Posted on: 29 February 2012 by Mark Howells
CTC Aviation Group (CTC), has gained approval from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) to train airline pilots for the country’s airlines.
CTC is the first Flight Training Organisation (FTO) in New Zealand to gain such approval. CTC and CAAS are now working together to finalise the approval process for the company’s Type Rating Training Organisation (TRTO) division based in the United Kingdom, which will enable Singaporean pilots to complete their Airbus or Boeing type rating training with CTC.
“CTC announced our partnership with Jetstar Asia to train Singaporean nationals for employment as first officers with the international airline during 2011,” explained Ian Calvert, CEO of Hamilton-based CTC Aviation Training (NZ) Limited. “This partnership was the impetus for starting the process of gaining CAAS approval. Over the past few months we have established a collaborative relationship with the Singaporean regulator and underwent several exhaustive audits to get to this point. CTC’s international reputation as a safe, high quality FTO played a major role in attaining this industry achievement.”
For CTC to gain the approval, three of CTC’s 50 New Zealand instructors obtained their Singaporean Commercial Pilot’s Licences (CPL) as part of the CAAS process. Once the TRTO division is also CAAS Approved, CTC will be in a position to deliver a full range of mandatory programmes for qualified and experienced pilots, instructors and examiners in addition to the FTO Approval for new entrant pilot training.
In 2011 CTC began recruiting in Singapore for the Jetstar Asia training programme. The first trainees arrived to start their flight training at CTC’s Crew Training Centre in Hamilton during January 2012 and should be in the UK to complete their Airbus type rating training later this year.
CTC has trained pilots for Jetstar Pacific (Vietnam) for nearly four years and for Jetstar Australia/NZ for almost two years. By securing Jetstar Asia, CTC became the sole FTO supplying pilots to all three divisions of the Jetstar Group.
Calvert indicated that gaining CAAS approval enables CTC to deliver pilot training for all Singapore-based airlines.
“At CTC we are continually looking to establish partnerships with airlines around the world. Gaining approval to issue CAAS licences provides us with the opportunity to approach additional Singaporean airlines to assist them in meeting their airline pilot training requirements,” Calvert explained.