CityJet re-open ‘Climb High’ cadet program

Irish Airline, CityJet has re-opened places on their Climb High Mentored Cadet Programme managed by CAE Oxford Aviation Academy. 10 places are available for the EASA ATPL Integrated Training Programme. Applicants will undergo an initial CAE aircrew selection process, those who are successful will then be interviewed by CityJet.

Training will begin with ground school at CAE Oxford Aviation Academy in Oxford, UK and will the then move on to Phoenix, Arizona where cadets will get their flying hours. Cadets will finish their training back in Oxford, UK. Following completion of all their training, the cadets will begin their employment with CityJet.

Cityjet CRJ

CityJet’s operates eight Bombardier CRJ900 on a range of routes for SAS as part of a ‘wet lease’ operation.

CityJet say that the cadet programme is designed at ensuring that CityJet has sufficient, qualified pilots for its existing and new routes and its mix of aircraft. The airline operates crew bases in Dublin, Brussels, London, Paris, Stockholm, Helsinki, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and has a new base to open shortly in Tallinn (Estonia).

CityJet’s General Manager of Flight Operations, Robert Campbell Smith, said: “Our pilot mentored cadet programme provides the starting point for an exciting career path for the successful applicants with us. CityJet continues to see significant expansion with further Bombardier CRJ-900 passenger aircraft arriving both this year and into next and additional Superjet SSJ100 to our existing fleet. Our fleet of Avro RJ85 aircraft continues to serve us well and with all three aircraft types providing opportunities throughout our nine European pilot bases, this is an exciting time to be joining our growing airline. We look forward to welcoming our new recruits to our Cadet programme later this year.”

Cityjet SS100

Cityjet currently operate six Sukhoi Superjet SS100, and have a further nine on order

The pre-entry requirements are:

  • By over 18 years of age
  • Entitled to reside and work in the European Union
  • Free from any criminal record
  • No piercings or tattoos
  • Have no more than a PPL or 100 hours of flying experience
  • Must obtain a UK CAA issued EASA Class 1 Medical Certificate prior to commencement
  • Able to fund the full cost of the initial CAE OAA training course
  • Fluent in the English language with the potential to qualify at ICAO level 6
  • In possession of the following minimum educational qualifications:


School Leaving Certificate with 6 subjects including mathematics, English and a science subject, with a minimum of D1 in higher mathematics, or B3 in Ordinary math’s, with a C3 or higher in 3 honour subjects.


An Honour Degree above 3.0 or a pass or higher award in a higher degree such as MSc, MA, MPhil, DPhil, PhD, MBA.

United Kingdom

5 GCSEs at Grade C or above, including English Language, Mathematics and a Science (single or double award), excluding General Studies.


Either 3 A-Levels at Grades BCC or above, excluding General Studies and Critical thinking.


An Honours Degree above 3.0 or a pass or higher in a higher degree such as MSc, MA, MPhil, DPhil, PhD, MBA.

Other Countries

Candidates must demonstrate that they can meet the equivalent of the minimum educational standard required of Irish educated candidates.

On conclusion of the licence training, the program moves on to a type rating training course with CityJet flight training, which is sponsored by the airline. The course also includes an integrated bachelor’s degree in air transport management.

The selection process will have four stages:

STAGE 1 – online application

CAE OAA assessors will review all candidate applications to assess whether they successfully meet the criteria for CityJet Climb High Mentored Programme. Successful candidates through this phase will be invited to Oxford or Dublin to complete an assessment day.


STAGE 2 – assessment day

Stage 2 of assessment, conducted by CAE Oxford Aviation Academy, will take place over half a day at London Oxford Airport or Brussels and will include:

Computer Based Testing (ADAPT):

Advanced Cognitive Test


Aviation Knowledge Test

CRM Questionnaire

Conflict Management Questionnaire

Advanced PQ (Personality Questionnaire)



Stage 3 of assessment, conducted by CAE Oxford Aviation Academy, will take place over one day in Dublin and will include:

Group exercise

Personal interview


STAGE 4 – final interview

The final stage will be an interview conducted solely by CityJet in Dublin.

The cost of the course is €107,000, successful applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of €6,500. Stages two and three of the assessment process cost £250 each.

Applications for the CityJet Climb High Mentored Cadet Programme should be submitted via

Author: Adrian Mahovics

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