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The CTC Wings (Cadets) Thread - Part 2.

Old 16th Jan 2007, 11:56
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Originally Posted by JulietEchoZulu-Mondo View Post
Hi guys,

Ive recently commenced training on the CTC wings course out in NZ and have started writing a blog. The aim is to document all the good and bad points of training as im actually doing it. At this stage, I dont actually know where i'll end up in 18 months, and so have decided to keep a journal to record my progress.

If anybody's interested, visit http://flyingtraining.********.com .

JMOndo
This is really interesting - i've added it to my favourites and i'll be keeping a close eye.

Couple of quick questions:
1) You mentioned a gym - is it close by/CTC based, is it free for CTC people and does it have a swimming pool?
2) How much flying (once it's all settled) do you expect to be doing a week, and how much studying, both in class and afterwards at home?
3) Do you have wireless broadband or any broadband in the accomodation?

Just a couple of thoughts i've had in my mind as my Stage 2 assessment date (26th January) gets closer - any info'd be greatfully recieved and i look forward to reading more about what you've been up to!

Cheers mate,

Apoc
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Old 16th Jan 2007, 14:23
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Originally Posted by JulietEchoZulu-Mondo View Post
Hi guys,
Ive recently commenced training on the CTC wings course out in NZ and have started writing a blog. The aim is to document all the good and bad points of training as im actually doing it. At this stage, I dont actually know where i'll end up in 18 months, and so have decided to keep a journal to record my progress.
If anybody's interested, visit http://flyingtraining.********.com .
JMOndo
Nice blog there - keep it up!

Originally Posted by Barcelona cadet View Post
Hi,
Does anyone have any idea if with the cheap one is enough or the expensive one is better?
Thanks
( I'm going to Stage 2 this friday!)
Barcelona cadet,

I have the more expensive cockpitweb pilapt tests and they are very good. Cant speak for the other product since I haven't seen it but the cockpit web product seems to give you a fairly good basis for the pilapt tests.

Good luck for stage 2
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Old 16th Jan 2007, 14:55
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Aptitude & Psychometric testing

Would like to start preparing myself for the aptitude & psychometric testing at CTC. Could someone explain the difference inbetween these two tests? Also, can anyone recommend books for theses types of testing, please.
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Old 16th Jan 2007, 15:23
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Originally Posted by Barcelona cadet View Post
Hi,
Does anyone have any idea if with the cheap one is enough or the expensive one is better?

Thanks
( I'm going to Stage 2 this friday!)

I have both, as iv been to the phase 2 before (retake on 5th Feb) i know what their test is and its a mixture of both of the software mentioned. The Cockpit web one is very good and contains alot of that you will do at CTC, however the pilotprep one has three different ones out of its five which also come up at CTC. Therefore if you pnly want to get one get the Cockpitweb and practice them all as they do help, but if you can get both to cover nearly all bases.

Hope this helps

Good luck

Tom
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Old 16th Jan 2007, 16:41
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Does anybody know how/when CTC let you know that it's time to re-apply for a phase if you have been invited back?

Regards
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Old 16th Jan 2007, 17:17
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AS FOR REINVITATION

You Call them up and ask them to reactivate your login on their website and that enables you to book your phase again.

AS FOR THE SOFTWARE.

I have both the Cockpitweb and PilotPrep software. Iv done the Phase 2 before and i can assure you both programs cover the pilotapt at CTC. If you only want one program get the cockpitweb as there are more tests and they all put you in good practice for your phase 2 assessment. The Pilotprep program does however have 3 out of the 5 programs which is in the CTC pilotapt so to have this as well is useful.

But basically if your going to buy one get the Cockpitweb

Tom
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Old 16th Jan 2007, 17:21
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Have read through the following thread, pacificallt eh last few pages

The CTC Wings (Cadets) Thread - Part 2.
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Old 16th Jan 2007, 18:42
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six months!

Good luck :-)
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Old 17th Jan 2007, 08:20
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Originally Posted by JulietEchoZulu-Mondo View Post

If anybody's interested, visit http://flyingtraining.********.com .

JMOndo

Bit of a short arse aren't you...



Dolley - not necessarily, I have a friend who just failed at phase 3 and he was told 12 months... equally there's another guy out here who failed phase 3 the first time but only had to wait 6 months. Not sure what determines how soon you can re-apply, but it certainly doesn't appear to be fixed.

I'm not sure that there is any checking of qualifications before they review the whole "phase 1" shebang, as an automated system would be a tad... unwieldy... when considering non-standard qualifications. It seems infinitely more likely to me that they just collate both sections of the phase 1 application and review it in one go. Anyway, as mentioned above, it can't hurt to ask politely!

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Old 17th Jan 2007, 12:01
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Thanks rusky,

I thought in the same lines... that it would have to be a pretty damn smart computer to understand it all, especially if it's non-standard stuff.
However, I still assume it was the answers to the questions they didn't like but I will ask them about my qualifications. It can't hurt, can it?!

And BR,

sorry, if I gave the wrong information with the six months. I was under the impression it was a fixed amount of time but I stand corrected.
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Old 18th Jan 2007, 20:33
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Originally Posted by apocraphe View Post
This is really interesting - i've added it to my favourites and i'll be keeping a close eye.

Couple of quick questions:
1) You mentioned a gym - is it close by/CTC based, is it free for CTC people and does it have a swimming pool?
Yes, it's in one of the blocks at clearways. Yes, it's "free". No, not unless you count the paddling pool someone has... There is a pool somewhere not a million miles away, but i'm not sure exactly where personally.

2) How much flying (once it's all settled) do you expect to be doing a week, and how much studying, both in class and afterwards at home?
Seems to be totally variable, both from week to week and from foundation course to wings course. Self study time is pretty much basically down to you - obviously though if you don't do enough then you'll struggle.

3) Do you have wireless broadband or any broadband in the accomodation?
Yes - wired broadband, not sure what happened to the wireless that was supposed to be in clearways from my hazy recollections of reading about it before I flew out here.


Good luck with your selection.
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Old 19th Jan 2007, 14:08
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Thanks pilot recruit and rusty (again),

I did contact them and I recieved an email today saying exactly that, that they have problems with my english qualification.
Wow, I didn't expect that!

Now I will obviously contact them again and see what can be done about it!
It's all a bit silly really as I've been living and working in english speaking countries for the past five years...

Whatever comes out of it now, I'm very glad I contaced them. Feel much less dumb now ;-)

Thanks again everybody for thoughts and support!
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Old 19th Jan 2007, 16:28
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Any statistics fan knows how many applications do CTC receive per month? I know that roughly 12 cadets a month get selected.
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Old 19th Jan 2007, 22:15
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University and CTC

Ay Mates

I have achieved my A levels last year (i.e. qualified for university) and applied to CTC this year, being selected for stage 2.

The grades I achieved in my A Levels (B and C) make me eligible to join any course at University, except Medicine and Dentistry. I only like those two from all the courses at university, so I decided to repeat the year and study to get straight B's to get to the course I want, should I fail CTC.

How do you think this goes down with the CTC people at the interview stage (phase 3), in a sense that, is it a "sin" that I am not going to university, and that I chose those subjects which are not an inch close to a pilot's career?

Thanks.
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Old 20th Jan 2007, 00:16
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A.C

I'm currently in second year at uni studying Anatomy And Physiology after getting ABB in my A-levels. Obviously not the most relevant degree for a wannabe pilot...

I would definitely recommend going to uni, for obvious fun reasons, and the fact that it MAY possibly give you an edge later in life,

As for CTC, the type of degree you do doesn't matter, as they don't specify anything in particular, but the skills you learn from it are..i.e teamwork, interpersonal skills and possibly leadership. The fact that its not related may show that you are a more "three dimensional" person, with other facets to your personality that may make you a more employable person in future.

However, a good idea would be to show continued dedication to aviation (like UAS, flying lessons and summer jobs at airport etc).

Good luck
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Old 20th Jan 2007, 05:36
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Cant say i concur there.

I went to uni and had a blast.

There are however people training with CTC who didnt go to uni and they love it. They are also very good pilots.

Why try dissuade somone from applying to an awsome job?

No mate you dont need to go to uni, it is not a "sin" not to, and ctc seem happy to take people form all walks of life. Uni or not.
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Old 20th Jan 2007, 09:52
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My opinion is that it may help - I found that going to University gave me a lot to talk about in my interview which, had I not gone, I wouldn't have otherwise been able to. Of course it's not necessary; if CTC considered it "a sin", as you put it, to not go to university then I think they'd probably list a degree as a minimum requirement rather than just A-levels, and save you wasting your time applying if you haven't got one. I'm in full agreement with Dragonfly; I had a cracking time at university and made some brilliant friends, however there are people training who have never been to university and they're just as good pilots as the ones that have.

Do bear in mind that the minimum requirements as listed here are just that - a minimum. Of course it might help if you've been to university and you've shown you've got the ability to study and learn and work hard, but if university isn't for you then slogging through it for three or four years, doing a degree you're not interested in and making your life a misery in the process is probably going to leave you fed up, unmotivated and probably worse off than if you hadn't gone (and with another 10 grand to pay off further down the road.)

To answer the last point on choosing subjects "an inch close to a pilot's career"... that really isn't an issue. There are people out here with degrees in law, psychology, chemistry, engineering... you don't need a maths or physics degree to be a pilot! (Incidentally I did a maths degree, and although it has helped me think quicker mathematically, not once have I used ANYTHING I learned during my three year degree during training so far. The most complicated I think I've used is early A-level stuff on vectors, but even if you haven't come across them before you'll be taught all you need to know once you're on the course.)
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Old 20th Jan 2007, 09:55
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I did not say that he "needs" to go to uni, and nor did i attempt to dissuade him from applying.

My point was that as a young man with time on his side, why not go to uni and enjoy the benefits that it brings, and then apply to CTC as a 21 year old?

If he decides that its not for him or doesn't enjoy uni life, then he should apply and he may make a fantastic applicant, but hat least he gave uni a chance
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Old 20th Jan 2007, 11:49
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Thanks for your replies.

As you may notice, I'm not from UK. Here we get paid to go to University, and the course I'm interested in is 5 yrs, i.e. I'll graduate at 24.

I had an experience at Uni as I got in a course I don't like, and got out of it after a couple of weeks. Didn't impress me much though.

I prefer to obtain a pilot's licence earlier in life than, should my pilot's career fail (not finding a job etc), I go back to uni. I just want to see how this goes with CTC. Seems it doesn't really matter but.

Regards.
 
Old 20th Jan 2007, 21:06
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Great. So you can apply to CTC after 5 yrs even if you get rejected.

Convinced.

Now next is stage 2 then we'll see what happens after that.


Thanks mates
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