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Dragonair is committed to inspiring young people to better understand the aviation world, nurturing future talents for the industry and supporting aviation development.

Dragonair Youth Aviation Academy

Dragonair Youth Aviation Academy

The Dragonair Youth Aviation Academy http://www.kayouthaviationacademy.com/zh/ was established in 2010 to offer local youth a platform to lean more about aviation in Hong Kong and even to go on to take up a career within the industry. This is the major educational initiative of the company’s CSR programme and was created in large part because of the lack of information on the industry locally.

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An integral part of the Academy is the Dragonair Aviation Certificate Programme www.kayouthaviationacademy.com/en/op_acp.php, which is a unique educational initiative organised by the airline in conjunction with the Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps (HKACC) since 2005. It offers a series of extraordinary experiences through which participants from HKACC and the general public are able to gain in-depth understanding of the world of aviation and further explore their interests in pursuing a career in the industry.

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The course covers many aspects from flight and cabin crew to air traffic controllers, airport management to aircraft engineering, aviation security to meteorology, emergency readiness to inflight catering, and more.  Each participant is guided through an eight-month journey with a Dragonair pilot acting as their mentor. They get the opportunity to attend lectures, training sessions, briefings and tours hosted by industry partners to help them develop a solid foundation of aviation knowledge and a deeper understanding of the workings of the industry.

Over 30% of the 90 programme alumni have already embarked a career in the aviation industry, including working as air traffic controllers, aircraft engineers, flight attendants and pilots for Dragonair as well as sister airline Cathay Pacific.

For more info about the Academy, please visit the programme website http://www.kayouthaviationacademy.com/en/index.php.

"Little Dragon"

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In Mainland China, Dragonair runs the "Little Dragon" (Xiao Lung Ren) programme, partnering with various NGOs and local government offices to offer disadvantaged children and youth groups a life-changing experience. It is aimed at inspiring them to become a part of the aviation industry through facility visits and first-time flying experience. Over the past two years, over 80 youngsters from various Mainland cities had benefited from the programme.