Tuesday, February 12, 2013

STUDENT INFO: HOW DO I BECOME A PILOT IN PNG?


HOW DO I BECOME A PILOT IN PNG? 
A student asked a question like this in another page and this was the reply given by someone who is now flying planes. I got permission from him (Karol Kutan) to post this here.

Hellow. The only avenues that would be available, besides doing it the long way via self sponsorship, would be through the Air Niugini Pilot Cadet Scheme, the PNGDF and the Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF).

Air Niugini's requirements include: A minimum of Grade 12 education with Bs in English, Maths A and Physics. The PNG Defence Force and MAF, I believe, would have similar requirements.
It is also a good idea to have a plan B if things do not fall into place in time.
I was in university when I applied and did not make it through the Air Niugini Cadet scheme the first time. But I never gave up.

By then I had met and spoken to other pilots about getting into aviation and they were all very encouraging.

Bro, your post reminded me of myself and, as a first timer in this page/group, I felt that I have to say something here.
It's all about being committed, hard work, and having the passion.

Bro, back in 2008 I had finished my uni education and whilst my other school mates were landing jobs in the mining and telecommunications industries (no offence) and getting paid, I was learning how to fix aeroplanes with the PNGDF just for work experience.
The Senior Engineering Officer there said to me: "Son, you will have to understand that we're not gonna pay you for that."
I was happy with that. For me, it was the passion I had for aviation. Just to get near an aeroplane and to talk aviation with the engineers and the pilots and learn from them was education.

By then I was leaning towards becoming an aircraft engineer due to my uni degree as well as the interest in aircraft engineering that I had picked up.
I was about to leave my flying dream until one fine Friday afternoon when a PNGDF pilot asked if I wanted to go on a flight with him.
And that flight, (thank you Major) reignited my flying dream. When the Air Niugini ad for Cadet Pilots was out in the papers, one of the army engineers pulled me aside and said: “Son, go for it."
So I did and the rest, as they say, is history. Bro, you have what it takes. Believe in yourself.

Now to say that a pilot is just one and a half years for a certificate is just nothing (as mentioned by someone else in the group) is an insult to us both commercial and military pilots.
It takes hardwork, courage, dedication, commitment and passion to go to flying school and sit for up to fifteen or so exams and to pass them all as well as passing the actual flight test.
And even though we pass out as commercial and military pilots, training is ongoing throughout our career to get it right so that politicians, teachers, engineers can go from point A to B and C in order to move PNG forward.

Even in medevacs, search and rescue and border patrol, pilots (as well as their support crew) are valuable.

Oh and bro, don't forget the good Lord in all your plans.

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  1. So it's a must to have B's..what about a C in maths? would it do?

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    1. I don't think it would meet their criteria but its worth a shot :)

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  2. Are those compulsory subjects? Aviation schools does not ask for that, as long as we complete high school. What about I get my PPL and then look for sponsorship? Thank you.

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    1. Sorry, that is not possible for attaining an Air Niugini scholarship. You will have to take up Maths A, Physics, L&L with full A's to be on the safe side. Apart from that, if you have a string passion, you can apply to a private pilot school. They will take you whether you have take Science or Social Science.

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  3. Hellow.
    This item was written mainly for students aspiring to apply for the pilot cadet programmes offered by Air Niugini and the PNG Defence Force.
    If you are applying to a private flying school in the region, that would be another matter.
    For most students in schools, they may not have the money to attend private flying schools. The same goes for aircraft engineering programmes offered by Air Niugini and the PNGDF. They will require similar qualifications – a minimum of B in Physics, Mathematics and English.
    A lot people apply every year, but only about a handful are selected. Yes, the competition is tough.
    The story posted is about a PNGean who is now a commercial pilot.
    He entered Air Nuigini’s pilot cadet training after working with PNGDF aircraft engineers/pilots for some time.

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  4. I definitely enjoying every little bit of it. It is a great website and nice share. I want to thank you. Good job! You guys do a great blog, and have some great contents. Keep up the good work. anthony

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  5. Thanks Sam. For your information, Privilege Learning Systems also has a Facebook page. Many young people share, ask questions and are motivated by us to continue in their studies, work and life. Cheers.

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  6. Truly inspiring story. Just wishing my university days away because I really want to become a pilot so I am thankful for the info you just provided.

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  7. Benjayhates, you're welcome. If you are inspired to make the right choices in life, then Privilege Learning Systems is happy to continue to help you or others like you in your journey in this life. Cheers. Thomas

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  8. Hi this is so inspiring.
    Anyweys the question is that I complete my grade 12 last year but I studied Maths B, Economics and Geography with all C's. Do you think I still can get selected?

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  9. Truly inspiring and encouraging to me...but I am wondering if I apply for PNGDF cadet pilot, will I be considered to be trained as a defence pilot?

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  10. that was my dream... but financial assistance is a problem to me. how can it be done?

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  11. Michael Martin and Brian Emilio, sorry for the late reply. I will address both of you in this response. First, Michael, for pilot training with Air Niugini and PNGDF, you have to study Physics and Maths in secondary school. If not, you can do the courses with distance learning institutions e.g. Unitech Open College or FODE. But confirm with recruiters from both organisations (ANG or PNGDF). I am aware that Air Niugini selects students upon their Gr 12 marks in Physics, Maths and English (they ask for Bs or better). PNGDF might have a similar recruitment criteria. Michael and Brian, the good news is if you did not score Bs or better in Physics, Maths and English, you can apply to learn to fly with private schools - in PNG and abroad. And yes, you will need money to do that. With private schools, you can learn to fly and get a commercial pilot's licence (without the Physics and Maths marks) and then apply to some of the airlines operating in PNG. Finally, here is the big question - how strong is your desire to fly? If you really want to fly, make plans as to how you will go on from here.

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    1. Please Thomas please could you send me the name of Privet flying schools in PnG and also there location s?

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  12. Im about to sit the entry test, what do i need to know???

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  13. Hellow. I, Thomas, have never sat for a test so I would not know. Possibly brush up on concepts in Physics and Maths to do with vectors, velocities, forces, pressure, atmosphere, weather, electricity, electronics, etc. Spend time to go over books on different aircraft and the basic principles why airplanes and helicopters can withstand the pull of gravity - that is, they can fly.
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    1. Thomas, I was very impressed by this page... I really want to be a pilot, either with Air Niugini or the PNGDF. I as the other had pointed out have financial hiccups. I sat twice for the Air Niugini one but never been selected further.. I want to try again this year.. And how about the PNGDF cadet pilot, is it a yearly programme? Do you know if these programmes will come on this year? If you do, please let me know with their recruiting dates. If not could you please give me their address (recruiting team) and I can liaise with them directly,, Thank you so much...

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  14. Alex Tony, I copied this from a website (aeroscience.com.au) on airline pilot aptitude test preparation. I hope that helps to answer your question:

    GENERAL COURSE OUTLINE FOR PREP:
    Short Cutting Calculations using Fractions, Percentages and Ratios.
    Compound Interest
    Using Basic Formula in Mathematics
    How to ‘Translate’ from English to Maths
    English Comprehension
    Personality/ Motivation Test
    Instrument Reading
    Pattern Sequences
    Mental Mathematics for Pilots (see Unit 1 below)
    How can I best prepare for my interview?

    You will require: Basic Calculator

    MENTAL MATHEMATICS FOR PILOTS:
    UNIT 1: Short cuts for Mental Numeracy tests, Percentages Ratios and Fractions, NO CALCULATOR, pencil and paper only. Mental Mathematics for Pilots: Basic Trigonometry, 1 in 60 rule, Navigation, Drift Angle, Rate of Climb, Angle of Climb. (Note: if you are interested in Cathay or ADF, I am conducting a specialised course for those entry tests)

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  15. what period/month does the air niugini ad for cadet pilots come.

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  16. Trevor Ally, look out for the ads in the newspapers. I will let you know when an ad comes out.

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  17. Thanks Thomas, I will be checking my email often.

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  18. When will the air niugini pilot training results be published in media.

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  19. John, when the notice comes out, I will let you people know. Cheers.

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  20. Interesting...please let me know as well.

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  21. W. Gerard, I will keep you updated.

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  22. What is the age limit for entering the air nuigini cadet scheme??

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  23. Good question Justin. Most applicants who are selected are in their 20s. I may need to confirm - but you know, ANG will want younger applicants so they have a bit longer working life ahead.

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  24. My interest is to become aircraft engineer. When do you think would be the right time to apply for an aircraft engineer apprenticeship? How could I get the information from air niugini and apply for it?

    Jerry

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  25. When will be the pilot recruitment be on the newspaper? I'm tired of waiting, please.

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  27. Dear sir/madam,
    My name is Willie Kapi and Iam very interested to be a PNG DF cadet officer. How can I apply? And what will be the necessary applications requirements apart from my grade 12 marks? Thank you.

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  28. Being a pilot may require qualifications,experience and bachelor degree in courses like applied physics,mechanical engineering and other courses related to mathematics and physics,isn't it right? What if someone take mathematics and computing science,do she or he has a full chance to pursue pilot.

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  29. What is the minimum entry requirement for Air Niugini and Airlines PNG?

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  30. Hi by the way that was really encouraging and motivating...I've always wanted to be a pilot..just one question: does this pilot training come under PNGDF?

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  32. Oh and please where can I get more information and details bout regarding this???

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  33. Do you have any aptitude practice test samples?

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  34. How many test does Air niugini conducts to select pilot cadets

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  35. WOW....enjoyed reading thru.
    Really motivating, I am currently doing my PPL and really want to finish of as a CPL holder.
    Will definitely check your posts in FB.

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  36. Sorry people. I have been away from this blog for a while due to work commitments. However, please check the papers regularly to see ads on pilot cadet training offered by Air Niugini. There are many young people who are heading off to the Philippines to do their pilot training there. Of course, money is needed to do that. If you have the money, you can check with Paradise International Education Consultancy (PIEC) in their website ... http://www.paradiseeducation.co/who-we-are/

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  37. I have "A" grades in Physics, language
    And advanced Math but am having second thoughts....

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    1. You have the grades, what more do you need. GO FOR IT.!😃

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  38. interested in PNGDF , any info on were to get application forms..

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  39. Really motivating reading through this PLS page. Really, really encouraging as for alone. That's my aim since I was in high school, unfortunately during my 2008 grade 12, streaming courses, I didn't make it to take Physics, and Maths A. I took up Maths B, with a D grading Biology with a C grading, Chemistry with a C, and Geography with a D grading. In 2009 I decided to Upgraded my marks, and took up Physics, and Maths A in the DODL Gaulim training Centre in Rabaul. In 2010 I decided to enrol in a private school in Lae (MULTI SKILL SCHOOL) taking up Mining Engineering, By then I realized that this school was not properly established, which means, we are the pioneer of that school, So automatically though came in mind that I will not succeed here. What I did is I chance my intention that, schooling at Multi Skill is to upgrade my Mathematics, and Physics in really application. I finish my mining course in 2013,and 2014 I got employed to contract in Lihir as a fleet supervisor. My intention was to raise fund for my pilot school, unfortunately it didn't work out. I came back home and stay at home for seven (7) months. In October 29th 2014, I got a job at Hargy Oil Limited working as an ESD assistant till now.
    Seriously, reading through this page, it ignited me not to give up. It really motivating me to strive be on Limits, So I will do a resignation next month on the 21-12-2015. I'll stay close to Pom where I came access opportunities with faith and action.

    All in all Thanks to our good Lord that speak through me through this page. God will continue to enhance, increase and multiply your blessing.

    Kind Regards,
    Bruno Tailam Jr

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  40. Thank for reading through, I really want it to attach myself with the PNG Defence Force, Since I cannot afford to pay my school fee for pilot training. I really want it to go for PNGDF. Please advise me on how to go about getting in to the PNGDF.

    Your help would be of valuable to me.

    Thank you for your Kindly assistant, time and consideration.

    Best Regard,
    Bruno Tailam

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  41. Hi, thomas, I definitely enjoy every bit of it..it is a great website..just wanna thank you for your good job!! In regard to my situation at the moment is that : I have be accepted to study as a commerial pilot with Aviation training centre(MAF,Mt Hagen) in mid march next year 2016.course duration two academic years-course fee k112.000-However i cannot afford that sum alone..therefore I kindly ask if you know of any organisation.
    that are willing to sponser aviation students and after that particular student sucessfully complete his/her course and graduate as an aircraft pilot .he/she can work as an aviator to repay his/her sponser money.

    Your reply would be very much appreciated in advance ..thank you for your time

    With regards. :
    MARTIN MALI

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  42. Hi, thomas its me again ,MARTIN.I have some questions to ask regarding pilot aplitude Test.I heard rumour that when a student want to study as an aviator. He/she will sit for an entry test called the aplitude test before he/she get enrolled in a aviation school.what would the test be like? Will the questions be consist of only Advance
    mathematic &Phyics or some other subject area including social/science stream.. if you have any PDF copies of pilot aplitude units or test questions-
    You may please send them to me on this google email address:martinmali384@gmail.com.
    Your time and effort in assisting me would be very much appreciation advance.

    Thank you for your time

    Best regards
    MARTIN MALI

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  43. Can the students taking Social Science subject apply for the pilot cadetship?

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    1. Sorry, that is not possible for attaining an Air Niugini scholarship. You will have to take up Maths A, Physics, L&L with full A's to be on the safe side. Apart from that, if you have a string passion, you can apply to a private pilot school. They will take you whether you have take Science or Social Science.

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  44. Hello Thomas I think I'm eligible to apply so how can I get this application froms plis,any respond(randrew.instep@gmail.com)

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  45. How about if I score a B in physics? Would it still be okay to apply?

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    1. It's worth giving a try. What do you have to lose??😉

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  46. How about if I score a B in physics? Would it still be okay to apply?

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  47. They ask for B and above in Physics, Maths A and English. If you have Bs in all three subjects, you can apply. Watch the newspapers to see when applications are open. Cheers.

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  49. Hello Thomas, im new to this site and very impressed about this programme.Im motivated and encourage by vital information especially Question and answer shared among aspirants citizens.
    I for one eager to know how Pilot aptitude test all about

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  50. I am really interested, aviation is my dream since I was a kid.
    I am a A student in Maths. So please would you help me to make it through please!!

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  51. I am really interested, aviation is my dream since I was a kid.
    I am a A student in Maths. So please would you help me to make it through please!!

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