Published on May 19th, 2017 | by Mark Dwyer


CityJet Launch Cadet Pilot Program

CityJet and CAE Oxford Aviation Academy are seeking highly motivated candidates aspiring to rise as professional pilots within one of Europe’s fastest growing airlines. Successful candidates can expect world class training to the highest standard from CAE, the world’s leading pilot training organisation, and the opportunity to fly as a First Officer with CityJet.

Selected cadets will complete an Integrated ATPL Training Course at CAE Oxford Aviation academies in Oxford, UK and Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

The design for the Climb High Mentored Cadet Programme is split into two primary stages:

  • Integrated ATPL Training Course with CAE Oxford Aviation Academy
  • Type Rating Training Course with CityJet Flight Training sponsored by the airline

Course Outline

Phase Hours Weeks Location
Ground Training 750 Hours Classroom & CBT 26 Weeks Oxford
First Officer Fundamentals Flight Safety 20 Hours 1 Week Oxford
Single Pilot – CPL Foundation Flight Training 10 Hours FNPTII Simulator
12.15 Hours Multi Engine Aircraft
120.15 Hours Single Engine Aircraft
2.5 Hours Skills Test
22 Weeks Phoenix
Upset Prevention & Recovery Training 3 Hours 2 Days Phoenix
First Officer Fundamentals Airline Preparation 20 Hours 1 Week Oxford
Single Pilot – Advanced Instrument Flight Training 30 Hours FNPTII
22.45 Hour Multi Engine Aircraft
2.5 Hours Skills Test
13 Weeks Oxford
Multi-Crew Co-Operation / Jet Orientation Course 36 Hours Jet Simulator 3 Weeks Oxford
Total 239.15 Hours 66 Training Weeks

Key Features of the Program:

  • Opportunity to train and then fly as a pilot on CityJet fleet
  • Type-rating sponsored by CityJet (aircraft type to be determined)
  • Comprehensive skills assessment & selection process provided jointly by CAE Oxford Aviation Academy and CityJet
  • Access to secured loan from BBVA, available to residents from the UK, France or Spain
  • Integrated Bachelor’s Degree in Air Transport Management
  • First Officer Fundamentals
  • Aircraft Upset Prevention & Recovery Training
  • Includes CAA Examination and Licence Issue Fees

 Entry Requirements:

  • Over 18 years of age
  • Entitled to reside and work in the European Union
  • Free from any criminal record
  • No piercings or tattoos
  • You must have no more than a PPL licence or 100 hours of flying experience
  • Must Obtain a UK CAA issued EASA Class 1 Medical Certificate prior to commencement*
  • Able to fund the full cost of the initial CAE OAA training course
  • Fluent in the English language with the potential to qualify at ICAO level 6
  • In possession of the following minimum educational qualifications:
    • Ireland
      School Leaving Certificate with 6 subjects including mathematics, English and a science subject, with a minimum of D1 in higher mathematics, or B3 in Ordinary math’s, with a C3 or higher in 3 honour subjects.
      An Honour Degree above 3.0 or a pass or higher award in a higher degree such as MSc, MA, MPhil, DPhil, PhD, MBA.
    • United Kingdom
      5 GCSEs at Grade C or above, including English Language, Mathematics and a Science (single or double award), excluding General Studies.
      Either 3 A-Levels at Grades BCC or above, excluding General Studies and Critical thinking.
      An Honours Degree above 3.0 or a pass or higher in a higher degree such as MSc, MA, MPhil, DPhil, PhD, MBA.
    • Other Countries
      Candidates must demonstrate that they can meet the equivalent of the minimum educational standard required of Irish educated candidates.
  • Applicants who already possess a Class 1 Medical Certificate from an EASA member state besides the UK may start the course, but must move their Medical Records to the UK CAA before course completion. This is because their license will be issued by the UK CAA and EASA regulations require a pilot’s Medical Certificate and Medical Examination Records to be held by the same member state that issues the pilot’s license.

Please note: CityJet will be involved in the assessment process.

More details here.

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About the Author

Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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