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The CTC Wings (Cadets) Thread - Part 2.

Old 20th Sep 2007, 18:42
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Any advice on whether to complete a 5 yr University degree (still in 1st yr) or else proceed with the CTC selection tests?

Thanks for any replies!
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Old 20th Sep 2007, 19:11
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I spent 2 years in the uni before dropping out due to a family emergency, what I learned in college proved to be invaluable to getting my PPL and getting the knowledge to get to go to NZ

I reckon you must be really young, If so, you still have tons of time to study and then do the selection process however a degree is not a must
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Old 20th Sep 2007, 19:54
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Flying Vs Degree

If Airline Pilot is your Goal then Uni is not necessarily needed - Look at Self Sponsored Flying Schools for ATPL.
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Old 20th Sep 2007, 23:01
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I went to uni first because i wanted to get a degree before applying to to ctc, i think its a personnel choice,

does any body have stage 3 on the 26 of september?
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Old 21st Sep 2007, 10:29
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I applied using the online form yesterday and I wait in anticipation of the outcome.

Can anyone give me an idea as to how long it took for their application to be checked before being invited to stage two?

Does anybody know if people without A Levels have been accepted on to the ctc wings scheme? I am hoping my life skills and my working life in the industry is going to help me out a little.


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Old 21st Sep 2007, 10:55
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It really depends on how busy they are at Bournemouth at the time you apply I think. If they have lots of people going through selection at the present time, it can take anything up to a couple of weeks to hear back. On the other hand, I applied at 3pm on a Tuesday and was told I was through to stage 2 the following morning.

As for having no A-Levels, that might be a tougher thing to get around. The Wings cadet criteria require the applicant to have a minimum of 2 A-Levels or equivilent (I think it is generally compared with having suitable qualifications to get you into uni so if you have other qualifications, this does not discount you) so I guess CTC will look at what you have done up until now and assess from there. I think the reason they require A-Levels is that the partner airlines look for these as minimum employment qualifications.

PPL152, I think uni is really a very perosnal decision. There is no getting around the cost (it can quite easily cost 15,000 for a three year course) but as a potential pilot, you are able to display the fact that you are mature enough to manage your own learning to a technical level, you have the academic potential to study more technical subjects and you get exposure to loads of extra-curricular activities that always look good on your CV. Plus you give yourself a 'Plan B' if for example you were to at some point lose your medical. Plus uni is great fun!
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Old 21st Sep 2007, 11:49
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Back to the drawing board then..

Oh well.

Had stage 3 at CTC yesterday, didn't make it but have the opportunity to re-apply in 6 months. Thought the day had gone reasonably well but I know where I went wrong. I agree with what's been said on this board before though, you need to be well up to scratch to get through. I know I wasn't up to scratch. I find it almost reassuring in a way though that the application process is so strict, when you're going to invest the fat part of 70 grand in a course, you need to know you're cut out for it.
Looking forward to receiving CTC's feedback as well to see where I can improve for next time.

The quest continues....
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Old 21st Sep 2007, 12:00
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Keep at it Stu. I was in the same position as you 6 months ago. Im now off to New Zealand. Just make sure you listen to the feedback given and use it! Make sure you can prove that you have taken on board what they have said and are able to demonstrate this second time around! Use the 6 months to your advantage.
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Old 21st Sep 2007, 12:09
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As stoop said it's not a problem. Just use your six months well!
I failed stage 2 but got asked back and I'm off to NZ soon as well, spent alot of my time reading and reading for stage 3 and counting down the days till my 6 month period was over.
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Old 21st Sep 2007, 12:16
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Stage 3

Sorry to hear your news Stu,any advice for a fellow irishman going for stage 3 in a few weeks? Have had a few testing interviews in the past....can only be a good thing!
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Old 21st Sep 2007, 18:46
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Excuse the simple question, but I was planning to apply to CTC just before finishing my second year at college. I was wondering if anyone else has, and if so have you been accepted onto the course?


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Old 21st Sep 2007, 20:58
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I did 2 years college, did not finish the degree but I had a reason to not finish it. I am going to NZ on CP55... so I guess it doesn't really matter.

Stu, hang in there, I also failed my phase 3, in the 6 months I improved my profile by a lot, I got my PPL, started the ATPL groundschool, read up on CRM... let them know that you mean business and focus on whatever they tell you on the feedback.
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Old 22nd Sep 2007, 16:56
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I thought that if you've begun the ATPL groundschool you're not eligible for integrated schemes? Maybe it only applies if you've completed the ATPL exams.
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Old 22nd Sep 2007, 20:29
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who said that?? I don't see no rule anywhere stating that I can't do the integrated training with CTC... I think that might be school policy from whomever mught have told you that... anyhow... I signed up with Bristol GS but haven't taken any tests with the CAA so It{s worth as much as if I only had bought the books from them.. no real formalities.
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Old 24th Sep 2007, 09:32
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To clarify you can't credit exams from modular distance learning across to an integrated course; therefore if you start a modular ground school and passed for example 6 of the 14 exams and then signed up for an integrated course, you would simply have to repeat the exams and ground school as part of the integrated course.
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Old 24th Sep 2007, 21:19
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that makes more sense!! hehe... but I haven't taken any tests, just bought the first 7 books and the CD from bristol and Started studying just in case I didn't make it into CTC I'd be ready to take the next step... fortunately my next steps are going to be in NZ hehehe
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Old 26th Sep 2007, 22:44
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Stu, keep going mate. Study hard matey and also take heed to CTC's feedback. I failed Stage 2 and was completely gutted. I was asked to reapply in 6 months, did so and I'm off to NZ on CP57 in January.

Failing one stage is definately not the end of the road. If you are as determined to become an Airline Pilot as those on the Wings Programme and those who are now graduates of CTC then you will have no problem passing the stages you still have to do. Make CTC realise just how determined you are.

Good luck mate
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Old 27th Sep 2007, 07:58
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phase 3 26 september


Did anyone attend phase 3 on the 26th September?
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Old 27th Sep 2007, 09:07
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Hi all. New to the forum. I've passed all stages and i'm booked in to go to NZ on CP58 in Feb. Any one else here on CP58?
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Old 28th Sep 2007, 14:19
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anyone on phase 2 on october 9th at 1pm??
if so, i will see u there.
hope ur all revising hard :P
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