Hello everyone!

For once, I have some news of my own to share with you. Last month, I had the chance to sit an assessment for the easyJet cadet pilot programme with CTC in Southampton. The first of these assessments involved a day spent at Dibden Manor, the headquarters of the CTC Aviation Group. Although daunting at first, it was a very enjoyable day that went very quickly! The day included aptitude and maths tests, group exercises and individual interviews (plus an amazing lunch)! I was unaware of just how nice the CTC headquarters at Dibden are; the buildings and grounds are very impressive, and the staff instantly make you feel at home.

To my surprise, I was then put forward to an easyJet assessment at Luton which was scheduled for a few weeks later and, I’m extremely pleased to say that…..

I PASSED!

So, this means that I will be beginning my pilot training with CTC this Summer! It’s incredible to think that in a few weeks I will be moving down to Southampton to begin the ATPL theory stage of the training programme with my coursemates on CP110

Dibden Manor, CTC Aviation Ltd Headquarters

For those of you who don’t already know, the ‘MPL’ is a new type of license which will train me specifically to fly easyJet’s Airbus A320. Instead of the traditional CPL/IR in a multi-engine propeller aircraft, I will be doing a vast amount of training in the A320 simulators using easyJet operating procedures, preparing me specifically for the multi-crew jet environment. Before this there is, of course, a phase where we will train on single engine piston aircraft. With CTC, this is done out in New Zealand on the Cessna 172! If you’d like to know more about the MPL, there is a link at the bottom of this post to a CTC interview with the ‘Father of the MPL’, Dieter Harms.

easyJet A319-100

easyJet A319

So, the next few weeks will involve a lot of preparation and paperwork! Perhaps it will start to sink in soon as well, as I still can’t quite believe it. I will be sure to keep you all updated!

http://youtu.be/E60dYDaXn08 << An interview with Dieter Harms, ‘Father of the MPL’

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7 thoughts on “My airline pilot training begins!

  1. Hi Chris,

    I just stumbled upon your blog – Congratulations! This makes me think of my internship where I got to do some pilot training in an MD-80 simulator shortly after getting my Commercial certificate in C172’s. Going from single-engine propeller airplanes to multi-engine jets was so exciting, overwhelming, and fun all at the same time. Have lots of fun and keep us updated!!!

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