Posted on Thursday 3 September 2015 by Ulster Business

Would be pilots cleared for takeoff at aer lingus academy

Pictured inside the Aer Lingus A320 training simulator are co-pilots Claire Cronin (left) and Lisa Cusack who have recently completed flight school in Jerez, Spain as part of the Cadet Pilot training programme.

One of the airline industry’s most sought-after pilot training programmes has just opened for new applications.

The Aer Lingus 2016 Cadet Pilot scheme is looking for a dozen would-be fliers to join the 14-month course based at Flight Training Europe in Jerez, Spain.

They’ll be trained to fly the airline’s A320s on its short haul routes and will have to complete both classroom study and flight training.

Prospective Aer Lingus trainee pilots will need to have technical aptitude and display maturity, commitment, flexibility, motivation and a willingness to accept responsibility. Excellent communication, interpersonal, problem-solving and teamwork skills are essential qualities, combined with a good appreciation of our guests’ expectations.

Once the cadet pilots have qualified from flight school, they will be scheduled for the Airbus A320 type-rating programme, subject to pilot crewing demands.

The first group of cadets who began their training in 2012 have all qualified and are working as Aer Lingus First Officers on the airline’s fleet of A320 aircraft operating short haul routes. 

The second group of cadets who started their training in 2014 have all returned from Jerez and are continuing their line training in Dublin, while last year’s group of cadets who started their training in January 2015 are currently training in Jerez and due to return in March 2016. 

Aer Lingus CEO Stephen Kavanagh said the scheme is vital to the company.

“For over fifty years Aer Lingus has been providing young people with long term career opportunities through pilot cadetship programmes. This is the fourth Aer Lingus Cadet Pilot Training Programme to commence since 2011 and forms part of our ongoing commitment to developing talent within the organisation.

The application process for the 2016 programme is now underway and full details are available at and on the company’s facebook, twitter and linkedin sites.


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