Pilot Training College (PTC) has selected Cambridge Airport as the location for its new professional flight training academy, Pilot Training College (Cambridge), pending CAA approval, which is expected by autumn this year.
“We are pleased to welcome a professional flight training provider of PTC’s calibre who can benefit from our academic brand and superb facilities. This also fulfils part of our commercial strategy to attract a professional flight training organisation to Cambridge”, said Archie Garden, Airport Director.
PTC will also be able to draw on the fully equipped classroom facilities provided by the Marshall Aeroacademy and, in turn, add flight training to the range of aeronautical training currently available at Cambridge Airport.
The new partnership enables Pilot Training College to establish a noteworthy presence in the UK in addition to its existing Training Centres in Ireland at Waterford and Dublin, and in Florida, USA. PTC trains up to 300 pilots per year and has contracts with leading airlines from around the world such as Flybe, Nasair, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines and Air Astana. Initially PTC will be basing a new Boeing 737 simulator, an FNPTII procedures trainer and a fleet of Piper Seminole aircraft at Cambridge Airport.
“We are delighted to announce that we are entering a partnership with Cambridge Airport to establish a Flight Training Centre in the United Kingdom providing high quality ab-initio training to (F)ATPL level. This is an important step in establishing a firm foothold and presence in our largest market in Europe,” said Capt. Mike Edgeworth, Executive Chairman and CEO, Pilot Training College.
Pilot Training College is fully certificated to provide JAA integrated pilot training which is a fast paced intensive course that sees pilots trained in under 14 months and also provides a series of JAA modular training courses that allow more flexibility both in the study programme and in the financing of the course.
Cambridge Airport is home to a variety of aviation service providers including charter operator Marshall Executive Aviation, MEA which operates a Cessna Citation Bravo and Citation XLS as well as a Bombardier Challenger 300. Other aviation companies include Capital Air Services and several GA flight training operators.