Airline pilot training provider, CTC Aviation Group plc (CTC), has gained approval by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) to train airline pilots for the country’s airlines.
CTC is the first Flight Training Organisation (FTO) in New Zealand to gain such approval. CTC and CAAS are now working together to finalise the approval process for the company’s Type Rating Training Organisation (TRTO) division based in the United Kingdom, which will enable Singaporean pilots to complete their Airbus or Boeing type rating training with CTC.
“CTC announced our partnership with Jetstar Asia to train Singaporean nationals for employment as first officers with the international airline during 2011. This partnership was the impetus for starting the process of gaining CAAS approval.
“Over the past few months we have established a collaborative relationship with the Singaporean regulator and underwent several exhaustive audits to get to this point.
“CTC’s international reputation as a safe, high quality FTO played a major role in attaining this industry achievement,” said Ian Calvert, CEO of Hamilton-based CTC Aviation Training (NZ) Limited.
In order for CTC to gain the approval, three of CTC’s 50 New Zealand instructors obtained their Singaporean Commercial Pilot’s Licences (CPL) as part of the CAAS process.
Once the TRTO division is also CAAS Approved, CTC will be in a position to deliver a full range of mandatory programmes for qualified and experienced pilots, instructors and examiners in addition to the FTO Approval for new entrant pilot training.
In 2011 CTC began recruiting in Singapore for the Jetstar Asia training programme. The first trainees arrived to start their flight training at CTC’s Crew Training Centre in Hamilton during January 2012 and should be in the UK to complete their Airbus type rating training later this year.
CTC has Crew Training Centres in the United Kingdom and New Zealand and trains over 2,000 pilots through its FTO and TRTO divisions each year for approximately 50 different airlines around the world.