CTC Aviation in partnership with Virgin Atlantic Airways
In 2014, Virgin Atlantic Airways exclusively selected CTC Aviation to provide selection and training services for both the inaugural and subsequent Virgin Atlantic ‘Future Flyers’ airline pilot career programmes under the regulations of the Multi-crew Pilot Licence (MPL).
This pioneering MPL programme is the first to have been designed to enable graduates to enter directly into flying wide-body, Airbus A330 aircraft as co-pilots on Virgin Atlantic’s extensive long-haul network.
The MPL route was selected by the airline after careful comparison with the traditional means by which they have previously hired their pilots – our CTC WINGS MPL graduates will bring skills that are more relevant and focussed towards the company’s overall needs.
“Our people have always been at the heart of Virgin Atlantic and we’re delighted to offer this opportunity to a whole new generation of flyers. They’ll be part of the Virgin family from day one and will enjoy an opportunity like no other to join us straight onto long-haul aircraft, building their career as an ambassador for one of the world’s most iconic brands. It’s an exciting chapter in our history to be able to offer this career programme that closes the gap between the dream and the reality of piloting a long-haul aircraft and we’re looking forward to finding our diverse and talented flight crew for the future.”
David Kistruck, General Manager, Flight Operations at Virgin Atlantic Airways
CTC Aviation in partnership with easyJet
The unique partnership between CTC Aviation and easyJet dates back to the airline’s first operations in 1995 -Our pilots have operated flying the line with easyJet since the inaugural flight of their original Boeing 737 aircraft.
Both organisations have come a long way in the 20 years that have ensued. CTC Aviation has provided and continues to provide, easyJet with a full range of service from: airline pilot selection including simulator assessments, ab initio training, pilot resourcing through to type rating, type conversion and recurrent training to instructor and examiner programmes. We also provide non-technical training programmes such as CRM and CRMI courses.
More than 2,000 graduates from our flagship CTC WINGS Integrated ATPL airline pilot career programme have had a flying-start as easyJet First Officers, with many now flying with the airline as Captains and airline managers.
In 2012 we launched the CTC WINGS MPL airline pilot career programme in partnership with easyJet. This bespoke Multi-crew Pilot Licence (MPL) syllabus focuses on relevant multi-crew operations tailored to the specific requirements of easyJet operations using the airline’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). The inaugural intake saw 24 successful applicants progress into training with CTC Aviation and into employment by easyJet as First Officers on the Airbus A320. Our most retake MPL enrolment was 36 trainees.
We are easyJet’s ‘preferred’ partner for the training and resourcing of ab initio graduate pilots.
“CTC Aviation is one of our most important partners, having responded to our needs and provided innovative solutions to the challenges we have faced since our first flight in 1995. We look forward to extending our relationship to ensure the very best opportunities for our future pilots.”
Carolyn McCall, CEO, easyJet
CTC Aviation in partnership with British Airways
CTC Aviation has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with British Airways. Our two companies have collaborated in providing new entrant pilot training since 1996, when BA selected CTC Aviation to deliver their first Jet Orientation Course.
Since 2011, CTC Aviation (through ‘Airline Placement Limited’ – a wholly owned subsidiary of the CTC Aviation group) has managed the British Airways Future Pilot Programme (FPP). CTC Aviation is one of only three training providers in the world approved to provide the Integrated ATPL airline pilot career programme programme for aspiring pilots who are selected to join the programme.
We have managed the intake of almost 300 trainee pilots through the FPP and into employment with British Airways. We also deliver the Airbus A320 aircraft specific initial type rating training for all FPP graduates (regardless of which training provider delivered the earlier stages of training) ahead of their move into airline operations.
From 2015 we have been entrusted as the first independent, external training provider to deliver Airbus A320 conversion training for the airline’s newly qualified and experienced pilots; including those changing aircraft type as they move into Command roles. Initial plans will see up to 200 pilots commencing A320 type conversion training with CTC Aviation.
Today, hundreds of CTC Aviation graduate pilots are flying with British Airways; some are now working in flight operations, training and management roles.
“CTC Aviation has been providing a variety of training for our experienced and newly qualified pilots for nearly two decades. They have consistently met our high standards of pilot training that we demand for our customers.”
Lindsay Craig, Manager - Pilot Recruitment, British Airways
CTC Aviation in partnership with Thomson Airways
CTC’s relationship with Thomson Airways goes back a long way and many of our Director team started their flying careers with the airline (then known as Britannia Airways). Today, Thomson (part of the TUI Group) is a CTC WINGS Airline Partner and has taken graduates from the programme on Direct Entry basis since the programme started.
The company uses our Boeing B737NG full flight simulator for recurrent training purposes and members of the CTC Aviation instructor team have provided line support for the airline over the years. Thomson pilots have undergone both Airbus and Boeing type rating training courses over the years with CTC Aviation as well as attended regulator approved TRI Core and TRITS (basic and type specific instructional techniques) courses.
Before their merger with Thomson Airways in 2008, First Choice Airways was also a CTC Aviation customer and a CTC Wings Airline Partner utilising very similar support services to those CTC Aviation still delivers for Thomson Airways today.
“We are pleased to see that CTC Aviation continues to develop innovative training concepts. Our focus as an airline is to bring quality pilots into co-pilot position of the B737 at a cost that we can afford. CTC Aviation helps us to achieve that goal.”
Stuart Gruber – Director Flight Operations, Thomson Airways
CTC Aviation in partnership with Thomas Cook
When CTC Aviation’s airline pilot career programme, CTC WINGS was announced in 2003, Thomas Cook Airlines was one of the launch Partner airlines. Between 2003 and 2008 the airline employed 47 of the programme’s graduate pilots.
Over the years we have delivered a whole range of support including B757 and A320 Type Rating Instructor Core and Type Specific (TRIC and TRITS) courses, Type Rating Examiner Standardisation (TRES) courses, bespoke Instructor Refresher programmes and simulator assessments for recruiting purposes.
Most recently, the airline has once again turned to CTC Aviation to select from the company’s airline placement pool of newly qualified CTC WINGS graduates. We are also entrusted to deliver their Thomas Cook A320 type rating which is carried out at our Crew Training Centre in Southampton UK.
“We were extremely impressed by the quality of the CTC WINGS graduates we met. They passed the entry standards for Thomas Cook Airlines UK by some margin and we are delighted they will be joining our team.”
Captain Tim Cheal, General Manager Training, Thomas Cook Airlines
CTC Aviation in Partnership with Qatar Airways
Since 2012, CTC Aviation has provided airline pilot selection and training services to Qatar Airways in the form of the CTC WINGS MPL in partnership with Qatar Airways - a truly international airline pilot career programme.
The CTC WINGS MPL in partnership with Qatar Airways is the culmination of a collaboration of Qatar Airways, the Qatar CAA and CTC Aviation. The programme is open all year-round to applicants from across the globe. Our specialist selection team run regular selection events in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and at various international venues where applicant numbers demand.
Qatar Airways provides a conditional offer of employment as an A320 First Officer based in Doha to successful applicants prior to training commencement where trainees also complete the final Line Operating Experience (LOE) phase of training. All other phases of core, basic and intermediate training are delivered by CTC Aviation at our Crew Training Centres in the United Kingdom and New Zealand.
As part of our philosophy to work in true partnership with our customer airlines, a CTC Aviation TRE (Type Rating Examiner) works alongside the Qatar Airways team in Doha to ensure that the type rating training (MPL Phases 3 and 4) for the new intake pilots is accurately tailored to incorporate Qatar Airways’ SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) and company culture.
“CTC Aviation is a key partner for Qatar Airways to deliver the pool of professional pilots that we need to meet our operational requirements.”
Akbar Al Baker, Chief Executive Officer, Qatar Airways
CTC Aviation in partnership with Oman Air
Oman’s flag carrier, Oman Air, chose CTC Aviation to support their pilot training requirement on a long term partnership basis.
As part of this agreement, we provide simulator time on our Rockwell Collins Edge B737 NG Full Flight Simulator located at our Crew Training Centre – Southampton (UK). We also make travel and hotel arrangements on Oman Air’s behalf in order to provide total support for their training requirement.
Additionally CTC Aviation has been approved by the Omani Civil Aviation Authority to deliver type rating training for Oman Air in order to compliment the dry simulator provision and other areas of training provision, including training support for other aircraft types, Instructor and Examiner programmes and cadet training.
More recently in 2015, we have been approved to be an MPL training provider in partnership with the airline.
CTC Aviation in partnership with Jetstar
In April 2010 CTC Aviation supported Australasia’s leading low fares airline Jetstar to launch a ground-breaking new cadet pilot training programme in Australia and New Zealand. The programme is tailored to deliver well trained pilots into a career flying jet aircraft and help support the airline’s expanding pan Asian operations.
There are two distinct entry routes into the Jetstar programme – one for ab-initio trainees and the second ‘Advanced Cadet Programme’ for those already holding a commercial pilots licence. Both routes culminate in a Jetstar A320 type rating which will is also delivered by CTC Aviation at our Crew Training Centre - Southampton (UK).
In addition to delivering the full training progammes, CTC Aviation also manages and delivers the selection of suitable candidates on behalf of Jetstar.
“Jetstar has a requirement for new pilots to satisfy our rapid expansion plans throughout Australasia. CTC Aviation has produced a tailored solution for both ab initio and already licenced pilots – integrating high quality selection techniques with the best training practices to provide us with a high calibre of new entrant. We have been very pleased with the results of this excellent relationship and look forward to continuing our strong partnership with CTC Aviation”.
Mark Dal Pra, Executive Manager Operations
CTC Aviation in Partnership with L-3 Link UK/Air Tanker
CTC Aviation was engaged by the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) programme to provide expert civil support during their Airbus 330-200 fleet introduction.
The FSTA programme, delivered by AirTanker, provides the RAF with a reliable air-to-air refuelling and air transport service using 14 new, specifically converted A330-200 aircraft. Through L-3 Link UK, CTC Aviation will provide training expertise in course development for type ratings, as well as a number of the operational support courses and the implementation of a suitable training programme for AirTanker cabin crew.
The initial A330-200 conversion courses began in mid 2011. We also provided AirTanker with expert training advice as part of the application for their Air Operators Certificate (AOC).
Additionally, through 2012, we assisted l-3 Link UK to secure their Type Rating Training Organisation (TRTO) Approval to be based at RAF Brize Norton.
CTC Aviation in Partnership with Dragonair
Since 2012 CTC Aviation has delivered the Dragonair Cadet Pilot Programme – a fully CAD509 Integrated ATPL airline pilot career programme.
The programme will see cadets selected, trained and placed as airline pilots directly with Dragonair.
Significantly, CTC Aviation has gained approval from the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (HKCAD) to conduct Integrated CAD509 training for the issue of Hong Kong CAD Commercial Pilot Licences.
We are the only airline pilot training organisation in New Zealand to be approved by HK CAD and only the second outside of Hong Kong - to be granted such an approval. Our approval includes the ability to deliver Hong Kong Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) exams onsite in NZ.
“We chose CTC because it is a world-class training school. They are experienced in training airline pilots.”
Elene Cheng, Assistant Manager Crew Resources, Dragonair
CTC Aviation in partnership with fastjet
fastjet - Africa’s newest airline which operated for the first time in November 2012 - selected CTC Aviation to provide an extensive range of support services in preparation for the airline’s launch.
CTC Aviation’s team worked alongside fastjet management to recruit Pilots and Cabin Crew and CTC Aviation pilots were at the controls for the inaugural flights.
A full service agreement between fastjet and CTC Aviation has seen us continue to supply Training Captains and recruit direct entry pilots and cabin crew for the operation as the airline expands.
CTC Aviation delivers operator conversion and type rating courses for new and existing pilots for fastjet and subsidiary airlines. Additionally, the agreement covers a broad range of ground school courses including command skills development and instructor/examiner programmes, as well as the supply of simulator time for recurrent training at CTC Aviation’s Southampton UK Crew Training Centre.
“CTC Aviation has a long established reputation for supporting start-up airlines. Their expertise has enabled us to free-up our management team to concentrate on the operational demands that come with such a venture. CTC Aviation’s professional approach has helped us to achieve our deadlines and we have every confidence that their team is best placed to work alongside us as we expand. CTC Aviation is a standard-setter in our industry and fastjet aims to do the same by bringing international standards of safety, quality, security and reliability to our passengers.”
Rob Bishton, Operations Director, fastjet
CTC Aviation in partnership with flydubai
In 2010, Dubai’s first low cost carrier, flydubai, selected CTC Aviation to manage and carry out all pilot recruitment.
We use our own bespoke technology - "Electronic Mass Application" system (eMA) - to manage pilot applications, which is ideally suited to flydubai; the airline stated the need for proven technology to manage the volume of applicants and to streamline the process thus aiding the airline’s expansion and also significantly improving the candidate experience.
Our specialist aircrew selection team oversees the process, conducting the initial stages of assessment according to flydubai’s specific requirements.
Most selection takes place at our dedicated Airline Selection and Resourcing Centre - Dibden Manor UK, but our team also take our selection tools around the globe to various destinations as well as Dubai as applicant demand requires.
Candidates who are successful through the early phases of non-technical and simulator assessments with CTC Aviation are then recommended to flydubai for a final interview by the flydubai team. The conversion rate of short list applicants being offered an employment contract is extremely high.
“In partnering with CTC Aviation, we not only gain access to many years of aviation selection experience, but also to a tailored, advanced and proven applicant management system that will assist us significantly in enhancing the candidate experience as we increase our search for talent world-wide.”
Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO, flydubai
CTC Aviation in partnership with Indigo
Since 2012, IndiGo has entrusted CTC Aviation to deliver an intensive command skills development programme to some of their future Captains in order to support the airline’s dynamic expansion.
IndiGo currently operates 56 of a total of 280 firm orders for Airbus A320 aircraft to be delivered by the end of 2025 and will be upgrading carefully selected First Officers to command positions.
Our command skills development programme has been approved by the Indian DGCA for use by IndiGo. The course has been fully tailored to incorporate IndiGo’s SOPs, documentation and company culture.
Today we deliver command training for eight Indigo pilots per month in order to furnish the successful candidates with the appropriate training required to take on the significant responsibilities that come with command.
“We have chosen to invest in our future Captains to ensure they feel properly equipped for the additional responsibilities that come with command. We take safety extremely seriously and believe it is vital that a company growing as rapidly as we are retains a focus on ensuring training standards are maintained to an exceptional level. We did our homework and decided that CTC Aviation was the right company for us. We wanted to take our pilots out of their normal working environment and immerse them in a training development programme that fully identifies with their needs. Our pilots will return to the line with us as Captains; confident that they have received the highest quality, bespoke training.”
Captain Saleem Zaheer, Vice President of Flight Operations for IndiGo.