They say, “Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” - Leonardo da Vinci
My dream to be a pilot started about 10 years ago, having experienced first-hand the piloting of both A340 and A380 aircraft simulators during my internship. While the experiences were short, encompassing only the aircraft landing phase, it was a career affirmation. Initiating dream into plan, I joined the military as a pilot the following year, but was unfortunate that I was unsuccessful in the initial phase. I then decided to join the national carrier after my university studies, which was a fully sponsored course. However, upon graduation, there were no cadet pilot intakes for a few years. I went on to work as an engineer for 4 years, before the national carrier re-opened their cadet pilot intakes. In the application phase, I've passed both the initial interview and the pilot aptitude test, but was unsuccessful in the final interview where no re-application was permitted. I asked myself if that was the end of my dream.
Essentially, there are 2 ways to become an airline pilot, namely through a fully sponsored course or self-funded course. I've checked other airlines for the option of a fully sponsored course, but I did not meet their pre-requisites. To continue in pursuit of my dreams, self-funding is my only option left.
“If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing.” - Coco Chanel
While my family members are supportive of my decision to pursue my plan, financing this dream remains a huge consideration. With a huge cost of S$241,000, to attain both the Commercial Pilot License (CPL) and Aircraft Type Rating (TR), I earnestly appeal to my potential "fund donators" to lend me a helping hand as I pursue my plan.
S$241,000 is a huge amount, but if you see this campaign and is willing to donate a small sum of S$10 and help me spread my campaign to your friends, I would need just 24,100 donators to reach the goal.
Whether you donate or not, I sincerely thank you for reading this, as this meant a lot to me.
Do help to share this on your social media, to help me reach a wider audience.
- Ming Kai