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CTC Aviation grows to train aspiring pilots from 25 nations in New Zealand

CTC Aviation grows to train aspiring pilots from 25 nations in New Zealand

Hamilton, New Zealand - When world-leading airline pilot training company CTC Aviation opened its Hamilton Crew Training Centre in 2005, it trained primarily UK and European airline pilots.

However, with the recent recruitment of its first-ever Kosovo citizen, the airline training organisation now has 25 nationalities in training in New Zealand.

"Our New Zealand Crew Training Centre has grown from strength to strength with new major airline partnerships being signed regularly over the past ten years," said CTC Aviation's Chief Operating Officer – Ab initio Training (NZ), Peter Stockwell.

"With those international partnerships come international recruits and, as of this month, we are fortunate to now have 25 different nationalities currently training with us from all four corners of the globe, including Bermuda, Ireland, India, Slovenia, Malaysia, Canada and Brunei to name just a few."

Stockwell said the global spread was testament to the graduates, training staff and management who have grown CTC Aviation to be the highly regarded world-leading airline pilot training company that it is today.

With centres in the United Kingdom and United States as well as New Zealand, the internationally approved organisation annually trains and recruits approximately 3,000 aircrew for more than 50 global airlines.

When the Hamilton facility, located at Hamilton Airport, opened in April 2005, the trainee intake into its flagship airline pilot career programme CTC WINGS was 80 per year.

Today, the number of aspiring pilots in training has reached around 400 per year.

CTC Aviation's airline partnership with one of the Middle East's largest international airlines Qatar Airways, announced in February 2014, has contributed greatly to the number of international recruits training in New Zealand – with the latest, Veton Breznica of Kosovo, being a prime example.

Twenty-seven-year-old Breznica believes he is the first Kosovar citizen in history to train as a commercial pilot and has been recognised in his country for this feat. His dream will become reality thanks to Qatar Airways and CTC Aviation.

Although Europe's youngest nation, Kosovo is not currently part of the EEA. After actively trying to find an airline training programme that would accept his citizenship status, Breznica is now able to fulfil a lifelong aspiration of training to become an airline pilot having been accepted by Qatar Airways and CTC Aviation as a trainee.

Breznica says he's felt very welcomed by the staff and his fellow trainees, and has made himself at home at CTC Aviation's facilities and in the Waikato since arriving several weeks ago.

"I was given a very nice reception. It is wonderful to be here and to be making my dream come true," he said.

"I want to be an example to my fellow young people in Kosovo to dare to dream and will to win. Ground school and trainee life has been awesome so far, and I'm excited to continue with, and eventually complete, my training."

Following 12 months of ground school and flight training here in New Zealand, Breznica will head to CTC Aviation's UK facilities for six months of aircraft 'type rating' training in preparation for flying as an A320 co-pilot for Qatar Airways operating from Doha.

Breznica is somewhat of a celebrity in his home nation because of his flying achievements despite the seemingly huge barriers he has faced. So much so that he has been asked twice to speak at European TedX events. You can watch his talks here:


CTC Aviation's airline pilot career programme, CTC WINGS has been chosen by a number of leading airlines as their preferred training route for new pilots.

The programme for Qatar Airways is specifically designed to attract applicants from all around the world, Successful applicants are given a conditional offer of employment with Qatar Airways prior to the commencement of training and the 'Multi crew Pilot Licence' (MPL) syllabus is tailored specifically to incorporate Qatar Airways' requirements and procedures.

On completion of training, the graduates benefit from one of the best employment packages available for newly qualified pilots.

Looking to the future, Stockwell says the coming years look very promising for aspiring pilots: "With manufacturers like Boeing stating an international need for 558,000 new pilots over the next 20 years, real opportunities exist for the next generation of airline pilots. It's a great time to start training."


Media contacts:

Peter Stockwell

Chief Operating Officer – Ab initio Training (NZ)

CTC Aviation

+64 (0)7 843 3304

Heather Claycomb

HMC Communications

+64 (0)21 751 051

About CTC Aviation

CTC Aviation is a global pilot training and resourcing company providing innovative solutions in partnership with customers around the world. Latest-generation Crew Training Centres and resources are located at attractive, well-connected, convenient locations in the UK, NZ and USA.

CTC Aviation's services cover the full spectrum of requirements from ab initio trainee pilot selection, training and airline placement to the more advanced aircrew selection, training and provisioning requirements for experienced pilots, instructors and examiners.

An Internationally Approved Training Organisation (ATO) for ab initio and type rating training, the company trains and recruits approximately 3000 aircrew for more than 50 global airlines each year.

Airline customers include British Airways, Dragonair, easyJet, easyJet Switzerland, fastjet, Flybe, flydubai, IndiGo,, Jet Airways, the Jetstar Group, Monarch Airlines, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, Royal Brunei Airlines, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways.

CTC Aviation is an L-3 company.