Dear Captain Lim,
I am from India and presently in Class 12th. Last year, I took Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and English as my main subjects in High School. I have visited your web site and I like the information there.
From childhood, I have dreamt of becoming an airline pilot. I am looking for airlines to sponsor my flying training. I found Singapore Airlines (SIA) and few others and I have chosen SIA because it*s a very friendly and reputable airline.
I am interested to join the Cadet Pilot Program but the web site states that it is for Malaysian and Singapore citizens only. Does SIA recruit pilots from India (or other countries)? I really want to join Singapore Airlines. I am from a middle class family. The SIA cadetship program is my only hope.
Could you please give me some more information on this?
I have received a lot of queries similar to yours and so far, from what I know, SIA does tap into the resources of India and other countries (especially those countries whose citizens can speak good English generally) when they feel their requirements exceed the supply locally. Yes, the normal practice is to take in Singaporeans, Malaysians and PR (Permanent Residents) only.
Sometime in July 2004, SIA did advertise specifically for Indian cadet pilots in all the major newspapers in India as well as in their web site for a couple of months. I believe, once they have got their quota of foreign cadet pilots, they would hold on to the recruitment for a while before putting up further advertisements in the future.
The website here currently recruits:
CADET PILOT (SINGAPORE CITIZENS, SINGAPORE PERMANENT RESIDENTS OR MALAYSIAN CITIZENS)
a) Minimum 2 'A's and 2 'O's, including General Paper, in the GCE 'A' Level Examination (or its equivalent);or
b) Minimum 2 Principal Passes (excluding the languages; Mathematics and Science subjects preferred) and 2 Subsidiary Passes in the STPM (or its equivalent); or
c) Polytechnic diploma; or
d) University degree
At least 1.65m in height. Medically fit with visual acuity of at least 6/60 without optical aids, correctable to 6/6. Preference will be given to candidates with higher qualifications and some years of working experience.
If you meet their requirements and are interested to apply, please download this application form complete and e-mail it together with copies of your supporting documents to
If submission is by hardcopy, please send to:
Manager Flight Operations (HR and Admin)
Flight Operations Division
SIA Training Centre (STC-01C)
720 Upper Changi Road East
I do not know whether they would entertain your application when there is no specific advertisement. I have to add something extra - from past experience, in addition to the above requirements, they would require foreign cadet pilot applicants to have a CPL (Commercial Pilot License) as well. So if you have all these qualifications, there is no harm putting in your application and wait for their response. Sometimes they may store your information in their database for future retrieval.
Wish you all the best.