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The CTC Wings (Cadets) Thread - Part 2.

Old 28th Nov 2006, 17:37
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Are there any current/past CTC students reading this who wouldnt mind me pming them with a few questions? Ive got my stage 4 on thursday and before I sign my life away (assuming I pass) I'd quite like to check a few things about the transition from passing stage 4 to the end of the basic training!

Despite all the reading of the CTC website ive done I still find ive got a large number of blanks as to the step in between

-Thanks to MonarchA330 for ansewring my questions! No one else needs to pm me

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Old 29th Nov 2006, 13:48
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Reverend

a couple of things.
1) Thanks for the advice last month, I'm now ready to fly out on 10th Jan, so I'll c u there.

2) nice post, gave me a good indication of what to expect.

3) this is an open question. Does the accomodation in NZ have Sky sports?????
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Old 29th Nov 2006, 14:17
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Back in the good old days of Peachgrove there was sky, including sky sports on some huge widescreen tvs... from what i understand the big tvs have gone across to clearways... and i assume theyve set up sky too. Enjoy NZ....
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Old 29th Nov 2006, 17:46
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We do have Sky Sports (it's a different company to the UK version but still called Sky, and I think probably owned by the same people) so don't worry, you'll get your weekly helping of Premiership football; in fact, it's normal for them to show about 5 live games every weekend if that's what you're interested in. The only problem is because of the time difference, you have to either stay up all night or get up very, very early to watch it!
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Old 29th Nov 2006, 22:14
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Bobby,

Theres not much else to know really about basic training. You come to NZ and do your basic training the same as you would anywhere else. When your done you go back to the UK. Feel free to PM if you want.
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Old 30th Nov 2006, 09:21
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Wonderful news!

Thats magic! Cheers for the responses. C u there
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Old 30th Nov 2006, 14:51
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premiership football?! coming all this way and who cares? get a proper hobby
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Old 30th Nov 2006, 15:51
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nothing wrong with football! rugby - now thats a different matter!
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Old 1st Dec 2006, 11:05
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Trouble at BOH today

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/dorset/6197744.stm


I wonder if this effected any CTCers?
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Old 1st Dec 2006, 18:10
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I've been wondering if I should post this or not but anyway, I decided I'll post it! Consider this...

At 17, you get your PPL.

When 18 yrs old, you enter your first year university studying course X, only to realise that, working a bit harder, will get you into course Y which is more demanding, gets you far better salary at the end, and also you'll become someone in a profession which is not related to aviation.

So you leave University a few weeks after you enter course X, and re-take your A levels next year (possibly achieving better grades than the ones you already have), keeping in mind the aim to join the better, more demanding (etc etc) course you plan to join.

The reasons for doing this is due to realisation that you have the potential to join Course Y and will surely find it more interesting than course X, and finally that you will earn a better salary (to fund the pilot course should CTC scheme does not work out for you, or to repay any loans of pilot training, in addition to any other family loans).

During this time, you apply to CTC, and get selected for the interview part.

How do you think this would go down to the interviewers at CTC? Would they think that you want profession Y rather than pilot? I know it ultimately depends on how you present the facts, but is there something I'm missing?

Any opinions GREATLY appreciated. (either PM or here)
 
Old 1st Dec 2006, 18:36
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aircockroaches - I'd be very interested to see the reply to this, as I'm in a fairly similar situation.

I'm currently only in my first year of university but hope to become a commercial pilot. I'm about to complete the written section of the application form but was wondering if being a current student will hinder the application at all?

Obviously CTC is a great scheme and I will do my best to get in – but I hope being a current student won’t put them off me? Having said that, somebody from CTC is to give a ‘talk’ to my peers and myself soon, it may be a good idea to chat with him/her!
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Old 2nd Dec 2006, 08:01
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cockroaches/foreman

you're perfectly entitled to backup career(s) A1, A2, A3 (...!) to fund the dream of plan B - plain common sense and an insurance against career suicide. it's evidence that you're pro-active about your career choices.

as long as you can back up why you jumped x for y. and lets face it, quitting the course for a bigger, better one after only a few weeks (rather than a few years as does happen) is no biggie if you've thought about it properly. CTC themselves were advocating to some guy on the old thread that he try a few months of uni then re-apply and drop out to fly.

you can prove to them you're sufficiently motivated for pilot above Y by knowing the course, industry, partners and company inside out for the interview. remember, you have a PPL and this is a good sign of your commitment to flying.

as for being a student right now, do ask them but i doubt it matters, see the perma-debate on 'uni vs flying training'

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Old 2nd Dec 2006, 09:01
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Thanks for the offer Dragon but I think most of my questions have been answered for now! I passed Stage 4 on Thursday so I'm now waiting for the all important next step emails Hopefully starting some time around February. Really cant wait!

Aircockroaches - I personally think that if you explain your reasoning behind your choice clearly they will be impressed by your drive to work towards your ambitions. The only thing they may worry is that you cant commit to something but if you say how its a one off and possibly have examples of good committment in other things im sure theyll not be worried at all.
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Old 2nd Dec 2006, 10:07
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Many thanks for your replies!

It's a question of bringing the positive sides of it rather than just telling them the facts, i.e. you tell them the facts, in a positive way!
 
Old 2nd Dec 2006, 17:37
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Life in NZ

Is there any current cadet who's reading the thread and wouldnt mind me messaging him as I have stage 4 comin soon and I would like to understand a bit more about the daily routine and life in NZ?
Thanks for your time and best of luck with your training.
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Old 3rd Dec 2006, 22:24
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Post Selection

I passed through selection for CTC Wings, and i just wondered if anyone can suggest a good company to get all the insurance i need? Protection for the bond if i lose a limb or go blind or something?

Thanks
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Old 4th Dec 2006, 01:33
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Insurance

After I'd passed phase IV, one of the many emails that CTC sent me was the contact details of an insurance broker who sort out the loss of medical category etc. insurance. If you haven't received the email with the details, maybe contact CTC and ask?
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Old 4th Dec 2006, 09:26
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Thumbs up Concordski

Aliright son, wind your beak in!

What would you suggest as a better hobby?

Do Sky sports show live trainspotting?
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Old 4th Dec 2006, 10:34
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his3dmw since you're about to venture out it's a light starter of maori for you, with a main of crosswind landings, eau de PR2/3 and tectonic processes to finish. consider concorde's beak shut. enjoy.
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Old 4th Dec 2006, 14:42
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And how I look forward to sampling those delicacies.
Nevertheless I shall be up at 3am every saturday watching the football. If that in anyway means that I am uncultured or weak minded, then so be it.

For now though, enough of the niceties, this is neither the time or the place. Shall we just say each to his own?

Seriously, I got a fair bit of use from here during selection so If I can be of use just give us a buzz.
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