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Old 8th Aug 2006, 13:37
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Thanks, this seems the best place to be then... no questions about it I guess... it's the kind of school I've been looking for... unsecured loan and very good job prospects...
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Old 8th Aug 2006, 15:57
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I have recieved confirmation of passing stage 1.

What percentage of people get through to stage two? Is it a simple way for ctc to get as many 175 as possible?

I admit i do not know enough about the scheme so excuse my ignorance, if this isnt a justified question.
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Old 8th Aug 2006, 17:04
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I'm pretty sure phase 1 is used to simply filter out the people who aren't suitably qualified and possibly experienced. Just something along those lines anyway.
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Old 8th Aug 2006, 18:37
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Bjkeates - what airline are you going through with? If you wouldnt mind could I pm you with a few questions about the application process? I dont want to knwo what they ask just more interested in how it all came together for you
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Old 8th Aug 2006, 22:09
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BobbyK - I'm not assigned to any airline yet, as is the case with all cadets starting with CTC. We don't become assigned until much later on in the course. Feel free to PM.
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Old 8th Aug 2006, 22:27
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bjk - what i would give to be in your shoes right now. Hope it all goes well for you!
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Old 9th Aug 2006, 08:13
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Originally Posted by duklaprague
I have recieved confirmation of passing stage 1.

What percentage of people get through to stage two? Is it a simple way for ctc to get as many 175 as possible?

I admit i do not know enough about the scheme so excuse my ignorance, if this isnt a justified question.


If you read the whole thread, maybe skip the first few pages as they are quite old now (its a hell of a lot, took me about 3hrs, but is well worth it) then you will find info on this and lots of other aspects of the scheme. There are descriptions of all the stages in detail etc.

Roughly speaking:

Stage 1 is basic qualifications, whether you meet them etc. Presumably most people who apply have looked at the requirements, but there may be other factors such as age.

Stage 2 is the testing, to decide whether you have the natural skills (aptitude) necessary. As is said so often, if you don't get through it doesn't mean you won't make a good pilot.

Stage 3 is the group exercises & interview. This tests teamwork and lets the CTC people meet you properly for the first time. The interview decides whether you are the right kind of person, eg. motivated etc.

Stage 4 is the simulator assessment, which tests your "trainability" and how well you cope in a flight deck environment.

When you go to stage 2 the presentation will be really helpful (& will also calm you down after the long car/train journey) in terms of what to expect at other stages and the course in general.

Actual pass rates for each stage are hard to determine but at my stage 2 they said the overall acceptance rate after all the stages was about 4-5% of total initial applicants, and they get around 50-60 applications per week.

Just do your best at each stage and hopefully you will be OK!
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Old 9th Aug 2006, 08:55
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check your PM's bjkeates
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Old 9th Aug 2006, 10:26
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age limit

Hi,

You must be between 18 an 30 to apply to CTC Wings Cadet. If you are 28 or older, apart easyJet that accept cadet until the age of 30, which airline partners (between Thomas Cook Airlines, Monarch Airlines, Thomsonfly, Channel Express / Jet2, First Choice Airways and MyTravel) would accept to sponsor you ?

Thanks,

Sif
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Old 10th Aug 2006, 10:17
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Hello to everybody who did stage 3 selection yesterday on the 9th august.
Just found out somehow I made it through to stage 4 (cadets) so something tells me i'll be paying a visit to the pub in a short while.

Hope you all did well and got through
regards,

S.I.
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Old 10th Aug 2006, 11:49
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stage 4

Hi everybody

Good luck to you whatever stage you're at. I'm just wondering what exactly is involved at stage 4.
I read that when you're in the simulator they ask you difficult maths questions, which doesn't seem cool at all...
But if anyone could tell me anything that'd be great.

All the best
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Old 10th Aug 2006, 12:16
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Hi,

First of all the best piece of advice I can give is to relax, enjoy the day and it will go fine.

It's a very relaxed day, they want you to succeed as much as you do. If you listen, look interested and follow instructions you'll do alright.

The day starts with a brief on the aircraft you will be flying (King Air - Beechcraft). The cockpit instruments are explained, what you will be doing throughout the sim check and what is expected of you.

The sim last approx 45 mins

Your assessor will more than likely take off (well he did for me), and then once straight and level he will had control to you. You will be sat in the LH seat by the way. You are then to keep the aircraft straight and level to get a feel of the aircraft. After that its a few turns rolling out onto a heading that you will be told, these will be done a varying bank angles both left and right handed. Then a few climbs levelling off at X thousand feet and descending again at x feet per min levelling off at a given altitude. You will then attempt climbing turns, descending turns, steep turns.

Once all this is done you will be set up for an approach, as long as you listen and keep the aircraft at the correct decent rate you should hit the deck on the runway but do not worry too much about it of you don't.

As for maths questions, I never got any, all I was asked was general family questions. Have I got a Sister? How old? Etc. All done during you flying just to check that you can multi task.

At points through the flight you will be asked things like;

What altitude are we at?
What is our current airspeed?
What heading are we on?

Just to make sure you can read the instruments correctly.

It really is a good day and if you relax, listen, follow instructions you'll have a ball!

Hope that helps

Danny
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Old 10th Aug 2006, 15:49
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Nice one Danny. Thanks!
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Old 10th Aug 2006, 16:04
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I have just got through stage 4!!!

Can't believe it... fellow 10 August candidate, how did you get on mate? PM me if you have a username. Hope all is well!

Thanks to everyone on the thread for posting such useful information.

Good luck to all future candidates!

Pazu
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Old 10th Aug 2006, 19:15
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Hiya!
Congratulations!
I was the other wings cadet pilot on 10th aug. Im through to phase 4 too! going down there on the 17th aug, you?

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Old 10th Aug 2006, 19:20
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Sorry got my dates mixed up in all excitement, Ive just checked mine today as ive just got back, i was the 9th aug btw. Through to stage 4 anyway! hope to see ya there

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Old 10th Aug 2006, 21:32
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Originally Posted by Mister-Sheep
Sorry got my dates mixed up in all excitement, Ive just checked mine today as ive just got back, i was the 9th aug btw. Through to stage 4 anyway! hope to see ya there

Mister-Sheep

Cool well done Mister-Sheep

I meant I have actually passed stage 4 and got onto the scheme.

Good luck for your stage 4, it's actually really good fun!
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Old 10th Aug 2006, 22:44
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Congratulations Pazu! When are you heading out?
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Old 10th Aug 2006, 23:38
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CTC stage 4

Hi guys and girls,

I have been reading with interest the recent attention that people have been paying to the Wings stage 4 selection.

I'd just like to end the chit chat that goes on here and also the private messages that (may) flow between people that could worry prospective cadets.

Stage 4, as the selectors probably said to you at stage 2, is a chance for somebody that has had no direct involvement in your selection to assess your ability to :-

1) Learn from instruction provided.

2) Be a good guy/girl that the selectors feels he wants on the course.

That's it....nothing out of the ordinary. Look forward to it enjoy it and do your best.

If they try and ask anything sneaky then I myself would assume that you're capable of doing the task in hand but need to be pushed further!

Strive for excellence!

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Old 11th Aug 2006, 17:42
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Thanks alot Cparker, they are some very welcoming words. Are you on to CTC now?

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