U.S. Pilot School Suspends Solo Flights for Cathay Pacific Cadets Amid Surge in Incidents

The Phoenix, Arizona-based AeroGuard Flight Training Center has suspended all solo flights for Cathay Pacific cadets following a concerning increase in incidents during their training. The decision was made out of an abundance of caution to ensure the safety of the cadets and maintain the school's high standards. Over the past several months, there has been a notable spike in the number of incidents involving Cathay Pacific cadets while flying solo. These incidents have ranged from minor deviations from procedures to more serious occurrences, raising concerns about the adequacy of their training.


The pilot school, which has a long-standing relationship with Cathay Pacific, has conducted a thorough investigation into the cause of the surge in incidents. The preliminary findings suggest that multiple factors may be contributing to the issue, including:

  • Inadequate Ground Training: The cadets may not be receiving sufficient theoretical and simulator training before embarking on solo flights. This can lead to a lack of confidence and an increased likelihood of errors.
  • Cultural Barriers: Some cadets may be facing cultural differences that are hindering their ability to adapt to the training environment. This can create communication issues and misunderstandings.
  • Workload Pressure: The cadets may be under significant pressure to perform well during their training, which can lead to them taking unnecessary risks and cutting corners.


In response to the investigation's findings, the pilot school has taken several immediate measures:

  • Suspension of Solo Flights: All solo flights for Cathay Pacific cadets have been suspended indefinitely until further notice.
  • Enhanced Ground Training: The school is increasing the duration and intensity of ground training for the cadets to ensure their proficiency before soloing.
  • Cultural Sensitivity Training: The school is providing cultural sensitivity training to both instructors and cadets to foster better communication and understanding.
  • Workload Management: The school is working with Cathay Pacific to reduce the pressure on cadets during their training and create a more supportive environment.


Cathay Pacific has expressed its understanding and support for the pilot school's decision to suspend solo flights. The airline emphasizes that safety is its top priority and is committed to working closely with the school to address the underlying issues. The suspension of solo flights is a temporary measure designed to protect the safety of the cadets and ensure their future success as pilots. The pilot school and Cathay Pacific will continue to work together to implement lasting solutions that will ensure the highest possible standards of training for the airline's future pilots.


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