The Only Way is Up for Hong Kong Pilots

Four would-be pilots from Hong Kong have received their ‘wings’ after travelling all the way to Dundee for flying lessons.

Thomas Wong Kwan Ho and Raymond Liu Hoi Woi have completed the 20 hour scholarship while Patrick Chi Fung Cheung and Conrad Pak Yin Lee-Full have achieved their full, 45 hour Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL).

Training around 16 Hong Kong students each year, the Tayside Aviation students will now go on to pursue their commercial pilot’s licence which may lead them into one of the major airlines in Hong Kong.

L-R: Instructor Alex Stiff, Thomas Wong Kwan, Raymond Liu Hoi Woi, Patrick Chi Fung Cheung, Conrad Pak Yin Lee and Instructor Gareth Hutchison.


Conrad, whose training in Dundee was funded by the Dr Lily Fenn Youth Flying Scholarship, now plans to apply for the Cathay Pacific Cadet Pilot Programme in Hong Kong.

Conrad said, “Learning to fly at Tayside Aviation has been a wonderful experience. The instructors have taught me not only how to handle the aircraft but, more importantly, to be a good pilot with good situational awareness, decision making and thinking processes. It’s also been great working alongside other students, sharing study material and discussing our flying experiences together. With the skills and mindset I have developed at Tayside Aviation, I am confident that I can now handle the intensity of Cathay Pacific training.”

Meanwhile, James Watt, Managing Director, Tayside Aviation said, “All four students worked exceptionally hard to achieve the standards we require of them, demonstrating a great work ethic and eagerness to do their very best. Dundee is an ideal choice for training as it has excellent facilities with full air traffic control and our students are introduced very early into the aviation disciplines. We wish them the very best of luck in their careers.”

Tayside Aviation trains some 200 flying scholarships each year for the RAF, Air League Educational Trust and GAPAN.

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