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Is the Kingfisher Cadet Pilot program worth it?

 
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andy_del
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 9:42 am    Post subject: Is the Kingfisher Cadet Pilot program worth it? Reply with quote

Hi,

I'll appreciate any help I can get on this one Exclamation I've been selected for the Kingfisher Cadet Pilot Program and am supposed to start training in July. Kingfisher says it'll train me on ATR 72-500 when i come back.

What bothers me is the present scenario of fuel price hikes and the consequent losses domestic airlines are having to incur. Is this a good time to go for my flight training? What are the chances of Kingfisher recruiting fresh CPL holders?

Being an outsider to the industry (but not entirely ignorant) I'm desperate to get informed opinions before taking this huge step.

Please help! The rest of my life depends on this decision Exclamation
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi andy_del,

Welcme to airliners- india.net! If you wish please introduce yourself at the following thread.

http://airlinersindia.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?p=42144#42144

Also check some related threads in the Civil Aviation and within this section, you might get an answer to your questions.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

when or where did they open up the cadet's scheme? i heard of it but never saw it anywhere
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Even spicejet and indigo airlines have a cadet pilot course...i was thinking of joining the Indigo program...but then i was already into my 3rd year of engg...Kingfisher and spicejet have their gnd training with united aviation in gurgaon whereas the indigo ppl do their gnd trng straight at Sabena Flight academy in Arizona...
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Even indigo spicejet and kingfisher hv their cadets flying at sabena...isnt it gettin overcrowded der?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What does the Training programme specify.
Does it not assure the individual a job if sucessfull.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's the link for Indigo's program
http://www.sfa-india.com/indigo/indigo.htm
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HAWK21M wrote:
What does the Training programme specify.
Does it not assure the individual a job if sucessfull.

regds
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Yes it does. It says Kingfisher will induct me as a trainee co-pilot once i complete my flight training successfully.

But what's bothering me is the fuel price hikes and if Kingfisher will even be around after a year. What if it is merged into some other airline? Does my job offer still hold? And i guess if they have no vacancies by the time i return then i'm screwed Exclamation

SHOULD I GO FOR THE TRAINING ????
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 2:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Is the Kingfisher Cadet Pilot program worth it? Reply with quote

andy_del wrote:
What bothers me is the present scenario of fuel price hikes and the consequent losses domestic airlines are having to incur. Is this a good time to go for my flight training? What are the chances of Kingfisher recruiting fresh CPL holders?


Personally I feel that IT will continue to need pilots as they expand in the next 1-2 years. As they are likely to start intl ops this fall, I presume some of their senior 320 pilots will be upgraded to their 330s and so on, and they'll backfill the open positions with fresh hires. And nothing like it if you're a part of the Kingfisher "sponsored" training, as they're then more likely to look at you as a prospective pilot rather than an "outsider".
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