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Should I mortgage my house to take up flying after my Lasik surgery?
Pilot Career - Eyesight
Thursday, 25 August 2011 16:20

Lasik Eye Surgery

Hi Captain Lim,

How are you? I am Thomas. I’ve written to you before regarding my eye problem (keratoconus) I’ve read some of your answers and found this informatiom from your response to others.

For your information, I’ve undergone the Lasik surgery to stabilize my keratoconus problem. DCAM gave me the green light to go ahead with Lasik surgery subject to the vision getting stabilized after 1 year with regular checkups with the AME. However, my vision after surgery is still not that perfect. Briefly, without correction, the readings are:-

Short sighted: Right eyes (20/20)
Left eyes (more than 6.0 dioptres)
Astigmatism: 6.0 and 7.0 dioptres

But I am able to achieve perfect vision with (RGP) Gas permeable contact lenses. I’ve also seen Dr.Kee as you have recommended. He told me the DCAM requirements are as follows:

Short-sighted: 5 dioptres or less
Astigamatism: 2 dioptress or less
Vision of at least 6/9 both eyes with correction

I am definitely able to meet all the DCAM requirements but as you said, airlines may have a higher standard for cadet pilots. (see here)

I am about to take a loan and mortgage my house for my course fees. I am prepared to sacrifice everything I have but I am still afraid to take the risk as I may be grounded in the future.

I really cannot give up this dream. What is your advice?

Many thanks again


Hi Thomas,

As you have read in the newspapers, there are still many pilot graduates in the market who have spent a lot of money getting their licenses and are still jobless. Well, they may get a flying job in the end but how long can you wait without income to settle the loan?

Your only hope is to get into the Cadet Pilot Program in SIA, AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines or FireFly. They may sponsor your course fees during your training if you are successful to be selected. Some of them may accept the DCAM (Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia) requirements.

All the bestalt

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Shoud I mortgage my house to take up flying?
Hi Captain Lim,

Thank you so much for your reply. It was a quick reply and it really surprises me. Thanks a lot.

I know that cadetship is one of the best solutions, but unfortunately I just don’t have enough credits for my SPM.

Moreover, regarding my eyes condition, even though I had made the decision to do a Lasik surgery, I don’t think they are likely to accept me.

I know that there are many graduates pilot who are jobless out there; I am hoping that the joint venture of MAS and AirAsia would help in decreasing the unemployment rate. I don’t think I can make it to the cadetship.

I know the risk of mortgaging my assets but a man without his dream is like a bird without its wing. It’s risky but I would still go for it.

For this past few months, as you can see, I really sacrifice pain, money, disappointment and even a tougher journey ahead but I will never ever think of giving up.

I admire you Captain Lim. I will try my very best, even if I failed I think I would die with no regrets.

Thanks a lot for everything. You have brighten up my day ... I wish you all the best

Thomas , 26 Aug, 2011
flying is very expensive, but anyone can do it. i started flying 12 years ago and now is when i'm reaping the rewards. now, maybe if you can get 1500 of jet in 1 year and get lucky and fly for AMERICAN AIRLINES. they are supposed to hire 40 pilots a month indefinitely.
Tom , 12 Sep, 2011

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