BSc Degree with Honours for airline pilots

Media Release:  20 April 2013

BSc Degree with Honours for airline pilots

A BSc Degree with Honours in Professional Aviation Pilot Practice is now available in association with Middlesex University, ‘CTC Wings’ and CTC’s Partner Airlines through the new UK government-backed Higher Apprenticeship framework.

The Higher Apprenticeship in Professional Aviation Pilot Practice (HAPAPP) is a professional framework and academic student status for trainee airline pilots.  A new generation of airline pilots is now eligible* to fund their studies through the grant of UK government loan support which significantly lessens the financial burden of becoming an airline pilot.

Within the HAPAPP framework, the current ‘CTC Wings’ integrated programme has been accredited by Middlesex University as part of their BSc (Hons) Degree.  The framework was developed by Airline Skills Partnership (ASP), Semta and People 1st.  This innovative new degree will be achieved through completing the ‘CTC Wings’ integrated programme combined with operational flying as a First Officer with one of CTC’s growing list of Partner Airlines.
Trainees will be eligible to apply for loans for both tuition fees and maintenance from the Student Loan Company in the same way as other university students.  This is a significant benefit for a trainee self-funding their professional airline pilot training.

CTC Aviation Training (UK) Managing Director, Martin Hunt said “This is the culmination of a great deal of hard work by many industry bodies including Aviation Skills Partnership, the UK CAA, Middlesex University and CTC to achieve appropriate recognition for professional pilot training.  The HAPAPP and the BSc (Hons) accreditation means that aspiring pilots no longer need to make the choice between either a degree or professional pilot training.  Through this innovative programme, trainees can achieve a Commercial Pilot Licence or Multi-crew Pilot Licence and a degree without the need to spend time on a university campus.  Everything they need for the qualification can be achieved either in the workplace or in CTC’s flight training facilities.”

Aviation Skills Partnership’s Chief Executive Officer, Simon Witts, who has been the leading force behind the new HAPAPP said “I am delighted that we have been able to launch this Apprenticeship after a huge amount of hard work and determination by the small group who have pulled this all together.  What is now on offer to airlines and potential recruits is one of the most attractive routes to train to be a commercial pilot with trainees being able to gain access to a fully recognised educational framework also opening up full university-level loan and grant support.  This means that the barriers to entry for the people who have the right skills and passion have been reduced, opening up access and creating more opportunities to equalise some of the diversity gaps in the industry.  I am very proud to see it come to fruition and pay tribute to the many people who have worked to create it.”

As easyJet’s preferred cadet training provider, CTC was recently chosen by to deliver the CTC-easyJet MPL cadet programme.  The British Airways Future Pilot Programme is also managed by CTC Aviation and the company works with a further 15 CTC Wings Partner Airlines around the world.  Applicants to the ‘CTC Wings’ programme will complete their training at CTC’s industry leading training facilities in the United Kingdom and New Zealand on the company’s fleet of G1000 equipped Cessna and Diamond aircraft and state-of-the-art Boeing and Airbus simulators.

We will be announcing which Partner Airlines will be participating in this exciting new programme in the very near future.  Details of the degree programme through ‘CTC Wings’ will be available through  

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