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Record number of aspiring pilots at CTC Aviation open day

Record number of aspiring pilots attend CTC Aviation open day

Hamilton, 11 September 2012 - CTC Aviation Training (NZ) Limited, a global leader in airline pilot training, held its third open day in Hamilton on Saturday 8 September.

A record 162 people attended the day and travelled from as far as Australia, Christchurch, Nelson, and Northland to learn more about what it takes to land a career as an airline pilot.

A highlight of the day for many was hearing from Jetstar First Officer, Will Barnes, who completed some of his training with CTC and was an instructor with the flight training organisation from 2007 – 2010. First Officer Barnes spoke to attendees about career opportunities with Jetstar as well as his personal experiences in training and starting his career in aviation.

A number of CTC’s 200 cadets in training were also present to mingle with visitors and discuss the training they are currently undertaking with CTC.

Ian Calvert, Managing Director, said: “It’s a great time for young people to be considering a career as an airline pilot. Globally, the demand for airline pilots continues to grow year on year and our graduates are helping fill that demand.”

Open day attendees received information about the various airline pilot training programmes available with CTC and gained insight into what a career as an airline pilot is really like.

Worldwide, CTC has distinguished itself from other flight training organisations by its reputation for assisting its graduates to gain positions with airlines.

“Attendees at the open day not only got the chance to meet with one of our airline partners – Jetstar - but they also got the opportunity to hear about how CTC works with our graduates to help them find opportunities for employment in the industry,” explained Mr Calvert.

Those attending the open day took guided tours of CTC’s extensive training facility located adjacent to Hamilton International Airport. The tour included the chance to get up close with the company’s extensive training fleet, which includes G1000 (glass cockpit) fitted aircraft, Diamond DA42s, Cessna 172s and Diamond DA20s.

Two attendees won the chance test their flying skills in one of CTC’s flight simulators, while two others won a flight in a DA42 aircraft.

Those interested in training to become an airline pilot with CTC or becoming an instructor with the company can phone 07 843 3304 or email

About CTC Aviation Group Limited

CTC Aviation is a world leading airline training and pilot resource solutions company. As an Approved Training Organisation (TRTO and FTO), the company trains approximately 2,000 aircrew for more than 50 global airlines each year. UK and NZ based Crew Training Centres house Airbus. Boeing and Diamond simulators, hi-tech Computer Based Training facilities and a fleet of the latest, modern technology training aircraft; all supported by one of the most experienced teams of Training Captains and Flight Instructors worldwide.

CTC’s portfolio spans the full spectrum of airline training and resourcing requirements; pilots and cabin crew; ATPL and MPL training, type rating training, command and non-technical skills through to TRE Standardisation; ground school, simulator provision and line training; management and consultancy support; start ups, conversions and recurrent.

Airline clients include Air Malawi, Air Seychelles, British Airways, easyJet, easyJet Switzerland, Flybe, Flydubai, IndiGo,, the Jetstar Group, Monarch Airlines, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, Royal Brunei Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways.

“CTC Wings” is a unique, comprehensive programme of developmental training for tomorrow’s airline pilots. The CTC Wings Cadet route takes individuals with no flying experience all the way to the right hand seat of a commercial airliner in approximately two years.

“CTC TAKEOFF” offers accessible and affordable JAA / EASA modular courses ranging from ME CPL/IR through to MCC and type rating.

“CTC FlexiCrew” is an initiative to provide flexible yet quality resourcing solutions for both the airline industry and qualified pilots, including experienced instructors and examiners.

CTC Aviation Jet Services Limited, the company’s private jet management division offers a personalised service for private jet owners around the world seeking a bespoke and total solution to managing and operating their fleet.

Airline Placement Limited (APL)
The principal activity of APL is that of providing fully trained cadet pilots to the airline industry. APL sponsors cadet pilots throughout their training programme and purchases the required aviation training services from various companies, including CTC Aviation.

Airline Recruitment Limited (ARL)
A company wholly owned by CTC Aviation Group Limited, responsible for overseeing the recruitment and placement of First Officers, Captains, Instructors and Examiners on engagement with CTC's client airlines.

CTC holds UK CAA JAA/EASA TRTO and FTO/ATO Approval and is also recognised by various regulators worldwide. or


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