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Cathay Pacific strives to deepen its contribution to Hong Kong society, focusing  on nurturing advancement in the domains of youth, sports, arts and culture. The  airline’s long-running Cadet Pilot Training Programme is a testament to its commitment on youth development.

Today marked the 35th anniversary of the Cadet Pilot Training Programme, as the  airline continues its commitment to growing the next generation of young aviation  professionals.

The ceremony also marked the first group of cadet pilots to graduate from its  integrated programme developed and conducted in collaboration with the Hong  Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and its new flying training partner, AeroGuard  Flight Training Center. The 21 cadet pilot graduates join the airline as Second  Officers, following the completion of their training.

Cathay Group Chief Executive Officer Ronald Lam welcomed Acting Secretary for  Transport and Logistics Mr Liu Chun-san as the guest of honour at the graduation  ceremony at the airline’s Cathay City headquarters. Civil Aviation Department  Chief, Flight Standards Captain Lawrence Wong and PolyU Dean of Faculty of  Engineering Ir Professor H. C. Man were also in attendance.

Acting Secretary for Transport and Logistics Mr Liu Chun-san said: “Building on  its 35-year legacy of nurturing local cadet pilots, the Cathay Pacific Cadet Pilot  Programme has been continuously enhanced to provide high-quality and  professional training for our pilots-to-be. I would like to thank Cathay Pacific and  PolyU for their commendable efforts in exploring new options to attract new blood  into the aviation industry and enriching the capacity of aviation professional  training in Hong Kong. ”

Acting Secretary for Transport and Logistics Mr Liu Chun-san  (standing, sixth from left), Cathay Group Chief Executive  Officer Ronald Lam (standing, seventh from left), Hong Kong  Polytechnic University Dean of Faculty of Engineering Ir  Professor H.C. Man (standing, eighth from left), senior  executives from AeroGuard, and Cathay Pacific’s senior  management celebrate 35 years of Cathay Pacific’s Cadet Pilot  Training Programme together with guests.

The 21 cadet pilot graduates join the airline as Second Officers,  following the completion of their training.
Cathay Group Chief Executive Officer Ronald Lam said: “As Hong Kong’s home  carrier, Cathay Pacific has a long tradition of developing young aviation talent and  cultivating outstanding pilots in Hong Kong.

“This year marks the 35th anniversary of our Cadet Pilot Training Programme, from  which more than 1,000 of our pilots are graduates. In 2023 and 2024 combined, we  plan to recruit a record number of more than 800 cadet pilots and, for the first time,  from the Chinese Mainland as well. By the end of 2024, we expect half of our pilots  to have joined us through the cadet programme over the years.

“We are extremely excited to welcome our first group of cadet pilots to graduate  from the integrated programme. We are truly glad to be able to provide more  opportunities for the younger generation to fulfill their dream of a rewarding career  as a professional pilot.

“I would like to thank the Transport and Logistics Bureau, Civil Aviation Department  and PolyU for their ongoing support, which has enabled us to achieve this  incredible milestone. We firmly believe that there is huge potential for Hong Kong  to become an international hub for aviation training, and the integrated programme  is an important next step in this exciting journey.”

PolyU Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Ir Professor H.C. Man said: “This pilot  training programme is a typical example that at PolyU, we dare to explore  innovative initiatives that can contribute to enhance the human capital of our city  and country. With this, I would like to thank Cathay Pacific for giving us this  opportunity to work together in this training programme, and more importantly and  significantly, to give hope to our young men and women in Hong Kong to have a  pathway to become a pilot. This programme has very positive societal impact.”

Cathay Pacific developed its integrated course together with PolyU and, more  recently, its own in-house Cathay Academy to expand the training opportunities  for cadet pilots. The integrated course sees cadets undertake theoretical ground  training in Hong Kong, flight training at AeroGuard Flight Training Center in Arizona  or Flight Training Adelaide (FTA) in Adelaide, and multi-crew simulator training at  Cathay City.

In addition to the partnership with PolyU, Cathay Pacific also operates its original,  long-standing cadet programme hosted by FTA in parallel. The airline extended its  flying training partnerships to include AeroGuard in order to offer more training  courses through its integrated programme. More than 170 cadet pilots are  expected to graduate from both programmes in 2023.

 

 

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