Interviews, jobs & sponsorshipDo ya feel lucky, Punk? Well do ya? If so, here's the place to swap the hot gen on who's sponsoring or employing, their selection criteria, and where those oh so elusive first jobs can be spotted in the wild. Watch out for the tumbleweeds...
I would like to know what your views are on going through the first few years of your career with a huge 60+K debt! Can one sleep with such a big noose around your neck?! Anyone been there? Anyone wishes to share their views of how they would cope with it? And also, anyone know how much the whole training REALLY adds up to (adding insurances, foundation course, etc, etc.)......any unexpected surprise expences?
If you make a more thorough search you will find some answers, however, just to sum up the cost of training after flying for 7 years with the partner airline will exceed £100,000 (including interests etc). However, there is plenty of information in previous posts in this very thread and the original thread.
Regarding stage 4, it is a simulator check and yes you will be asked strange questions, including mental mathematics. A common question cadets are asked is "What is your date of birth?" followed by "Express your age as months". Mathematics questions are not too complex but they're not easy. You can be asked for the square root of an odd number, for example while executing a descending turn in a 737 simulator.
If you passed to stage 4, it means you've got what it takes. Just relax and enjoy every part of it, and last but not least, go with your brain's learning devices turned on!
I would be grateful if anyone already on the CTC Wings Scheme could provide me with some advice about insurance. I need to get cover for loss of life and loss of Class 1 Medical category. Does anyone know of any insurance companies they can recommend to me please?
Just thought I'd share with you some of my thoughts on the PILAPT prep software that is available for practicing PILAPT tests.
In short, it's a low cost piece of software and it shows.
Each of the tests is a separate application and can therefore be run simultaneously. However, this isn't as good as it sounds. The software uses the built in Windows speech synthesizer, which can only say one thing at a time, so if there's a timing conflict between Hands saying "Negative Left Hand Square" and Countdown saying "Two two five", it will screw up the timings of the countdown i.e. you won't get chance to click if you need to.
The Countdown application is buggy - it doesn't keep score properly if you click the restart button.
None of the other applications give you a score, so if you're screwing it up and you don't realise, it won't tell you.
A cheap and useful tool to some extent, but can be frustrating and very unsophisticated.
Hi all, can anyone advise a place to stay in nursling? I am coming over from Canada, and have phase 3 (provided i pass 2) and 4 on two consecutive days (Wed and Thurs). Phase 3 is in Bournemouth and Phase 4 is in Nursling. Is it worth changing accomodation after phase 3, and moving up to Nursling, or are they close enough that I can stay in Bournemouth for two nights, and take a taxi to Nursling the next morning for phase 4?
CTC website has the following note for the CTC ATP programme:
Latest News..... Thank you for your interest in applying for the CTC Wings ATP programme. Due to the large volume of applications that have recently been received, we have temporarily closed the website to new CTC Wings ATP applicants. We are therefore not currently accepting applications for the CTC Wings ATP programme at this time, but please monitor the website, as we will be accepting applications in the near future. Lee Woodward Head of CTC Wings
Are they still taking applications for the above programme? I am wondering if they are, because this post seems very busy.
Just a quick question regarding CTC's provisional course allocation letter (which you receive after passing phase 4):
One of the conditions stated on the letter for you to be "fully" accepted on the course (on which you have been "provisionally" allocated) is:
"Success at interview or other selection that may be required by sponsoring airlines"
I though that sponsorship wouldn't happen until on the course.....Anyone know what the likelihood is that such an interview or selection may be requested before going to NZ? And (this one worries me more), are we talking about a FULL interview (i.e. another phase 3)?!?!?! Is it a make it or break it interview or more of an informal matter?
Hey, having passed phase 3 you will be fine taking any interview thrown at you by one of CTC's partner airlines. When i got through the selection process i got a little worried about that sentance too but its seriously no big deal. I believe these interviews range from visiting easyland at Luton for a look around the crew area and being told this is where we will see you shortly for type rating... to a base meeting a TCX with a chat about how training with CTC has gone etc. I think BA still have a fairly comprehensive selection procedure post CTC wings, but like i said dont worry about it at all, well done for getting on the scheme! Its a big achievement!!! We will see you out here soon.
Hey every1 Ive just booked my stage 2 for the 5th march and was planning to get to bournemouth the day b4 hand, since its a 12 hours coach ride frm Newcastle (no planes fly there frm here). Can anyone reccommend and hotels and if the airport is far from it or not. Any advice for the day will also be appreciated.
Can anyone recall their maths test at stage 2 to confirm if you are required to know conversion factors or are you provided with the conversions as part of the question? Obviously things like miles to Km etc are pretty easy but things like Gallons to Litres, grams to lbs etc etc.
Also if anyone can give an insight into the type/standard of questions (an example perhaps) that would be great. I have read that's it's just standard long division, multiplication, decimals but I'm assuming they dress these up in certain styles?
I am pretty certain I'm not going to be able to fit all the things I'll need for spending 11 months in New Zealand in my one suitcase of 20kg when I fly out. Has anyone else had this problem? If so, did you organise the extra luggage with Singapore Airlines or did you get it sent to you by another company?
I'm having the same problem! The 30kg is great...but the only problem is that if you're flying to Heathrow to catch the flight to NZ, you have to pay the 10kg excess baggage with the other airline Not always affordable! Need to learn how to pack light...unless someone knows where to find Mary Poppins' bag.
Remember that contrary to popular opinion, New Zealand does actually feature a basic form of civilisation which brings with it the almighty capitalist tool - the shop.
Leave out the little things that are easily bought out here instead, and if you end up having to leave out some clothes etc then it's not the end of the world... just go shopping if you find you need them! Just to add my experience however my bag was 31.5kg (it did have a whole xbox 360 in it!) and that got checked through without a problem. I'm not sure whether that was normal or due to my fellow colleague giving the Check in lady a cheesy grin.
ooooh FA I can assure you 2 pairs of shoes will be just fine and dandy! - if you were trying to insinuate that we will automatically fill the suitcases that is I'm heading out next Wednesday 7th. Been a busy week!
Hi, I've got a quickie for those of you who did Phase 4 @ the Nursling crew training centre. I've got phase 3 in Bournemouth, then phase 4 (as long as I pass) the very next morning in Nursling, so I'd like to move up there after phase 3 is complete. Can anyone recommend a nice place to stay in Nursling that is not too far from the crew training centre?
A limit of 30kg is much better. Thanks for letting me know.
Unfortunately, I won't be heading out till July as I'm finishing my degree. But I look forward to meeting you all if you're still there when I arrive. Nice to know there'll be at least one other lady there too