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Old 15th May 2006, 21:50
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Thanks 'bjkeates' for your advices... I will try to organize something... and hopefully would be travelling back home with a good news
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Old 16th May 2006, 12:32
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Mike,

good to hear you passed. I made it through as well and I am booked in for phase 3 on the 23rd - looks like they run multiple days at a time. Good luck for the 24th!

Any of the other guys from yesterday (15th) here?

Chris (from Manchester)
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Old 16th May 2006, 13:42
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hi dahawg123 (Chris), hi vanderra (Mike),

I'm glad to know you both passed phase 2. Well I already knew Chris did.
I passed myself, I'm really happy with that.
I got invited to phase 3 on May 24th, but i just asked for a delay due to problems at work. I'll let you know if I come that day.

Cheers
Tom
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Old 16th May 2006, 13:49
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Hey Guys.

Well i am just about to do my A-Level exams (Maths/Physics/Economics/Geography). However, I would like some advice on the best action to take regarding University or applying to these 'scholarships'. The problem i face is if i dont apply to uni, i may fail during applying to CTC etc, but if i do apply, get a place in uni and at the same time find i could have gone on a scholarship, i wont be able to apply and it will be too late to drop out f uni!
Quite a rut im in at the moment.
Any advice would be gr8.
James
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Old 16th May 2006, 13:59
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@Jimmy123,

Whats stopping you from going to uni and then applying to CTC after you've graduated? Atleast then if you get knocked back by CTC you've got your degree to fall back on
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Old 16th May 2006, 14:46
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Jimmy 123
I did my A-levels and applied to CTC during a gap year whilst working and travelling. It was great fun, gave me a bit of money but most importantly gave me time for the drawn-out application process and also minutes worth of stuff to talk about in the interview to make them think I was mature. I applied to uni in my gap year just in case. The day I was due to start at Durham I flew out to sunny NZ from Heathrow. I have no regrets about the way I did it - not many ppl get to fly 757's at 21, but I do have my medical renewal next week! Fingers crossed. A degree is a good fall back remembering job security isn't great as low hours airline pilot.
Best of luck with your application if you go for it.
P.S Hello to all the guys still out in NZ and down in BOH, head down, chin up!
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Old 16th May 2006, 22:32
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Have to echo the ununsually wise words of la boy... i applied to uni and took a gap year. gives you a year off to save up some money to take with u either way...to uni for the booze, or to NZ for well erm... more of the same!
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Old 16th May 2006, 23:54
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Jimmy123,

If you have a chance of going to Uni 1st I'd reccomend doing that. I had 3 awesome years at Durham (topjetboy, you missed out mate ;-)) and then started the CTC Wings Cadet scheme as soon as I graduated.

Not only have a got a degree should things go horribly wrong, but also learned so much more than I could have ever learned in a lecture theatre.

M330
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Old 18th May 2006, 10:36
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I did things a little differently and went to university then applied for ctc half way through my 1st year. Got on the course and left after my exams at the end of my fresher year.

Im the 3rd 21 year old in the last 4 posts to be flying a 757 (well, on the 29th june i will be anyway), and certainly dont regret leaving uni to come on the CTC scheme.

Weeman
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Old 19th May 2006, 13:15
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Flight International

For anyone who's interested there is a nice little article in the back of this weeks FI on pilot shortages. Posting this here because one of the main interviewees is Lee Woodward of CTC.
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Old 19th May 2006, 13:25
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Well aren't all you 21 year old 757 pilots great!!

I have to disagree though....whats the rush? Go to uni, have a good time, get a degree and then apply to CTC. Thats the best way in my view.

Im 23 now, have a degree (which still may come in useful down the line) and unlike the above people (busz, spaceman18 and boy) Im headed to a proper airline. Im not into any of this flying during the night business you charter boys have to put up with

Bring on the cheeseboards......
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Old 19th May 2006, 15:44
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Well I'm just about to do my A Level exams this summer and I've got my gap year coming up. Planning to work at an airport for part of it while applying to CTC. I've got conditional offers at Leeds and Liverpool so if my application is unsuccessful I do have that to fall back on. Must say it is very encouraging hearing successful stories of 21 year olds flying 757's!
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Old 20th May 2006, 18:35
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Same boat... I applied for CTC and university at the same time. University is not essential in getting this job. I went out to New Zealand on the cadet scheme when I was 18, and type rated and flying the Boeing just as I turned 20, therefore giving up my university placement to go. I have absoloutely no regrets in doing so, as it has got me where I am such early on, however the only bad thing about it is that there is nothing to fall back on if things go pear-shaped.

The decision to go to university will not be a bad one, as Mooney is right, there is no rush - and if you want something to fall back on later on in life...then you have a choice. As jetboy said... job security is not great anywhere in the business.

Best of luck on the application, and hi to all the guys in NZ/BOH!
LC
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Old 21st May 2006, 11:46
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LVLCHG.....couldnt agree more. If you have the oportunity to get a degree, get it. I'm in my final year of uni and it is an experience which would be a pity to miss! Its also very useful as previously said to fall back on in the event you become medically unfit etc. Certain people will go through ctc without a degree but i would imagine you have a better chance with one since you have more to speak about at interviews and a bit of experience out of school before launching into the flying scene.

rgds SA242
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Old 21st May 2006, 12:19
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Stage 3

I was wondering if anyone can shed a little light on stage 3. What type of technical and non technical questions can we expect.
Any input is welcome.
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Old 21st May 2006, 15:00
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It depends on a) your experience and b) the information you put in your application form. My interview was tailored to what I had written on my form; there were some people who already had PPLs who were asked a greater number of technical questions than I was.

There is plenty of information in this thread on stage 3 - read back about ten pages or so.
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Old 21st May 2006, 23:52
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Hello !

I'm new here and have to say how impressed I am with this site. So much information !!
I am attending CTC Wings Phase 2 on 2 June and have a couple of questions...
First of all, regarding the aptitude tests, I am looking at Pilapt-prep and Cockpitweb and curious to know if anybody has any experience with either and whether they are worth purchasing?
Which tests are in the phase 2 tests that are not covered in these programs, if any?
Also the numerical test, I have read that I only really need to know the basics. ie subtraction, multiplication, division etc but would love any advice or information that is more specific.. ?
Much appreciated !

ps. anybody attending phase 2 on 2nd June get in touch !
Oli
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Old 22nd May 2006, 12:38
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flying_mantis - check your PMs.
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Old 22nd May 2006, 17:26
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Ciao Oli,

Maurifly from Italy, actually waiting to join phase two on June, the 2nd, with you...
Pleased to met you!

Even if it seems you are already well informed the first good thing you can do is just read all about your query in this thread... there is actually a lot of quotes about it!

Have a nice navigation! I discovererd really more than i could expect!!

Maurifly



Originally Posted by oli463
Hello !

I'm new here and have to say how impressed I am with this site. So much information !!
I am attending CTC Wings Phase 2 on 2 June and have a couple of questions...
First of all, regarding the aptitude tests, I am looking at Pilapt-prep and Cockpitweb and curious to know if anybody has any experience with either and whether they are worth purchasing?
Which tests are in the phase 2 tests that are not covered in these programs, if any?
Also the numerical test, I have read that I only really need to know the basics. ie subtraction, multiplication, division etc but would love any advice or information that is more specific.. ?
Much appreciated !

ps. anybody attending phase 2 on 2nd June get in touch !
Oli
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Old 22nd May 2006, 19:38
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Thanks Maurifly for your reply.

I'm going to give Pilapt-prep a go. Like alot of others, I think you either have aptitude or you don't... But it can't hurt to practice!

Now just need to brush up on my maths skills....

See you 2nd June !
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