London Southend Airport based Jota Aviation has become the latest airline to launch a pilot cadet programme which offers talented newly qualified pilots the opportunity to fulfil their dream of becoming a commercial airline pilots.

Typically, a pilot can expect to pay for the cost of a type rating before flying for a commercial airline and the huge expense is often prohibitive. In an industry now struggling with a shortage of existing pilots combined with a maturing workforce, airlines have recognised the need to develop young individuals by offering incentives and both funded and self-funded pilot schemes.

The essential entry requirement for the programme meant only candidates with a valid frozen ATPL licence, a valid ME Instrument Ratings and current class 1 medical certificates were eligible to apply. Most applicants had low flying hours, which is often the case for new pilots and can make it challenging to secure their first flying job.  Over a three-month period, Jota Aviation interviewed candidates for the programme with the ultimate goal of becoming a type-rated First Officer flying its fleet of Avro RJ aircraft. Of the many candidates interviewed, three cadets were carefully selected for the course which started in December 2018.

The cadets undertook an extensive training programme which consisted of ground training, emergency and safety training, examinations and simulator assessments before they were finally issued an AVRO RJ type rating and ready to fly for Jota Aviation as First Officers.

Head of Training for Jota Aviation, Steve Speight said “I have experienced the great success of cadet programmes over many years and the current crop of pilots have performed very well during training and show great promise. This is an outstanding opportunity for young pilots to fly a demanding aircraft in varied and exciting environments and I look forward to further cadet recruitment”

Charter Airline, Jota Aviation now employs over 120 people at its Southend Airport Facilities and has an excellent track record for developing its workforce through on the job training and support programmes.

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