We are delighted to announce that the easyJet MPL First Officer Programme has reopened for applications.
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In 2011 easyJet selected CAE Oxford Aviation Academy as its exclusive launch partner for an innovative Mentored Airline Pilot Programme based upon the Multi-Crew Pilot Licence (MPL). Since that launch, 72 cadets have been selected to commence training. Three years on, 21 easyJet MPL cadets have now completed their training with CAE Oxford Aviation Academy and have joined easyJet as A320 First Officers.
In 2012 easyJet named CAE as a preferred training supplier covering a wide range of training, including MPL, Type and Recurrent Training. Pilot Recruitment and Resourcing services are also provided through CAE Parc Aviation. The total contract was valued at GBP£37m and will remain in effect up until 2019.
Following the success of the first phases of MPL training, CAE Oxford Aviation Academy and easyJet are launching the next phase of enrolment to new applicants during 2014. This is an exceptional opportunity for aspiring pilots to train under the mentorship of easyJet and go on to fly as First Officers on their Airbus A320 fleet. A total of 24 cadets will enrol on the easyJet MPL programme at Oxford between July and November this year.
easyJet is one of Europe's fastest growing airlines; carrying over 50 million passengers last year and serving more of Europe's top 100 routes than any other airline. In June 2013 easyJet announced the acquisition of 35 Current Generation A320 Aircraft for delivery between 2015 and 2017 and 100 New Generation A320neo Aircraft for delivery from 2017 until 2022 with options for a further 100 of the aircraft type. With these exciting expansion plans in place, easyJet acknowledges the need for a guaranteed supply of high quality pilots to be based across their European network in the next few years.
The MPL FIRST OFFICER is a competency based course of training where the student is continuously assessed against a clearly defined set of competencies at each phase of training. Significantly, the MPL FIRST OFFICER course incorporates airline specific Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) and the concepts of Crew Resource Management (CRM) and Threat and Error Management (TEM) from a much earlier stage in training.
The course comprises 78 teaching weeks, incorporating aircraft type specific training followed by Line Training with easyJet. Upon successfully passing the Line Check at the end of Line Training the student will be contracted to fly with easyJet through CAE's resourcing division CAE Parc Aviation and could be assigned to any of easyJet’s operating bases in the UK, Germany or Portugal.
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