Nothing comes close to the exhilaration of airline flying - we get you there

Routes to the flight deck

We are one of the world’s leading approved training organisations recognised by both aviation regulators and airlines internationally for delivering airline standard training to both aspiring and qualified airline pilots.

We train more than 1,500 pilots (trainee and qualified pilots) for over 40 of the world’s airlines.

We offer a number of Routes to become qualified as a professional pilot.

  1. Pre-selected, sponsored CTC WINGS airline pilot career programmes
  2. Flexible CTC TAKEOFF professional pilot training courses, including Modular Distance Learning

Each Route is described through an individually numbered Route Guide available both online and in hard-copy.

CTC WINGS airline pilot career programmes

  • Full-time Integrated Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL)
  • Full-time Multi-crew Pilot Licence (MPL) training

Characterised by CTC Aviation’s unique and unrivalled ‘Performance Protection’ and Training Sponsorship which can be further enhanced by our Airline Partners**, your chosen Route will be determined by which licence you aspire to achieve initially and any Airline Partner programmes OPEN for applications.

All CTC WINGS programmes aim to achieve the same exciting career destination - a First Officer (co-pilot) and eventually Captain with an airline.

  • Whitetail’ Graduate = Airline placement on completion of training.
  • Airline Graduate = Airline placement offered prior to training

**Training Sponsorship and Sponsorship arrangements vary depending on your chosen Route

CTC TAKEOFF professional pilot training courses

  • Modular Distance Learning Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) and En-route and Competency Based Instrument Rating (CB-IR)
  • Full-time Integrated Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) and Multi-engine Instrument Rating (MEIR) training.
  • Full-time and flexible Modular Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) and Multi-engine Instrument Rating (MEIR) training.
  • Full Time Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) Theoretical Knowledge training.
  • Multi-crew Cooperation (MCC) and Jet Operations (JOC) training.

Your choice of course will be determined by your personal circumstances, location, career aspirations and professional aims.

Placement with an Airline Partner is possible through CTC TAKEOFF if you are invited to attend our ATP scheme selection process upon completion of your CTC TAKEOFF courses (CPL and MEIR). Attending our Airline Qualification Course (AQC) is also part of the CTC TAKEOFF selection process for potential entry into the ATP graduate database for airline placement.

Sharing the adventure

Your journey towards becoming a professional pilot is one great adventure in itself; taking you to far-flung corners of the globe of which you may have only dreamt.

These incredible experiences will be shared with your fellow trainee pilots supporting each other as you go - a real ‘esprit de corps’.

Our graduate pilots are held in especially high regard by our Airline Partners because of this continual development of team skills; an essential attribute for all airline crews.

Airline Pilot Careers Advice Centre

We recognise that the aviation regulations and the various Routes available to you may appear complex and confusing initially. Our Prospectus and Route Guides are designed to help you. These can be viewed on line or you can request a hard copy to be sent to you.

Our team of expert Careers Advisers is on-hand to explain the various Routes on offer and advise you on the best options for you. Contact them through our dedicated Hotline number on +44 (0) 2380 742 400 or by email

Or, why not come along and see us – call our Airline Pilot Careers advice team to arrange a personal tour or attend one of our Careers Events which are held frequently throughout the year.

Why our Graduates chose us

Hear from Emily Lester and Jack Bayliss CTC WINGS graduates now flying for British Airways

Why our Airline Partners chose us

Hear it first hand from two of our Airline Partner CEOs, Carolyn McCall at EasyJet and Willie Walsh at British Airways (IAG) as they describe their thoughts about what we do for them and their trainees.

Need more information?

Our airline pilot careers advisers are available Monday - Friday 0900-1800 UK time.

Call +44 (0)2380 742 400 or make an online enquiry

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