He might be too enthusiastic, he might be weak, and he might be overactive. But he's trying to be part of this world of flying. He never die out his passion. Learnt himself that he's going for his dream, and Flying is every pilot's soul. He wants to be a pilot no matter what, because he likes to fly. Outgoing as well to meet all friends throughout the whole world. And that he is me :)

Monday, November 30, 2015

From Cadet to Airline Counterpaths~

Good day everyone, this is your co-pilot Michael speaking once again, after years of inactivity, it's time for me to unleash the blog once again for the readers to read with.

Once again, the picture above, is like I landed somewhere 2 years and takeoff once again with bigger wings. After various and countless conversation with my colleagues and friends, they had been inspired by my blog due to my aspiration brought to most of the pilots out there. Well anyway, it feels great that I'm back with the word of mind about being a pilot though. Many countless diaries in my mind, but shared only when meetups though.
Let's get back to the topic, Cadet to Airline Counterpaths, the word Counterpaths, is relatively hard among Malaysian's jobless pilots. To seek where is the best to grow while waiting for the airline to take you in as a pilot, After you came out from flying school, it's a mystery of where you plan to go, especially fresh graduates without diploma, degree or master. The only thing you had is Professional Pilot License.

My personal view about this is that, I would give suggestions as follows though:
"Do Something which benefits you, but not stopping yourself as a pilot or being carried away as other jobs."
Some people might ask: "Stopping yourself as a pilot? I'm stopping already after flying from flying school." I'm not referring as when you stop flying, you stop becoming pilot. I learned from a wiseman before, that:

"When a pilot stops learning on that day, That's the day he/she STOPS becoming a Pilot"
So, what do you mean by learning? Yes, we might lose touch on the controls of the airplane due to long time didn't touch. However, we will get back that touch as soon we got the offer of flying the certain type of aircraft by the airline. Learning means you still pursuing knowledge all about aviation to keep the world of aviation up to date. I believe there's infinite for the knowledge, even those we studied from ATPLs will forget easily, not to mention myself too :X.

Apparently, there are ways to do while you are waiting for the pilot intake.
1) Finding a job which is aviation related.
Well, that's my very first option when it comes to jobless times. Any job is fine, as long is job related to aviation. There are quite number of my friends, including myself, went to find aviation related jobs while waiting for the opening of first officer intake. Assistant flight dispatcher officers, Ramp Agent, Ground Crew, Customer Service etc offers great opportunity to fill your time working other than staying at home doing nothing. At the same time, you can gain experiences about your working and perhaps will be a great tool to bring out examples during your interview stage. Nevertheless, don't forget to study while you are working, eventhough you are on different scope.
2) Pursue Diploma and Degree 
So, Pursuing Degree can be manageable if you are able to tackle both your degree subjects and your pilot's knowledge recurrency. I had approached some of my friends, and yes, they do find some difficulties to extract their time to study about aviation as assignments and exams kept them busy for all times. But, one advice from me, you can still pursue degree as part timers after you join as pilots in the airline. No harm. Choose your degree wisely if you want to have your pilot job beneficial in future.
3) Mother Father 's Temporary Worker
Well, working under your parents do seem give you some home business experience and freedom. However, you won't be able to expose to any relation to jobs if your parents are not aviation related. Freedom may come in handy if you are being called up for any test assessment, you will be more ready comparing to other individuals. However, you won't be comfortable if your relatives or friends might start questioning about your job finding status.
4) Flying Instructors/ Flying Club Pilots
Apparently, this is not a bad option if you aren't able to get a job for airlines. Gain some hours in the flying club or flying schools. Flying schools enable you to recap all the knowledge you have learnt before and gain hours on flying. Killing 2 birds in 1 stone is fairly a good idea. But mind of caution, normally you are bonded or contracted if you are either flying instructors or flying club pilots.If you breach the contract, you may end up paying sum of money, which increases the burden of your life. But still, it's a good option to reach hours to break ATPL hours.
5) Wealthy
I bet most of my friends will opt this option as the last option though. If you have a large sum of money to sponsor yourself to enter airline by paying and earn type rating by the airline. This is the fastest track to enter airline. The quote "Got Money, Business Come, No Money, No Talk" suits the whole paragraph for the topic Wealthiness. I will say this will be your last resort if you still unable to find a pilot job after certain period of time. Nevertheless, knowledge update still poses a very significant task as pilots.

So that's all folks. Please do leave some comments and questions if any doubts is to be concerned. Good Luck on Job Hunting as Airline Pilots.

Thank You.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

I'm Back

Good day boys and girls, I decided to revive back the blog after 2 years of inactivity. Stay tuned for more informative updates :)

Next topic sharing about. Airline Pilot's Counter Paths.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Airline Meals

Airline meals, I bet all passengers are quite look forward on the foods that provided by the airlines. Indeed, a lot of kids especially may like to try foods on the flight as they are sometimes tasty, beautiful designing and creative. However, there's quite number of unidentified secrets about the airline meals.
First and foremost, airline meals are basically frozen and reheated meals served on the flight. Frozen meals are packed in the trolleys served by Airline Catering such as LSG SkyChefs, Brahim Catering etc and the trolleys are placed tightly and secure in the galleys for cabin crews to serve for you. Cabin crews may heat before flight or during climbing phase of the flight, depending on the flight sector which aircraft is operating. That's when passengers start to realize their tummy to prepare the intake of foods. Please be advised that cabin crews are quite busy and hectic enough to prepare foods for the flight. I strongly advise readers not to disturb them while they are preparing the foods and drinks for you. However, crucial questions and enquiry about safety and health, you have the priority to be served.
Secondly, airline meals are basically more oily to keep the food more long lasting. Long flights which is more than 4 hours or more, such as Singapore to London etc, they are to be made such that the meals will keep passengers stuffed for more than 5 hours or more. However, nutritional value on the food must not be lost as this is crucial to all the passengers on the certain flight. Therefore, there will be quality assurance manager to keep those food safe and sound for you. On the other hand, chefs are mandatory to be hygiene and clean enough to serve the foods onboard. What if the infection happens to pilot but not passengers? What if the infection happens to passengers which cause dead on board? Therefore, quality must be there to keep passengers safe and sound.
Thirdly, you may notice most of Economy Class passengers are served with aluminium foil wraps and plastic forks and spoons. Aluminium foil wraps are basically help cabin crew to heat up the foods faster, convenient and efficient to serve for passengers. On the other hand, the aluminium foil are light which helps airlines to reduce fuel burn and easy disposable into rubbish bins. Same goes to plastic forks and spoons nowadays. Metal cutlery are no longer served onboard on Economy Class as it may pose unnecessary threats, increasing weight for carrying the metal cutlery onboard and some of them may bring back those cutlery for "souvenirs".

Airline Meals can be a proper meal in terms of breakfast, lunch, dinner or supper, refreshments or snacks. It depends on the route you have traveled, the airline you are selecting and the status of the airline, whether is a premium or budget. Normally, airline meals will be served if there's cabin crew on board, which is a mandatory requirement for those flight with 20 passenger seats or more. More importantly, airline meals aren't cheap since quality assurance is there.

Today, I'm going to share to all readers about the meals I had ate before. The pictures are taken in different flights and illustrations may vary or subject to change with the current meal you had eaten. Some of the foods are pretty nice and superior. Enjoy~

Malaysia Airlines
Low Fat Meal, Steamed Salmon with Potatoes

 Chicken Briyani with Rice
  Steamed Fish with Rice
Nasi Lemak
 Roti Jala with Chicken Rendang

Low Fat Meal too, but Steamed Chicken with Potatoes :)

 Nasi Lemak too, but Chicken Rendang and Prawn Sambal
 Vegetarian Lacto Meal
 Asian Fried Rice with Chicken Satay
Of course in the previous years, such ice creams have been distributed. :P

 Business Class Meal
 Salad Prawn
 Butter, Peppers and Salts~
 Pan Fried Red Snapper Fish
Garlic Bread

Snackbox are introduced on MASWings flights.
 Vegetable Kuih
Muffins and Sandwiches
For Airasia, you need to book the foods and drinks before you fly on the aircraft for more varieties. Their Menu may change over a certain period of time. Therefore, I suggest you had your visit to their Airasia website before you choose any selection. Remember, pre-book meals must be booked 24 hours prior to departure. Save your budget from buying expensive foods onboard with limited choices. 

Roast Chicken with Black Pepper Gravy

 Bukhara Chicken Briyani
Skyrider Meal, Chicken Nuggets Meal
Chicken Satay Wrap
Vegetarian Soy Meat Curry

Airasia X
Chicken with Rice
Gunpao Noodle
 Gunpao Rice
Seasonal food, Dim Sum during Chinese New Year/ 
Malindo Air
Malindo will give some light refreshment, however to satisfy for your hungerness, pre-booking your meal is required when you book the ticket. Since Malindo Air is a hybrid airline, so you can book your food online or on the spot, but subject to availability too. 
 Light Refreshment, which is free
Rice with Fish Curry, which is a charge of RM15.

 Mini Chicken Curry Puff
Banana Cake

Those pictures were taken in real flights and I hope you enjoy viewing the airline meal pictures. Thank You for reading :)