Flying High: Dragonair Aviation Certificate Programme Fuels Youngsters’ Industry

Published on : Tuesday, November 8, 2016

dragonairThe Dragonair Aviation Certificate Programme (DACP) continues to go from strength to strength following a ceremony held on 7 November to celebrate its latest 40 graduates. Joining the graduates at the event, held at Regal Airport Hotel, were DACP alumni, pilot mentors and guests from the programme’s supporting partners.
Now in its 11th year, the DACP, which is a major initiative under the Dragonair Youth Aviation Academy, offers young people aged between 18 and 25 a
comprehensive nine-month aviation programme that aims to deepen their
knowledge of aviation and boost their interest in taking up a career in this
fascinating and dynamic industry. To date, some 200 participants have graduated
with nearly half now working as flight dispatchers, air traffic controllers, load
controllers, cabin crew and pilots.

 
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Dragonair Chief Executive Officer Algernon
Yau said: “The Hong Kong aviation industry has seen rapid growth, and with the
confirmed addition of a third runway at Hong Kong International Airport, it is clear
there is a strong demand for more aviation talent to support this growth. We are
delighted to not only promote aviation among the younger generation but also to
witness the success of the programme’s graduates who have gone on to embark
on a career in the industry. It has proved to be a highly rewarding initiative for all
involved and we look forward to providing opportunities for more and more young
people in the years ahead.”

 
Dragonair Director Flight Operations, Captain Peter Sanderson, added: “Aside from
providing a wide range of prospects for participants to deepen their aviation
knowledge, the programme also helps young people to develop a positive attitude
towards their career and life pursuits with the guidance of their mentors and
industry professionals. My special thanks go to our Dragonair pilots who have
played a very important role in mentoring and inspiring the young people through
the fruitful nine-month journey.”

 
Dexter Ng was among this year’s graduates, shortlisted from nearly 500 applicants,
who went the extra mile to achieve his ambition of joining – and subsequently
graduating from – the DACP.

 
“I first applied to join the programme two years ago, but unfortunately I failed to
earn a place. I was disappointed but it didn’t end my dreams,” said Dexter.
Determined to succeed, Dexter studied hard and prepared diligently, earning a
place on the 2016 programme, which he described as having been an adventure. “I
thought I wanted to be a pilot but over the course of the nine months I learned that
my real interests and skills are more suitable for air traffic control, an area of
aviation that I had very little previous knowledge. Among the broad range of career
opportunities the industry offers, I am glad to have clearly identified my future
goals.”

 
The programme’s success relies on the continued support of 14 aviation-related
organisations, including Airport Authority Hong Kong, Aviation Security Company
Limited, Cathay Pacific Services Limited, the Civil Aviation Department, the Fire
Services Department, the Government Flying Service, Hong Kong Aircraft
Engineering Company Limited, Hong Kong Aero Engine Services Limited, Hong
Kong Airport Services Limited, Hong Kong Aviation Club, Airport Meteorological
Office of the Hong Kong Observatory, the Hong Kong Police Force, LSG Lufthansa
Service Hong Kong Limited, and TAG Aviation Asia Limited. All these organisations
have shown a willingness to nurture the next generation for Hong Kong’s aviation
industry.

 
The DACP is organised by Dragonair in conjunction with the Hong Kong Air Cadet
Corps and the Scout Association of Hong Kong. The programme includes aviationrelated
tuition, industry visits, pilot mentorship, jump seat observation, leadership
exercises, etiquette training and community service.

 
Enrolment for the 2017 Dragonair Aviation Certificate Programme will open on 21
November 2016. Young people with a keen interest to explore the world of aviation
are encouraged to apply for this valuable learning opportunity.

 

 

Source:- Dragonair

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