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  • Ab-Initio Programme

    Training to be an Air Astana pilot

    Air Astana operates to the highest standards and recruits only the most suitable candidates for each role at the airline. However, for people with the right aptitude, education and motivation, it is possible to train “from scratch” for the role of pilot with Air Astana. Such individuals receive rigorous training and, if successful, graduate to one of the most important jobs in our organization.

    Do you have what it takes?

    We are looking for young Kazakhstani citizens who are motivated to become pilots for our company. A programme called Ab-Initio (Latin for “from the beginning”) has been put in place to enable successful candidates to study at a reputable aviation school overseas. However, you must first satisfy the Ab-Initio selection requirements listed below.

    If you believe you have what it takes, please bring or send the required documents (see list below) to Air Astana at:

    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: hr@airastana.com

    The Ab-Initio Selection Process

    1. Qualification

    1.1. Candidates must meet the following criteria:

    1. Be a citizen of Kazakhstan
    2. From 18 to 34 years 
    3. Have School/College certificates 
    4. Fluent English
    5. Have a clean police record 
    6. Have a valid international passport 
    7. Be eligible for Schengen visa 
    8. Agree to sign a bond for a period of minimum 7 years for employment as a pilot with Air Astana and refund 50% of total cost of training.

    1.2. Following candidates are eligible for selection:

    1. University graduates
    2. Students of technical universities (third year and higher)
    3. High school, college graduates, university students (first and second year) who scored 60 and above on Common national testing and Integrated testing of university entrants. Testing dates are not important (physics is obligatory). 

    2. Document Selection

    2.1. Required documents:

    1. Ab-Initio application form
    2. ID card and/or passport (copies) 
    3. Certificate of secondary education with transcript (copy) 
    4. Candidates specified in p. 1.2 subparagraph 4. shall submit Certificate of Common National Testing or Certificate of Integrated testing of university entrants (copies) 
    5. Diploma (certificate of degree) with transcript (copy); bachelor/masters, if available 
    6. Curriculum vitae 
    7. Military ID or military service registration certificate (copy)
    8. 3 reference letters from the last place of study and employment
    9. Reference from place of study

    2.2. Those candidates whose documents are acceptable will be invited to selection phases.

    3. Candidates Selection

    3.1. The selection process consists of the following stages:

    1. SHL tests (VMG verbal analysis ability test and NMG numerical analysis ability test), English test
    2. Interview with a representative of  Air Astana
    3. Class 1 medical examination in Kazakhstan
    4. On-line English test.
    5. COMPASS (Computerized pilot aptitude screening system) assessment
    6. Interview with selection board which consists of flight school representatives and with participation of Air Astana representatives (Flight operations department, Human resources department) 

    3.2. Those who successfully pass selection shall submit:

    1. National identification 
    2. Reference from psycho neurologic dispensary
    3. Reference from drug abuse dispensary
    4. Police clearance certificate
    5. Statement of personal history

    3.3. Students shall pass EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) class 1 medical examination before commencement of training.


    * If candidate fails SHL test and written English test (p.3.1. subparagraph 1.) he/she will not be allowed to pass the next stage of the selection process and allowed to retest 12 months after the first attempt (candidates have two attempts in SHL  assessment).

    * If candidate fails COMPASS (p. 3.1. subparagraph 3) he/she is allowed to apply for re-participation in the program 6 months after the first attempt (candidates have two attempts in COMPASS assessment).

    * If candidate fails medical examination he/she will not be accepted to program

    * If candidate fails interview with flight school representatives (p. 3.1. subparagraph 6) he/she is allowed to reapply for the program 12 months after the first attempt (candidates have two attempts in this interview stage).

    * Those candidates who are unsuccessful in training and have unsatisfactory discipline at the flight school he/she will not be allowed to reapply for the program.