Cathay Pacific and The Hong Kong PolyU sign an agreement on the Cadet Pilot program
Cathay Pacific and the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong (PolyU) today signed a three-year agreement to collaborate on a new integrated course for Cathay Pacific’s Cadet Pilot Training Program that will cultivate local talent in the aviation industry and will develop Hong Kong as an aviation training hub.
Cathay Pacific Managing Director Augustus Tang and PolyU Chairman Dr. Lam Tai-fai welcomed Transport and Logistics Secretary Mr. Lam Sai-hung as a guest of honor at the signing ceremony, which took place at Cathay Pacific’s headquarters in Cathay City. The Assistant Director General of Civil Aviation (Flight Standards), Ms. Clara Wong of the Department of Civil Aviation, was also present.
Transport and Logistics Secretary Lam Sai-hung said today’s signing ceremony was very significant as it marked a milestone in Hong Kong‘s aviation industry.
The cadet pilot training program would not only prepare more pilots for Hong Kong, but it was also the first time that theoretical aviation courses would be taught by a local institution, writing a new chapter in the history of Hong Kong. Hong Kong aviation and enriching the variety of aviation professionals. city training.
Cathay Pacific CEO Augustus Tang said“We are delighted to continue our Cadet Pilote program.
“As Hong Kong’s flag carrier, we are committed to continuing to invest in young local talent and the long-term development of Hong Kong’s international aviation hub.
“We strongly believe that there is enormous potential for Hong Kong to become a leading aviation training center in the world, and this new integrated course will provide world-class instruction and training for future pilots.
“We would like to thank the CAD and PolyU for their support in launching this new course.
“Since the launch of our cadet pilot training program, Cathay Pacific has trained over 1,000 Hong Kong cadet pilots.
“We look forward to welcoming candidates who will start the new cadet courses and become part of the Cathay Pacific team upon graduation.
“As we prepare to meet growing global travel demand, we have already launched a comprehensive plan to hire 4,000 frontline employees to meet our operational needs over the next 18-24 months.
“This includes over 700 pilots, of which 400 are graduate cadets joining as second officers by the end of 2023. Overall, we aim to train over 1,000 cadet pilots by 2025.”
PolyU vice president and senior professor Wing-tak Wong said“The civil aviation industry has been the backbone of Hong Kong’s development.
“PolyU and Boeing co-founded the first Aeronautical Services Research Center (ASRC) in Hong Kong ten years ago and the center has since become a successful example of research and innovation collaboration between universities and industry. ‘industry.
“The University then established the Department of Aeronautical Engineering and Civil Aviation to offer undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs to develop industry talent and strengthen scientific research in the field of civil aviation and aeronautical engineering.
Professor Wong continues“In the future, we will continue to actively collaborate with industry partners to develop more professional qualifications and training programs in support of the 14th national five-year plan, to contribute to the healthy and sustainable development of the aviation industry in Hong Kong and the nation.
The new 55-60 week integrated course consists of three stages: theory, simulator training and flight training.
Under the newly signed agreement, PolyU will provide a 150 working day ground school education course which includes a minimum of 750 hours of instruction and examination in areas such as principles of flight, meteorology, human performance, general navigation, instrumentation, radio navigation, air law and more.
Successful applicants will then begin overseas flight training before returning to Cathay City for multi-crew simulator training.