Pilot as Career in Singapore

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Pilot as Career in Singapore

Postby singapore_parent » Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:25 pm

My son is aspiring to be an airplane pilot in Singapore. I was wondering if somebody can share us an experience whether this flying school known as Singapore Flying College (http://www.sfcpl.com) is a good school for pilots?

I think this school is reputable since all SIA pilots are trained on this school. I also heard that they are accepting "self sponsored" students if you are not employed by SIA.

Can somebody gave an advise? :imcool:

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Re: Pilot as Career in Singapore

Postby Jfalk » Fri Jan 25, 2013 6:09 pm

The school is reputable but the fees are very expensive (e.g. Tiger cadet pilot program costs $184,000) and you are not assured of a job when you graduate. There was an article in the ST last time about a graduate who complained that he was not offered a job by SIA despite the fact he trained alongside many of them under the SIA cadet pilot scheme. In addition, to get hired by the big airlines you will typically need lots of flying hours and type ratings under your belt, so it's hard to break into the cycle if you are not already in it. Not sure about the path if you want to try being bizjet pilots.

in Singapore there are 3 pilot schemes. SIA is the one that is fully sponsored and most prestigious, but SIA isn't really growing much nowadays and they took in too many cadets last time so they have an excess of pilots - so it's hard to join. Jetstar & Tiger also offer schemes but these are self-funded, they only give you a job after you graduate but at least you're guaranteed an A320 type rating and flying experience.

otherwise you can try overseas airlines such as cathay (hong kong) and etihad (abu dhabi), but again priority would probably be given to their own nationals.

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Re: Pilot as Career in Singapore

Postby singapore_parent » Sat Jan 26, 2013 2:30 pm

Thanks Jfalk !

I tried to contact Singapore Flying College via "contact us" in their website http://www.sfcpl.com , and they are accepting self sponsored candidates. The program will cost around $194,000 and yes you are not assured of the job.

Most likely I will consider this as pilot school for my son since all pilots in SIA are graduates from this school and definitely this school is reputable. I will ask my son to go for the application and being interviewed by the principal. He can try to explore on what specific programs are bing offered. It's worth trying the interview.

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Re: Pilot as Career in Singapore

Postby metz » Sat Jan 26, 2013 6:02 pm

Hi, is your son a Singaporean? If he is, SIA will consider his application only when he reaches 26 years old.
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Re: Pilot as Career in Singapore

Postby singapore_parent » Sat Jan 26, 2013 8:33 pm

Yes, my son is Singaporean.

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