Commercial flight training organisation CTC Aviation has announced an exclusive airline pilot training partnership with Virgin Atlantic Airways.
The company will provide selection and training services for the Virgin Atlantic ‘Future Flyers’ airline pilot career programme under the regulations of the Multi-crew Pilot Licence (MPL).
‘Future Flyers’ is based upon CTC Aviation’s existing CTC Wings programme. This fully-sponsored programme with Virgin Atlantic has been designed and funded in such a way so as to make it accessible to a wide range of applicants.
According to the company, the MPL programme is the first to have been designed to enable graduates to enter directly into flying wide-body Airbus A330 as co-pilots on Virgin Atlantic’s extensive long-haul network.
The initial course of six recruits will embark on a journey from trainee through to co-pilot at CTC Aviation’s Crew Training Centres in both the UK and USA; training on brand new, Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS) and Traffic Advisory System (TAS)-equipped Diamond DA40 aircraft and Airbus full-flight simulators.
The Virgin Atlantic ‘Future Flyers’ MPL programme lasts for approximately eighteen months and initially comprises six months of classroom and theoretical knowledge training, followed by five months of core skills flight training at CTC Aviation’s newest Crew Training Centre in Phoenix, Arizona.
Upon returning to the UK trainees will complete an Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) module and complete further training on both A320 and A330 full-flight simulators, culminating in A330 aircraft base training. Upon MPL issue, they will then commence ‘flying the line’ as an A330 co-pilot for this most iconic of airlines.
The programme also offers the opportunity to elect to complete a BSc Honours Degree in Professional Aviation Pilot Practice in association with Middlesex University and the Aviation Skills Partnership.
Potential applicants may discover more about the ‘Future Flyers’ programme at the Professional Flight Training Exhibition at London Heathrow Airport on the 1 November. Details of the show can be found at pilottrainingexhibitions.com/london/
CTC Aviation is also hosting two Airline Pilot Career Events at their Crew Training Centre – Southampton on 8 and 9 November 2014. To register to attend, visit ctcaviation.com/wings
Both Virgin Atlantic and CTC Aviation will also be hosting a series of ‘chats’ through their social media channels during the application window.
Apply online through ctcaviation.com/virginatlantic until 16 November 2014.