The Cadet Pilot Training Program was launched in 2008 and aims to creatively address the looming pilot shortage which is imminent in the aviation industry. This means that the search for talented pilots has begun!
Chief Executive Officer, Inati Ntshanga is tirelessly committed to ensuring that the company continues to provide opportunities to passionate, bright young South Africans from all walks of life: “SA Express is proud to implement a program of this nature. By building skilled specialists in the aviation sector, our airline is making a significant contribution to the trade, travel and tourism industries.”
SA Express Senior Specialist, Capt Sakhile Nyoni-Reiling, who manages the Cadet Program, says: “Our airline is looking for people who are passionate about aviation. We encourage all those who would like to be groomed to become pilots of a world-class airline such as SA Express to submit their resume and engage our airline, if they meet the criteria as defined in our requirements.”
SA Express presents interested pilots with two options: The Cadet Mach 1 Program and the Cadet Mach 2 Program. Both Programs run every year, and interested candidates may submit applications to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cadet Mach 1
Mach 1 is the abinitio course for the cadets who have zero or very few flying hours. These candidates would have to be sent to a flying school for 18-24 months in order to complete a full Commercial Pilot’s License prior to being brought into SA Express to join the Dash 8 aircraft pool.
A tiered selection process will be followed for the Mach 1 Programme, with successful candidates sent to a flying school to study a SA Express developed and approved course.
Cadet Mach 2
Mach 2 is for Previously Disadvantaged Individuals (PDIs) who are fully qualified Commercial Pilots but cannot find employment because of their low time experience level.
A tiered selection process will be followed for the Mach 2 Programme, with successful candidates sent to a flying school to study a SA Express developed and approved bridging course, inclusive of an initial turbine conversion, before joining the Dash 8 aircraft pool. The bridging course will be designed to ensure that the pilots are all at the same level and also to acquaint them with various aspects of turbine flying experience.
Thereafter they do a SA Express developed and approved onto either the Bombardier Q400 aircraft pool, or the CRJ 200 pool.
Intense technical training and ground school is followed by simulator training, after which Line Flying Under Supervision (LFUS) is conducted.
At the end of the LFUS, Mach 2 cadets are promoted to the prestigious flight- deck crew body, and proudly designated as Junior First Officers.