Czech Aviation Training Center (CATC) launched pilot training of nineteen Malaysian cadets for Malaysian Airlines in Prague. Within two years, cadets will complete Integrated Airline Transport Pilot Course (ATP) for aircraft, at the end of which they will meet the requirements for the commercial pilot of a commercial aircraft.
As part of their studies, selected Malaysian Airlines cadets will undergo annual theoretical training from fourteen aviation courses (750 hours of theoretical instruction in total), which will be completed by an ATPL (Airline Transport Pilot License) theory at the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority of the Czech Republic). The second year, they take the practical part of the lessons on single-engine and twin-engine propeller planes in Hradec Kralove, flying a total of 194 flight hours. This training, which is conducted for Malaysian Airlines, collected students from a total of 6,000 applicants. The training is mediated by the Skyvax partner company and the project also involved the Malaysian Embassy in Prague, which helped to provide accommodation and catering for cadets.
The whole project is supported and funded by the state education agency Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), thus enjoying the interest of Malaysian institutions and other participating ministries. The costs of training pilots are around two million crowns for one cadet, the total costs for this first group of 40 million crowns. This is an extraordinary success for CATC, which is also the only one in Europe authorized to train Malaysian pilots by the Malaysian Civil Aviation Authority.
For CATC participation in this project, it was crucial to convince the Malaysian authorities of the competence of the training organization, the quality of the training program, the adequacy of the training facilities used, and last but not least, the ability to provide the necessary facilities for students in the Czech Republic. The Malaysian Civil Aviation Authority played a major role in this respect.
The Malaysian side expressed their satisfaction with the provision and the course of the training so far, so CATC is already negotiating that in the course of 2019 two more groups of cadets of 20 students will be sent to cadet training in Prague. Half of the students will be women.