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Virgin Australia today welcomed the first eight cadets to its inaugural Pilot Cadet Program at its Annual General Meeting, held in Brisbane.
The cadets were selected from a group of more than 1100 applications following an extensive interview and testing process.
Virgin Australia Chief Executive Officer John Borghetti said the program has been introduced to provide the airline and the industry with well-trained pilots.
“There is increasing demand for pilots in our part of the world, with a recent study showing an imminent pilot shortage in the Asia-Pacific region .
“At Virgin Australia, we are committed to ensuring Australia has highly-skilled pilots to support the travel industry well into the future. Investing in training and development is crucial and we are pleased to be working with Flight Training Adelaide on this significant initiative.
“The first eight candidates that we have selected demonstrated outstanding skill and aptitude and we look forward to supporting them through the next stage of their journey”, Mr Borghetti said.
Unlike any other Australian airline pilot cadet program, Virgin Australia will assist all cadets financially, advancing upfront training course costs and will also support with accommodation and meals during the training program at Flight Training Adelaide. Each cadet will also have their own mentor, offering personal support and guidance throughout their training in Adelaide.
The eight cadets will commence 55 weeks of training with Flight Training Adelaide next week, which is based at Parafield Airport South Australia. Following the successful completion of this training, they will operate as First Officers on Skywest Airlines’ ATR-72 aircraft for approximately three years before transitioning to a Virgin Australia Jet First Officer position.
On completion of the program, the cadets will hold a Commercial Pilot License (CPL); Multi Engine Command Instrument Rating (MECIR), Air Transport Pilots License (ATPL); Multi-Crew Training and Jet Conversion Training.
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