IndiGo Cadet Pilot Program


Dear Applicant,

Welcome to FTA’s IndiGo Cadet Program! FTA has extensive experience in delivering airline cadet pilot training to airlines worldwide over the last 37 years. FTA is the current approved training provider for Cathay Pacific Airways, Cathay Dragon, Cebu Pacific, China Airlines, Cobham, Hong Kong Government Flying Service, TAG Aviation, Qantas Group Pilot Academy, QantasLink, Skymark, and Virgin Australia.

We are looking forward to extending our relationship with IndiGo Airlines and more importantly, offering you a high-quality, fit-for-purpose training program to facilitate your employment as a First Officer with IndiGo Airlines.

We hope that you find the information useful and invite you to register via the application section. We are looking forward to meeting you shortly.

Mr Pierre Steyn, COO

Toowoomba, Queensland

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.

Toowoomba is home to a number of high quality education institutions. The University of Southern Queensland’s (USQ) main campus with a large international student population, is one of Toowoomba’s three universities.

Brisbane is accessible from a large number of Indian cities as Brisbane International Airport has daily direct flights from Bali, Guangzhou, Dubai, Doha, Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur.

Program Details

FTA has designed a training program that requires travel for cadets in only two countries. The program has four phases:

  • Phase 1: DGCA ground theory and examinations in India and FTA Pre-course Computer Based Training
  • Phase 2: CASA Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) and Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (MECIR) at FTA Adelaide
  • Phase 3: DGCA licence conversion flying module in India
  • Phase 4: Multi Crew Cooperation (MCC) at FTA and A320 type rating in Melbourne, Australia

Program Phase 2 (Australia)

Integrated ground theory and flying delivered over seven modules of training. On completion of the course, cadets achieve:

    • AVI50219 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane)
    • AVI50519 Diploma in Aviation (Instrument Rating)

Duration: 46 weeks

Flying Training (206 hours):

  • 85 hours single engine dual (including 3 hours CAP10 upset recovery)
  • 100 hours single engine solo
  • 20 hours multi-engine dual

Simulator Training:

  • 36 hours DA40/DA42 simulators


  • 500 hours CPL(A) onsite face-to-face classroom lessons and 35 hours IREX ground school lessons
  • Flying: individual flying lessons
Practical Flying
  • Basic and advanced flying techniques
  • Advanced flying manoeuvres and procedures
  • Navigation
  • Night flying
  • Operating in a commercial flying environment
  • Multi-engine endorsement
  • Endorsement on the use of: ILS, VOR, NDB, DGA and GNSS (RNAV)
  • Upset Prevention and Recovery training (UPRT)

Program Phase 3 (India)
  • Licence Conversion flying module (India)
Program Phase 4 (Australia)
  • Multi-crew Cooperation (Adelaide)
  • Airbus A320 Type Rating (Melbourne)


At FTA we know that for many cadets their training in Toowoomba may be their first time away from home. Therefore we have support systems and infrastructure in place to make cadets as comfortable as possible and allow them to concentrate on training.

Cadets will be hosted at the FTA Queensland purpose built facilities located the Wellcamp Airport, 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.

Welfare Team

The student welfare team consists of male and 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.


Cadets will have access to the academy’s Welfare Manager, who provides a personal level of support including networking, advice and companionship. Cadets will also have access to our welfare manger 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 read the application prerequisites and frequently asked questions.

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