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A Determined Pilot-Wannabe’s Success Story
Pilot Career - Air Asia
Written by Capt Lim   
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 11:19


AirAsia Commercial
Sir,

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! alt), 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 alt.

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.

The article is at
http://www.moe.gov.sg/careers/teach/


Happy Chinese New Year and wish you and your lovely family all the best sir!

Truly,
FO Chee Kheng
2 Feb 2011


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Would my age play a big factor here?
Pilot Career - Age
Written by Capt Lim   
Tuesday, 19 July 2011 06:25

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

Hi Capt Lim,

My name is Dimitrios and I attended Embry Riddle Aeronautical University back in the early 80's where my dream was to fly for a living, I completed most of the 4 year program but not the flight school.

I am 49 years old and I am strongly thinking of going back to school and complete all my certificates and ratings. I understand the age increase has gone up in the airlines from 60 to 65 which motivate me even more.

Regional Airlines is now my focus since many are hiring pilots with 500TT of which 200 is multi engine time. My question is this Captain, would my age play a big factor here?

Would a Regional Airline or Airline have a problem hiring someone like me provided my medical conditions are good and I have enough hours? My friend who flies for FedEx tells me I would be right around 54 when I should have more than enough hours to qualify for any regional airline.

I regret not pursuing my dream in the early 80's and now at the age of 49 I find myself going to the airport to see a Saab 340 or a Dash-8 takeoff. I have the funds in my account (60k) ready to go and the only thing I need is someone like you to tell me "Cleared for Takeoff"!

Appreciate your input and thanks for your time Sir. Your answer will have a big impact on what direction I will head for.

Sincerely,

Dimitrios
 
What am I seeing?
Weather - Contrails
Written by Capt Lim   
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 12:34

Contrails from Singapore Airlines Airbus A380

Hi Capt Lim,

I enjoy watching all kinds of planes flying.

What is that cloud-like image I see on planes, mostly high performance, behind their wings as they maneuver?

What causes this? It seems to disappear just as fast as it appears.

Brad
 
Eyesight requirements for airline pilots
Pilot Career - Eyesight
Written by Capt Lim   
Tuesday, 08 November 2011 17:08

Lasik Surgery

Hi Captain Lim,

I appreciate your website and have been reading around the topics on becoming a pilot.

I just wanted to ask; are there any limits on eye sight in becoming a pilot?

I always thought that anything less than 20/20 vision would deter me from becoming a pilot, but I found out after some research that as long as my eye sight is correctable to 20/20, I will still be able to fulfill my dreams of being a pilot.

Therefore, I wanted to confirm, is there a limit on myopia for becoming a pilot? More specifically, I was planning to apply for the Cathay Pacific Cadet Program.

Also, is it advisable to do laser corrective surgery before applying for a piloting position?

I have 600+ myopia and possibly a slight degree of astigmatism.

Thank you for your advice and I look forward to your reply.

Regards,

Billy Fu
 
How safe is it to land so close to the mountains?
Weather - Crosswinds
Written by Capt Lim   
Friday, 15 June 2012 16:38


Amazing Crosswind Landings
 
Hi Captain Lim,

I am due to fly to the south of France and to an airport located by the Pyrenees.

My husband was on a flight to this airport about a year ago that was rocked really badly on approach and resulted in a missed approach. They eventually landed safely but he was shaken up by the experience, especially as the turbulence was so bad.

I am wondering how safe it is to land in an airport that is so close to the mountains and might therefore have problems in downdrafts etc.

I am nervous and really hate turbulence although I know it’s not exactly logical! However this part does frighten me.

I was wondering what your thoughts were on these mountain waves? It would be hugely appreciated

Many thanks!

Lucy
 
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