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Etihad Airways Cadet Pilot Program
Pilot Career - Becoming a Pilot
Thursday, 22 December 2011 15:48

From Cadet to Captain

Hi Capt Lim,

Yesterday I asked about a New Zealand resident like myself joining the Asian airlines such as Singapore, Malaysia and Cathay. You responded saying that Cathay would be the only one of those carriers who will accept non-residents to work for them.

And while Cathay may be a possibility in the future, yes, I was also just wondering if you were familiar with the process of joining the Middle Eastern airlines such as Emirates, Etihad or Qatar. I've only ever flown Emirates and found them to be great, but I've heard good things about the other two as well, so I was hoping that if you have any further information on joining these airlines in a recruitment programme after finishing flight school that would be great.

What you said about Air New Zealand was helpful and I've since found that Massey University (the primary New Zealand Flight School) has established a feeding programme of sorts from graduation into Air New Zealand, so that is always a possibility, but I was just wondering if my aspirations to work internationally as a pilot are realistic or not.

Thanking you once again,

Mitch

Hi Mitch,

Amongst the Middle Eastern Airlines, only Etihad takes in International Cadet Pilots who are non-residents: Below are some FAQ for your further information.

Q 1. What is the Etihad Airways Cadet Pilot Programme?

A. Etihad Airways Cadet Pilot Programme prepares outstanding individuals for the role as a pilot for its modern and expanding fleet. The successful candidate will complete their training at the Horizon International Flight Academy in Al Ain, UAE for duration of 18 months.

Q 2. How to Apply?

A. To apply for this programme, you must be aged between 18 to 26 at the time of testing; Height 157 to 195 cm; have graduated high school and be medically fit with a BMI (body mass index) of below 30.

You must have the ability to speak English to an equivalent to ICAO level 4 and provide details of such.

Q 3. What does ‘initial selection’ mean?

A. Initial selection takes places in various parts of the world. To reduce your costs, we will travel to North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia at various times. We do reserve the right to not visit any particular venue if we feel it is not in Etihad’s best interests. The initial selection comprises of six written aptitude tests, there is no interview at this stage. If you are successful with this stage you will be invited back to Abu Dhabi for the second stage at our cost.

Q 4. What is the ‘second stage’?

A. The second stage, in Abu Dhabi is more individual. You will have interviews, group exercises and further aptitude tests to complete which will include a psychomotor test. The final element will be a class one medical. The second stage is done with a succeed and continue approach, this means you may be required in Abu Dhabi for the full 3 days or less if you fail to pass any stage of the selection. We do not offer feedback to unsuccessful candidates.

Q 5. Am I considered as Etihad Employee if selected for the Cadet Pilot Programme?

A. No. You will be enrolled as a permanent full time employee of Etihad Airways subject to completion of the necessary medical examinations, security checks, and police clearance and after successful completion of your frozen ATPL. Until this point you will be employed on a training contract. The exact details of this will be made clear to you at your initial selection.

Q 6. Will I get paid during the Foundation Course/Training?

A. Yes. The company will pay you a salary on a monthly basis; this will not be subject to annual increments or bonuses as per main line staff within Etihad during the next 18 months at Horizon International Flight Academy in Al Ain.

Q 7. Will I be provided an accommodation and transportation during the course period?

A. Cadets are provided with single bedroom shared accommodation in Al Ain. Transportation is provided to and from the Horizon academy and to all other venues required by Etihad.

Q 8. How long is the Cadet Pilot Programme/Training Course?

A. The cadet pilot program will take 2 years to complete. This should include your type rating course, however this will depend on Etihad Airways training commitments at the time.

Q 9. What will be my Position Title after the Cadet Pilot Program?

A. After the successful completion of the Cadet Pilot Program, you will be required to sign another employment contract with Etihad Airways to serve as a Second Officer.

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Mitch,

Although Massey is a good choice, be careful about basing your decision around being fed into an airline on graduation. I went through Massey a number of years ago and was told a similar story, but nothing eventuated for any graduates at that time. Maybe things have changed but I wouldn't count on it. Also, a Kiwi or Aussie passport can mean a harder road to the majors, I fly for a smaller operator in Asia, and have seen many of my co-pilots move through to bigger operators because of their nationality 'advantage'. Frustrating, but a reality of the business. Having said that, it has its moments and if you have to fly, nothing will stop you. all the best!
Mark , 22 Dec, 2011
Experience , Low-rated comment [Show]
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Application form
Hi, do you know the link for the International Cadet application form? I couldn't find it.

Thank you
peter , 26 Mar, 2012
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Etihad stopped recruiting International cadets exceptions are Omani nationals and seychelles nationals. The programe is only open for UAE nationals along with the former 2 nationalities.
Ryan , 29 Mar, 2012
To:RYAN
Etihad stopped recruiting International cadets exceptions are Omani nationals and seychelles nationals. The programe is only open for UAE nationals along with the former 2 nationalities.

How do you Know that?
Cadet , 04 Apr, 2012
Where
Hey Mitch thanks for all the information but can you
Get me an address as to where to enrole do you have
To be put on a waiting list if so how long is the waiting
List
Sir , 07 Apr, 2012
TO:Cadet
hi cadet, There was job post in etihad airways website for cadet pilot for seychelles nationals and the previous year for omani nationals. Remember etihad airways now owns air seychelles and they give preference to seychelles nationals and the government has agreement with oman government so they give preference to omani nationals.
Ryan , 29 Apr, 2012
...
does anybody have an idea as to when etihad is going to reopen applications for the cadet programme for non UAE nationals?
shel , 31 May, 2012
CADET PILOT PROGRAMME
I AM FROM PAKISTAN .I WANT TO JOIN YOUR CADET PIOLT PROGRAM
MUHAMMAD EHSAN , 13 Jul, 2012
Interested in cadet pilot
Hi Sr. i just graduated From my professional pilot training in the united states, my citizenship is mexican (i currently hold both FAA & DGAC commercial license). are they hiring non UAE citizens?
Cadet Pilot , 07 Aug, 2012
Wishing to be a part of Etihad Airways's cadet pilot family
Sir,
I am currently working as a flight attendant. I am passionate for flying a airplane. I do research, study about flying, reading Flight International,and practice on my skills during free time. I like the satisfaction on flying a plane especially, when taking off and landing in a plane. Besides that, being a pilot benefits me a lot, I get to learn some interesting physics, meteorological, good skills, advance technologies and instruments that equiped in a plane. I been seeing a pilot life, how they operate this complicated machine, how smart and knowledgeable they are, and those good skills they had. And I am sure that, this is what I want, I want to be able to fly this complicated machine someday, learn good skills and broaden my horizon. I am very interested in Etihad Airways's cadet pilot program. All I need is just a chance to start
with with. I hope that you are able to assist me in locating the process of applying Etihad's cadet pilot program. Thank you.

Your sincerely, Thomas.
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Thomas Ng , 15 Oct, 2012
Wishing to be a part of Etihad Airways's cadet pilot family
Sir,
I am currently working as a flight attendant. I am passionate for flying a airplane. I do research, study about flying, reading Flight International,and practice on my skills during free time. I like the satisfaction on flying a plane especially, when taking off and landing in a plane. Besides that, being a pilot benefits me a lot, I get to learn some interesting physics, meteorological, good skills, advance technologies and instruments that equiped in a plane. I been seeing a pilot life, how they operate this complicated machine, how smart and knowledgeable they are, and those good skills they had. And I am sure that, this is what I want, I want to be able to fly this complicated machine someday, learn good skills and broaden my horizon. I am very interested in Etihad Airways's cadet pilot program. All I need is just a chance to start
with with. I hope that you are able to assist me in locating the process of applying Etihad's cadet pilot program. Thank you.

Your sincerely, Thomas.
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Thomas Ng , 15 Oct, 2012
How to apply for Cadet pilot programme.....
Dear sir,
I am a current Indian CPL holder and presently working as a flight dispatcher.Kindly assisst me to apply for your programme as i haven't seen any links to apply.
Thanks and B Regards
Prasanth
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PRASANTH K NAIR , 05 Dec, 2012
Cadet application form please
HI
I REALLY WANT TO JOIN THE ETIHAD CADET PROGRAM. I LIVE IN ENGLAND AND HAVE ACHIEVED VERY GOOD RESULTS IN MY GCSE EXAMINATIONS

ANYWAY SOMEONE PLEASE SEND ME THE LINK FOR THE APPLICATION FORM FOR ETIHAD CADETS.

MY EMAIL
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Thanks a lot
Muhammad K. , 31 Dec, 2012
Non UAE Nationals NOT accepted
Hello all,

Just to let you know this program has been closed to all non-uae citizens.

Thanks,
Will , 24 Jan, 2013
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Well, what is the most subjects that i need to be good at and what's the percentage so i can be accepted ?
Mohammed , 03 Feb, 2013
RUSH - Etihad Cadet Pilot international open now til 8thmay13
aky , 05 May, 2013
Cadet application form
HI
I REALLY WANT TO JOIN THE ETIHAD CADET PROGRAM. I LIVE IN TORONTO AND HAVE ACHIEVED VERY GOOD NEWS THAT YOUR PROGRAM IS THE BEST!

ANYWAY SOMEONE PLEASE SEND ME THE LINK FOR THE APPLICATION FORM FOR ETIHAD CADETS.

MY EMAIL
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Thanks a lot
brandon , 16 Sep, 2013
Im 30 and i want to be pilot
Do you know if cai i aply to an other airline schools? Im 30 and my dream is be a pilot


Thanks

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Adriana , 15 Nov, 2013
BECOME A PILOT
HI,SIR
I M VERY INTERESTED TO BECOME A PILOT THATS WHY I CHOOZ
WITH ETIHAD AIRWAYS CADET PROGRAME I LIVE IN DUBAI SO PLEASE NEW NEWS FOR ME PLEASE SEND ME EMAIL.
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BEST REGARD
MOHAMMAD ASAD
MOHAMMAD ASAD , 01 Dec, 2013
ASPIRING PILOT
HI CAPTAIN AM FROM UGANDA, IS THERE ANY WAY I CAN OBTAIN A SCHOLARSHIP FOR PILOT TRAINING FROM ZERO TO ATPL AND PAY LATER . THANK YOU SO MUCH

A GOOD PILOT IS ALWAYS LEARNING

GOD BLESS YOU
MUFUBENGA W` , 21 May, 2014
Procedure to apply
Greeting for the day sir,
Please send me the link for application form and the procedure to apply for the ETIHAD CADGET PROGRAME...
I would be highly thankful to you if you send it to mi as soon as possible. ..
thanks in advance
KUSH SHARMA , 09 Jul, 2014
Student
Dear All,
I have completed 10+2 years of educations. I want to know that does this cadet pilot program needs any ppl or cpl or any other licenses? and is there any charge if i am selected for this program. Please do let me know i am among the one who has dream to see himself in Pilot seat.
055 615 1945
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Rizwanullah , 10 Jul, 2014
Mr
Good day
I am extremely excited regarding your cadet program and would want to apply. Please could you assist me with a link or email adress if possible.
I am currently living in South Africa and wish to relocate

Thanks

Morne
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Morne , 07 Oct, 2014
Director
Hellow i am form Papua New Guinea and is thrilled with the information provided , would it be possible for me to apply for cadet program. Please do assist me so i can display my full potentials
Jurgen Dale , 14 Nov, 2014
ETIHAD CADET Program my ultimate dream to be a pilot
Please help me accomplish my dream of beco0ming a pilot.Etihad airways cadet program is the only scheme i am looking up to.i have all the passion and all the qualities of becoming a pilot.What i am looking for now is pleading to ETIHAD airways to open this program to non-UAE citizens.I am the right person together with my enthusiast the best people. IF not to the public, please with all the great respect not to forget me of becoming a pilot.
RANSFORD TAMAKLOE , 23 Dec, 2014
request
Greeting for the day sir,
Please send me the link for application form and the procedure to apply for the ETIHAD CADGET PROGRAME...
I would be highly thankful to you if you send it to mi as soon as possible. ..
thanks in advance. i am working as a flight dispatcher an passionate for ATPL my email is
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thanks i am waiting
ade harison , 14 Jun, 2015
HR Business partner
Hi Sir, I am enquiring for my son who is a resident in Saudi, can he apply without losing his Saudi resident visa for the program, his cousin is a first officer with air arabia and our whole family is in airport, air line industry at Jeddah, regards
Ali akbar , 23 May, 2016
aerospace engineer student
Hi,i am an aerospace engineer student at university Putra Malaysia .I am in my last semester and i am really interested in this program,i have a lot of questions to ask. Could you email me how to apply and what are the requirements thank you ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

eman , 03 Jul, 2016
aerospace
Hi,i am an aerospace engineer student at university Putra Malaysia .I am in my last semester and i am really interested in this program,i have a lot of questions to ask. Could you email me how to apply and what are the requirements thank you ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
eman , 03 Jul, 2016
cadet pilot program
hello,
i have bachelor science of aviation from abudhabi university and atpl frozen from royal Jordanian air academy
how can i join the program?

regards,
waleed
waleed , 21 Feb, 2017
to apply for pilot programme in ethihad airways
hi sir
i am Ashutosh mahajan from india and my dream is to join ethihad airways for pilot and how many cost required for course and which is better place for course in india or abroad and what is expendition in abu dhabi college
Ashutosh Mahajan , 21 Aug, 2017

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