Dragonair Cadet Pilot Scheme (MPL)


The Dragonair Cadet Pilot Programme provides all the necessary training required to enable young Hong Kong men and women to become the Airline Pilots of the future. After initial flying training, Cadets may be offered employment to join our professional crew team to operate our modern Airbus fleet. Following further training, and having gained the required experience of Dragonair’s operation, they will be promoted to Junior First Officers.

In October 2011, Dragonair will introduce the Multi-Crew Pilot’s License Cadet Programme.

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Selection Procedure

Dragonair’s Cadets initially have to pass several stages of a rigorous selection process designed to ensure that only the most suitable candidates progress to flying training. Selection consists of a mixture of interviews, medical examinations, computer aptitude tests and tests of spoken and written English.

Cadet Pilot Programme – Multi-Crew Pilot’s License (MPL)

The MPL is specifically designed to produce airline-ready pilots from a low or no aviation experience level. Starting with the necessary theoretical knowledge and core flying skills, the course quickly progresses to basic airline-style operations in state-of-the-art flight training devices, operating as a crew using airline procedures. These skills are then further developed in a full flight simulator before completing the airliner type-specific training course. The MPL concept can be summed up by the phrase “train the way we fly and fly the way we train”.

Multi-Crew Pilot’s License (MPL) Training

Dragonair’s MPL Cadet Pilots initially undergo a period of 62 weeks of training in Hong Kong and Melbourne.

The Cadets will then attend an extended course at the Company Flight Training Centre. This course teaches them to fly and operate the Airbus aircraft and consists of a mixture of computer-based training packages together with many hours in the Airbus full-flight simulator and flying training in the aircraft.

The Cadets are now ready to take their place on the flight deck during commercial operations. Again there is an extensive period of training under the careful supervision of Training Captains. The Cadets must prove themselves capable of performing all the duties of a normal First Officer before being allowed to fly on regular passenger flights without supervision by a Training Captain.

The training, however, never stops, and like all commercial pilots Cadets are subject to regular checks of their abilities, both in the aeroplane and in the simulator.

The Way Ahead

The major step in a commercial pilot’s career is to be promoted to Captain, and then to take command of a Dragonair aeroplane. This step is normally achieved after several years as a First Officer, during which the Cadet will have gained sufficient experience in the demanding environment of a commercial aeroplane.

There are other opportunities within the Company which may interest some pilots as well – perhaps the chance to train other pilots, to be involved in flight safety or to move into management.

Dragonair’s Cadets are provided with a unique opportunity to have a rewarding and interesting career in civil aviation. In order to succeed, cadets have to be highly motivated and be prepared to work extremely hard throughout their career to first achieve and then maintain the high standards expected of today’s Airline Pilots.

Entry Requirements

To be considered for selection as a Dragonair Cadet Pilot (MPL), applicants must hold a Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card and meet the following requirements:

  • Excellent command of English, both oral and written
  • Good command of Chinese an added advantage
  • Medically fit, including eye-sight
  • Have completed secondary school and have good passes in English Language, Mathematics and Physics, or have a Degree or Diploma in any discipline (science subjects preferred).

Application Procedure
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