Air Astana offers Initial Pilot Preparation Program Ab-Initio (Latin for “from the beginning”). We are looking for young Kazakhstani citizens from 18 to 34 years old with excellent knowledge in Physics and Math and who are fluent in English.

Minimum Requirements :

  • Have Citizenship of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Be between 18 and 34 years old
  • Have completed high-school certificate or equivalent
  • Have good command of English
  • Have good health to meet medical committee requirements
  • Have a clean police record
  • Have a valid international passport
  • Be eligible for Schengen visa
  • Agree to sign a bond for a minimum of 7 years period for employment as a pilot with Air Astana and to refund 50% of total cost of the training.

1.2 : Following candidates are eligible for selection :

  • University graduates (specialization according to diploma is not important);
  • High school/college graduates, university students who scored 80 and above on Common National Testing or Integrated Testing of University Entrants. Test date is not important;
  • High school/college graduates, university students without Common National Testing or Integrated Testing of University Entrants test results who are holders of “Altyn Belgi” medal and/or awardees of Republican Subject Olympiad on Physics and/or Math.

2 : To participate in the programme a candidate must submit the following :

  • Filled Ab-Initio application form
  • Copy of ID card and passport
  • Copy of certificate of secondary education with supplement
  • Copy of Certificate of Common National Testing or Certificate of Integrated Testing of University Entrants (for candidates specified in p. 1.2 subparagraph 3).
  • Copy of diploma (certificate of degree, bachelor/master) with supplement (for candidates specified in p.1.2 subparagraph 1).
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Copy of military ID or military service registration certificate (for men only)
  • Two reference letters from last place of study or employment
  • Reference from place of study (for candidates who are university students at the moment of documents submission)
  • Copy of valid IELTS (Academic) certificate with a minimum score of 6.0 or a copy of valid TOEFL (IBT) certificate with a minimum score of 78;
  • Police Clearance Certificate
  • A certificate from psycho-neurological clinic
  • A certificate from narcological clinic
  • Address reference

2.2 : Candidates, whose documents are provided according to the list above and satisfy the requirements, will be invited to selection phases.

3 : Candidates Selection
The selection process consists of the following stages:

3.1 : Screening
1. SHL tests (VMG verbal analysis ability test and NMG numerical analysis ability test)
2. Medical examination of a candidate by Kazakhstani Medical Committee

3.2 : Assessment
1. COMPASS (Computerized Pilot Aptitude Screening System) assessment
2. Interview with Air Astana representatives
3. Interview with the selection board which consists of flight school representatives and Air Astana representatives (Flight Operations department, Human Resources department)

Notes :

1. If candidate fails medical examination (p.3.1. subparagraph 4) he/she will not be able to proceed to the following stages. Candidate is allowed to re-apply only after successful completion of the medical examination;

2. If a candidate fails SHL test (p.3.1. subparagraph 1.), COMPASS test (p. 3.2. subparagraph 1), interview with Air Astana representatives (p. 3.2. subparagraph 2), or interview with the flight school representatives (p. 3.2. subparagraph 3), the possibility to re-apply is determined by Air Astana Ab-Initio Selection Committee. The Committee may grant only one chance to re-take any of the programme stages.

3. Before the start of the programme candidates are required to pass medical examination to receive EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) Class 1 Medical Certificate.

Human Resources Department

Air Astana
Air Astana Centre 1
4A Zakarpatskaya Street
Almaty 050039

Tel.: +7 (727) 258 41 35/36 ext. 1428
Fax: +7 (727) 259 87 04
E-mail: ab-initio@airastana.com

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