Introduction

About CTC Aviation

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

Our latest generation training centres and resources are located at attractive, well-connected and convenient locations in Southampton, Bournemouth, London and Coventry (United Kingdom), Phoenix (United States) and Hamilton (New Zealand).

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

CTC WINGS provides full-time airline pilot career programmes for both our individual and airline customers.

IndiGo Cadet Pilot Programme

IndiGo is the foremost low-cost airline operating out of India and is partnering with CTC Aviation to bring you this cadet pilot career programme.

Selected and mentored by Indigo from day one, you will embark upon a unique route of training. Successful completion of training and the final checks by IndiGo will take you directly to the role of Junior First Officer on the Airbus A320 aircraft, flying IndiGo routes across India and Asia.

Throughout your training, you will join fellow trainee airline pilots to experience the skies in spectacular parts of the world as never before; as well as sharing adventures and making friendships that will last a lifetime.

Programme

Indigo Cadet Pilot Programme from IndiGo and CTC Aviation

  1. Fully mentored CTC WINGS programme from IndiGo in partnership With CTC Aviation
  2. Letter of intent (LOI) from IndiGo to employ prior to commencement of training
  3. Employment as junior first officer with IndiGo**
  4. Training on the latest generation aircraft and simulators
  5. Includes Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT)
  6. Dual license-New Zealand CAA and Indian DGCA CPL/MEIR
  7. Opportunity to explore New Zealand as part of your experience
  8. One day selection process
  9. Simple phased payment scheme
  10. Training in a world-recognised, professional airline training environment
  11. A career programme selecting and training IndiGo’s commanders of tomorrow

**On successful completion of A320 aircraft type training

Route Plan

Leg 1 (India)

Application and selection process

  • 1 day, Delhi

A comprehensive selection process with CTC Aviation and IndiGo.

Letter of intent to employ (LOI) from IndiGo if successful.

Leg 2 (New Zealand)

Private Pilot Licence (PPL)

  • Approximately 23 weeks
  • Flight training 68.3 hours (aircraft and simulator)

Ground school (NZCAA & Indian DGCA) is followed by flight training on either our Cessna 172 or Diamond DA20 to gain your PPL for single engine aircraft. During this phase you will learn the fundamentals of visual flying, basic instrument flying and navigation.

Leg 3 (New Zealand)

Advanced navigation and night flying

  • Approximately 16 weeks
  • Flight training 72.5 hours (aircraft and simulator)

Ground school (NZCAA & Indian DGCA) is followed by flight training on either our Cessna 172 or Diamond DA20 aircraft. You will further develop your visual navigation techniques and night flying.

Leg 4 (New Zealand)

Multi-engine Instrument rating (MEIR)

  • Approximately 17 weeks
  • Flight training 60.9 hours (aircraft and simulator)

Ground school (NZCAA & Indian DGCA) is followed by flight training in our new generation, twin-engine, G1000 EFIS equipped DA42 aircraft and simulators to develop your instrument flying skills.

Leg 5 (New Zealand)

Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)

  • Approximately 8 weeks
  • Flight training 33.7 hours

During this phase, you will further refine your general handling piloting skills as well as develop your non-technical and communication skills to a standard expected of a professional pilot in readiness for your NZCPL flight test. As part of this phase you will also receive Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT).

Leg 6 (India)

NZCAA to Indian DGCA licence conversion training

  • Approximately 8 weeks
  • Flight training 20 hours (aircraft and simulator)
  • Ground school + DGCA exams

On successful completion of the NZCAA training, you will return to India to complete your NZCAA conversion (to Indian DGCA) at an IndiGo and CTC Aviation recognised Indian DGCA approved training facilities. Successful completion of this phase will lead to the issue of an Indian DGCA MECPL/IR.

SUCCESSFUL GRADUATION FROM LEG 1-6 WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH

  1. NZ CAA PPL/ CPL/IR Licence with DA42 type rating
  2. Dual licence NZCAA/DGCA
  3. Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT)

These qualifications combined are the minimum requirements to proceed to Leg 7

Leg 7 (Location TBC by IndiGo)

Multi pilot training - MCC, Jet handling, A320 Type Rating Training

  • Approximately 8 weeks, training location - TBC by IndiGo
  • Simulator training 68 hours

Type-technical ground school and A320 simulator training incorporating: MCC, Jet Orientation Handling utilising IndiGo’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

Leg 8 ( India)

Employment with IndiGo

A simulator evaluation check before Induction will be scheduled by IndiGo and will be supervised by an IndiGo Pilot Trainer.

At the time of induction with IndiGo you will be required to pass a drug test.Post induction as an A320 Junior First Officer with IndiGo you will carry out ground school training, supernumerary flights followed by Supervised Line Flying (SLF) and safety emergency procedure’s training. Once you have completed the above, you will be Released To Line (RTL).

Fees

The fees required are comprised of 4 elements:

  1. CTC Aviation selection fee (approximately INR 24,460 depending upon exchange rate)
  2. NZ CAA Licence training– NZD123,000 inclusive of taxes @ 15% (approximately INR 54,84,000 depending upon exchange rate)
  3. Indian DGCA Licence conversion – USD10,000 inclusive of taxes (approximately INR 6,50,000 depending upon exchange rate)
  4. A320 Type Rating – Fee and location TBC by IndiGo

What’s included:

  • All CTC WINGS training, equipment, uniform and airfield fees
  • Accommodation
  • Return air travel: India - New Zealand - India
  • All regulatory exam and skills test fees - Initial NZCAA and Indian DGCA conversion CPL/MEIR Licence issue fee

What’s additional:

  • Food and living expenses
  • IELTS level 5.5 test fee**
  • Indian DGCA and NZCAA medical (Initial issue and renewal)**
  • Travel and medical insurance**
  • Immigration New Zealand (INZ) Student Visa fees - INZ scale of charges
  • Insurances to protect life, finance, personal property and training expenses
  • Financing of additional training (Performance Protection is not available on this course)

**required prior to commencing training

Enrolment

Minimum Requirements

  • Must be between 17 and 30 years of age at time of application but between 18 and 30 at commencement of training
  • Have a valid passport and the unrestricted right to live and work in India, with the ability to travel unrestricted worldwide
  • Fluent in English (verbal and written) to IELTS Level 5.5 minimum**
  • Able to produce a Criminal Record Check (CRC) Basic Disclosure Certificate and pass all IndiGo referencing checks
  • Able to obtain and maintain Indian DGCA and NZCAA Class 1 Medical Certificate
  • Able to obtain chest x-ray and potential General Medical Certificate from an INZ approved physician Visit immigration.govt.nz for a list of approved panel physicians
  • Minimum height 5’2” (157.5cm), maximum height 6’4” (193cm)**

** For non-native English speakers, you will be required to present a certificate prior to training commencement demonstrating you have achieved International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Level 5.5 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any individual area (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking). This must be the Academic test, not General Training.

Academic Entry Standards

  • 10 + 2 with a minimum of 55% in each of these subjects Physics, Maths and English, from a recognised board or university

NOTE: Prior to your induction training with IndiGo you will be required to pass a drug test

Application Process

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

Selection

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 IndiGo and CTC WINGS selection day in Delhi, India

FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

1.What is the IndiGo Cadet Pilot Program?

CTC WINGS airline pilot career programmes are designed to take aspiring pilots with very little or no flying experience, directly to the co-pilot seat of a commercial jet with a world-leading airline.

CTC Aviation has been chosen by IndiGo to select and train the most able, aspiring pilots to join a world-class cadet pilot programme. Successful completion of training and the final checks by IndiGo will take you directly to the role of Junior First Officer on the Airbus A320 aircraft, flying IndiGo routes throughout India and Asia.

You will join a full time, integrated training programme at CTC Aviation’s Crew Training Centre- Hamilton (NZ) where you will be trained to obtain: a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) Commercial Pilot License (CPL) with Multi-engine Instrument Rating (MEIR) on the DA42 aircraft.

Your training will be followed by a DGCA licence conversion course in India.

Successful completion of this ab initio training will provide you with:

  1. NZCAA Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL)
  2. Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT)
  3. Dual CPL/MEIR Licence - NZCAA and Indian DGCA

These items combined are the minimum requirements to commence your A320 Type Rating training for IndiGo.

Upon successful completion of this programme and final checks by IndiGo, you will be offered the opportunity to join IndiGo and launch an exciting professional career as an A320 Junior First Officer, based in India.

If you can see yourself expertly navigating jet aircraft across the world; delivering world-leading levels of safety, security, and customer service, then the IndiGo Cadet Pilot Program with CTC Aviation is the right route to the flight deck for you.

2. Where will I train?

Legs 1-5 of the programme - you will complete your NZCAA PPL, Upset Prevention and Recovery Training and NZCAA CPL/MEIR licence at CTC Aviation’s Crew Training Centre at Hamilton in New Zealand.

Leg 6 of the programme - you will complete your NZCAA licence conversion at an Indian DGCA approved training facility in India. This leg of training is organised by CTC Aviation.

Leg 7 of the programme - Multi-pilot and A320 Type Rating training will be conducted at a location (TBC) decided by IndiGo.

3. Where will selection days take place?

CTC Aviation has a comprehensive selection process which is highly regarded in the industry: It is hassle free and will not require you to travel back and forth across India.

If you are invited, selection is a 1 day process which will be conducted in Delhi.

Candidates will be contacted directly by CTC Aviation after completing the on-line selection process. Each candidate will be notified personally about they have performed in their application process.

4. Why should I choose to train with CTC Aviation?

CTC Aviation is recognised as one of the world’s leading airline pilot training organisations. We’ve been selected by world-class airlines around the world to deliver airline pilot selection and training services. We are delighted to have been chosen by IndiGo to select and train aspiring pilots for their IndiGo Cadet Pilot Program.

Based at Hamilton International Airport, you’ll join fellow trainee pilots to experience the skies in one of the most spectacular parts of the world as never before. The North Island of New Zealand offers unrivalled landscapes and an opportunity for real adventure - on land as well as in the skies.

Training on CTC Aviation’s latest generation aircraft and simulators, you’ll be trained by the industry’s highest quality instructors in a world-recognised, professional airline training environment.

  1. Round The Year Flying; Not only is New Zealand a beautiful location, particularly for aviators, it also benefits from year-round flying conditions making our training schedule more predictable.

  2. Hassle Free Selection Process; CTC Aviation focuses on selecting the right kind of candidates – not just for training, but more importantly to ensure they fit in well with their employer airline and have the potential to become tomorrow’s commanders. We utilise specialised tools to determine the training and employability potential of the aspiring pilot. Our selection process is completed within 1 day. We understand that preparing for an exam is tough, therefore we have tried to minimise your travel to a single journey for the selection day unlike other training academies where selection process can take more than 3 months with several journeys required to and from the selection venue.

  3. Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT); CTC Aviation has included this as a standard part of the syllabi for our airline pilot career programmes. This package includes 3 hours in our aerobatic aircraft training as well as during A320 Type training, to enable transfer of these core skills into an operational airline environment.

  4. Graduates will gain 2 licences - NZCAA and Indian DGCA.

  5. The cost of 1 return ticket per cadet (New Delhi – New Zealand – New Delhi) for the purpose of training with CTC Aviation is included. We will also assist you in applying for a visa or any other related document that may be required for the purpose of this travel.

  6. All of the necessary uniform and equipment required for you to complete your training will be provided by CTC Aviation.

  7. Seamless transition from Cadet to IndiGo Junior First Officer; the training you will experience at CTC Aviation will prepare you well for your future airline employment. CTC Aviation has the expertise to ensure that our training is airline-focused and cadets are treated as professionals from day 1. This approach ensures that your potential is fully developed enabling you to graduate as a professional airline pilot with the foundation skills required to enable you to develop the career of your dreams.

5. Am I eligible to apply to the IndiGo Cadet Pilot Programme?

Those wishing to apply to the IndiGo Cadet Pilot Programme are required to meet the following entry criteria:

  • Must be between 17 and 30 years of age at time of application and have reached 18th birthday by commencement of training
  • Have a valid passport and the unrestricted right to live and work in India, with the ability to travel unrestricted worldwide
  • Fluent in English (verbal and written) to IELTS Level 5.5 minimum
  • Able to produce a Criminal Record Check (CRC) Basic Disclosure Certificate and pass all IndiGo referencing checks
  • Able to obtain and maintain an Indian DGCA and NZCAA Class 1 Medical Certificate
  • Able to obtain a Chest X-ray and Potential General Medical certificate from an INZ-approved physician. Visit immigration.govt.nz for a list of approved panel physicians.
  • Minimum height 5’2” (157.5cm), maximum height 6’4” (193cm)*

Academic Entry Standards 10 + 2 with a minimum of 55% in each of these subjects: Physics, Maths and English, from a recognised board or university

Note: The eligibility criteria of 10+2 with 55% individually in Physics and Maths can be overlooked if someone has graduated with Physics and Maths or engineering with 55 % and above. If you do not meet this requirement, you can pursue these subjects at the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS).

You can find more information at http://www.nios.ac.in/on-demand-examination.aspx

6. How do I arrange my travel to New Zealand?

Return air travel between India (New Delhi) and New Zealand is included in your training at no additional cost. CTC Aviation’s dedicated trainee administration team will arrange this international travel on your behalf. They will be a key point of contact and support for you throughout your training.

You will be required to pay an additional INZ Student Visa fees prior to travel to New Zealand. CTC Aviation’s dedicated trainee administration team will facilitate the visa process on your behalf. Cost of New Zealand Student Visa is approximately - INR14,300/-

7. Do I need to arrange accommodation during my training?

The IndiGo Cadet Pilot Program includes accommodation for all phases of training.

During your PPL/CPL/MEIR training (legs 1 – 5), you will be living at CTC Aviation’s purpose-built, self-catered accommodation at Hamilton International Airport.

During your DGCA Licence conversion (leg 6), self-catered accommodation in India will be arranged for you.

During your A320 type-rating phase of training (leg 7), accommodation will be arranged for you.

8. Who will pay for my aviation medical and medical Insurance during training?

Before enrolment, you will need to able to fund, obtain and maintain an Indian DGCA and NZCAA Class 1 Medical Certificate. You will also be required to obtain a Chest X-ray and Potential General Medical certificate from an INZ-approved physician.

You are responsible for purchasing your own medical insurance during the course of training. Any insurance you wish to acquire to protect life, finance, personal property and training expenses should be covered at your own discretion.

Visit immigration.govt.nz for a list of approved panel physicians.

9. Who will arrange my visa for training?

You will be required to pay a INZ Student Visa fees prior to travel to New Zealand. CTC Aviation’s dedicated trainee administration team will facilitate the visa process on your behalf.

10. How long is the programme?

The programme is designed to be completed in approximately 19 months.

For more information on the full training route for the IndiGo Cadet Pilot Programme visit ctcaviation.com/indigo (link to route section).

11. Will I be required to wear a uniform?

If you are selected to join the IndiGo Cadet Pilot Programme you will be provided with a CTC Aviation trainee uniform including epaulettes as well as a flight bag, log book and headset at no additional cost. Uniform must be worn correctly to CTC Aviation standards through all stages of training and you will receive a full uniform briefing upon commencement of training.

12. What happens when I arrive at CTC Aviation’s Crew Training Centre - New Zealand?

You will be welcomed and received by our customer support staff. All airport transfers and campus accommodation will be arranged and information will be sent out to each trainee by our customer support staff prior to your travel from India.

13. Am I paid anything during the training period?

Yes. Following selection for the program, the candidate will be offered a conditional Letter of Intent (“LOI”) by IndiGo. Thereafter he/she will enter into an Agreement with IndiGo as a “Cadet Pilot” and he/she will be entitled to a monthly stipend as applicable; on obtaining a CPL issued by DGCA India, the Cadet Pilot will be paid an enhanced monthly stipend.

  • INR 15000/- per month per cadet during the CPL phase (NZ and India)
  • INR 25000/- per month per pilot after CPL phase till Type Rating. After Type Rating as they get employed - the terms and compensation will be per contract.

14. Are there any age restrictions when applying to the program?

Yes, you must be aged between 18 (you can apply at age 17) to 30 years of age at the time of course commencement.

15. Is there any paperwork that I need to sign with IndiGo?

At the time of signing the Cadet Pilot Agreement, you will be required to sign a Specialised Training Agreement whereby you commit to serve IndiGo for a specified term, post successful completion of your training (both ab initio & Type Rating.)

Q: Who pays for the training?

The IndiGo Cadet Pilot Program is a self-funded training programme and includes accommodation and regulatory fees.

The IndiGo Cadet Pilot Programme fees include:

  • All training, equipment, uniform and airfield fees
  • Self-catered accommodation
  • Return air travel: India - NZ - India
  • All regulatory, exam, and skills test fees - initial NZCAA and Indian DGCA conversion

The following are not included in the course fees:

  • Food and living expenses
  • Indian DGCA and NZCAA medical** – regulatory scale of charges (Initial issue and renewal)
  • IELTS level 5.5 test fee**
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • INZ Student Visa fees - INZ scale of charges**
  • Insurances to protect life, finance, personal property and training expenses

**required prior to commencing training

A simple, phased payment schedule means that the total fees required are divided over the duration of training.

Need more information?

Our airline pilot careers advisers are available Monday - Friday

Call us on

+91 12 06 50 02 23 (India)

+44 23 80 742 400 (UK)

IndiGo.Enquiries@L3T.com

or make an online enquiry

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