Pilot Grade

If you have a passion for flying; if you want to assist in saving lives, help combat crime and fight fire, you may consider taking up a career with the Government Flying Service (GFS) as a pilot. As a GFS pilot, you will begin your career as a Cadet Pilot. You will then undergo several years of intensive training, and you will consolidate your experience before becoming a professional aviator capable of performing a wide spectrum of GFS operations. These tasks will range from simple passenger flights to very demanding night search and rescue missions using specialized equipment.

Helicopter Pilot
Helicopter Pilot
Fixed-Wing Pilot
Fixed-Wing Pilot


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Pilot Wings Badge

Pilot Wings Badge
Pilot Wings Badge will be awarded to a Pilot who is qualified for carrying out Search and Rescue Mission. The propeller between the wings represents the determination and drive of a Pilot to fly in any adverse environment and accomplish the mission.

Head of Department
Controller
Controller

Pilot Grade
Chief Pilot
Chief Pilot

Senior Pilot
Senior Pilot

Pilot I
Pilot I

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Pilot II
Pilot II

Pilot II 02

Cadet Pilot
Cadet Pilot

Working Dress
Pilot (Female) – Flying Suit (Summer)
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Pilot (Female) – Flying Suit (Winter)
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Pilot (Male) – Flying Suit (Summer)
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Pilot (Male) – Flying Suit (Winter)
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Uniform (Please click here for more Uniform Photos.)

To join the GFS as a Cadet Pilot, one should

(a)   have
(i)   Level 3(Note 1) or equivalent or above in five subjects, including English Language, in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE), or equivalent; or
(ii)   Grade E or above in two subjects at Advanced Level in the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination and Level 3(Note 2)/Grade C or above in three other subjects, including English Language, in the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE), or equivalent;
(b)  have met the language proficiency requirements of Level 3(Note 2) or above in English Language in the HKDSEE or HKCEE, or equivalent;
(c)  pass a medical examination in accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation standards and have good vision(Note 3) ;
(d)   pass a pilot technical written test and a pilot aptitude test;
(e)   possess good communication skills, including both spoken and written English;
(f)   be a team player;
(g)   be amenable to discipline and willing to work shifts; and
(h)   be a permanent resident of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
 
Note 1:  For civil service appointment purpose, ‘Attained with Distinction’ in Applied Learning subjects (subject to a maximum of two Applied Learning subjects), and Grade C in Other Language subjects in the HKDSEE are accepted as equivalent to Level 3 in the New Senior Secondary subjects in the HKDSEE.
Note 2:  For civil service appointment purpose, ‘Grade C’ in English Language (Syllabus B) in the HKCEE before 2007 is accepted administratively as comparable to ‘Level 3’ in English Language in the 2007 HKCEE and henceforth.
Note 3:  Applicants must meet the requirements for the granting of HKCAD Class One Medical Certificate. In general, applicants who need to wear corrective lenses and/or have undergone eye refractive surgeries may be considered provided that they could meet the requirements for the granting of HKCAD Class One Medical Certificate.


Selection Process

  • Written Examination
  • Preliminary Interview
  • Aptitude Test
  • Leadership Assessment
  • Medical Examination and Vision Assessment
  • Final Interview
  • Integrity Checking
  • Appointment

Training

Upon joining the GFS, Cadet Pilots will be assigned to either the fixed-wing or the helicopter stream. They will be sent to an overseas flight training institute for a 14-month course of professional pilot basic training, which includes aeronautical ground school and flight training. Having successfully completed the course and passed the examinations, Cadet Pilots will return to Hong Kong with a Commercial Pilot’s Licence. They will then go through a process of conversion training within the GFS to become co-pilots and eventually aircraft commanders. It takes about ten years of training and operational experience to become a fully-fledged commander in the GFS.

Throughout the career of the GFS pilots, they have to go through regular checks and training in accordance with the Civil Aviation Regulations. This is to ensure that they can consistently maintain the high standards of flying and flight safety in carrying out emergency services under very demanding situations. They may also be detached to overseas organizations with similar functions as the GFS in order to further improve their knowledge and skills and broaden their experience.


Career Path

Chief Pilot
General Disciplined Services (Commander) Pay Scale 1

Senior Pilot
General Disciplined Services (Officer) Pay Scale 37 – 39

Pilot I
General Disciplined Services (Officer) Pay Scale 27 – 36

Pilot II
General Disciplined Services (Officer) Pay Scale 14 – 26

Cadet Pilot
General Disciplined Services (Officer) Pay Scale 1b – 2

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