well tch yeah i would like to share with all of u guys my experiences and efforts when i got the crazy idea of becoming a pilot.
its always my pleasure to help and share things with other people.
information that is.
This time i will share with u guys the day that i went for my Asia Pacific Flight Training interview which is held on the 7th of May 2008.
i got the letter roughly around 2 weeks before the interview was held but the date on the letter said that the letter was released around 4 weeks earlier.
weird huh?wonder whose fault is that.
and so, with no time to spare..i began my preparations for the interview.my feeling of excitement and anxiety soon became sour with the mix emotions of fear and doubtfulness.but i kept my heart strong all the way so that i may prove to certain people that this is where i am going to stand firm on.
without further a due, i searched high and low about the latest aviation news that i can get my hands on.
until i stumbled upon this forum where there are a lot of info's regarding the aviation industry which includes ALL of the professions related to this field.
its a very interesting forum..you guys should check it out once in a while.
and so..with a little bit of research done..there is one more thing to do.PRAY.even though u are the smartest person on earth..if the force up there says 'no go'.its definitely a no-no to u.so be thankful to what ever u have now because as we all know..it is all because of HIM.
and so the day day that we all have been waiting for has arrived..or should i call it, the judgement day?now that is absurd,really.
my sis was suppose to pick me up and drive me all the way to Damansara but it looks like there has been a little mix up here.my mom thought the letter says the interview was at 1 pm.it turns out that the letter stated that all candidates must report at approximately 1000 hrs which is equivalent to 10 am!!!!.I've been ready since 8 o'clock and i thought my mom was joking when she said i was excited to go there because i was all dressed up early that day.
so i called my sister (luckily she was awake that time) and asked her to pick me up now..its already 9 and i was worried that i wont make it in time.remember guys...punctuality is REALLY important in any meetings,dates..and as for this one, appointments.
ahem, my sister rushed back home to fetch me and in 20 Min's, we are off to Damansara.For the guys out there...don't try and challenge my big sis drag racing..trust me.u will regret it ahaha.a journey that normally takes around 1 hour became like 25 Min's only.no shit!!!!.
And so we finally reached our destination.with no time to spare (as the clock shows its 5 Min's after 10) i rushed into the building where APFT HQ is like a mad cow on strike and soon reached the fifth floor.when pushed the door to the office, everyone was outside waiting for something and i don't know what it is...i saw a name list on the door of the office and i quickly browsed my name on it.EUREKA!..there it is.!!.i asked around the folks there to know whether if the interview has started yet or not.i took a long deep breath when i found out that nobody has been called in yet.that means i am not late :).
after a while my sister showed up.
ed : eh sis i thought u got class today?
sis : no la..i made sure that i am free today because i wanted to accompany you to this interview.
you are my beloved brother what..
ed : okay cut the crap..what the hell do you want from me?
sis : how could you!!.say that to your own flesh and blood..after u're rich, buy me one Nissan
ed : i knew it..ure gonna ask me that damn question sooner or later..zzzz fine.i'll buy you one..one
day,when you get married.as my wedding present for you.okay?no more.
sis : okay..i know you love me. =)
ed : tch..what the hell..and don't worry..she will be back for more..trust me. haha.
after about 30 Min's of agonizing long wait..we were called in by the registrar to enter the office and then enter the briefing room for some sort of...exposure to the flying academy.most of the candidates came by themselves..some with their parents and this one guy came with his PLKN uniform on (bersemangat gilerrrr).kudos fr him.
we were presented with a movie..or should i say a slideshow projected by the LCD projector which took us about 15 Min's from the beginning of the show.after that we were asked to comfort ourselves in a meeting room which was later on being used for the interview.that is where i first saw Mejar Khalid.not bad for an old guy.aaahahahahaha.well he told us much about everything we need to know about the academy fr now and then he asked whether we have any questions or not.i have a lot of questions that i wanted to ask him but then again..i don't want to bore him,the other candidates and the parents about my sharp,ridiculous questions.
after that we had to wait outside the meeting room where the real 'torture' starts..yes,we have to wait again.now we are waiting for our turn.i made quite a number f friends there.although our schools, idealism, and race differ,we could still have a chat about the one thing that we all have the passion for...FLYING.my sister also made a new friend with one of the parents there.at first i thought it was her friends..that she knows the lady..but she told me they have just met.and i quickly became friends with her son.
after the second candidate went in..the registrar told the others that they must have a basic knowledge about aviation and about APFT when suddenly..one of the parents stood up and said,'how can our son know about all that?'..a stupid question indeed.yes i know how the father wants to help his 'clueless' son but i am sorry to say...the son himself does not qualify to be a pilot as his appearance totally wrecks the whole first impression stuff.get it?
i had quite a chat with his dad..they are from Singapore.came all the way here to attend the interview...haiyoh uncle..i pity you very much leh..i really do..but look at ur son?is that how a pilot looks like?he didn't even bring a tie with him?this is a an interview fr god's sake..now his father was the one who asked around for someone to lend his son their necktie..and the son was just sitting on the chair getting his arse all warmed up.what a dickhead.
lets cut the chase now shall we?I've noticed that i am writing a lot from just now..well i just wanted u all to see/experience things the way i did.
well I'm up.its my turn now..no turning back.
as i entered the room.......there were 2 panels there consists of MK himself and the registrar.
p/s : i was smiling throughout the whole interview.
*close the door*
ed : may i have a seat, sir?
MK : yes, yes please have a seat...now then ******, tell us more about yourself.
ed : well..my name is ................................................................................................................................
................(told them a lot about myself)..............................................................
MK : owh okay. good. so tell me, how does a helicopter fly?
ed : uh??*with a smile on my face* a helicopter, sir?(owh shit i am sooo dead...i wanted to be an
aircraft pilot..not a chopper pilot..owh **** how the hell am i gonna answer this shit?)
ed : can i make a guess, sir?( i knew i picked up this line somewhere in the web)
MK : sure, go on ahead.
ed : well a helicopter has...........................which generates force (always refer/relate to Bernoulli's
principle) and then lifts up the heli off the ground.
MK : very good son..so it says here that u were born in Johore Bahru.am i right?
ed : yes u are sir.
MK : so tell me then, if i am a tourist from Germany and you are my tourist guide....please
explain to me about the interesting 'hotspots' there that you have in Johore.
ed : *grinned* (ahahah this very easy.i know JB like it was on the back of my palm.too cocky
eh?well I'm gonna get screwed.big time.)..well in Johore..they have...bla bla bla bla la.
*in the middle of the 'tourist's guide' excitement*
MK : ok stop!. i know la your english is good..but you talk too fast. like a NEPALESE. i am afraid
that the radio tower will nt understand your transmission later.(he's got a point there)
ed : *heads down* owh.i am very sorry sir. i promise you that will never happen again. thank
MK : so who is going to finance your study?
ed : m...my father, sir.ahahahah obviously i was lying about that.there is no way my dad is going
let it happen.owh but he will.its just that i don't want to trouble him.
MK : okay,very good..congratulations,, please wait for your psychomotor test.
ed : thank you, sir.*big fat smile all the way to the exit*
aahahah so thats about it..my experience during my interview with them.extending huh?i know.
:).some of the guys had negative responses from the panels..so MAKE SURE YOU TAKE NOTE OF THIS :
a) do come here prepared..prepared for the worst as u may not know what will be next for u.
b) brush up on your english..even dummies know about this no english, no go.
c) dress smart.remember!, an interview is a formal event.so dress appropriately and completely.
d) tidy up your hair.make sure you cut your hair short and use gel/wax to keep em tidy.
e) relax.talk around with the other candidates.you will feel less tensed.
f) make sure you eat before you went fr the interview.going with an empty tummy might give
you a really bad day.it will affect your performance too.
g) don't get too cocky.look what i got?
h) always address the panels as sir or ma'am.it will show how much we respect them.and how
disciplined/polite we are.
i) shake hands with the panels?if u have the chance to do so.
j) always smile..remember..1st impression is ALWAYS important.
GOOD LUCK TO YOU GUYS.
p/s : to all who attend the same interview as i did..i am the tall/smart guy wearing all black with
a maroon tie. haha.