I want to be a pilot, thus the reason why I want to stay in Australia.

One of the deciding factors of whether I’ll be returning to Malaysia or staying in Australia is this. Which will give me a much better chance in pursuing my lifelong dream of becoming a pilot. This entry is with the assumption that I can’t get into any cadet pilot programs.

Here’s the situation. In Malaysia, it’ll cost me around RM250,000 for a 2-year-plus CPL + ATPL program. In Australia, it’ll cost me around AUD80,000 for the same program, plus the Flying Instructors’ course.

Imagine if I save a couple of thousand per month (if I’m lucky) in either countries and in their respective currencies, how long will it take? Earning AUD4,000 and save till AUD80,000 seems to be much closer than earning RM4,000 (again if I’m lucky) and saving for RM250,000.

If there’s a way for me to do my flying licence in Malaysia within the next couple of years, then I’ll gladly return to Malaysia, that’s for sure. However, I’m still figuring out that “one” way.

I’m still aiming for the cadet pilot programs though… God I hope I’ll get accepted into one. I don’t think anybody else is more obsessed (in a good way of course) about this than myself.

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Etihad Airways! Why have you forsaken me??

I was planning to go to Sydney for an interview with Etihad Airways this June. I wanted to try getting a spot in their Cadet Pilot Program.

Suddenly, there’s no more information about taking foreigners as their cadet pilots on their website. I assume, they’re not doing that anywmore. Hopefully not permanently.

What timing huh?

Why have you forsaken me Etihad Airways…

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Ma Pa, I want to be a pilot (Making a Career Choice)

(This is a rather emotional post.If you don’t like to read emotional posts, the ‘X’ button is at the top right hand corner of your screen.)

“Once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards for there you have been and there you will long to return” – Leonardo Da Vinci –

I’ve always thought that I knew what I was going to do with my life (career-wise I mean). Back when I was 15, I was pretty sure that I was going to be a doctor. Well, that lasted for a couple of months. Plus, during the final two years of high school, my performance in those critical science subjects were not so good, so, I thought, doctor? Hell no.. Not to mention the fact that I didn’t really like the lifestyle of a med student and also the lifestyle of a doctor itself. No offense to doctors out there! It’s just not my thing.

Since I was small, there’s only one career pathway that I have ever considered to be on. I wanted to be in uniforms and I wanted to be in the skies. That’s what I wanted to do.

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So, you wanna be a pilot? (Air Asia’s Cadet Pilot Recruitment Campaign)

Air Asia has been running a campaign since 1st April 2009 in the effort to recruit new cadet pilots to be inducted into their organisation.

Basically, what you’re supposed to do is to blog about why you want to become a pilot. The best 10 bloggers will be given a chance to have a go at embarking on a journey in becoming a pilot with Air Asia. Have a look at Air Asia’s Blog.

The blog competition ends on the 15th May 2009.

Air Asia even made a video for the blog competition.

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