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Old 22nd Sep 2017, 04:56
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Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Stansted
Posts: 6

Dear ILiLLo,

I want to reply on behalf of our scheme partners at Virtual Aviation, as I do not feel your comments are entirely appropriate, or accurate.

As an airline, we at Titan Airways, are the ones who set the parameters for Virtual Aviation to work within on this scheme. Added to that, we are also responsible for:

1) All eligibility criteria;
2) The number of final candidates needed;
3) The number of people we asked VA to reduce the initial applications down to (and we set really harsh criteria, including the need for an excellent cover letter expressing real desire to work in our specialised team at Titan Airways - not a cut and paste of a previous application);
4) The requirement for the final few selected candidates attending a sim and interview at VA. It isn't a money making exercise. It is a competencies check;
5) The very last 12 candidates attending a final selection with us at Titan Airways, and;
6) We are also ultimately responsible for insisting that the final selected candidates undertake the expanded, advanced MCC/JOC at VA in order that we get to know and understand our cadets skill sets and abilities.

At no stage have Virtual Aviation acted unilaterally, or done anything discriminatory.

I am absolutely certain that you are a highly qualified individual with excellent pass rates in all exams and tests. Unfortunately for you, so are loads of other low hours pilots - and ultimately a small number of applicants had a more compelling argument in their overall excellent applications to our scheme - hence they got the personal call.

I want to sign off by asking you three questions and with a statement.

1) When was the last time you saw a UK airline offering to pay for ratings for cadets?

2) Bearing in mind the above question, do you really feel that you put the absolute maximum best effort you could into your application to our scheme - or did you treat it as just "another" application?

3) How many applications have you made to jobs that received no reply at all? Did you take to the internet to rail against those employers and training providers?

However, I completely understand and sympathise with your position. I hope you can take my words as trying to give you a personal response as to why you perhaps didn't quite make our shortlist on this occasion.

We hope to run another cadet scheme in 2018 and we aim to learn from the whole process, and to improve it if necessary, when we conduct a full review of the scheme in due course.

We would welcome your next application in line with the advice that I've offered you.

Titan Airways Fleet Management Office (Airbus).
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