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Jetstar opens applications for cadet pilot program

written by australianaviation.com.au | November 18, 2016

AIRBUS-A320-JETSTAR-HBA-JUL13-RF-5K5A2531Jetstar has started accepting applications for its 2017 pilot cadet program.

The program will be run by CAE Oxford Aviation Academy and Swinburne University in Melbourne, with successful candidates going through an ab initio training course for their Multi Engine Instrument Rating and Multi Crew Cooperation Training and a frozen ATPL.

The cadet pilots will then work towards their type Endorsement on an Airbus A320 or Boeing 787 aircraft.

CAE Oxford Aviation Academy is based at Melbourne’s Moorabbin Airport, while coursework for Swinburne University’s Associate Degree of Aviation will be at the university’s Hawthorn campus.

“Jetstar Australia has recently confirmed that it will be running its cadet pilot program in 2017,” CAE Oxford Aviation Academy said on its website.


“The Jetstar Cadet Pilot Program is now open for applications from suitably qualified candidates.

“This is an exceptional opportunity for aspiring pilots to train under the mentorship of Jetstar and go on to fly as First or Second Officers with the airline.

More details are on CAE Oxford Aviation Academy and Jetstar websites.

Jetstar first launched its cadet pilot training scheme in 2010 in partnership with two schools – Oxford Aviation Academy Group, as it was known then, and CTC Aviation Group based in Hamilton, New Zealand.

In October, Qantas started its first external pilot recruitment drive since 2009. The airline planned to hire 170 new pilots over the next three years ahead of the arrival of the Boeing 787-9 in October 2017.

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Comments (6)



    Would you please let me know more information for cadet pilot program , is it allow foreign student to join
    as Cadet pilot program? ( Training fees to be paid by me ) My son is a Commercial pilot (FAA) and CFI from America,
    if he can have any opportunity to join ,more information to be highly appreciated

    Warm regards,

  • Frequent Traveller


    Pay to fly programme finally made it to Australia contributing to the reduction of pay, conditions and respect of Australia’s pilots……..”onya Jetstar”.

  • Get real


    The quality of journalism needs to lift. There is and never was a ‘frozen atpl’.

  • jdf


    What do you mean “finally made it” here? These sort of programs have been around for decades in Australia. This Jetstar program is one of the newer ones but it has been around since 2010 as you’be be aware if you’d read the article in it’s entirety.

  • Sam


    ^^not a pay to fly program!! The course cost is no different to any other student pilot costs in Australia. Not one cent goes to Jetstar and in fact Jetstar now pays for the type rating and there is no second tier pay for cadets. GA is declining, this stream of pilot recruitment is the way of the future!!



    I have to agree with Get Real. Frozen ATPL!
    There has never been such an animal. ATPL subjects maybe but not a frozen licence rating. That still has to be earned.
    Maybe the Media needs to wake up and remove the expression ‘Frozen ATPL’ from its China produced dictionary – permanently !

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