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CTC and Flybe announce new partnership

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has chosen CTC Aviation as its training partner for a new part-sponsored cadet programme. The part-sponsored programme, announced at the Professional Flight Training Exhibition at Heathrow, will provide selected pilots with a significant financial contribution towards the training costs and see graduates operating as First Officers on Flybe’s Q400 fleet by early 2014.

“Flybe and CTC share the same philosophy when it comes to ab initio training,” commented Ian Baston, Director of Flight Operations for Flybe. “Both companies are equally determined to ensure that tomorrow’s pilots are offered the very best, airline-focused training. We have agreed a financial package for those applicants that meet the high standards both CTC and Flybe expect and we are delighted to once again be in a position to offer yet more aspiring pilots a great start to their careers.”

The application window for the part-sponsorship programme opens today (Monday 30 April) for a period of two weeks only. After completing a joint CTC-Flybe selection process, successful candidates will undertake an airline-focused training programme at CTC’s Crew Training Centres in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. They will go on to complete their Q400 type rating at the Flybe Training Academy in Exeter.

Graduates will then start their careers as co-pilots on the Bombardier Q400, a glass cockpit, FMS-based airliner, with a career plan that co-pilots rapidly gain the experience required for command.

“We are delighted to be able to count Flybe among our list of partner airlines,” said Lee Woodward, Director of Business Development for CTC Aviation Group Limited. “They have always supported the development of ab initio pilots and are fully aligned with CTC’s view to promote the career and ensure that the best opportunities are available to all would-be airline pilots. The term ‘partner airline’ means that CTC has been formally approved to provide graduate pilots directly to that airline upon successful completion of the CTC Wings programme.

“Currently we have 16 world-class airlines affiliated to the CTC Wings programme and since January 2012 we have trained and placed 81 CTC Wings pilots with easyJet, Monarch Airlines, Qatar Airways and Thomson Airways, plus a further 26 pilots with the Jetstar Group of Airlines in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Vietnam.”

For more information, visit www.ctcwings.com/flybe