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Tim Ellmanns from Brighton, Melbourne; Zac Clarke fromBendigo, Victoria; and Daniel Quill from Brisbane, are among the newest group ofAustralians training to become airline pilots with CTC Aviation Training (NZ) Limitedin Hamilton, New Zealand.
All three are part of the Jetstar Pilot Cadet Programme which will see them train towards placement as a First Officer with the rapidly growing airline.
Zac Clarke of Bendigo, Victoria, says “CTC’s worldwide reputation for producing thehighest quality airline pilots is the first reason I chose to train with them.
“And, secondly, New Zealand is a great place to live and fly. I can be flying over volcanoes one day, the Pacific Ocean the next, and glaciers the day after that! I can’t imagine a better place to gain my airline pilot qualifications and I’ve been encouraging my mates to consider training with CTC as well,” explains Clarke.
CTC Aviation Training (NZ) Limited provides pilot graduates to Jetstar Australia, Jetstar Asia, Jetstar Pacific and a large number of European airlines.
CTC Aviation Training CEO, Ian Calvert, says the North Island-based trainingprovider is undertaking a second round of recruitment for Australian pilot trainees, due to increased airline demand.
“CTC is currently supplying pilots to Jetstar Australia, who require a number of pilots in the next 12 months. Plus, Jetstar Asia in Singapore has asked for 15 pilotsin training by 31 March 2012.
“Additionally, CTC is in negotiations with major airlines in Asia, the Middle East and Europe who are all signalling a huge demand for pilots in both the short- and long-term. We currently train around 180 airline pilots in New Zealand each year. However, we estimate by the end of 2012 that number will rise to between 200 and 250.
“We will be recruiting in Australia throughout 2012 so that we can train enough pilots to ensure we continue to meet our airline partners’ demands,” explains MrCalvert.
People interested in attending a CTC Aviation Training (NZ) Ltd presentation ineither Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney this month, can find information and registerat www.ctcwings.com/nz
CTC trains between 1200 -1900 aircrew for more than 50 global airlines each year. In addition to its crew training centre in Hamilton, New Zealand, it has a further three centres in Bournemouth and Southampton in the UK.