• Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

    CAN I APPLY FOR THE PROGRAMME IF I ALREADY HAVE EXTENSIVE FLYING EXPERIENCE?

    To qualify for consideration under the program, you must have no more than a PPL License or 100 hour of flying experience.

    CAN I APPLY NOW AND DEFER MY START DATE FOR A YEAR OR SO IN ORDER TO FINISH UNIVERSITY OR OTHER COMMITMENTS?

    No, successful applicants do not have the option to defer a place on a training course. The successful students must be available to commence training at the programme start date which is in NOV 2016.

    HOW GOOD DOES MY ENGLISH NEED TO BE TO APPLY?

    The only specific English requirement is that you must have a secondary school English qualification equal to or exceeding UK GCSE at grade C or higher or Leaving Certificate English or equivalent. All candidates must be able to achieve an EASA Level 5 English level or higher.

    IS PREVIOUS FLIGHT TRAINING EXPERIENCE OR A PPL REQUIRED?

    No. Whilst PPL experience can sometimes be a useful indicator of an applicant's interest in flying, we do understand that many applicants may not have had the means, or opportunity, to take flying lessons and the course structure reflects this. It is worthwhile however to do one or two introductory flights to see if flying really is for you!

    MUST I ALREADY POSSESS AN EASA CLASS 1 MEDICAL TO APPLY?

    No, but prior to entering training, a cadet pilot must hold a valid UK CAA issues EASA Class 1 medical certificate*. In the UK these are issued at the Civil Aviation Authority's medical centre near London Gatwick Airport.

    Before applying, we require all prospective candidates to study, in detail, the requirements of the EASA Class 1 initial medical validation process, which can be found on the UK CAA’s website here: http://www.caa.co.uk/medical

    * Applicants who already possess a Class 1 Medical Certificate from an EASA member state besides the UK may start the course, but must move their Medical Records to the UK CAA before course completion. This is because their license will be issued by the UK CAA and EASA regulations require a pilot’s Medical Certificate and Medical Examination Records to be held by the same member state that issues the pilot’s license. If this applies to you and you are chosen for the CityJet Climb High Progamme, you will need to seek advice from CAE OAA when you enroll on the course about how to move your Medical records to the UK.

    ARE ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS INCLUDED IN THE COURSE COSTS?

    Yes Accommodation is included in the course cost. All CityJet cadets must avail of campus accommodation as we find this is the most conducive method for study during the cadet process. Meals are not included in the overall price and cadets should budget for this extra cost.

    I HAVE ALREADY PASSED THE APPFO SKILLS ASSESSMENT AND APPLIED FOR THE STANDARD BBVA PROFESSIONAL STUDIES LOAN. SHOULD I CONTINUE MY LOAN APPLICATION?

    For those applicants who are not selected for the CityJet Mentored Cadet Programme, we hope you would still look to enrol on an APP FIRST OFFICER course. Therefore, you should continue your existing loan application concurrently with the CAE OAA/ CityJet selection process. This will ensure your APP FIRST OFFICER course commencement will not be delayed unnecessarily should you not be selected for the CityJet Mentored Cadet Programme

    WILL I BE REQUIRED TO OCCUPY CAE OAA ACCOMMODATION DURING THE COURSE?

    Yes, based on CAE OAA and CityJet’s experience, mentored students perform better on the course when they support each other day-to-day. The cost of accommodation is covered in the course price.

    CAN I APPLY IF I HAVE ALSO APPLIED FOR ANOTHER AIRLINE AND WAS NOT SUCESSFUL?

    Yes. Candidates who have previously applied for other Programmes are eligible to apply for the CityJet Mentored Cadet programme regardless of the outcome of the previous applications. The eligibility criteria, selection process and personal traits are different for each airline, meaning you may have a successful outcome in this selection. It will not be flagged that you have applied previous to another course and this will be seen as a first attempt.

    DOES THE SKILLS ASSESSMENT FEE INCLUDE ACCOMMODATION?

    The £250 fee does not include accommodation. Our accommodation team is available to assist with reservations in our Halls of Residence or with referrals to accommodation options near to the airport. Please call 0044 1865 840313 to speak to one of our accommodation advisors.

    HOW CAN I APPLY?

    The first step in the selection process is to see if you match the eligibility criteria listed here and particularly the educational, maximum flying experience and citizenship requirements. If you believe you fit the profile, then you are invited to complete and submit the on-line application form.

    Please note that applications to be considered for the programme are only possible through the CityJet website recruitment page or the CAE OAA web site. You cannot use e-mail, mail or fax. Canvassing will disqualify.

    HOW CAN I BEST PREPARE FOR THE SKILLS ASSESSMENT FOR THIS PROGRAMME?

    CityJet and CAE OAA have a strong preference for applicants whose natural aptitude, educational background and life experience have already prepared them for the rigours of the course so we do not recommend extensive preparation for the assessment. For those who have been out of school for a few years, however, it would be worth revising UK GCSE level mathematics and physics.

    For this we recommend:

    • Completion of our mental maths training module which is free for you to access. Simply register an account at our CAE Oxford Interactive Learning website. Once you are logged in, you can access the mental maths quiz here. Please note that this Online CBT will run on any platform that supports the Adobe Flash and Adobe Shockwave Plugins. Further details are available on our support page.
    • Purchase CAE Oxford Interactive Learning's Essential Mathematics and Essential Physics computer based training software on www.caeoxfordinteractive.com, or order by phone on +44 1865 844 290.

    It should go without saying that applicants should learn as much about CityJet as they can by researching the company and becoming familiar with their ethos, values, bases, fleet’s, timeliness record, financial performance and management structure, etc.

    HOW MUCH WILL IT COST ME TO APPLY?

    There is no fee required to submit the initial on-line application. In the event you are invited to attend for Stage 2 in Dublin or Oxford a fee of £250 will apply. There is no fee for final interview with CityJet in Dublin, however you must fund your travel expenses and accommodation.

    HOW WILL I BE ADVISED OF MY PROGRESS?

    On completion of each stage of the selection process, CAE OAA will advise all applicants by email whether they have been successful or unsuccessful. The successful group will then be advised of arrangements for the next stage.

    IF I AM SUCCESSFUL, WILL MY TRAINING PROGRESS AT OXFORD BE MONITORED?

    During all stages of training, progress will be monitored by both CityJet and CAE OAA. A CityJet representative will attend CAE OAA at points during the training to meet the Cadets and review progress. Though unlikely, airline support could be withdrawn in the event that such progress is judged unsatisfactory after careful consideration and guidance.

    IF MY APPLICATION FOR CITYJET IS UNSUCCESSFUL CAN I APPLY FOR THE APP FIRST OFFICER COURSE?

    Should you be unsuccessful in your CityJet application, but then wish to apply for a place on our APP FIRST OFFICER course, we have a team of Training Advisors who can help you on the steps to be taken, normally you will have to wait a certain period of time before commencing the APP FO course.

    WHAT ARE MY CHANCES OF SUCCESS?

    CityJet prides itself on our training and our high standard of pilots. We are looking for high calibre, well motivated individuals who will fit with our Airline and who will progress to Captain our aircraft and enjoy a long standing career with us. The number of places available is limited to 10, so inevitably not all of those who meet the initial selection requirements will be offered a place on programme, however that should not discourage you from applying as you may be exactly what we are looking for! If you are not successful this time, CityJet would welcome you to apply again in the future as people grow with experience.

    WHEN MUST I APPLY?

    The CityJet Mentored Cadet Programme will open for applications on the 31st of May and close on the 10th of July 2017. Take your time preparing your application; ensure you are happy with it. It is always best to get a friend or relative to have a final check before you submit.

    CAN I MAKE MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS TO THE CITYJET MENTORDED CADET PROGRAMME?

    No, you should only make one application to the CityJet Mentored Cadet Programme. In cases of multiple applications CityJet will only consider your first application, or you application may be deleted.

    Are predicted A level results or leaving certificate results acceptable?

    Yes, but they must be issued by your school or college before September 2016.