On 23 March, Virgin Australia’s Advanced Pilot Cadets graduated from an intensive 22-week course conducted at Flight Training Adelaide in South Australia.

The group have all secured flying positions with Virgin Australia and will now move onto training specifically to fly the airline’s ATR 72 and Boeing 777 aircraft types. Virgin Australia’s Director of Group Flight Operations, Stuart Aggs, said, “For the first time in our programme’s history, we conducted both advanced and ab initio pilot cadetships simultaneously, designed to widen the opportunities for our cadetship programme. I’m very pleased that our 2017 class of advanced cadets will now take to the skies as certified First and Second Officers.

“Our ab initio course is still underway with those cadets due to graduate in November and we look forward to them joining our pilot group,” Mr Aggs continued.

Throughout their course, the Advanced Pilot Cadets trained on a number of different aircraft types, including Diamond DA40s, Diamond DA42 Twinstars and Mudry CAP 10s.

Virgin Australia has been running its pilot cadetship in conjunction with Flight Training Adelaide since 2012. Applications for the 2018 course will open in October.