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Wizz Air opens applications for first airline pilot career programme


European low-fares airline Wizz Air has opened applications for its ab initio airline pilot career programme.

CTC Aviation will train aspiring pilots who are selected to join the programme.

The programme – CTC WINGS Integrated ATPL Airline Pilot Career Programme in partnership with Wizz Air – will take aspiring pilots with little or no experience to the First Officer’s seat of an Airbus A320 short haul aircraft.  Successful applicants will be offered a conditional offer of employment as a Wizz Air First Officer prior to commencing training. They will also secure Training Sponsorship from CTC Aviation.

The training programme lasts for approximately 18 months and comprises an initial six months of classroom and ATPL theoretical knowledge training, followed by nine months of professional flight training at either a Crew Training Centre in Hamilton (NZ) or Phoenix (USA) and in Bournemouth (UK). Applicants have the opportunity to express a preference as to whether they complete their flight training in New Zealand or in the United States.

Further training will culminate in Airbus A320 type training with CTC Aviation in Southampton (UK) and aircraft base training with Wizz Air. Upon course completion, graduates will commence ‘flying the line’ as an A320 co-pilot for the airline. The programme also offers the opportunity to elect to complete a BSc Honours Degree in Professional Aviation Pilot Practice.

David Morgan, Head of Flight Operations and Chief Pilot at Wizz Air, commented, “Our people are at the heart of Wizz Air and we’re delighted to offer this opportunity to a whole new generation of airline pilots. They’ll become part of the Wizz Air family from day one and will enjoy an amazing opportunity to be employed directly as a co-pilot on our fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft with a career potential to become a Captain and beyond into management. It’s an exciting chapter in our history to be able to offer these new flying career opportunities within the CEE and the EU and we’re looking forward to finding our talented flight crew for the future.”

CTC Aviation’s Chief Commercial Officer, Anthony Petteford added, “We are honoured that Wizz Air has chosen us as a training partner to deliver their new airline pilot career programme. A key focus for us is to enable aspiring pilots from both the CEE and throughout the EU to enter the flight deck for a complete flying career with Wizz Air We have developed this new CTC WINGS airline pilot career programme for the airline with just this sort of career opportunity in mind.”

To find out more about the programme and apply, visit ctcaviation.com.