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Wednesday 30 July 2014

Aer Lingus celebrates 50 years of pilot cadetships with graduation of 20 new aviators

Published 01/05/2014|15:53

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Aer Lingus has celebrated 50 years of pilot cadetships today – as twenty new cadet pilots were given their wings at a graduation ceremony in Hangar 6 at Dublin airport.

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The first ever group of Aer Lingus cadet pilots from the class of 1962 were honoured at the ceremony.

The twenty cadets successfully completed an 18-month cadetship programme and became fully-fledged Aer Lingus co-pilots today.

They are qualified to fly Airbus 320 aircraft for European routes.

Five of the seven veterans from the 1962 class attended the ceremony today.

They were each presented with a framed photograph depicting the Iolar - Aer Lingus’ first ever aircraft - and two Chipmunk aircraft painted in Irish Aircorps colours.

The Chipmunks were among the training aircraft used by the first class of Aer Lingus cadets.

Aer Lingus CEO Christoph Mueller said today “This is a very special day for our newly qualified cadets as they celebrate with their families and friends their achievement in becoming Aer Lingus pilots.”

“They are the next generation of Irish aviators and we wish them continued success as they embark on their careers.”

“Aer Lingus has a proud history of providing young people with long term career opportunities through pilot cadetships and apprentice engineer programmes.”

“We believe in investing in the future, giving young people the opportunity to enjoy fulfilling and lifelong careers in aviation.

He added, “We take great pleasure in marking this special occasion by having in attendance the very first class of Aer Lingus Cadets who graduated from flight school and attained their Wings, over 50 years ago, in 1963.

For today’s cadets,  the training included five months of ground school followed by basic flying on single and then multi engine aircraft.

The cadets returned to Aer Lingus in 2013 to complete further training including an airline transition course, simulator and safety training.

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