Contrary to what most people think, making a career transition for a RSAF pilot is quite a painful process. The period of transition is usually an emotionally volatile period and also a really expensive process. It would definitely set you back a few years in your retirement funds.
In this article, we will explore all the costs involved in a successful transition for a RSAF Fighter and Transport Pilot. Helicopter Pilots are not covered here simply because, helicopter Pilots have to spend much more to make the transition (sorry guys).
The cost for getting your FAA ATP was covered in an earlier post. In that post, we determined that it will cost SGD $49,400 for Single engine Fighter Pilot and SGD $35,400 for a multi-engine fighter pilot and a transport pilot.
Before you even start your aircraft training, you’ll have to break a few more piggy banks. Here are some of the costs to to fulfill the requirements of your CAAS licence.
While you are being hired by a Singapore registered Low Cost Carrier, Part of your employment contract will state that you will need to be type rated. And to be type rated, CAAS requires all RSAF Fighter and Transport Pilots to undergo a Multi Crew Coordination Course. It’s basically as course to teach us all to work together. It’s also the most expensive 1 week of your life.
It is pretty darn expensive.
But hey, its a privilege to fly.
For a Single Engine RSAF Fighter Pilot, the grand total is
For a Multi-Engine RSAF Fighter Pilot, the grand total is
For a RSAF Transport Pilot
So, you’re spending $100k+ just to find a $100,000 job. It’s up to you to decide if doing this is worth all the time and money to make the transition. But for many of us in the Airlines, it is not about the money. Read this article for a step by step guide for RSAF Fighter and Transport Pilots, and this article for Helicopter Pilots.
If you do decide to make the jump, its time to sell your luxury car =)
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