Cobham Aviation Services, a scheduled and charter airline and aviation services provider, and Flight Training Adelaide, a pilot training provider, launched the Cobham Cadet Pilot Program to help with the pilot shortage and prepare cadets to be hired as First Officers in Cobham's fleet of Dash 8 aircraft that Cobham uses to conduct aerial surveillance for the Australian Government.

Cobham’s General Manager Special Mission, Ken Millar, said: "This is not regular passenger transport flying; it’s unique, hands-on, low-level flying. Ultimately, graduates will have the rare opportunity to combine their love of flying with national security and environmental protection."

The program will start in early 2019 with eight cadets at Parafield Airport-based Flight Training Adelaide in Parafield, Australia. Aspiring pilots with little or no flight experience are encouraged to apply through August 12, 2018.