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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Some didn't become captain.

There were a couple of co-pilots who were never made captains inspite of flying for donkey years (some flown for 30 plus years). They either lacked the skills or kept failing their pilot exams or did not have the courage to take over the command in the cockpit.
Most retired as senior first officers perhaps drawing slightly (salary) lesser than a captain.They were contended to be just senior co-pilots because of lesser responsibilties as compared to a capt.
On a lighter note I am amused to read about a Singaporean pilot who does not mind flying for here. ( is an excellent website if one wants to know about the job of a pilot or just for knowledge). Go and visit Capt Lim's website cos it makes good reading but no juicy stories..hahaha.


Anonymous said...

BT thanks for recommending Captain Lim's site. It is informative and interesting.

Singapore Capt said...

the reason being in the past, First Officers do not need a ATPL (Airline Transport Pilot License), and to qualify as a Capt, u need ATPL, but after flying for so many years, these FOs brains are no longer that active and they find it difficult to pass the ATPL exams. Now, all FOs have to take their ATPL exams during their cadet flight training days.

BT said...

S'pore capt..thanks for the makes sense what you have just said.

Singapore Capt said...

but then, recently, there seems to be a higher number of FOs who failed command training. 5 FOs in the previous course failed their training, which is higher than normal. To be Capt, u need to pass this command training which is highly stressful. Some say that before starting command training, the FO should buy a pet, and vent the frustration on the pet after he reach home.

Pet Lover said...

Poor pets,just wondering how many pets have been abused because of SIA captains

the great escape said...

Hi BT, i happened to see your link when i search on yahoo regarding information on requirements for pilots and CC. i would want to clarify some questions with u and hopefully u can help to clear my doubts? Is acceptable BMI essential for pilots wannabe? As my BMI is slightly high and i worry this may cause me to have a lower chance of getting in. I'm currently having a height of 1.78m and my bmi is around 29(i know its high). But still, would want to give it a try. And the other question would be do they go for looks? i know for CC should be pretty for stewardess and handsome for stewards. But for pilot level, do they need pilot to be handsome as well? Cos i looked average. Thanks a lot and i hope to hear from you soon. =) i really need to seek help from you as your blog provides the most relevant Q&A to what i seek. THANK YOU!!! =P