A Cadet Pilot Program, in the commercial Aviation industry, has gained a lot of popularity in the recent few years. This post will quickly speed you up to the basic information of what is a Cadet Pilot Program.
In general aviation, a Cadet Pilot is referred to someone who is undergoing training to become a pilot. He may have 0 (zero) flight hours or maybe 100+ hours. And is yet to pass out of the flying school.
Cadet Pilot Program
Well, a Cadet Pilot Program is one in which the airline has already conducted the selection process and interviews for people with zero/little flying knowledge (ab-initio). The selected cadets get a letter of intent from the airline, which is kind of a job guarantee, given they clear all tests and exams.
There are many airlines around the world who have these programs. Some of them include British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Quantas, Cathay Pacific and AirAsia to say the least. In India, airlines like JetAirways and IndiGo have the Cadet Pilot Program.
The Cadet Pilot Program is of two types. One is self-sponsored, where the cadet is required to bear the entire cost of the training. And the other is airline sponsored, where the airline sponsors the entire training and sign a bond with the cadet to stay with the airline for 7 to 10 years. Some of the airline sponsored Cadet Pilot Programs are Singapore Airlines Cadet Pilot Program and Are Lingus Cadet Program.
To be eligible for these programs, one must be a resident of the Airline’s home country. And must have passed senior school with Physics and Mathematics with airline-specific scores.
Must be in good health condition.
Must be over 18 years of age.
Well, this is the basic idea of a Cadet Program. Keep an eye on future posts to understand more on airline-specific details of Cadet Programs.