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HKIAA partners with local airlines to nurture airline pilots

HKIAA partners with local airlines to nurture airline pilots

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The Academy has launched its first Cadet Pilot Programme, while the partnering airlines will offer preliminary job interviews for students.

In partnership with Hong Kong Airlines, HK Express, and Greater Bay Airlines, the Hong Kong International Aviation Academy (HKIAA) has launched its first Cadet Pilot Programme, providing opportunities to aspiring talent with the ambition to become an airline pilot.

The 14-month programme comprises two parts: students will first attend the six-month theoretical knowledge instruction (TKI) course provided by HKIAA in Hong Kong. After passing the TKI examinations, students will proceed to IASCO Flight Training School in the United States for the eight-month flying training. Students will then return to Hong Kong for a two-week multi-crew cooperation (MCC) course provided by Hong Kong Airlines to complete the final phase of the integrated programme.

Students who have completed the above-mentioned training and courses will obtain a commercial pilot licence issued by the Civil Aviation Department.

Under the signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with the Academy, the three partnering airlines will offer preliminary job interviews and conditional job offers for students, as well as interviews for the post of Second Officer to the graduates.

Simon Li, President of HKIAA, hopes to collaborate with local universities and industry partners in the coming years to establish bachelor's or master's degree programmes in aviation, along with flying training, to allow young people to participate in the Cadet Pilot Programme while studying for their university degrees.


Lead image / Hong Kong International Aviation Academy (HKIAA)

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