CTC to train Chinese pilots

21:27, Dec 11 2012

Hamilton-based airline pilot training school CTC Aviation has been approved to train aspiring pilots from Hong Kong.

The training college has signed a contract with the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (HKCAD) that allows the college to train candidates from Hong Kong seeking their commercial pilot licences.

CTC is the only airline pilot training organisation in New Zealand - and only the second outside of Hong Kong - to be given approval to conduct Hong Kong Airline Transport Pilot Licence exams.

CTC and Hong Kong-based international airline Dragonair have worked together for two years to get HKCAD approval for the 'Dragonair Cadet Pilot Programme.'

Dragonair is a member of the Cathay Pacific Group, flying to 41 destinations across the Asia-Pacific region including 20 destinations in Mainland China.

The Cadet Pilot Programme will see cadets selected, trained in Hamilton and placed as airline pilots directly with Dragonair.

"Adding Dragonair to our expanding list of clients demonstrates our growing presence in the Asia Pacific region - a significant market for CTC," CTC managing director Ian Calvert said.

"Our new partnership with Dragonair will see a stream of pilots from Hong Kong being trained by CTC in the future."

CTC has had the first Dragonair programme intake of 12 cadet pilots start training over the last week.

The training lasts 17 months after which the cadets will return to Hong Kong to continue with their type rating training.

The Hamilton-based CTC is currently training 190 cadets from 15 countries around the world in association with 16 international partner airlines.