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Cobham cadets ready to soar

ADELAIDE, Australia – Cobham Aviation Services today announced the recruitment of the group’s first ever female cadet pilot.

Ruby Blagrove, a 19 year-old from McLaren Vale in South Australia, was selected from more than 400 applicants to join the 2020 Cobham Cadet Pilot Program, run in partnership with Flight Training Adelaide.

Three other successful applicants have also just joined the latest wave to enter the widely acclaimed 53-week intensive program. They are Jordan Negrin, Daniel Coulton and David Collins, who all relocated from Victoria for the Adelaide based program. Cobham is taking on a total of eight cadets in 2020 with another four due to join the program from the middle of the year.

Russell Dyer, Cobham’s Vice President, Special Mission said the unique program, now in its second year, continued to generate strong interest from aspiring pilots across Australia eager to join Cobham on a fast-tracked pathway to becoming a Special Mission pilot.

“We were both surprised and delighted to be swamped by applications from around the country. Obviously our Cadet Pilot Program has captured the imagination of would-be aviators everywhere,” Mr Dyer said.

“Once cadets successfully complete the program, they are fully equipped to become First Officers on our specially-modified Dash 8 aircraft – a process which would otherwise take years to obtain for novice flyers,”

Cobham provides airborne surveillance using Dash 8 aircraft for Australia’s national security, border protection, law enforcement and environmental protection under contract with the Australian Government. Following successful course completion and graduation, it is expected that cadets will formally join Cobham to help deliver this important service.

“The first eight cadets from our inaugural program have performed exceptionally well – we’re extremely proud of their determination and efforts throughout the very demanding cadetship. They have certainly set the bar high for this year’s incoming cadets,” Mr Dyer said.

Above: Daniel Coulton (VIC), Jordan Negrin (VIC), Ruby Blagrove (SA) and David Collins (VIC) pictured at Flight Training Adelaide where they have just started the Cobham Cadet Pilot Program.

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