CTC Aviation has announced the opening of two additional UK-based Crew Training Centres – London Gatwick and Coventry, increasing the company’s total number of Crew Training and Resourcing Centres within the company to seven worldwide.
London Gatwick was chosen for its convenient location close to London’s Gatwick Airport, and is home to a new Airbus A320 Level D Full Flight Simulator provided by L-3 Link Simulation and Training. This will be followed quickly by another L-3 Link simulator, a Boeing 737-800W scheduled for certification in June 2015.
Training at the new facility began in March 2015, with the first trainees coming from British Airways – both Future Pilot Programme graduates and experienced pilots converting to the Airbus A320 from other fleet types. In this pilot training outsourcing decision by British Airways, CTC Aviation is delivering Airbus A320 conversion training for up to 200 of BA’s newly-qualified and experienced pilots; including those changing aircraft type to move into new command roles.
Trainees from other CTC Aviation Partner airlines will also train at the London Gatwick centre in the coming months.
CTC Aviation has also announced additional ATPL theoretical knowledge training capacity at a new Crew Training Centre – Coventry. The centre at Coventry airport – previously managed by ProPilot – currently provides three purpose-built classrooms and a ground training instructor team currently headed by well-known industry figure, Jacqui Suren.
Trainee pilots on either the full-time CTC WINGS airline pilot career programmes or CTC TAKEOFF flexible Integrated and Modular courses may now complete ATPL theoretical knowledge training at any one of CTC Aviation’s three Crew Training Centres equipped specifically for this purpose – Coventry and Southampton in the United Kingdom, or Hamilton in New Zealand.
CTC Aviation has stated that current ProPilot trainees at Coventry can be reassured that their course content and instructor team will remain the same and ProPilot trainees will also benefit from the combined forces of these two industry leaders working as one.
Martin Hunt – Chief Operating Officer for Ab initio pilot training (UK), said, “Jacqui Suren and her team are some of the UK’s leading Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) theoretical knowledge instructors. They have an excellent reputation and their proven reputation for delivering industry-leading theoretical knowledge instruction in an imaginative and engaging style ties in very much with our own innovative, solution-based approach to all aspects of our training portfolio.”