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Cathay Pacific celebrates local pilots' book launch

29 Jan 2004

Cathay Pacific Airways today celebrated the publication of Hong Kong's first-ever Chinese-language book on aviation, written by local Cathay Pacific pilots.

Over the past year, a group of budding pilot writers have been contributing to a weekly column Flying High (翹首振翅) published in the Hong Kong Economic Times. In response to the column's popularity the articles have now been compiled in book form.

The book, named after the column, covers a wide range of topics from general aviation knowledge to personal snippets from the pilots' lives. The articles offer insights into many aspects of the industry and may serve to generate wider interest amongst young people to follow a career in aviation.

The book launch was attended by Albert Lam, Director-General of Civil Aviation, Civil Aviation Department, Cathay Pacific Director and Chief Operating Officer Philip Chen and pilot writers. Mr Lam, Mr Chen and Secretary for Education and Manpower Arthur Li have each contributed a foreword to the book.

Royalties from the book's sale will be donated to The Sunnyside Club, a charity set up by Cathay Pacific staff that cares for mentally and physically handicapped children in Hong Kong.

Cathay Pacific Director and Chief Operating Officer Philip Chen said: "Aviation plays a key role in the development of Hong Kong's economy and we believe that this book will show young Hong Kong people that there are many rewarding careers to be had in the industry. Cathay Pacific is proud of its local pilots and delighted to support them in this book venture which we also hope will benefit those young people helped by our staff-supported charity, The Sunnyside Club."