Virgin Australia will advertise for cadet pilots in August to launch its long-awaited training program.

The first year-long course is planned to start in December this year at Flight Training Adelaide.

The airline says there will be no requirement to hold any prior aviation qualifications or certification to be eligible for entry to the program, which will encompass the CPL,  Multi Engine Command Instrument Rating, ATPL, Multi-Crew Training and Jet Conversion Training.

It is planned that cadets will operate as First Officers on the ATR fleet operated by Skywest for approximately three years or 1500 hours total time, before transition to a Virgin Australia Jet FO position.

Virgin Australia General Manager Group Flight Operations, Brad Thomann, confirmed the appointment of Flight Training Adelaide, which is based at Parafield Airport.

“I am proud that Virgin Australia has been able to create a program that makes it possible for more Australians to realise their dream of becoming a commercial airline pilot,” Captain Thomann said.

“The cadet program will supplement pilot recruitment from more traditional career paths and provide us a consistent long-term pipeline of well-trained pilots for years to come.”

Unlike any other major Australian airline pilot cadet program, Virgin Australia will assist successful candidates financially, advancing upfront training course costs and assisting with accommodation and meals during the program.

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