about me

777CaptJeraloha, e komo mai! hello and welcome world! my name is Jeremy and i’m an airline pilot for one of Asia’s premiere airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways. i fly the world’s best airliner, the mighty Boeing 777 and work out of my home base, Hong Kong. i currently reside in tokyo, japan but prior to this, i lived in honolulu, hawai’i flying for Aloha Airlines – which sadly went out of business in 2008. (see my feb. 12, 2009 blog post). prior to that i worked for several small regional airlines in the mainland united states. unbeknownst to the non-flying public, we airline pilots actually have an incredible amount of time off. so when i’m not flying, i am also a certified PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) scuba diving instructor. i love the sky and the sea, so if you want to learn how to explore either, i can introduce you to both!

i’ve decided to put together this blog to leave my tiny contribution to this great little blue planet of ours we call home, because as the discovery channel jingle goes – THE WORLD IS JUST AWESOME! so come fly and dive with me. sit back, relax and share a little love and aloha!

these are my stories. this is my blog.

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12 Responses

  1. Hey Jer, how do I leave a comment in your photo blog?? 🙂 By the way, i like that lil hand trying to balance the 70-300mm lens while you take a picture of it.. hehe Is that Joanne’s fingers?

    • That tiny hand belongs to my little niece, Leia. She was helping me balance the heavy lens or else it tips over! It’s a 70-200mm by the way! f2.8…one of Canon’s premiere zooms.

  2. hi…jeremy
    how are you…what are you doing now ? and how was in Hong Kong….Now in phuket so much raining..and haave a nice day…..
    kung

  3. Wow! That is an amazing cockpit photo. I always tell young people to venture the skies but not one had heeded my plea yet. I am sure you are having fun flying. Godspeed!

  4. Jeremy,

    I’m a flight student at Embry-Riddle here in the states, about to finish IFR and move on to commercial single.. What’s the job market looking like overseas, and what kind of application (if there even is one anymore) process is there to apply at Cathay for foreigners? I enjoy reading your blog!

  5. Came across your blog and I thank you for sharing your experiences in flying and while in the water. Love your photos and enjoyed reading your life adventures whether by air or by sea LOL:)!!!

  6. Hi Captain,

    came across your blog. I have a dream of becoming pilot too but I am kind of old now I think (I just reached 30). I am just wondering is it possible to have an opinion regarding the most direct way of becoming a commercial pilot?

    At my age, should I still consider getting a private license, and work my way to accumulate the hour (for example becoming instructor…), and then apply as possibly second officer (is 2nd officer the entry point for say 1000 hours of flying small plane i.e. not even a jet , but those piston planes)? or I shouldn’t bother with that, and should just try those cadet program only?

    I am HK citizen, I know that both Dragonair and Cathay have the cadet program? it seems this route is the easiest for me (but I heard that there is limited number of times you can apply, and you have to wait 1 year before you apply again). But I also would like to know if getting a private license and try to accumulate more hours from small planes (like those planes that are used to teach students to fly) and apply for 2nd officer is better?

    Could you give me some opinions.

    Thank you for your time,
    John

    • Hi John,

      Thanks for your email! It’s never too late to start flying. I’ve flown with young pilots and “older” pilots alike – the latter started their flying careers later in life but it never prevented them from chasing their dreams. With retirement ages pushing towards 65, even a 30-year old still has well over 30 years of flying ahead of them in their career. I wasn’t hired as a cadet pilot at Cathay/Dragonair but I have many friends who have been. Some came in with zero flight time/experience, some came in with a Private License and even a few with their Commercial. It’s definitely NOT REQUIRED but as always, there are advantages and disadvantages of both. Disadvantages first: If you are successfully selected for the Cadet Pilot Program you will have to re-sit all your exams and licenses back in the flight school in Adelaide, Australia. Some people pick up “bad habits” in their early training and it’s always hard to re-learn and overcome that negative-training. Also, it may be more cost effective to let the airline provide training for you! That could be an advantage. Advantages: Having your license already helps in the interview especially when they ask you if you have any aviation background/experience. It shows you are interested and shows passion and commitment – ideals an airline loves to hire in pilots. Having your license can help you during your training in Australia – ie. it never hurts to have any sort of experience. But honestly, there is no black & white. Do what you think is right for you at the time. I can’t make that decision for you and nobody should. If I am an airline, I’d rather hire a candidate who spent his downtime learning to fly (even a few hours) vs. someone else who sat around and watched TV and just waited to see if he’ll get hired. Make yourself marketable and explain it should you get an interview. Cathay used to have programs that would shorten your training in Australia if you had previous flight experience. They have stopped it for now, but in order to attract more suitable and qualify candidates, they may open it up again. Research on AE (Advanced Entry) program – this would apply to you if you have hundreds of hours already – like if you were an instructor or Commercial Pilot holder. I hope they start this program again so we can get more pilots on board with high(er) experience levels. My old flight school’s motto was: “The best safety device in any aircraft is a well-trained pilot.” Reach for the skies and chase your dreams. It’s never too late!

  7. Hi Captain, I read a lot of your posts. I love them. I really wanna be a commercial pilot. Some of the photos you posted had made imagined how I look like when I become a pilot. I’m still preparing for the cadet pilot programme. I would like to learn more about the pilot career. I would really love to chat with you via email regularly, if you don’t mind. Thanks Captain.

  8. Hi Captain,

    Love this blog, definitely a great one! I was just wondering what age did you start your flight training and what age did you finish? From private to ATP? How did you do it? Does being hired have a lot to do with luck, and being at the right place at the right time? Im 20, and am pursuing my private pilots license, i even have 8 hours of logged flight time. AM i on the right track. Ive wanted to be a pilot for as long as i can remember. Is their really a shortage coming up. Boeing says a lot of pilots will be needed globally, especially, Asia. Is that true? Thank you for your blog, and your time.

    Sincerely,

    Albert T

  9. Hi Jeremy, I enjoyed your articles very much. I too had a passion for flying and jet pilot was my dream. I worked with airplanes for the last 15 years and lived in WA for the last 8 years, just retired from Boeing as a Manufacturing Engineer on the 777 lines in Everett. I never got tired for looking at them 12 hours a day. I had explored the opportunity to become a pilot about 30 years ago, but found that the finance just didn’t come out right. I had a BS degree in engineering (unfortunately it wasn’t Embry-Riddle), but flight school and multi transport license would cost $100,000 – 200,000. Then I had to start with a salary of maybe $15,000 as an instructor, then cargo, regional, and maybe earning $40,000 after 5 years. Maybe 10 years after that to go into Majors. I saw your profile. It must have been hard for you to go through that. Congrats on your 777 Captain position. Wish you the best of luck and career. I was born in China and lived in Hong Kong until 1964. My dream is to fly Cathay business class to Hong Kong and maybe China for a vacation some day.

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