Dragonair Aviation Certificate Programme is a unique educational initiative organised by the airline in
conjunction with Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps (HKACC) and the Scout Association of Hong Kong
(SAHK), and is an integral part of the Dragonair Youth Aviation Academy.
Aimed at nurturing future talents for the aviation industry, the Programme offers a series of
extraordinary experiences through which participants are able to gain in-depth understanding of the
world of aviation and further explore their interests in pursuing a career in the industry. Each
participant is guided through a nine-month journey with a Dragonair pilot acting as their mentor.
Programme members 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.
Launched in September 2005 by co-founder and coordinator Captain Marcus De Santis, the
Programme was initially open only to HKACC members. Since 2011, the programme started to include
applications from the general public. Starting from 2016 onwards, the programme also includes
members from Scout Association and its intake has increased from 14 in 2005 to 40 in 2016.
The programme is now supported by 14 aviation-related organizations. Among the Programme
Alumni, some 40% of them have already embarked on a career in the aviation industry, including
working as air traffic controllers, aircraft engineers, ground handling operators and pilots for Dragonair
as well as sister airline Cathay Pacific.