So you wanna be a pilot? My answer is definitely a YES. Being an innocent standard 1 boy, my first choice in the ambition column was PILOT, as I grew up, it is always going to be PILOT and it hasn’t change until now. If last time you asked me why I wanted to be a pilot, my reply will be short and simple, because I JUST LIKE IT.
Here’s the proof
I took my first flight when I was in standard 5, following a school trip to Sarawak. That flight was flying from Johor to Sarawak and I think that was a 737-400 as during that time, I am not conversant about aircraft so I did not know how to differentiate different types of aircraft. I was really excited on my first flight and as soon as I got into the airplane, I was fighting to get the window seat but I failed to get it on both trips :(. Although not sitting next to the window, I still able to see some metal pieces attached to the wing flapping up and down and I kept on asking my friend “Look, why does that thing moving up and down?”. It was my first time to travel by plane, expected to be a fantastic one, but the exciting four days trip in Sarawak ended up with recurring disgorging and excruciating pain in my head when the aircraft was descending towards Senai international airport.(probably because I was exhausted after the 4 days trip and non-stop drinking the Milo because that’s FOC!!). At last I went back to the airport with one full airsick bag of hot Milo “tapao” from 30,000 ft above the ground.
I know that to achieve my dream is not easy, so I work hard, study hard and play even harder (I mean flight sim)during my secondary school. All my hard work was paid, I have successfully got a pretty good result for my SPM and after this I am going to be a pilot, yeah!! But how?? When will the cadet pilot intake open?? What I know about the cadet pilot programme is just the requirements and the selection processes from the airlines’ official websites. Now what, sleeping at home, pissing around and wait for the opportunity to come? NO!! I must do something……
STPM?? Matriculation?? A-level??
Among all these choices I opted for something related to aviation i.e. Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering in Nilai University College. At first my parents were strongly disagree on my decision but I was adamant on that and my determination had persuaded them at last. A lot of people doubted me for my choice because most of them think that diploma courses are meant for people who screwed up their SPM to learn some technical skills. Initially I doubted myself sometimes, I questioned myself whether I had made the right choice, but after 1 year in this course I can speak out loud that I had made the right choice, no doubt about it!! During this course I have got a chance to learn more about aircraft including the aircraft systems, how an aircraft flies, how an aircraft is manufactured, get a chance to go into the cockpit and even wash the aircraft. I will never get these precious experiences if I have gone for STPM. Not Just only that, I have got a bunch of new friends who share the same interest with me. They teach me and share with me lots of new information on cadet pilot that I have never come across. We also started collecting aircraft models, aircraft t-shirts and everything related to aircraft. Sometimes we enjoy going to KLIA for plane spotting but our favourite activity is still sitting beside the college’s football field looking at the aircraft from far queuing up for landing while chit-chatting and eating fruits, though what we can see is just a few bright spots in the dark sky shining like a star. As what the college’s slogan said, this course has really brought out the best in me. Now I am more prepared to take up any challenge to put me into the cockpit, I am ready to fly!!
Look how concentrate I am
That’s a nice shot from my friend
Last month I had got a chance to take my second flight from my hometown back to Subang, I was given a window seat and this time the view outside is all mine, I am going to stick my face to that window throughout the flight and no one is going to take it away from me. This flight was totally different from my first flight, the way I looked at it was different, the weather was different(raining), the aircraft was different(this time is a ATR 72-500), and I was different too. Time and experiences had made me a different man, I am no longer an unacquainted child before, I know this metal bird better than before, the metal pieces on the wing are no longer something unfamiliar to me anymore, and I was not airsick this time :). I observed every second of the flight from takeoff to landing, I know that to take the metal bird up into the sky and land it safely is not an easy job, it takes lots of trainings, hard works, and sacrifices behind. Last time the passengers used to give the pilots a standing ovation when the aircraft landed safely, but if you are doing this now other passengers will be looking at you as though you are a mad fellow. This time the plane landed quite smoothly and I did give the pilots a clap in my seat because I know that they deserve it, they really do.
When I can get a chance to look at the sunrise from 36,000 ft? When I can grab the side stick and say “I have control”? When I can sit at the left seat of the cockpit and tell everyone “good morning ladies and gentleman, this is your captain Leong Chee Ping speaking……”? There is a Chinese saying “opportunity is only for those who are well prepared” and finally the opportunity I have been waiting for has came
–>Air Asia “So You Wanna be a Pilot” blogging competition.
At first I really hesitated, because I have got no idea about blogging and I hate writing honestly. I am not that kind of person who can write all sorts of fancy words and convince people with my writing. But an opportunity missed is an opportunity lost, I am not going to miss this. Opportunity is not always waiting for you to seize it, there are just one or two intakes each year and hundreds of aspiring pilots are competing for it. I know that there are many people with better qualifications and experience out there waiting for this but if I just sit there and not giving it a try I will never be a pilot for sure. So after struggling for a few weekends finally I have come out with my own blog. This is my first blog and I have given it to Air Asia, because I strongly believe that Air Asia can give me the wings so that “now I can fly!!”
If now you ask me why I want to be a pilot, I can give you many reasons,
-Satisfaction of bringing hundreds of passengers to their destination safely especially when the passengers are giving a standing ovation
-Challenging (every flight is a new challenge because nothing will be the same for each flight, the weather will be different, the crew members will be different, the route will be different ……)
-Money (If I tell u I am working not because of money then I am cheating)
-Travel (Get a chance to travel to different countries and get to know different cultures and taste different foods all over the world)
That’s me in pilot’s uniform from my friend, smart right?
BUT,after all the most important reason is still because I JUST LIKE IT