This is further compounded by ATC keeping you high due to restrictions on radar vectoring due to terrain and helicopter traffic corridors that head towards the Grand Canyon. “Most importantly, we are making space for the younger pilots to continue because they have many more years to go and families that need their support.” — TODAY, Cheras LHDN branch to resume operations tomorrow, Glove maker Laglove ordered to close Kajang plant for Covid violations after HR minister sees workers’ living conditions, US stocks open lower on UK Covid-19 spike despite US stimulus. Back in the seat we are now in Canada and whilst flying the aircraft, checking weather and notams for alternates and liaising with the cabin crew regarding turbulence reported ahead, the other SFO and I are planning the Arrival procedure, Approach and taxi in to Vegas. I am woken up to the ‘ding dong’ that means the end of my rest, like any alarm clock its not a popular noise. That’s an average. The career of a military pilot is a very challenging one. Pilots can often also earn more: a productivity allowance of as much as S$3,800 is available for pilots flying 70 hours a month. Spends 4 years in university in exchange for a useless piece of a certificate. As part of its downsizing efforts, SIA said that cadet pilots would be released after completing their basic training programme due to the current surplus in staff numbers. One of those visions, Sia’s first movie, “Music,” was 15 years in the making. Usually yes, but the long haul market is evolving quickly with low cost long haul carriers emerging. These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. They have not even got anywhere close to what we’ve (older pilots) got,” added the pilot who also declined to be named. The retirement age for SIA pilots is 62. Medlink arrange a medical team to meet us on arrival. We revisit the actions and plans if we were to have an engine failure. Another retrenched pilot, a Malaysian national in his mid-40s who has been flying with SIA for just over 20 years, is also heading home. and we take some photos for them and answer any questions they may have, we always like to have a bit of banter with the passengers. So the day before departure I check the weather just to confirm it’s boiling hot and that I will be requiring an array of shorts and flip flops! I take control and disconnect the autopilot and auto throttle, its a little windy, we have around 15kts (20mph) of wind from the left, so the speed is a little unstable which requires constant thrust corrections. There are several emergencies I can call stop for and the Captain can call stop for anything he/she likes but normally we would only stop for major emergencies like an engine failure, any fire on the aircraft, wind shear warning, take off config warning, blocked runway or some sort of control restriction. He is among the cadet pilots from the Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group who will have to leave the company after completing his third of four phases of training, which lasts about three to four months. For Lu Changji, 28, who has been flying with the airline for four years, he said that even with the pay cuts, he is grateful for the amount he makes and “couldn’t ask for more”. Read more at The Business Times. SINGAPORE, Sept 19 — Singapore Airlines (SIA) pilots will be taking pay cuts ranging from 10 to 60 per cent, after the union representing them agreed with their employers on a deal that could save about 400 jobs. Stopping an aircraft this size is a major and challenging manoeuvre. He easily works 60-100 hours a week, but sees the bigger cause and works hard at work. Any time spent in delay just means there will be less time to actually explore or unwind once you land. In the U.S., senior (experienced) captains, who fly the larger planes at major airlines, typically make more than USD $15,500 per month or $186,000 per year, according to FltOps.com. The main gears touch the runway firmly, I lower the nose gently and the captain ensures the speed brake deploys and gives me partial reverse thrust on all 4 engines. After we climb through 20000ft we release our heavy pilot to commence his rest in the bunks in the flight deck. I do not speak for all my compatriots, but to me, life is certainly good. Embark on an exciting career as a Pilot with us and you’ll be flying one of the most modern aircraft and fuel-efficient fleets in the skies. Eventually the passengers are located before we find their bags and they are allowed to board the aircraft, we get the doors closed and I do a welcome onboard PA to everyone. As for himself, he said: “Right now, I’m very worried. Story Continues Below Advertisement He is among the cadet pilots from the Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group who will have to leave the company after completing his third of four phases of training, which lasts about three to four months. Soon, who ran as a Progress Singapore Party candidate in Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency in the 2020 General Election and has been with the airline for almost five years, said that his expenses are very low. For this kind of thing I normally go to http://emolument.com as they have a huge database of salaries that go all over the globe. But that was just a dream and I never … The tracks are modified every day and during the day they go east to west and at night west to east as that is where the majority of the traffic movement is. The industry standard is on average 42 days per year. So my days work is almost complete and although we have been working hard for the last 12 hours or so, I know according to our passengers the quality of my work will be assessed in the last 30 seconds!! Seeing the lack of opportunities and bad economic situations in Malaysia made me look to other countries for better ones. Once the answer is yes, we then need to decide on how much fuel to take. The cabin crew (unless we have said otherwise) automatically release themselves to commence their duties. By continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Once lined up you have to be ready to depart as soon as ATC clear you as airports want to try and maximise their capacities for traffic on the runways, if everyone took 15-30 seconds to set thrust, over a day it could mean some aircraft not being able to depart later in the day. Pilots can be re-employed beyond the age of 62 on a contract basis until the age of 65. Mr Chung's journey to captain was not a smooth flight. Reader SINJim in Singapore graciously sent photos and a review of his recent SIA@Home business class dinner from Singapore Airlines. Although none of the information in your web site aided me in the interviews, I gain much confidence in facing the barrage of questions from the 7 interviewers. Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. The first thing I do is work through all the notams, some of the notams indicate taxiways are closed or have reduced wing span clearances, I mark these with a red high marker on my iPad chart app. This message is conveyed initially by each crew member stationed at the doors on the left hand side of the aircraft over the phone to the senior crew member who then instructs the crew to take seats for take off, she then presses a button on her panel and we get an electronic message in the flight deck stating the ‘cabin is ready’. — TODAY pic — TODAY pic SINGAPORE, Sept 19 — Singapore Airlines (SIA) pilots will be taking pay cuts ranging from 10 to 60 per cent, after the union representing them agreed with their employers on a deal that could save about … We check the Airport notes which is under the AOI section of our charting app, we also check our companies briefing notes about the airfield. These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience. Stepping into the unknown, especially at this age, with a lack of experience in other areas, is quite scary,” he said, adding that he will return to Malaysia in three weeks to avoid further racking up his expenses here. Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. Soon is in the midst of applying for other full-time jobs. But SIA's regional arm, SilkAir, has been hiring women pilots … You can check these in your browser security settings. My salary in the first year with the airlines, based out of New York’s JFK International Airport, was $21,109.This is why pilots fall on a free continental breakfast like locusts. Singapore Airlines (SIA) has let go about half of its cadet pilots and cabin crew trainees as it continues to downsize its workforce. “He's most anxious about going back home. After the pay cut, his basic salary is S$6,460, reduced from S$7,600. On ultra long flights (over 12 hours each way) we have 4 pilots. Medlink know all the medical supplies we have onboard and also know the training our cabin crew have. Nevertheless, the career … Continue Reading → Pilot training in the military. He is open to trying out new jobs or returning to his previous industry. I pack my suitcase (this trip is 6 days long), check any notices that have been issued in my week off, ensure all my apps are up to date on my iPad and the iPad is fully charged along with my battery pack (Our mature jumbo jets do not have power available in the flight deck). However, flying is not all fantasy and cool views but involves enormous hard work, persistence and struggle before one embarks on the high life. Our pilots know that we recruit and promote based on merit, so there’s no tolerance for discrimination—you know you’re working with the best qualified person for the job, not because they are a certain gender.” What is it like to be an airline pilot? I stumbled upon the SIA website and was attracted to this job opening; Cadet Pilot. “I think even if I have to downgrade to a smaller house, it's not a big problem,” he said. To give an example we would expect the flight time coming back from Vegas to be at least 90 minutes quicker. The airport is categorised by my company as Category B which effectively means there are various challenges in operating into the airport. The flight plan today has us routing towards Goose Bay which is quite far north and even after making landfall in Canada there are not many options to land in an emergency. Then you fly. We have to get a clearance to avoid weather and we have a dedicated frequency 123.450 which we tune up so that all pilots in a similar area can talk to one another, it’s not for idle chit chat but more for warning others about weather or turbulence. I receive the call of V1 (take off decision speed) which I acknowledge by taking my left hand off the thrust levers as we are now committed to taking off, V1 is the last chance a decision can be made to stop the aircraft without us going off the end of the runway. He spent his days as an … Still, he never thought his stint would end this way. Once cleared above transition level we set a standard pressure setting on our altimeters and at 10,000ft we accelerate to our climb speed which is 320kts today. One Filipino, who has been living in Singapore for the past nine years with his wife and two of his four children, will return to the Philippines. We check visually for traffic on approach and also check our navigation displays for TCAS (Traffic Collision Avoidance System) traffic. How many days off do long haul pilots get a month? We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. “So, the amount that I spend per month is really rather low and I try to be consciously aware of that because how many things could I possibly need?”. Thanks for sharing Jim! The cabin crew call is every 30 mins to check we are ok and vice versa and this is normally done over the phone and is an opportunity for us to brief each other on any situation that may be arising. If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. We must ensure we stay alert and focussed until the aircraft is on stand with the park brake set. One pilot then sleeps for a short while in the pilot seat, while the other pilot takes control of the flight and communication. The heavy pilot completes the external check of the aircraft as well as our cockpit security checks including our toilet and bunk rest area which are all enclosed in the flight deck. Before the main article, which is a blog on a flight between Heathrow and Las Vegas, we have listed some of the typical questions asked about lifestyle as a long haul pilot. “I don't think I can make a salary even comparable or equivalent to what we’re drawing right now in any other job. He is also grateful that he has gotten into the groove of making these deliveries, which are busiest on weekends, now that the additional pay cuts have been announced. The company, however, said that it would be open to hiring them should the demand for air travel return to pre-Covid levels. We get the auto-callout from the flight deck speaker system of ‘1000’ telling us we are at 1000ft Radio altitude – actual height above the ground. Last week, we received a huge response from readers when we posed the question of whether or not pilots hop in bed with flight attendants regularly while flying together. The company as a whole looks after its employees and invests in many training opportunities. Mr. Adrian Ooi, Singapore International Airlines 1st Officer Pilot The gear provides a lot of drag so as soon as it can be retracted the better as we can improve our climb performance. Its important to lower the nose gently as the nose wheel is not designed to support large forces unlike the main gear, first class is also directly above the nose wheel!!! We then get given a short cut which reduces are track miles, so therefore we have descend the aircraft a little more aggressively by using the speed brake. This will normally swap round for the inbound flight. An example would be turning the aircraft or stopping straight ahead in the event of an RTO (rejected take-off) with an engine fire warning. The routing has us eventually turning south into the US over Minneapolis and then towards Salt Lake City approaching Nevada and Vegas from the North. We have a flight plan that is very accurate and details exactly how much fuel we need. Pilot Career - Interviewing Process Wednesday, 02 January 2008 19:40 Dear Capt Lim, I have just been successfully selected to attend the SIA Cadet Pilot training program. I’m transferring my eyes to outside to keep the aircraft straight and the wings level, whilst looking inside checking my PFD (Primary Flight Display) for the speed and also the EICAS (Engine Indications Crew Alerting System) for the engine parameters to ensure they are normal. For one pilot, having to take a pay cut has forced him to resort to borrowing money to keep his children in overseas universities. Today, we decide on allowing all the spare ones to be occupied which is 6. In the bunk sometimes I sleep, sometimes I may read a book or watch a programme on my iPad. I meet up with the other 2 pilots (we have 3 due to the length of the flight and so we can share rest) and after the pleasantries are out of the way we decide who is going to operate the 2 sectors (one flight there and one back). I visually check we have met all of the stable approach criteria and call ‘stable, visual, I have control’. After the briefing and PA has been completed I give control to the Captain who will fly the approach for my landing. Cost? The 747 can land no problem on shortish runways in fact we could just about do around 1400 metres with max braking in normal conditions. We check the wind direction and speed, ATC will read us the wind with the take off clearance but there are also wind socks we can use. An A380 flight simulator is expected to be commissioned in FCTC in 2007. If you are really interested, brush up your knowledge and go for it. Today we get the call from downstairs in the cabin from the cabin crew member in charge stating that there are customers missing at the boarding gate and the TRM has instructed the ramp team to start looking for their bags so that they can be offloaded. Second, pilots are paid based on actual flight hours. We check to ensure all of us have watched the video presentation for Las Vegas. I check in on the computer terminals 15 mins early, check any notices (by checking in I’m confirming I have a valid licence, medical and am up to date with all new notices from the company). “SIA has been supporting us by sourcing for and providing secondary job offerings on our internal platform for their employees,” the union representing pilots in Singapore said. Before heading off for my break I head off for a walk around the aircraft to stretch my legs and chat to the cabin crew to check they are all ok. Pilot and First Officer have been sacked, the union is trying to get them back onto SIA staff maybe for ground duties but SIA does not seem willing. He told TODAY that he is cash-strapped because the money he has earned during the span of his career has been invested in properties, stocks and bonds. Our bunk area on the 747 is great, it can only be accessed from the flight deck and is very quiet and dark so really helps us get some rest. Otherwise you will be prompted again when opening a new browser window or new a tab. Singapore Airlines describes its SIA@Home project like this:. The skill sets of Singapore Airlines' (SIA) pilots are highly sought-after (SIA service training should not go to waste, by Mr Joachim Sim Khim Huang, Sept 19).. Read more at straitstimes.com. Just as I’m on the bus I get a text message from a flight crew colleague on short haul (we always have a bit of long haul vs short haul banter – poor guys!!!) We will also expect to be cut in very tight for a short final approach as ATC cannot vector us further than 6NM north due to Nellis Air Force Base being on the extended centre line. We are expecting to do a non-precision approach onto either 19L or 19R, both these runways are on the short side for a 747. On long haul we always recommend that customers fasten their seat belt over their duvets or blankets to avoid being disturbed by the crew if the we have to put the seat belt sign on at short notice. Once we are all ready for departure and I have the park brake set I do another PA to the customers updating them on the reason for the delay at the holding point. A day in the life of a long haul pilot. I work out the performance for each runway in terms of how much tailwind we can take at our estimated landing weight and what setting on the auto brake we can use with either idle, partial or full reverse. The third pilot is with the airline. During low workloads it is much better to ensure we all rest so we are all awake and alert for the approach and landing when the workload is higher. All pilots should receive their pilot licence back and they have an order from Taiwan not to infringe any laws in Taiwan for one year (I think) Also, your upgrade from a First Officer to a Captain will take at least 15 years (as compared to 3-5 years in a Low-Cost Carrier like Jetstar Asia and Scoot). “I tried to get into the Air Force before and after National Service because I always had this curiosity and passion for flying. Hi there! (To put salt in the wound, refer back to #1.) TODAY spoke to 12 pilots, some of whom have been retrenched while there are those who have taken on delivery jobs to make up for lost income. I set the park brake and the captain switches the generators to the APU and shuts down the engines and switches off the seat belt signs. There is no time wasted with one pilot thinking ‘I wonder if he is going to do that, or ask for this’. Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. “My monthly expenses add up to over S$19,000 a month and it’s not the right time to give up my stocks and bonds and sell my properties because I’ll get nothing. Lots of things to consider. Half the cabin crew are on their breaks and we have bunk beds in the roof of the aircraft above the rear galley. We pushback start all 4 engines, run the before taxi checklist and get our taxi clearance. This guy is quite aggressive and will come across as a bad guy. We use reverse thrust to save brake wear and if it is a short turnaround it stops the brakes getting overheated. Time management is crucial here, typically we will only be on the aircraft 40-45 mins before departure so there is a fair amount to do and we normally agree a time we would start briefing, the briefing normally takes around 15 minutes including what we call the critical data entry procedure which is where we enter all the performance in terms of take off thrust setting, speeds, clearance and setting up the Mode Control Panel into our Flight Management Computers. Now comes one of the best parts of the job, this bit never gets boring! The briefing is interactive with the heavy pilot also playing a part although the briefing is always led by pilot flying. Life does not get easier for a new pilot … Continue Reading → Insights into the career of a commercial pilot: Commercial pilot career. If you thinking of Becoming a Pilot or you’re a short haul pilot thinking of making the switch, you probably want to get a feeling of what a typical day for a long haul pilot is like. ATC give us take off clearance, we set our elapsed time clocks to run, and I stand the thrust levers up, confirm engines are stable and then press the TOGA buttons on the top of the 4 thrust levers, the thrust levers then set the take off thrust automatically, considering the weight of the aircraft the acceleration still amazes me. Order a home-dining experience for two created by our world-renowned International Culinary Panel chefs, paired with your choice of wine or champagne. The longest I have waited is about 2 hours, but not here today in Vegas, we are all through in about 25 minutes, we collect our suitcases and head towards our transport which is a large coach. As I mentioned earlier we are full today so even half way through the flight there are a lot of people standing up, drinking and being quite loud, especially in world traveller cabin. The typical Singapore Airlines Pilot salary is $10,000. A day in the life of a long haul pilot. Cost? A Malaysian-born pilot who angered Singapore's founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, has begun a new life in Australia after the government ordered him to leave by May 1. • It also houses a … Typically out of London we may not get continuous climb so we may have to level off at an intermediate level or altitude. We run the shut down checklist and then I do a farewell PA to the customers. Don't waste time with the RSAF, you will stand a higher chance of entering the cadet program as a fresh grad rather than at the time you leave RSAF to become a commercial pilot. We need 2 cookies to store this setting. There is also a keypad by the door and the cabin crew can request entry through that, however, we can always accept or deny entry. This is one of our pilots typical day at ‘the office’. A Typical Day For a Long Haul Pilot Operating The B747-400. He has a son in Secondary 1 who has lived in Singapore since the age of four, and he will have to adapt to a whole new education system when he returns to his home country. Plan is to meet in the bar ASAP! “The pilot community at Scoot is a diverse one—there is a variety of nationalities here from different walks of life. He said he is not the only pilot who has turned to doing deliveries. Pilot salaries at Singapore Airlines can range from $6,500 - $20,000. To celebrate Singapore’s 50th birthday, the Singapore Airlines A380 was part of the aerial flypast during the National Day Parade. Once in the hotel, we collect our keys which are normally all ready for us, some hotels will give us a mini-briefing on the facilities etc, but here we just grab our keys and head up to our rooms. It’s finally our turn for departure, we check the clearance with each other from ATC to ‘line up and wait 27L’. If I have spoken about various threats and what I will do to avoid them and one of the threats actually occurs then everyone knows what the other person has said they will do and if they don’t do it then they can verbalise it straight away without hesitation. So far I managed to sleep from the moment I … This estimate is based upon 11 Singapore Airlines Pilot salary report(s) provided by employees or estimated based upon statistical methods. This site uses cookies. And if we fly with more than 2 pilots we have time to rest in the bunk. I stumbled upon the SIA website and was attracted to this job opening; Cadet Pilot. We have made up some time but are till going to arrive late into Las Vegas my next job is to speak to our ground teams at Vegas and make a plan for some of our connecting customers. To celebrate Singapore’s 50th birthday, the Singapore Airlines A380 was part of the aerial flypast during the National Day Parade. A 59-year-old pilot who has been with the airline for 27 years said he is retiring early to help his younger Singaporean colleagues continue on in their jobs. Finish the syfc course, take the ppl and reject them if they ask you to sign on, don't … Ltd. (SCFT) joint venture for pilot training in Singapore next month. They will also give a recommendation on continuing or diverting the flight. There are so many people and processes involved and you only need one process to fail or the smallest issue to arise and the flight will go late, this is compounded by capacity issues at Heathrow whereby it is quite usual to close the doors on time and ask for push and start only to be told we have a start up delay due to congestion. There is no radar over the Atlantic so air traffic control plan aircraft at different levels, speeds and tracks to keep separation, you must maintain the track and the level although there may be an opportunity to change level later on. It is a good way of picking up on an issues as we cannot see their body language when we speak on the phone. Singapore Airlines (SIA) and CAE (NYSE: CAE; TSX: CAE) announced today that they will launch operations of their new Singapore CAE Flight Training Pte. The non-precision approaches are both in excess of a normal 3 degree glideslope, this all points to the threat of a runway excursion (running off the end of the runway) which can be created by a fast un-stable approach with a potentially long landing. And that is not good news. But at the same time, because it's a lifelong dream, I think most of us would quit our jobs and return to flying,” he said. We can get changed again and cleaned up in the flight deck whilst the other pilot continues to fly the aircraft. Our flight today operates from Terminal 3 so we have to catch a bus across to the aircraft. As of May 2014, the average pilot income was $75,000. 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