Welcome to FTA’s IndiGo Cadet Pilot Program! FTA has extensive experience in delivering airline cadet pilot training to airlines worldwide over the last 33 years. FTA is the current training provider for Cathay Pacific Airways, Cebu Airlines, China Airlines, Cathay Dragon, Hong Kong Government Flying Service, TAG Aviation, Vietnam Airlines, QantasLink and Virgin Australia
our latest airline partner
IndiGo is our latest airline partner. We are looking forward to extending our relationship with the airline, and more importantly, to offer you a high quality, fit-for-purpose training program to facilitate your employment as a First Officer with IndiGo.
We hope that you find the information useful and invite you to register below. We are looking forward to meeting you shortly.
Mr Johan Pienaar, CEO
Toowoomba is a large inland city situated within a 90-minute drive from Queensland’s capital city, Brisbane, the Gold and Sunshine Coasts and two international airports (Brisbane and Gold Coast). Toowoomba has an estimated resident population of 135,600.
A university and cathedral city, it hosts the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers each September and national championship events for the sports of mountain biking and motocross. Toowoomba has many beautiful parks and gardens, shopping centres, sport clubs, cultural venues and restaurants. It is also referred to as the Garden City and capital of the Darling Downs, a farming region on the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range in southern Queensland.
FTA has designed a seamless training program that minimises the requirement for cadets to travel, with all training taking place in two countries. The program is designed in five phases being, phase one DGCA ground theory and examinations in India, the basic phases two and three encompasses the CASA commercial pilot licence (CPL) and Multi Engine Command Instrument Rating (MECIR) in Toowoomba.
Phase four will commence where the cadet completes a Multi Crew Cooperation (MCC) program in Adelaide, followed by an A320 type rating program in Melbourne, which is within a one hour flight from Adelaide.
Phase five of the program is conducted in India which comprises the conversion of the CASA licences to a DGCA license.
Integrated ground theory and flying delivered over seven modules of training. On completion of the course, cadets achieve:
- AVI50215 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane)
- AVI50415 Diploma in Aviation (Instrument Rating)
- Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT)
Duration: 46 weeks
200 hours Flying Training:
- 80 hours single engine dual (including 5 hours CAP10 upset recovery)
- 100 hours single engine solo
- 20 hours multi-engine dual
36 hours Simulator Training:
- 36 hours DA40/DA42 simulators
- 500 hours CPL(A) initial delivery though computer based training (CBT) and onsite face-to-face classroom lessons and 35 hours IREX ground
- Flying: individual flying lessons
- Muti-crew Cooperation (Adelaide)
- Airbus A320 Type Rating (Melbourne)
- License Conversion (India)
Cadets will be hosted at the University of South Queensland (USQ) residential college in Toowoomba. This College provides stress-free on-campus accommodation. As a resident, cadets will benefit from a wide range of services and facilities with the added bonus of an inbuilt student community. The college is safe and secure with plenty of academic and social support available to the cadets.
Cadets will have access to an on-site Manager, Coordinator and Collegiate Team (student leaders) who provide a personal level of support including networking, advice and companionship. Cadets will also have access to our Residential College Wellness Educator (CWE) who prioritises the well-being of the residential college community, with a focus on quality residential life and experience. The CWE can provide support, information and referrals to other on-campus health services (General Practitioner/Medical Doctor, Nurse Practitioner, Psychologist etc.) for personal issues, study difficulties or wellbeing needs.
Please see our FTA Queensland brochure below for catering and traveling information.
The student welfare team consists of male a female staff that are on call 24/7. They assist students with all non-operational issues during their training, such as medical emergencies, pastoral care, administration and personal support.