Firstly my many thanks to Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes on this brilliant idea and also not forgetting our fellow corporate blogger “ DEREK TAN” (checked the spelling 3 times) and associates who are on the wheel as well. As a corporate blogger I know how your ears and heels are right now reading thousands of it daily. Smiling at some and also starring at a few shocked. Me too infact, been reading all the short listed blogs and now it stands at number 22. Syabas to all that have been short listed so far. You all could have been reading many thousands of blogs from every individual. After reading everyone’s blog on SO YOU WANNA BE A PILOT, I am having sleepless nights, well even before when it was announced. I find it doesn’t take anything out of me to tell the truth and I want to share this to the whole world who reads this. I wanted to be a pilot too but the impossible hit me hard with negative vibrations. With AIR ASIA, today I had a hard knock on my head which really pinned me down to earth saying “NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE”.
I never submitted any blog, but only read them. My first blog in this lifetime.. Here goes my story line and I hope it would be received in good hands. I am 39 years old now, coming to 40 very soon. I am writing this not because I want to be a pilot and get in via short cut but to share my feelings and how I had struggled in life to be one and met failures. I did not do really well in SPM at that time when I was 17 but thinking of not to waste my time further I continued my studies in a local Engineering college and earned my Diploma which is now paying me well. Well everyone might be worried for Maths, but calculations on board before taking off is crucial, but why worry, Dex Kong Sun (one of the short listed candidates) had his picture posted along with his blog taken with a second officer on board, did anyone notice on the far right there is a calculator, probably belongs to the second officer. Well I find we should be ok and flexible on this.
I have about 20 odd close friends of mine who are pilots with Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Qatar. We were all the bunch who would be only talking about aircrafts over “teh tarik session” and guess what, even bets on what company aircraft is that approaching to land over RWY 02/20 SIN at Changi Beach in Singapore. We will take a ride on our bikes to Singapore from JB just to see the take offs and landings, believe me almost everyday without fail. All except me got through into airlines as pilots. This was due to some work related issue where I was stranded in BKK and unable to come in for the intake with Singapore Airlines. There is no second chance with Singapore Airlines as such I just smiled to myself saying, well the world has not come to an end yet. Then it went on with me in tears when I was 22. All my friends now are captains with their respective airlines with me being diverted to a different line all together. I continued my career with the customer service engineering job. As time passed, I was really down thinking about my ambition, so I asked my dad who was a magazine stores owner, to sponsor me to Perth for me to take up CPL /IR and he went up to almost all the banks in the city but came out with rejection. I felt so bad to see my dad’s face each time he comes out of a bank. He will give me a reason and we will go for a short chat session over tea or something. Banks reason being too high of a cost for a short duration of training because at that period of time banks prefer supporting doctorate and engineering studies over a 5 years period. This was what the banks replied. So I dropped it as my dad equally felt bad that he could not fulfill his own son’s dreams. Even I had a millionaire “uncle” whom I approached but hmmm..bad sign again he said dream for something within your capabilities not beyond. I showed him my interest, my computer aircraft simulators games etc etc but it didn’t seem to convince him at all. RM146,000.00 in the year 1992 is something every tom, dick and harry would have his/her eyebrows sticking up high. I continued with my job and since busy, I closed my chapter of dreams and continued with work, work, work and being a super workaholic, life went on.. until Air Asia tickled me and I believe everyone, to bring their respective dreams to reality. Sometime last two weeks ago I thought to myself, shouldn’t have Air Asia started when I was 22..
Then I started my own company in year 2000, simultaneously when Air Asia started its deals. At the same time, days and years went on, I started buying magazines which had Datuk Tony’s photos in the front cover. Read them and created my own enthusiastic growth within my company. I am proud of where Air Asia is now. OK coming back to the story.. I am also a Amateur/Ham Radio enthusiast. Well can’t be a pilot hmmm at least able to listen beyond frequencies listening into air band frequencies, ATIS and so on and now with the commands of a pilot on board and a Jeppesen map, I track them at times, their current locations and follow them until they are lower on ground and land. In fact at one time there was a FEDEX aircraft which had a landing gear retract problem and I monitored till they made a safe landing back to base. Very interesting to hear how the pilot managed his way through and wasn’t panicked at all. This is the Jeppesen Map i use to track aircrafts while listening in to my amateur radio. Some may drop the hope of becoming a pilot looking at the complicated map but not to worry its simple..
Now that I am on my own..my Company is running fine but now at this moment of time with the idea which popped up within the heart of the CEO and his fellow blogger team, to come up with the idea of a blog “ SO YOU WANNA BE A PILOT” I am having a positive feeling, stronger feeling within me maybe I should try but then again my age requirement bothered me a lot. Well I remembered something so suddenly that I wanted to share this along.. I met a CFI of Air India on board a flight to London when I was going there for my work. He had a book entitled “Monkeys Can Also Fly” an inspiration. That pushed me again. Interesting isn’t it? Until today wherever I travel whether on a business meet or at home I am always within my cockpit..
Well, I wish to fly for Air Asia with committed responsibility, attitude, and good customer service, take everyone flying with you as a family member, last but not least, willing to sell my shares off the company I own to pursue my passion in this lifetime and embark into being a “CHAUEFFER IN THE SKIES FOR AIR ASIA”. I am healthy still (just finished my medical checkup, to at least make sure I am fit to embark). 6ft 1 tall. I know I could earn more in my own company but the dreams the passion whatever I can think off is just flying and make Air Asia an airline for everyone. I still have the courage with Datuk Seri’s words “NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE” I am sure and confident I can do it and my friends, especially my teh tarik partner CAPTAIN MATHEW who is a Captain with Singapore Airlines, whom would be equally happy to give me a helping hand whenever I need. The age is what bothering me but nevertheless, I COULD BE OLD AT AGE BUT I AM YOUNG AT HEART. Would you accept me in with my age being a question mark?. I don’t even mind if Air Asia fulfills my dreams and wants me to self sponsor and take up my own PPL “at least” before coming in to Air Asia to continue with CPL towards ATPL. I am willing to sign any bond required under Air Asia and willing to sacrifice my whole life with Air Asia. You could ask why now, well its all because I WANNA BE A PILOT . My last chance I guess to be one. I believe my courage would bring me up one day and I really hope this could be it. My chance, my very last chance. Oh yeah my favourite and lucky number is 23, well..
If I get short listed, I believe “EVERY GOOD THING HAPPENS FOR A REASON” and NOTHING IS TOO LATE. AGE is NOT A BARRIER BUT WHAT DATUK SERI has said…
Believe the unbelievable – I had submitted this, I get myself short listed, I could believe the unbelievable.
Dream the impossible – I gave up my hope long time ago but now I started dreaming again..
Never take no for an answer – No I am 39 years old. am I eligible to apply? Well I just did it.
That’s what takes to be a high flyer..Don’t anyone think so…
Well I managed to fulfill at least this for now.. and hope i could bring it to the skies one day.
“taken on board AIR ASIA en route BKK-JHB, on location Kuala Trengganu coastal”