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Cathay Pacific "I Can Fly" Programme reached its milestone

22 Mar 2003


Cathay Pacific "I Can Fly" Programme reached its milestone today - all 1,000 members met with their pilot leaders for the first time at the Inaugural Ceremony in Times Square.

Launched on 18 January, Cathay Pacific "I Can Fly" Programme is a brand new education concept that combines social service and aviation know-how. The programme has received overwhelming response from local youth, with near 4,000 application forms flooded in.

Attending today's Inaugural Ceremony were Cathay Pacific Director and Chief Operating Officer Mr Philip Chen, Chairman of Hong Kong Commission On Youth Dr Philemmon Choi, Cathay Pacific Director Flight Operations Mr Nick Rhodes, Director of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Prof. Poon Chung Kwong, Assistant Director of Social Welfare Mr Cheung Hing Wah, Group General Manager of Television Broadcasts Ltd Mr T.K. Ho, as well as General Manager of Commercial Broadcasting Co Ltd Ms Pearl Wong.

"As the airline of Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific is committed to serving and supporting the local community," Cathay Pacific Director and Chief Operating Officer Philip Chen said. "We also feel a responsibility to strengthen an interest in the aviation industry among young Hong Kong people. The 'I Can Fly' programme combines both of these in a unique and challenging way that we hope will spark the imagination and develop the creativity of Hong Kong's youngsters."

Under the guidance of Cathay Pacific pilots, 1,000 selected participants members between 13 and 18 years old will learn about aviation during fun and interactive sessionssessions, and then apply what they learn in a number of community events. Each group of members Small groups will also have the opportunity to devise and implement a community project social service programmes of their own.

During the course of the programme, members who perform exceptionally well will be given the chance to take part in additional activities like model plane flying, orienteering training, and simulator rides.

At the end of the programme, a number of outstanding members may will also be invited to visit visit an aircraft plant in France or the United States, where they will be able to witness an aircraft manufacturing process. Besides, some of them will also visit a flying school in Australia and experience a unique flying experience there.an aircraft plant in France or the United States, or visit a flying school in Australia.

Supporting Organisers of the Programme include The Education and Manpower Bureau, Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department and Social Welfare Department. Mr Stephen Ip, Secretary for Economic Development and Labour is the Programme's Patron. Besides, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University has also sent forth 40 students to act as programme co-ordinators. They will be the key communicators between Cathay Pacific pilots and the members throughout the programme year.