The airlines have started hiring ab-initio pilots again

UK-headquartered flight training organisation CTC Aviation reports a considerable surge in demand for graduate CPLs and it predicts that this will be sustained.

2010, it says, has been a record year for airline placements for its graduates, and – extremely unusually - CTC feels able to predict already that all its students who graduate this winter will find airline positions immediately.

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5 Responses to The airlines have started hiring ab-initio pilots again

  1. John Laming 27 November, 2010 at 12:28 pm #

    Here we go again. Cadets as second in command on jet transports. Captains are therefore flying virtually single pilot as they cannot rely on an inexperienced newly graduated second in command to be of any use when something goes seriously wrong. Passengers are entitled to be in the safe hands of two experienced pilots up front – not one man and an apprentice no matter how “legally” qualified.

    The unbalanced experience levels in many low cost carrier cockpits is partially offset by almost total reliance on automation. Yet is a two-edged sword where we now read that loss of control has overtaken controlled flight into terrain as the main cause of fatal airline accidents.

    With manual flying skills discouraged in airlines in favour of automatic pilot monitoring skills, the newly graduated cadet second in command is poorly placed to maintain any sort of raw data manual flying competency (if this was transferred from Cessna single engine trainers). There are occasions where a seamless transition from automatic pilot monitoring to hand flying is necessary to recover an unusual attitude event caused by a well known variety of circumstances. Flash Air and Kenya Airways 737 crashes come to mind but there are many more going unreported.

    Cadet graduates are not taught these reversion skills and therefore likely are ill equipped to take over control should for example the captain become incapacitated. In all airlines utilising low hour second in command cadets, there is a danger area of at least two years where if the captain should keel over, the cadet F/O risks being beyond his capacity to cope because of lack of experience.

    It never fails to amaze that a cadet with 300 hours can be legal second in command of a large jet airliner whereas in the maritime industry at least five years of experience is needed before a seaman is promoted to be second in command of a large ship.

  2. John Whittle 29 November, 2010 at 10:47 am #

    “all its students who graduate this winter will find airline positions immediately”

    CTC has in the past used propaganda such as this. At events and visits nationwide.

    It was all a lie.

    Several people met the standard on the training course and because they were not happy with certain things they were left not with an airline postion but £65K DEBT!

    Avoid or beware!

  3. Neal 2 December, 2010 at 4:02 am #

    have you ever wondered how a airline Captain got to the left seat,figure it out. en-order for someone to gain experience they first need to start someway so give them a chance and stop camplaining

  4. steve air charter 4 January, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

    totally agree…if we only have high hour captain’s up front we also run the risk of “too many chief’s and not enough Indians”. I know many captain’s who have flown with newly qualified pilots and been impressed with the precise nature of their flying. In general the airmanship has been above expectation, though of course the experience comes with hours. We must also remember that senses and reaction times slow up with increasing age thus there is always a trade off.

  5. Pilot Salary 2 September, 2011 at 3:30 am #

    I have spent the last five years of my career flying a widebody aircraft for a company that is geared to having a higher percentage of Captains compared to Co pilots. In fact about 75% of flights have two Captains flying together.

    When you have two people who are used to being in command and are forced to fly together, you have a difficult and potentially dangerous situation.

    From what I have experienced I would prefer to fly with an inexperienced co pilot anytime compared to flying with a ling time Captain who can’t relinquish control.