airline captain to talk about his book and his sky high journey.

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