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02 April 2009

“So You Wanna Be a Pilot?” Blog Entry By Yeow

By Jian How

Note from Blog Team: Yeow, you just don’t know how to give up do you? For not taking no for an answer, ladies and gentlemen, we give you the fourth shortlisted candidate, Yeow. You have shown how much you want this and we are willing to help you get there. Congratulations. We want to see you make it this time. If anything else, you have shown perseverance needed to reach your dreams. We salute you.

This has been a long wait since I was the midst of my Foundation during the year of 2006.
People ask:

1. WHY do you want to be a pilot?
2. Pilot (in general) don’t have family life?!
3. Pilot = Scandalous
4. Pilot = Retire at an very early age

And the list goes on….However, some from the list might not even be true. It’s just a skeptical view about pilots.

So how did I get caught by the beauty of being a pilot? Over the years, airlines (or in the aviation field) has been very selective in selecting their candidates. Only chosen ones were able to be sponsored by them to achieve their DREAM (It will always be a dream until one is being chosen by them). The other option of being a pilot is by PAYING THROUGH YOUR NOSE. Those who are born with a silver spoon from the family can afford to send them to flying school. Despite that, they still have to earn their place in aviation field (eg. Major Airlines such as Air Asia) to be a pilot after that. Hence, not all individuals are capable of being one.

As for me, being able to earn my own spot will be my first baby step into the aviation field (as a Cadet Pilot under airlines sponsorship). The whole process will be a torturing yet memorable. Each time, I look back at what I’ve given out. My heart tells me it will all be worth it. After FOUR failures (2 for Air Asia, 1 for Royal Malaysian Air Force, and 1 for MAS), these experiences has just taught me more ways to keep my determination going stronger and NEVER GIVE UP.

Air Asia

1. 10th February 2007 – Academic Test –> Failed

2. March 2008 – Academic Test –> Failed

Royal Malaysian Air Force

3. April 2008 – Aptitude Test –> Failed

Malaysia Airlines

4. 10th May 2007 – Psychomotor –> Passed
29th May 2007 – Psychometrics –> Failed

Finally, now Air Asia is giving out the best opportunity to all pilot-wannabes. Is it possible to achieve my dreams by blogging and be selected as the Top 10 stories? I certainly hope so. As everyone knows, Air Asia tag line is “Now everyone can fly”. I truly appreciate if Air Asia will choose me to help EVERYONE fly! Please give me wings!

This long journey seems like a dream to me. Hopefully, I will wake up one day and it won’t be a dream anymore.

Lastly, thanks Air Asia for “So You Wanna Be a Pilot?” idea!

I end this post with a work of a fifth grade student at Jefferson School, Beaufort.

Published by South Carolina Aviation News.

When I grow up I want to be a pilot because it’s a fun job and easy to do. That’s why there are so many pilots flying around these days.

Pilots don’t need much school. They just have to learn to read numbers so they can read their instruments.

I guess they should be able to read a road map, too.

Pilots should be brave to they won’t get scared it it’s foggy and they can’t see, or if a wing or motor falls off.

Pilots have to have good eyes to see through the clouds, and they can’t be afraid of thunder or lightning because they are much closer to them than we are.

The salary pilots make is another thing I like. They make more money than they know what to do with. This is because most people think that flying a plane is dangerous, except pilots don’t because they know how easy it is.

I hope I don’t get airsick because I get carsick and if I get airsick, I couldn’t be a pilot and then I would have to go to work.

By Yeow

  • Low

    man, you get more chances that i do =D

    congrats dude, let us first 4 be the top ten as well hehehehe

  • Chee Keong

    wao…
    yeow…

    i have to say that ur determination is strong!!
    :D

    anyway, CONGRATS for becoming the lucky number 4…
    i can’t wait to see and to know all the shortlisted candidates…
    :D

    i like that little article at the end of the post as its funny, and well, make sense to the public, generally..
    haha…

    again, CONGRATS YA!!

  • Chee Keong

    haha…
    yea…
    as what low said, hopefully, *fingers crossed* that all 4 of us, will be able to get through the selection, and meet up for the special day for the lucky 10!!

  • Hare

    Wow, here comes the fourth pilot wannabe, congrats, you kept it short yet made it big, cheers for you, me still in waiting list not short list, soon to be listed, I believe I will join you guys up in the sky….

  • Wan Siong

    Yeow,

    Sorry to hear that you’ve given up this opportunity.
    Don’t worry, as long as there’s determination, there’s opportunity.
    All the best in your life achievements.

    Siew Wan Siong

  • Jian How

    Thank you very much for all the comments given =)

    I heart you guys lots even I don’t know who you are =P

    I wish all pilot-wannabes in achieving their dreams, and everyone who’s in the aviation field safe skies!!!

    Hope to see all of you up there one fine day.

    Appreciate from the bottom of my heart for all the effort by everyone, especially Air Asia BlogTeam!

    THANKS!

  • Yee

    hi Jian how,

    i felt impressed after reading your post… It’s makes me recall much memories that i faced those days especially attending all kinds of aptitude test and the results is failed..

    To be honest, I do faced many failures as you previously…Each time is just too close to grab it but slack little bit of luck and knowledge…the feelings is hurt and felt lost after failed… Although i’m 27 this year, i still not giving up just because i know i will not be happy in life unless i achieve it.

    Perhaps you might have your own reason of quitting this competition but for me, i will grab it tight whenever opportunity on my hand…Hopefully you will do well in the future and don’t miss any chance for things that you desire to go for… Cheer.

    Best regards,
    Samuel Yee

  • Hare

    Jian How,

    I feel very sorry for you, you quit to give others a chance, but ur not quiting from your dream right? hope one day you’ll make it and at least to the level of sunshine pilot. (PPL) ^^

  • Jian How

    Yee,

    I understand how you feel after each failure. My heart had been broken many times as you can see. Been there done that. I believe determination will bring you up to the sky one day. Hang on there buddy =)

    Hare,

    I’m not giving up my dream. I’m on my track in realizing my dream.

    Never thought my entry would attract anyone. I’m glad I can actually share what I’ve gone through. So, every pilot-wannabes outside there won’t give up. Keep on trying!

    Never take NO for an answer. That’s the spirit to success.

  • Chee Keong

    well,
    i strongly believe that yeow has a strong and good reason for giving up this opportunity…

    basically, i don think that you’re giving up your dream, but basically, postponing it due to personal problem..

    with such great determination of urs, i do believe that u’ll succeed…

    from here, i would like to wish you all the best, and hope to hear from you, from the PA in the aircraft as a pilot…

  • Kien Fui

    It’s really an inspiring blog…. I am amazed by your determination to be a pilot. I wanna be one of that too.

  • Jian How

    Thanks Kien Fui =)

  • Jian How

    Chee Keong,

    True enough I’m not giving up my dream =)

    It is inconvenient for me to disclose it here. Anyway, I hope to fly with you one day. If you so happen so see my name or know who am I, please do come forward to say HI. =P

  • Wai Weng

    I’m inspired by your strong determination. But too bad you have given up this opportunity. But I believe that your dream will come true in the future. Good luck.