Posted on: 12 January 2011 by Ross McSweeny
CTC Aviation has won the contract to provide Boeing 737NG type rating training for SpiceJet’s rapidly growing pilot workforce.
The Indian airline currently has a fleet of 25 737NGs and has 45 more on order. It selected CTC’s Rockwell Collins 737NG next generation CORE simulation to complete the type rating training for its pilots because of the training organisation’s reputation for delivering a high quality and flexible service.
SpiceJet’s CEO Neil Mills, formerly of flydubai and easyJet, worked extensively with CTC in his previous roles and selected the company based on his past experiences: “Over the years I have found CTC to be responsive and extremely professional in what they do. They are experts in the field of airline training and we are keen to ensure that our pilots benefit from the very best resources available; utilising state-of-the-art technology. CTC’s facilities and team provided us with what we were looking for.”
Training of the first 10 pilots is under way at CTC’s Boeing and Airbus simulator centre located on the south coast of the UK, within easy reach of London Heathrow airport.
“Our Rockwell Collins 737NG simulator has attracted a great deal of interest and proven to be very popular with instructors and pilots alike,” explained CTC executive director and head of training Captain Mike Redrupp. “We are delighted that spiceJet has selected CTC as its type rating training provider. As a company we already have some close ties with India and this agreement, together with the achievement of Indian DGCA approval will serve to reinforce the strong position we hold in the Indian market. We look forward to a long relationship with spiceJet as they continue to expand.”