Come fly with me: Next generation cadets land for Aer Lingus pilot training
Up, up and away!
Aer Lingus has welcomed its newest group of recruits for the 2016 Cadet Pilot Training Programme.
12 recruits were chosen from over 2,800 applicants, with the successful candidates hailing from Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Four of the new Aer Lingus pilot training recruits are female - a rise on the 15pc average since the programme was re-introduced in 2011.
The cadets will begin a 14 month ground training course this January with FTEJerez, a leading flight training organisation based in Jerez, Spain - followed by initial flight training on single and multi-engine aircraft and aircraft simulators.
Aspiring aviators can usually expect to pay upwards of €30,000 for training programmes, but Aer Lingus covers the costs for its cadets. The airline also covers meals and accommodation, as well as providing an allowance.
After their stint in Spain, the cadets will return to Dublin to complete further training, including an airline transition course and A320 Type Rating course. This will include technical knowledge and simulator training and examination.
Following successful completion of this course, the cadets will receive their wings and commence flying the airline’s fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft.
The Aer Lingus pilot training programme debuted over 50 years ago, with the first pilots graduating from flight school in 1963.
During the training, the original cadets flew the DHC-1 Chipmunk, Cessna 150, 172 and 310s, before converting to the airline's then-fleet of Fokker F27s.
"We wish our newest team members continued success as they embark on this exciting journey to become the next generation of Aer Lingus pilots and Captains,” said Mike Rutter, Chief Operating Officer with Aer Lingus.
The new recruits are Sofiane Echiab from Lucan, Co. Dublin; Douglas Edge from Glasgow; Aoife Duff from Rush, Co. Dublin; Orla ODea from Clonmel, Tipperary; Andrew Power from Raheny, Co. Dublin; Thomas Turley from Downpatrick, Co. Down; Manuel Beltran from Balbriggan, Co. Dublin; Rachel Cull from Sutton, Co. Dublin; Alice Farrell from Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin; Patrick Henry from Castlerea, Co. Roscommon; Johnathon Moore from Bangor, Co. Down and Emmet O'Gara from Ashbourne, Co. Meath.