Tuesday January 18, 2011
Graduate pilots hit hard by job shortage
By RACHAEL KAM, FLORENCE A. SAMY and TEH ENG HOCK
ABOUT 500 pilots earned their wings and aimed for the sky – only to see their dreams come crashing. The reality is that there are few openings and the job shortage has hit them hard.
Most of these pilots, who graduated from the eight flying schools in the country, have been without a job for between one and two years.
> While the schools produced between 300 and 400 pilots annually in the last five years, their total intake for a year can reach up to 800.
> The biggest airline operator – Malaysia Airlines — only takes in about 100 pilots or so and its priority is its own trainee pilots.
> The problem of surplus pilots will be further compounded when more join the group this year.
> Don’t be idle, take courses to keep flying skills intact, Department of Civil Aviation flight operations director Capt Datuk Yahaya Abdul Rahman tells fresh pilots.