British Airways to speak at CTC Open Day

CTC Aviation (CTC) announced today that British Airways will be speaking at the next CTC open day on Saturday 10 November 2012 at CTC’s Crew Training Centre in Southampton (UK).

In 2011, British Airways selected Airline Placement Limited (APL), a wholly owned subsidiary of CTC Aviation Group Limited, to sponsor all cadets for their flagship British Airways ‘Future Pilot Programme’ (FPP) and manage the ground-breaking programme on their behalf.  British Airways also nominated CTC Aviation, with flight schools in both the United Kingdom and New Zealand, as an approved supplier of cadet training for the FPP.

British Airways selected 95 future pilots to commence training throughout 2012 from the launch recruitment drive and the first CTC FPP cadets are now close to completing their ATPL ground school training at CTC’s Boeing and Airbus simulator centre near Southampton.  They will fly off to New Zealand to commence their flight training later this summer and complete their type rating training with British Airways Flight Training before taking to the skies as qualified First Officers in autumn 2013.

John Monks, (Training Regulations & Development Manager) for British Airways will speak twice during the course of CTC’s November open day and, together with FPP cadets in training and qualified British Airways pilots, he will be on hand to answer questions throughout the day. With this first group of FPP cadets now well into their 18-month training programme and the second application window potentially opening later this year, the open day offers a great opportunity to learn more about British Airways, the airline’s long-standing relationship with CTC Aviation, the Future Pilot Programme and what it’s like to train and work with one of the world’s leading airlines.

Karen Bath, Head of Corporate Communications for CTC Aviation said “Since we began hosting these events a senior British Airways manager has spoken on no less than 3 occasions and we are delighted that they have also agreed to support our autumn 2012 open day.  John’s presentation will no doubt be very popular and we recommend people register as soon as possible to ensure their place.”

CTC Aviation’s pilot training programme, “CTC Wings” has a reputation the world over for being very selective, setting and maintaining high standards throughout the airline-focused ATPL and MPL training programmes and placing high quality pilot graduates with some of the world’s most reputable airlines; British Airways among them.  The open days provide an opportunity for aspiring pilots and their families to spend a day fully researching all aspects of what is involved in becoming an airline pilot.  Karen Bath added -“The British Airways presentation will undoubtedly be a highlight on the day, but we will also have pilots from some of our other partner airlines such as easyJet, Monarch Airlines, DHL Air, Flybe and Qatar Airways on hand to answer questions; as well as experts who can help with finance, selection, training and general careers advice.  If you are serious about becoming an airline pilot, you will find the day invaluable.”

CTC’s International Reach

CTC Aviation is also hosting an open day at the company’s New Zealand training centre on 8 September when the guest speaker will be from the Jetstar Group – the largest low cost carrier in the Asia Pacific region.  Jetstar Australia, Jetstar New Zealand, Jetstar Asia (Singapore) and Jetstar Pacific (Vietnam) are all among CTC’s growing number of “CTC Wings” partner airlines.  A total of 17 partner airlines from around the globe have formally approved CTC as a cadet training provider and CTC actively places graduates of the “CTC Wings” cadet programme with the partner airlines.  With British Airways speaking in the United Kingdom, Qatar Airways having spoken at the July UK open day and Jetstar speaking next month in New Zealand, CTC’s international reach is clear to see.

CTC Aviation has recently placed “CTC Wings” pilots with Qatar Airways, Monarch Airlines, easyJet and Thomson Airways and announced a new partnership with Flybe earlier this year.  The first “Flybe Wings” pilots begin training with CTC in September 2012.


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