How an office boy became an AirAsia pilot

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How an office boy became an AirAsia pilot
Kugan Tangiisuran

As his family couldn't fund his aviation dream, Kugan studied hospitality management.

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Published: Thu 14 Apr 2016, 3:00 PM

Last updated: Thu 14 Apr 2016, 5:02 PM

The decision was made when he was only an eight-year-old boy, but his humble background couldn't afford a pilot-training course. Kugan Tangiisuran recalls the first time he saw an airplane at close range, almost 23 years ago. It was Penang International Airport in Malaysia.
While he watched his father leave the airport, he brought home his love for airplanes. As his family couldn't fund his aviation dream, Kugan studied hospitality management and worked in several Penang hotels.
During his time juggling jobs in the hospitality sector, a friend told him of a job at AirAsia. He also sold the vacancy by saying the company was easy going with transfers between departments. So Kugan took up the task of a dispatch boy. Little did he know, it was his first step to piloting a plane.
After numerous obstacles over the years, his perseverance got him past the exams at Asia Pacific Flight Training (APFT).
Finally after 11 failed attempts through 9 years, today, Kugan is a co-pilot.


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