My Road To The Skies

This is the story of myself and the path that I took in realizing my dreams to fly.

Why do I want to be a pilot, you might ask. Why do I love airplanes so much? What’s so fun about flying? All I can say is that I just love it! Its like that tiny little feeling inside you that builds up till it feels like its gonna explode! I just can’t stop thinking about flying! Its just my passion! My tiny little dream!

I have wanted to fly and be a pilot since as long as I can remember. The most vivid that I can remember was when I was about maybe 4 or 5 years old. I was at my grandma’s house at that time. My aunties and uncles were all there and I was asked “What do you wanna do when you grow up?” Without hesitation, I jump straight up the sofa and I said “I want to fly! I want to be a pilot!” And immediately the whole house went =.=|| . And then after about 3 seconds of silence, out come the bombardment of comments! “Flying is dangerous dear!” “You sure you wanna do this?” and bla bla bla. Thats when I go =.=|| and quietly sat back down.

But that won’t take me down! Back home all my toys are mostly airplanes! I have all kinds of super modern jet airplanes at my disposal and like all kids I would imagine myself flying those plane; holding it with one hand and run around the house making “wuuuuuuuuuuu” noises. My dad even made me a home-made hand-held aluminium propeller! LOL! With that propeller, I took the cushion chair in my home and flipped it over. This chair is special because if you flipped it over there is a hollow in it. And thus my first cockpit! I would sit inside my home-made cockpit in front of a fan holding my propeller and goes “bruuuuuuuu”. I did that until my propeller broke( due to poor maintenance) and I no longer can fit in my cockpit anymore. LOL ^^,

I went through my primary school still thinking about flying. But the most negative impact would come when I step into secondary school. In Form 1, I had short sightedness and I am required to wear glasses. Got myself an eye “upgrade” from 2 eyes to 4 eyes. From then on, it all went spiraling down. It is common knowledge that pilots should have 6/6 eyesights. And I am really down that time. I felt so angry. But my love for aviation is still there. So I thought, well I better focus on solutions rather than the problem. So after some thinking, I decided to be an engineer. I also love computers and electronic stuff. So I decided to be a Electrical/Electronics engineer. My reason being that, perhaps I can still design electrical and electronics systems for airplanes. So I work hard towards my engineering dream! It was not until Form 6 that God decided to shed some light for me.

On that day, You Chuan came to school in the morning as usual and *slams* a newspaper cutting right in front of me. It was an advertisement from the job section. I look closer and I saw an airplane! And then out comes the Singapore Airlines (SIA) logo and this phrase ” Why fly when you can soar!” At that very moment, I felt a twitch inside me. A spark. Immediately after school, I went home straight and goes online. Typing in the link provided in the advertisement earlier, I arrived at SIA’s website. It was just curiosity then. To check it out and just have a look. I still know it was impossible for me since I am 4-eyed now. So I went to the Requirements Section and to my @$#%@^^%@$# amazement, I saw this line “Visual acuity of 6/60 without visual aid and 6/6 with visual aid”. Then it felt like a hammer just struck me! EH!?!? Glasses is allowed for pilots? I felt like i am the biggest idiot in the whole world for not doing a research earlier. How dumb could I get. All the time that I have wasted!!

Upon finding out about that, I immediately prepare all the required documents and sent an online application. That was October 2006 I think. STPM is just one month away. And it was not until the end of December that I got an e-mail from SIA asking me to go for an interview on January 2007. So I went to find out everything I can about SIA. But the road to flying is never a straight one. I went to the interview confident about myself. Not until when they asked me politics! =.=|| Politics is one of the field where I suck most. I just flunk at that point. Idiotic me Act 2!

I took note of what I need to improve with politics being my top priority ( but till today I still suck at it. Not big time but still suck). I also read up more on geography, airplane designs and models. Then I was given another chance at AirAsia. Sent my resume somewhere in February 2007 and got called up on March 2007. Their first stage for the selection was the psychometric test ( written exam). There are about 100 of us there with a few females ( YES, there are FEMALE PILOTS also). And out of this 100, I heard only the best 10 would be selected. I did my best but I guess others are just better than me.

I was still not satisfied. I still wanted to fly so badly. Thus, I sent another resume to Malaysia Airlines (MAS ) (yup I applied together with AirAsia but no reply was given at that time) and also at the same time I was searching for other airlines that I could join. I even e-mailed Cathay Pacific to see if they accept international cadets. Then a reply from MAS came in early May. Was called for a psychomotor test ( hand-eye coordination test). Went to the test at MAS HQ in Subang. It was a challenging test. It only lasted about 20 minutes but it felt like forever. The test requires lots of concentration and focusing! Out of the 3 that present for me session that day. Only 2 of us passed. I was really happy because finally I had something positive! And while waiting for my next test which is the psychometric test (written exam), I went on to study more about aviation and also MAS. The day came and I went for the test. It was again challenging, there aren’t enough time for me to finish all question but I tried my best! I was told that my results would be out in a month. So in June, I was notified that I passed and my next stage would be the interview! I did my interview in early August 2007 I think. That time, I am already in my university, so I have to take a flight from Sabah straight to KL for my interview.

This time I am more prepared! I told myself I have come this far, I will not fail due to my idiotic act again! I was interviewed by a panel of 3. They asked me about myself and also about how I identify an airplane. About UCT, time conversion, lots of general knowledge questions and various technical and non technical questions about aviation. Seriously I enjoyed this interview because after about halfway through, it turns more into a conversation than an interrogation! I was surprised when they joke and all of us laugh. As if we have been good friends for years! The only idiotic act that I do here is when I jumble up my interviewers’ names. i am pretty bad with names through verbal introduction. Unless it is spelled out or I have seen it in writing, I am pretty much gonna jumble up.

After jumbling up their names, I did get a little panic. I thought “Habis…Gone…Finish“. But I was surprised when in September I was called for a medical check-up! Thank GOD! The medical check-up would be the last few hurdles before I am accepted by MAS.

One month after that, I called to check my medical results and I passed! So I will just have to wait for the final selection to see if I am accepted or not. I was accepted and was told that my sent off would be in 2008. I was really really happy at that time! But the road is still long and winding ahead. Got told that our sent off would be in February/March 2008 but come that month, we were told that we will be delayed to May 2008. Come May and again we are delayed. Now we are delayed till July 2008. And I do hope it will all go smoothly this time! It has been a bumpy ride for me.

A very long journey for me to reach where I am today! Starting from my resume (in which my god bro, Daniel sent me a copy of his sister’s resume so I have an idea of what to write. Thank You!) to the writing of my own cover letter, getting all my certs certified, and till I sent all those documents. Not forgetting all those lonely trips down to KL which is scary at times ( I met a man who tried to extort money out of me at the Pudu Raya bus station. I quickly move towards the crowds and he soon disappears!). I am still wondering where all those courage comes from. Thinking back, I am really proud of myself for being brave enough to brace whatever my path has in store for me.

I did not tell my parents about my application until I have sent them! Not to say I disrespect them. They already know that I love flying. I just wanted to be independent and not to rely on anyone. I wanted to realize my dream myself! And I am glad that I do. I have learnt many new things. Things that made me a more mature man. And I am also glad for my very supportive parents! I thank them a zillion times for that! To all my dear friends who stood by me supporting me, you will never be forgotten! There are just too many of you to name you guys one by one! You know who you are and I know who you are! And of course my special thanks to Mei Tuan and May Thing! Whom they have always asked me to go apply and chase my dreams! Also for the Commercial and Military Aircraft book they gave me as presents! And You Chuan for showing me that advertisement. Nicki for that lovely Killing Zone book! Without them, I think none of this would have been possible! I would still be the biggest idiot in the world!

And to all future and wannabe pilots, I dedicate this to you :


24 Responses to “My Road To The Skies”

  1. 1 nicki June 10, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    this is the nicest account of yourself i have ever read here.
    but dont worry…
    everything will turn out fine…

    you will always be the biggest idiot in the world to me!!! *hugs*

  2. 3 クリンソン ドリーム June 10, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    ^^, Long story it is

  3. 4 wuen June 10, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    the highlight was encouraging enough. =) there are FEMALE pilots. woo hoo!

  4. 5 Yen Mei June 10, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    All the best to you!!

  5. 6 クリンソン ドリーム June 10, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Yup! Must let people know!

    Yen Mei :
    Thank you!

  6. 7 [m]Lin June 12, 2008 at 2:48 am

    wow… good for u finally managed to achieve ur life long dream… not everyone have that chance…. gambate =)

  7. 8 クリンソン ドリーム June 12, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    [m]Lin :

  8. 9 nigel March 9, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Came across here thru AirAsia blog. Very long story but i enjoy reading it since i myself eager to be a pilot as well. Congratulation for being where u are right now. Happy landings =)

  9. 10 クリンソン ドリーム March 11, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Air Asia blog? LOL. Nigel, all I can say to you is never give up. ^^, I can bet you that being a pilot is no easy task, and getting into a cadet programme is never an easy one too. You will face a lot of hardship along the way, but if you know what you really want and focus your energy towards it, you can achieve anything. ^^,

    Being here in a flying school is really the greatest dream come true in my life. I hope it will come true for you too ^^,

    Btw reading back my post, I have to say please pardon my language. I spotted many grammatical mistakes myself. >.< LOL

  10. 11 terbangdiawanbiru March 16, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    yeah2…i also reach here through airasia blog…what a nice story!!!
    love ur passionate…really2 inspired me a lot!nothing’s impossible!!!

  11. 12 クリンソン ドリーム March 17, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    ^^, terbangdiawanbiru : I am glad it inspired you. I know how sometimes things can put you down especially in piloting. The ladder leading to the left seat in the cockpit is a tricky one indeed. But as you said, nothing is impossible! Dare to chase your dreams! ^^, All the best and may one day you will achieve your dreams and soar through the skies!

  12. 13 terbangdiawanbiru March 18, 2009 at 12:19 am

    omg, thank youuuu soooooooooooooooo muchhhhhhhh, クリンソン ドリーム!!!!thank you,thank you, and thank you!!!your short reply ignited the fire of passion in me!”Dare to chase your dreams!”what a phrase from you!and also this one,”The ladder leading to the left seat in the cockpit is a tricky one indeed.”merely unforgettable 2 big and kept-me-alived phrases from a totally interesting and inspiring pilot-blogger ever that i’ll keep in my heart forever!! thank you again!! ;D ;D ;D

    about to begin the next chapter of my life; chasing my big dream of becoming a pilot!

    if クリンソン ドリーム can, i also can!!!yeahhhh!!!

    once again, thank you クリンソン ドリーム!!!! ;D ;D ;D

  13. 14 クリンソン ドリーム March 18, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    ^^, I am glad it inspired you. ^^, And I am honored by your many thank you wishes. ^^, I wish you all the best and if you don’t mind, do let me know when you have graspsed your dream! ^^, Best wishes!

  14. 15 sham March 22, 2009 at 2:28 am

    You took my soul outa me….
    The video is all about me…
    the only thing i lack is cash.. to do the training
    but one day i will place my foot in worlds best office
    a cockpit

  15. 16 クリンソン ドリーム March 22, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    ^^, The video is not done by me though. I found it in YouTube.
    You can join cadet programmes offered by the many airlines. ^^,

  16. 17 kent March 30, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    wow… this blog really inspired me to purchase my dream to be a pilot ‘BADLY’…. it’s a long and tough journey but you did it….. i am so proud of you….. thumb up!!!!

  17. 18 Hare Jr April 2, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Sayonara and cheerio, Pilot wannabe….

  18. 19 Dex Mah Kong Sun July 1, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    You are from Saint Xavier’s Institution right?
    Mr Loh told me about you. haha
    I also blog about becoming a pilot.
    If you have time then take a look at my blog.

    • 20 クリンソン ドリーム July 2, 2009 at 9:34 pm

      ^^, Yup I am from Saint Xavier. Graduated from Form6 in 2006. You meant Mr Loh that teaches Physics in Form6? Wow I never thought anyone would still remember me. I am glad. ^^,

      Anyway, I have just finished reading your blog, and CONGRATULATIONS! ^^, You deserve it. ^^, I am really happy for you. I bet you must be thrilled!

      Oh and by the way, there is another Xavierian also who is flying in AirAsia. He is now a senior First Officer. ^^, I think you must have heard about him also.

      Anyway congrats to you once again and good luck! See you in the skies ^^, Safe landing.

  19. 21 Dex Mah Kong Sun July 3, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Yup, he is Bryan Chan right?
    thanks for reading my blog. lol

  20. 23 Dex Mah Kong Sun July 7, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    MAS not having anymore Cadet Pilot from this year onwards I heard. Izit true? Can tell me more about MAS cadet pilot thingy? Email to me at
    Thanks bro

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