Being a Pilot with Cathay Pacific is a demanding, but rewarding, career. It requires a lifetime commitment to learning and development, and comes with an immense level of responsibility for the well being of our customers and our multi-million dollar aircraft. The rewards, however, are enormous. Our pilots enjoy an exciting, fast-paced lifestyle that’s made possible by flexible working hours and ongoing opportunities to experience new cultures and explore the world.

Second Officers are integral members of our flight deck crew. They fly as cruise co-pilot and ensure flight safety by monitoring the operating crew during approach and departure. Once qualified, you’ll benefit from continued training and assessment every step of the way to ready you for promotion to First Officer and ultimately, Cathay Pacific Captain.

Second Officers are recruited via three entry programmes that have been tailored to suit people with varying experience levels. All programs are conducted at Flight Training Adelaide, a world-class training facility located in Australia that has been training airline pilots since 1982.


Cadet Pilot Programme

Our 55-week programme offers opportunities to Permanent Hong Kong ID card holders who aspire to be aviators. Training includes 160 hours of day and night flying in single and twin-engine light aircraft, as well as classroom learning and 40 hours of simulator training. To learn more about what’s involved, visit our Cadet Pilot website.

Advanced Entry Programme

This is a 31-week programme for global applicants who possess an ICAO CPL and have in excess of 250 hours flight time in specified categories.

Transition Training Programme

Already have significant experience? Our 6-week programme is designed for global applicants who posses an ATPL issued by an ICAO Contracting State.

Preference will be given to pilots with more than 500 hours experience on certified multi crew pressurised, turbine powered transport aircraft greater than 5700 kg.

ATPL licences must have been issued with no exemptions and you will need to show passes in all examination subjects set by the issuing authority.

Entry Requirements

In addition to a strong passion for aviation, you will need to have :

  • Have an excellent command of written and spoken English
  • Have completed secondary school and have good passes in mathematics and science, or have a degree or diploma, or have passes in all ATPL subjects
  • Be physically fit and qualify for a Class I Medical
  • The minimum height of a Cadet Pillot applicant for consideration is 157.5cm.  AE and TT applicants must meet flight deck reach requirements.

Ready to get behind the controls?

Visit our Cadet Pilot website to learn more about the training programme and requirements for entry, and to explore the many career paths and benefits on offer.

For enquires, please email or telephone +852 2747 8247.

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