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Old 2nd Sep 2021, 09:27
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Alpha Aviation Air Arabia Cadet Program

Hello everyone,

I wanted to ask if any current or alumni of alpha aviation Sharjah can please offer their advice on whether alpha is a good program? I hear there are no guarantees after line training to get employment with Air Arabia due to the high number of cadets available and only the lucky ones from each batch get contracts.

Is this a good time to start with alpha?
As the investment is so huge, what can one do with just 1500 hours with no employment?

Please offer your advice on this program. Thank you
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Old 3rd Sep 2021, 02:20
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As someone who has done this program.

kindly don’t spend your hard earned money on this program its not worth it trust me .
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Old 3rd Sep 2021, 08:48
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Can you please specify why you don't encourage? Don't the top cadets get contracts with the airline?
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Old 3rd Sep 2021, 19:29
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Asking someone who has only the experience of one training school isn’t going to be able to give an objective opinion on it being good. What do they compare it to? Wanting employment from it shouldn’t be your aim.
be extremely cautious about how much you give to any school. Using your money as their cash flow before they go bust has happened before. Due diligence is needed. Good luck.
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Old 3rd Sep 2021, 19:33
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I don't want employment from them but I want some sort of employment once I invest so much and gain the minimum 1500 hours. So I want to know the overall airline industry whether they value someone with all those hours and training that alpha imparts.

Also the issue if employment comes up because they advertise that once you graduate you will have the option to obtain contract from air Arabia for employment. But as time has passed the pool of cadets is a lot so they cannot give everyone employment as the program has now become popular.
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Old 4th Sep 2021, 00:47
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TBH after joining it feels like a trap they will continuesly ask you to pay for different things (like ATPL check etc) and you have no options but pay them as they are well aware with MPL you can’t work anywhere else but ABY and you have already paid a fortune for your initial training , and it doesn’t come cheap.

You are not treated with any respect .

Nobody has received a contract since 2020 and every one from batch 29 upwards have been fired .

You are paid peanuts there were months when i couldn’t even afford my rent.
They call you a cadet and take away all your employee rights but technically you are doing the same job a first officer does and have the same responsibilities.

And the list continues.
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Old 4th Sep 2021, 14:25
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You were in Alpha? Seriously no contracts were offered to your batch? What do these cadets do then when they're let go at 1500 hours or before? Any reason given like performance issues etc?

If you had a second chance would you do it again. I'm seriously interested but current cadets who have reached line training aren't happy about it. What do they pay in line training I've heard it's 5k dhirams a month?
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Old 7th Sep 2021, 10:16
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After 1500 hours and ATPL they sit at home because there are no jobs out there and won’t be for a long time . They will rip you off at every stage and could fail you in training .

5000 during training after you pay them
600,000
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Old 9th Sep 2021, 18:47
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hi with atpl did you mean uae gcaa atpl exams? iam planning to sit them soon so i was looking for some feedbacks regarding the best question bank used to pass these gcaa atpl exams in uae.
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Old 14th Sep 2021, 19:37
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As far as I know , one can give four attempts for a paper in uae gcaa...Also, some people say that AAG gives a question bank and almost all the questions in gcaa exams are from those question banks...although if anyone seconds this , it would be better and clear the picture..

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The contract was stopped due to Covid and no cadet was fired...Also it used to happen earlier that they keep on asking additional money for different costs...as earlier cost was 4 lakh 40 aed and it didn't include cost of gcaa exams and various other things so students had to pay separately for all those...but now they mention total combined cost is 6 lakh ead so no additional costs etc they ask in between
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Old 15th Sep 2021, 06:35
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really appreciate the feedback, i know that they used a question bank provided by AAG to pass these exams, thats why i was trying to know which one they used since there is alot of atpl question bank providers nowadays.
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Old 15th Sep 2021, 15:06
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1) Agree no cadets were fired but there were people who were offered ABY contracts and fired with in weeks after getting contracts so yeah just to correct myself .

2) The Alpha contract has only gotten worse with time.
Yes they do ask for additional payment for your ATPL check which is apparently not a part of the contract (charging 9000AED for a 10 min check that could be done with your OPC without virtually any cost !!) this is daylight robbery because they used to not charge for it until now.

No matter what they are charging right now they will always find a reason to make you pay more as they know you have no other options.
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Old 24th Sep 2021, 18:04
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In the current situation it is definitely not worth it to spend such a huge amount with no guarantee that you will be given permanent contract after 1500hrs. Every first officer is not being given the permanent contract now post 1500 except maybe a few with wasta.

There are soo many laid off pilots with a lot more experience who are finding it impossible to find a job. So definitely will be a long time until 1500 hrs becomes the basic requirement for a FO to get a job elsewhere. The airline laying people off in the name of covid makes absolutely no sense as the airline is doing fairly well, they have managed to even open a new base in the last one year in Abu dhabi and are flying.

The country UAE is mostly open with no major restrictions/ lockdowns, so it has definitely not impacted the airline to such a extent for them to let go of FO's in the name of covid. It's absolutely disgusting.
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