UK based CTC Aviation Training is looking to grow its New Zealand flight instructor team by more than a third, in preparation for an expected influx of pilot trainees later this year.
“CTC is currently in negotiations with major airlines in Asia, the Middle East and Europe who are all signalling a huge demand for pilots in both the short and long term. We currently train around 180 airline pilots in Hamilton each year. However, we estimate one year from now that number will rise to between 250 and 300,” CTC Aviation Training CEO Ian Calvert said.
To match the expected demand, CTC will increase the number of instructors based at its Crew Training Centre in Hamilton from 33 to 52 by August. The company says approximately 10 of the new instructors will be recruited from within New Zealand while another four will be licensed Joint Aviation Authority (JAA) instructors recruited from the United Kingdom.
Calvert cited large aircraft orders, increasing passenger numbers throughout Asia and an ageing pilot population as key factors in determining demand for pilot graduates. “Airlines in the Pacific, Chinese and Middle Eastern regions are placing huge orders for aircraft, all of which need crews to fly them,” Calvert said.
“A further factor affecting pilot demand is the growth in passenger numbers across India, China and Vietnam. And finally, over the next two to seven years the industry is signalling that we will see a dramatic increase in the number of airline pilots retiring due to age, thus creating a retirement bulge.”