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March 2016


PLACEMENT SUCCESS CONTINUES When we began supplying airlines with newly qualified pilots in 1993, Monarch Airlines was the very first to employ our graduates. Since then, over 160 CTC Aviation pilots have had a flying start to their career with this leading leisure airline. Now, a further 10 graduates have been placed with the airline, with more expected to join throughout 2016. First Officer Rebecca Cross completed her CTC WINGS Integrated ATPL ‘whitetail’ airline pilot career programme in July 2015 and was placed with Monarch Airlines within 2 months. Having completed her Airbus A320 type rating training with us in December 2015, Rebecca is now based in Manchester flying the line across Monarch’s rapidly growing network. Rebecca commented: “When the Monarch Airlines opportunity became available I knew that I wanted to be a part of their team. My training with CTC Aviation included a series of airline preparation days and these really helped me to focus my time and energy on the right areas for my interview. We all have similar qualifications

and flying skills, so it is important to let your non-technical skills and previous experience shine through. I can’t wait to start flying with Monarch Airlines; they truly are a great company to work for - you’re definitely not just a number.” Ken Gillespie, Head of Pilot Training for Monarch Airlines commented “CTC Aviation is critical to our operation. We have a steady requirement for pilots which they can meet and we can also rely on them to support our type-rating training requirements. We’re going through a period of expansion with a new fleet arriving very soon, so we’re looking at substantially increasing our pilot numbers. CTC Aviation will be a fundamental cog in that expansion mechanism.” Our employment success rate for graduates remains industry leading; maintaining a co-pilot placement record of 98%. In 2015 alone, 272 graduates launched exciting flying careers with our Airline Partners including Monarch Airlines, as well as British Airways, BA CityFlyer, easyJet, Flybe and Thomas Cook Airlines. CTC Aviation offers a number of routes to the flight deck for aspiring pilots; for those with little or no flying experience, to frozen ATPL holders – all designed with a common aim: to launch your airline flying career. Discover more and apply today



Steven Hadley and Anna McGrady receiving their award from Amy Helm (Aviation Skills Partnership) and Andy Perkins (Chair of judges)

Hosted at the House of Commons, the Aviation Skills Awards is a new annual award scheme developed by Aviation Skills Partnership and Inspiring the Future, and focuses on driving recognition of the achievements made across the global aviation industry. Nominated in three of the four international award categories, CTC Aviation was awarded ‘Aviation Skills Provider of the Year 2015’. CTC Aviation graduates Anna McGrady and Steven Hadley took home ‘Aviation Skills Young Person of the Year 2015’ for demonstrating the impact that investing in their skills and development has had on their career and life. The judging panel was chaired by British Airways’ Assistant Pilot Recruitment Manager and Senior First Officer Andy Perkins. Andy is also Chairman of the Youth in Aviation Panel for The Air League. He commented, “It is fantastic to see CTC Aviation going from strength to strength. Now in their 25th year, the continued focus on support of young people into aviation and aerospace careers is remarkable. The fact that CTC Aviation continues to innovate and is now working hard with schools, colleges and universities to enable young people to realise their potential with aerospace careers is vital for the UK to remain global leaders in flight training and wider aviation disciplines.”

Simon Witts CEO and founder of Aviation Skills Partnership commented, “The Aviation Skills Awards shines a light on the individuals and businesses within aviation and provides recognition to the pioneering hard work in our industry.” Winners Anna and Steven are on the CTC WINGS BSc (Hons) Professional Aviation Pilot Practice degree programme, delivered by CTC Aviation in partnership with Middlesex University and the Aviation Skills Partnership. The qualification is achieved through completing airline pilot training with CTC WINGS airline pilot career programmes, followed by operational flying as a co-pilot with one of CTC Aviation’s growing list of Airline Partners. Both Anna and Steven have been placed as A320 co-pilots with our longstanding Airline Partner easyJet, and will continue the third and final year of the degree as a qualified airline pilot. Today, over 50 trainee airline pilots are enrolled on the programme whilst training towards their airline pilot career with CTC WINGS at our Crew Training Centres in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and United States.

Discover more about CTC WINGS Integrated ATPL airline pilot career programmes and the BSc (Hons) Degree in Professional Aviation Pilot Practice

Glide your way into an AIRLINE PILOT CAREER PROGRAMME with iFLy




Located at the heart of our airline pilot training hub, our ‘centre for excellence’ is a professional yet relaxed environment for you and your guests to visit us. We provide an opportunity to gather all the information you need to prepare to begin airline pilot training and launch your career as a professional aviator. Book a personal consultation with one of our Airline Pilot Careers Advisers Our team are fully conversant with all areas of selection and training. They will be able to guide you on the routes to the flight deck most suited to you and talk through the opportunities that exist for aspiring pilots in the industry today.

Many young aspiring aviators want to get airborne before they embark upon an airline pilot career programme - iFly will enable aspiring aviators aged 16-18 to gain valuable flying and theory experience designed to help them in their future airline pilot career endeavours. We’ve partnered with the Air League and Lasham Gliding club to help aspiring young pilots into a career in aviation. ‘iFly’ will use gliding to help young people get in the air sooner and to give their CV a real boost when it comes to progressing an application for a pilot training programme in the future!

A fully sponsored programme Following a one week intensive gliding course with Lasham Gliding club in Hampshire, the programme includes a number of seminar events with CTC Aviation and will continue until the iFly member turns 18. The aim is to get aspiring pilot’s gliding solo by the end of their first year and help them to prepare for when they are eligible to apply to commence their chosen airline pilot training route. More details of the full iFly programme and how to apply will be launched at CTC Aviation’s “Drop In” at our Crew Training Centre – Bournemouth on Good Friday, 25 March 2016 Discover more and register for free tickets –

Meet our trainees and graduates Whilst visiting you will also have the opportunity to meet graduates of our CTC WINGS and CTC TAKEOFF Routes who can offer you a personal insight into their own career research and experiences through training and with the airlines they now work for. Experience a real airline training environment A visit to our facilities would not be complete without a personal tour of our Crew Training Centre – Southampton. Also our group headquarters, our Southampton base is home to our latest generation, high fidelity Boeing and Airbus simulators, Virtual Flight Decks and Computer Based Training rooms. Airline pilot careers advice, wherever you are in the world We understand that it may not always be practical for you to visit us, so you can also speak to our advisers via phone on

+44 (0) 23 80 742 400

or email The team is available Monday – Friday, 0900 – 1800 hrs (UK local time)

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‘Whitetail’ James Chapman, CP133 is at the flight training phase of his CTC WINGS Integrated ATPL airline pilot career programme out in New Zealand at our Crew Training Centre – Hamilton. He tells us what it’s really like to do your first ever solo flight… “My favourite part of the training so far was my first ‘out of circuit’ solo. After flying a couple of circuits with the check instructor to satisfy him I was safe to go up alone thanks to my previous instruction, I felt confident and was pleased to be given the go ahead to ‘go solo’! Next thing I know the instructor jumps out and walks off! At this point, whilst shutting the canopy my stomach began to churn…

local time on 12th January 2016. I made a standard left hand circuit including a right hand orbit late downwind to give time for an Air New Zealand passenger flight to backtrack and depart off the runway. I completed the orbit, was given clearance to land and put it down nicely back onto Runway 18L where I was congratulated by the tower controller! What an amazing experience, a day I’ll never forget! It was a two hour flight where I was able to fly wherever I wanted - in the plane, on my own: It’s been incredible! The sense of freedom was fantastic and made all the hard work put in during ground school worth it!” Follow James’ journey at CTC WINGS ‘whitetail’ Integrated ATPL airline pilot career programme is open for applications all year round.

But once I began to taxi and make some radio calls, my training kicked in and I felt comfortable and confident. I took off from runway 18L at Hamilton Airport at around 16:10

++ DATES FOR THE DIARY ++ Visit us at:

CTC Aviation Airline Pilot Careers Event, Crew Training Centre – Southampton, 27 February 2016 Pilot Careers Live – Croke Park Conference Centre Dublin, 27 February 2016 Pilot Careers Live – Frankfurt, 5 March 2016 CTC Aviation ‘Drop in’, Crew Training Centre – Bournemouth, 25 March 2016

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