NZ's top pilot training company ramps up national recruiting drive

Tuesday 3 May 2011, 5:12PM

By CTC Aviation Training (NZ) Limited


Cadets in training at CTC
Cadets in training at CTC Credit: CTC Aviation Training (NZ) Limited
Cadets prepare for tackoff at CTC
Cadets prepare for tackoff at CTC Credit: CTC Aviation Training (NZ) Limited

The Hamilton-based, world leading airline pilot training organisation, CTC Aviation Training (NZ) Limited, is looking for new trainees from the Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch areas.

As part of a major recruiting push for the Jetstar Cadet Programme, CTC will bring their airline pilot careers national roadshow to each of the three centres.

Potential trainees will get the opportunity to learn more about airline pilot career opportunities around the world by attending one of the events. The specific focus of the events will centre on the Jetstar Cadet Programme launched last year.

The most recent graduates of CTC’s Jetstar programme have now taken up their positions as first officers with the Australian carrier, one of the fastest growing airlines across the Asia Pacific region. "We are pleased that our Jetstar alliance has been successful in providing New Zealanders with promising career opportunities,” says CTC Aviation Training (NZ) Limited CEO, Ian Calvert.

CTC’s Jetstar Cadet Programme offers successful applicants a career development path into Jetstar. Successful graduates of the programme begin their careers operating as a First Officer on one of the airline’s growing fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft.

According to Mr Calvert, CTC’s current recruiting focus is for people looking to take up the Jetstar Ab-Initio Cadet Programme. The programme, intended for candidates with limited or no previous flying experience, runs for 18 months.

“The benefit of training with CTC lies in our reputation as an organisation that works with our graduates to help them gain positions as airline pilots,” explained Mr Calvert. “Our goal is to secure first officer roles for 100% of our trainees after graduation.”

According to Mr Calvert, career opportunities in the industry have never looked better as worldwide demand for pilots is growing. He predicts this surge will continue throughout the next few years with many of the current requests for pilots coming from airlines across the Asia Pacific region.

For aspiring aviation pilots wanting to take advantage of the increase in worldwide demand, CTC’s airline pilot career roadshow events will provide all the answers to the questions surrounding the Jetstar programme. Topics covered during the event include: entry criteria, training syllabus and employment opportunities.

Additionally, the CTC team at the roadshows will provide information on topics such as the commercial pilot’s licence requirements; opportunities available for both low experience and qualified pilots; diplomas in aviation science; flight instructor courses and CTC’s instructional techniques courses.

People wanting to visit CTC’s Crew Training Centre in Hamilton are invited to a public open day on Saturday 18 June. Potential trainees will have the chance to see the company’s training fleet of Diamond and Cessna G1000 (glass cockpit) equipped aircraft. Attendees will also see the simulators in action, tour the facilities and talk to CTC’s team of training captains, flight instructors and cadets throughout the day.
For more information about CTC’s national roadshow, email or register online at

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 additional centres in Bournemouth, Nursling and Dibden in the UK.

Road show dates and venues:

Auckland May 11, 12 Jet Park Airport Hotel and Conferencing Centre, 63 Westney Road, Mangere

Wellington May 18 Sunderland Room, Wellington Airport

Wellington May 19 Campus Careers Expo, Victoria University

Christchurch May 25, 26 The George, 50 Park Terrace

About CTC Aviation Group plc

CTC is a global leader in aviation training and management solutions. As an Approved Training Organisation (TRTO and FTO) we train between 1200 and 1900 aircrew for more than 50 global airlines each year. Our UK and NZ based Crew Training Centres house state-of-the-art Airbus and Boeing simulators, hi-tech Computer Based Training facilities and a fleet of the latest, modern technology training aircraft; all supported by one of the most experienced teams of Training Captains and Instructors worldwide.

Our portfolio spans the full spectrum of airline training and resourcing requirements; pilots and cabin crew; basic licence and ATPL training, type rating training, command and non-technical skills through to TRE Standardisation; ground school, simulator provision and line training; management and consultancy support; start ups, conversions and recurrent.

Airline clients include Air New Zealand, Air Malawi, Air Seychelles, British Airways, Eagle Airways, easyJet, easyJet Suisse, flydubai,, Jetstar and Jetstar Pacific, Monarch Airlines, NetJets, Oman Air, Royal Brunei Airlines, spiceJet, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways.
“CTC Wings” is a unique, comprehensive programme of developmental training for tomorrow’s airline pilots. The CTC Wings Cadet route takes individuals with no flying experience all the way to the right hand seat of a commercial airliner in approximately two years.

“CTC TAKEOFF” is a comprehensive range of accessible and affordable JAA / EASA modular courses ranging from ME CPL/IR through to MCC and type rating.

“CTC FlexiCrew” is an initiative to provide flexible yet quality resourcing solutions for both the airline industry and qualified pilots, including experienced instructors and examiners.

CTC Aviation Jet Services Limited, the company’s private jet management division offers a personalised service for private jet owners around the world seeking a bespoke and total solution to managing and operating their fleet.

CTC holds UK CAA JAA/EASA TRTO and FTO/ATO Approval and is also recognised by various regulators worldwide. or