About CTC Aviation

We are a global professional pilot training and resourcing company, providing innovative solutions in true partnership with our customers.

Our latest generation training centres and resources are located at attractive, well-connected and convenient locations in Southampton, UK, Phoenix, USA and Hamilton, New Zealand.

We provide a wide range of aviation services from ab initio trainee pilot selection, training and airline placement, to the more advanced selection, training and provisioning requirements for experienced pilots, instructors and examiners.

Airline Pilot Career Programme

Flybe is Europe’s leading regional airline and is partnering with CTC Aviation to deliver exciting career opportunities for tomorrow’s airline pilots.

This new CTC WINGS Multi-crew Pilot Licence (MPL) Route is a part-sponsored programme with Flybe contributing significantly towards the total cost of your training.

Also characterised by CTC Aviation’s unique benefits and enhancements, this airline-focussed career programme aims to take you directly to the role of First Officer on board a Dash-8 Q400 aircraft with Flybe – an airline that excels in offering career advancement opportunities to newly qualified pilots.

Being selected and mentored throughout by Flybe, you will be fully prepared for your future role. The programme also offers the option of incorporating a BSc (Hons) Degree in Professional Aviation Pilot Practice into your training.

En-route through training you will join fellow trainee pilots to experience the skies in spectacular parts of the world as never before; as well as sharing adventures and making new friends that will last a lifetime.


  1. Fully mentored and supported CTC Wings programme from Flybe in partnership with CTC Avition
  2. Employment will initially be as a first officer on the Dash-8 Q400 aircraft with Flybe at the completion of aircraft type training
  3. Part-sponsored contribution of £23,760 from Flybe
  4. Access to bank loan funding from BBVA bank*
  5. Provision of ‘performance protection’ from CTC Aviation
  6. Option to include the BDc (honours) degree in professional aviation pilot practice
  7. Access to UK government student loan funding**(if degree option taken) 1.Training on the latest generation aircraft and simulators including upset prevention and recovery training (UPRT)

*Subject to BBVA Bank lending criteria and assessed on an individual basis

**Subject to eligibility criteria

Route plan

Leg 1

Application and selection process

Airline Resourcing & Selection Centre UK and Flybe, Exeter

A comprehensive selection process including assessment events with both CTC Aviation and Flybe.

  • 2 Days

Leg 2

MPL / ATPL Theoretical knowledge training Classroom and computer-based UK or NZ

Classroom and iPad/computer-based UK or NZ

We integrate the use of Computer-Based Training (CBT) with self study and tutor-led instruction from some of the best instructors in the industry

  • Approximately 26 weeks

Leg 3

Aircraft flight training

Single-engine piston aircraft USA or NZ This is the flight training element of the core phase of the MPL syllabus that sets it apart from a traditional flight training programme. Flying the EFIS C172/DA40, you’ll learn the fundamentals of visual flying, basic instrument flying, night flying, Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT).

  • Approximately 22 weeks

Leg 4

Multi-pilot flight training

B737-700/300 FTD simulator UK

Experiencing a multi-pilot environment for the first time, we introduce you to the Boeing 737 and jet operations for your instrument flight training.

An Initial Crew Resource Management (CRM) course covers Threat and Error Management training (TEM) and your Basic phase concludes with Line Orientated Flight Training (LOFT) and Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT).

  • Approximately 11 weeks

Leg 5

Intermediate Multi-pilot training

B737-800 NG full-flight Jet simulator UK This phase will develop your advanced handling skills on our full-flight B737-800 simulators and begin your introduction to Flybe SOPs.

LOFT covers more complex scenarios, TEM training is further developed and you will complete the intermediate phase with Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT).

  • Approximately 7 weeks

Leg 6

Airline type specific training

Dash-8 Q400 aircraft with Flybe UK

The Advanced Phase in MPL is akin to type rating training. You will now move onto the Dash-8 Q400 and, using Flybe’s full airline SOPs, you will learn to handle more complex system failures and emergencies in readiness for your Licence Skills Test (LST).

  • Approximately 8 weeks

Leg 7

Flybe line training

Line Flying UK and Europe with Flybe

Initial Operating Experience (IOE) and Line Check. You will also complete Safety, Emergency and Procedures training.

  • Approximately 10 weeks

Successful graduation from this MPL Route will provide you with

  1. A Multi-crew Pilot Licence on Dash-8 Q400 aircraft with Flybe
  2. MPL/ATPL Theoretical Knowledge and examination passes
  3. Dash-8 Q400 Aircraft type rating
  4. Bsc (Honours) Degree in Professional Aviation Pilot Practice

(if elected as an option)

Upon commencement of co-pilot flying with Flybe, you will continue to gain Initial Operating Experience (IOE) which will conclude with a final ‘line check’ with a Flybe training Captain. This experience may also contribute towards your BSc Degree (if elected as an option).



The funding required for the complete CTC WINGS MPL Route in partnership with Flybe is £89,800.

  • Flybe will contribute £23,760 (including VAT)
  • The remaining £66,040 will be payable in 3 instalments
  • The part sponsored monies will be repaid to Flybe from your salary using a salary sacrifice scheme over a period of 5 years.
  • The cost of your Dash-8 Q400 Type Rating will be paid for by Flybe but you will be ‘bonded’ for £13,500 over a period of 3 years.

Innovative funding options are available through a number of financial institutions including BBVA, BNP Paribas and ATPL Finance Limited.

If the BSc Degree enhancement is elected:

  • A supplementary fee for the additional elements of academic training with Middlesex University applies to enable access to UK Government student loans and grants for eligible applicants

Additional fees

  • Food and living expenses
  • CTC Aviation Selection Fee: £245
  • EASA Class 1 medical – EASA scale of charges
  • Travel and medical insurance for either NZ or USA
  • Insurances to protect life, finance and training expenses
  • UK CAA fees for initial licence issue, flight skills retesting (if required) and ATPL exam retakes (if required)

Performance Protection

Joint pre-selection by the CTC Aviation and Flybe selection teams enables the following ‘Performance Protection’ elements to be included:

  • All additional training – removing the need to budget for such an eventuality should it be necessary
  • We will provide a refund of any monies deposited by you to secure your sponsorship should you cease training due to your skills falling below the minimum required professional pilot licence standard


Minimum requirements

  • be at least 18 years of age to commence training
  • have the unrestricted right to live and work in the EEA and Switzerland
  • 5 x GCSEs at Grade C or above including Maths, English and a Science (single or dual award) and either 2 x A-Levels or academic equivalents at C or higher, or An Honours Degree at 2:2 or higher (also acceptable will obviously be higher degrees such as MSc, PhD, MBA etc)
  • be fluent in English (verbal and written)
  • produce a CRC (Criminal Record Check) Basic Disclosure Certificate before training can commence
  • be able pass a UK CAA Class 1 medical examination prior to commencement of training
  • minimum height 5’2" (1.58 m) , maximum height 6’3" (1.91 m) *

*Applicants for CTC WINGS should be between 1.58 m (5ft 2 inches) to 1.91 m (6ft 3 inches) in height. Applicants who fall outside of this may still apply for CTC WINGS; however will be required to undergo an ergonomic assessment in our training aircraft and jet flight simulators prior to being accepted onto a CTC WINGS ab initio training course. Some airlines may impose strict height limits in accordance with the range shown, which could preclude you from placement with that airline post CPLIR training if you fall outside this height range.

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Application process

  • Click on the ‘apply now’ button
  • Complete the online application form and click ‘submit’
  • You will receive an auto-response to acknowledge receipt of your application

Selection process

  • Your application will be screened by a member of the CTC Aviation selection team
  • You will be contacted by email by a member of the CTC Aviation selection team to inform you whether your application has been successful
  • If successful, you will be invited to attend an assessment day. These usually take place at CTC Aviation’s Airline Resourcing & Selection Centre - Dibden Manor, UK
  • A final interview will take place at Flybe for those who meet the CTC WINGS and Flybe selection requirements.
  • If not selected by Flybe, those meeting the CTC WINGS standards through the selection process will be eligible to enrol on the CTC WINGS Integrated ATPL Route

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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