I wanted to add this page for anybody about to embark on the rollercoaster that is CTC’s Cadet selection process. I spent quite a bit of time trying to get as much info as possible from the web on the different stages, mainly from pprune, but hope this is a fairly good resume:
This is simply the application form from the website that asks you to complete about 12 different pages, ranging from criminal convictions to education and from general fitness to work experience. You need to have 2 referees in mind to put down.
Once the application has been processed (which doesn’t have to be the same day (hell, time between starting appy to stage 2 for me was 6 months)) you will receive a document to print. This has four questions that you need to hand-answer and fax to CTC. These pertain to your motivation, interest in aviation and potential determination to complete the course and be a happy airline pilot.
You have a choice of dates for your stage 2 selection day. On the day (really half day as two lots visit the training centre on the day) you are introduced to the company and given a presentation about the structure financing and arrangements of the whole training process.
Then (after a coffee and sit-down) you make your way to a room that only haunts me now with about 16 computers scaling the walls. First up, maths test, which covers basic arithmetic with decimals, fractions, convertion rates etc… The format is 15 questions in 15 minutes so pace yourself and don’t panic if you feel you may have cocked a question up.
Then you are seated at a computer and must ‘take part’ in 7 different aptitude tests that basically test your spatial awareness, memory, reactions times, ability to learn and multi-tasking skills.
A response is normally the same day, mine being at some point in the evening (after many hours down the pub!)
Stage 3 was for me the biggy, yet the one I was most confident about. I was ill (although didn’t let on) and was at the training centre for almost 12 hours.
First up, it’s a case of meeting the other guys and gals, only one recognisable face in the 8 that were at my stage 3! You get to choose a sandwich for lunch, then it’s off to group exercise number 1, which changes a lot, but mine was the Scottish Island Scenario. The group have to discuss and decide which items are most important from a list, and likewise with prioritising actions to take.
Break. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee.
Group exercise 2. Build something (but not something boring or predictable).!! It’s done with the contents of a big box that I believe are connectx or something like that (kids toys, like a safer form of mechano). We build a space tractor/helicopter that distributed fertiliser!! Use your imagination, but work as a team!
Then the big, bad interview. If I’m completely honest: (1) I cannot help anynbody to prepare for this section in particular and (2) if you are really into planes, aviation, know about how planes fly etc.. due to your interest and really want to be a pilot, you will have no problem. You have to show determination, enthusiasm, ambition, passion and belief which I thing are my strong traits. (Did I mention humility).
Response was next day via e-mail.
This stage was great fun, yet still nerve-racking as you know you are so close, yet still not on the course. It has changed since my phase 4 due to the simulator’s relocation, but I had my simulator assessment on the King Air with a Thompson Training Captain, where basic manoeuvres, a landing and a full circuit were the order of the day.
Got a phone call from Daphne that afternoon saying well done!!!