Vlog #3 - NZ Clearways Accommodation

Vlog #3 - NZ Clearways Accommodation 2017-03-21 06:42:00 2017-03-21 06:42:00 2020-02-28 17:18:44
Pilot George
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21 March 2017

At the time of my training accomodation was inclusive in the training fee of £93,800. However, since the CTC Aviation / L3 merger and subsequent L3 / Harris merger, this is no longer the case. At the time of writing this note, the base Integrated ATPL fee is £89,000 with optional accomodation billed at £200 per week. The style of accomodation offered is similar to that mentioned in the Liberty Quays blog post.

Music Credit: Nicolai Heidlas

Welcome to Clearways...

Having opened in the November of 2006 with an extension in the May of 2014, Clearways is L3 Airline Academy / CTC Aviation's purpose-built accommodation centre for trainees undertaking their flight training in New Zealand. At an 8km drive from the New Zealand training centre, Clearways sits adjacent to the extended centre line of Hamilton Airport's runway 36 and those with any knowledge of aviation may well be able to immediately discover the pun in its name. Puns, you've gotta love them!

Comprised of 6 blocks and a combination of both shared and studio living spaces, I aim to provide a quick whistle-stop tour of the facilities in the above vlog. I have also answered common questions below.


Q: When did you find out where you would be living?

We were emailed a week or so prior to our arrival to New Zealand when we were told we were moving into Clearways. L3 Airline Academy / CTC Aviation also utilises an overflow accommodation facility when space is tight until rooms are made available by departing cadets. Whilst not Clearways, from what I've heard, that accommodation is also of a nice quality.

Q: Did you get to select who you wish to live with?

We were provided a list of bedroom allocations prior to our departure for New Zealand. You share the facilities in the video above with your roommate, whom is most likely to be one of your coursemates but it can also be a cadet that's already here. From discussion with others here, it has been known for cadets to switch rooms once they're here but CTC does need to be told and both parties need to agree.

Q: What's included in the accommodation? 

Pretty much everything that was included in my UK accomodation plus or minus a few things. The following list is not exhaustive:

  • All Utilities
  • Fast Internet (40GB data allowance a month) - see asterisk*
  • Communal Irons & Ironing Boards
  • Communal Kitchen Utensils (i.e. Wooden Spoons, Servers Spoons, Knife Set, Colander)
  • Your own Dinner Plates, Small Plates, Mugs, Glasses
  • Your own pots / pans / bowls / plates / cutlery
  • Kitchenette Microwave
  • Kitchenette Fridge / Freezer
  • Shared draw in the communal kitchen (between you and your roommate)
  • Weight lifting & Cardio gym
  • Bedroom & Communal TVs
  • Gas-powered BBQs

*It is possible to increase this allowance by taking out an additional connection from the internet provider, Lightwire, whom offer a dedicated router with 500GB data for a special rate of $80 a month. It is common for cadets in nearby bedrooms to form groups splitting both cost and data which works out at $16 a month when split between five. The new allowance is in addition the to 40GB offered as standard, but the caveat is you need to be within range of your own router to benefit from it and thus, if you go to another block, go outside its range or use the internet at the training centre then the 40GB allowance still applies. A downside to consider is that the 500GB is not split evenly between devices and thus you need to monitor usage carefully, although it is seldom the case that a group of cadets bust the 500GB allowance.

Q: Are the rooms ensuite?

This depends to be honest. My room is in a relatively new build where I share a shower with my coursemate in the adjacent bedroom. Some rooms, namely studios, do have ensuite though. 

Q: How many people do you share with?

Just one. I share the toilet, walk-in shower and kitchenette with him as well as shared freezer space in the communal kitchen.

Q: Is the accommodation mixed?

I'm not entirely sure to be honest. All I can say is that the female on my course was provided a studio apartment-esque room. Perhaps best to direct this one to CTC themselves. Houses can be mixed in the UK, but who knows what laws apply etc over here (if any).

Q: How far away from training centre is Clearways?

About 8km. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to get to in the mornings.

Q: How does transport to and from the training centre work?

In most cases cadets get together and seek their own transport. You can read more about that in my Buying and Renting a car in NZ post. With that said, CTC do run a minibus shuttle at certain times of the day should a specific airline scheme require it. Oman Air cadets here have the bus provided and we are permitted to hop on should there be spare space. However, in most cases you need to make your own way there.

Q: How far from the Hamilton city centre are you?

About 15 minutes drive or so.

Q: How far are the local shops?

For food shopping we head to 'Pak n Save' in Hamilton which is about a 15 minute drive away.

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