• Course Outline

    Key Characteristics

    The key characteristics of our Integrated ATPL Program are:

    • Minimisation of training risk with financial security
    • High quality, focussed Integrated 'Ab-initio' pilot training
    • Conversion into multi-pilot operations
    • Maximisation of employment opportunity
    • Airline Pilot Development

    Course Structure

    • Stage 1 - ATPL Ground Training
    • Stage 2 - Foundation Flight Training &
      Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT)
    • Stage 3 - First Officer Fundamentals
    • Stage 4 - Advanced Flight Training
    • Stage 5 - Multi Pilot Training: MCC & JOC

    Stage 1 - Ground Training

    Ground training studentATPL Ground Training is conducted at our airline training centre at Oxford Airport. The first phase of theoretical training takes 15 weeks and is followed by internal CAE tests. These thoroughly prepare you for the official EASA exams - the first 7 of which follow immediately thereafter.

    After a short break, you complete the 11 week second phase followed by the remaining 7 EASA exams - again only after you have refined your skills in the internal CAE tests. The EASA examinations are undertaken at Oxford , which is an official CAA Examination Centre.

    The Airline Pilot Development Program will be introduced to students during the second phase of Ground Training. Some self-study will be required for this and you will complete a short, 1 hour exam. This, together with the 14 EASA ground examinations already completed provides you with some of the credits you require to complete the Degree. Passing the examinations is a pre-requisite to commencing Foundation Flight Training in Phoenix.

    Here are the subjects for each phase:

  • Phase One Subjects

    • Principles of Flight
    • Aircraft General Knowledge - Systems
    • Aircraft General Knowledge - Instrumentation
    • Human Performance
    • Meteorology
    • VFR Communications
    • IFR Communications
  • Phase Two Subjects

    • General Navigation
    • Radio Navigation
    • Flight Planning
    • Aircraft Performance
    • Mass & Balance
    • Operational Procedures
    • Air Law

    Stage 2 - Foundation Flight Training

    Foundation flight trainingFoundation Flight Training is conducted at our Airline Training Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Weather, equipment and instructors are all first class, allowing you to concentrate on training to be a professional pilot in a highly enjoyable environment which enables you to achieve that all-important continuity from the word 'go'.

    During this 22-week phase you will complete a total of 120 hours of single-engine flight training in the Piper PA28 Archer aircraft, along with 10 hours in an FNPT II simulator and 15.5 hours multi-engine training in the Piper PA34 Seneca or Piper PA44 Seminole aircraft before taking your Multi Engine CPL Skills Test. By the time you return to the UK, you will be a skilled multi engine pilot and have passed your Commercial Pilot’s Licence Skills Test and have gained a firm foundation in instrument flying.

    In addition to the above you will also complete 3 hours of Upset Recovery Training with CAE’s partner APS on an Extra 300L aircraft.

    Stage 3 - First Officer Fundamentals

    Upon return to Oxford and prior to commencing the final training phase, you will complete the First Officer Fundamentals (FOF) course, which is part of the airline pilot development program. This short but intensive 1-week course is delivered before you enter the final, advanced training phase at Oxford. Again, careful integration of academic and professional study will allow the remaining requirements of the Air Transport Management Degree to be completed during this week, contributing to the aim of preparing you for your rapidly approaching role as a First Officer. FOF covers the following subject areas:

    • First Officer Responsibilities and Crew Resource Management
    • Commercial Appreciation
    • Communication Skills

    Stage 4 - Advanced Flight Training

    During this phase you will be concentrating on multi-engine training in an all-weather IFR environment using the Piper PA34 Seneca aircraft and corresponding simulators; flying in minimum weather conditions and in tightly controlled airspace amongst commercial airliner traffic. Being so centrally placed, you will find Oxford Airport is well positioned for accessing the busy airways and the many highly challenging destinations - exactly what you need in order to prepare you for your future career.

    Advanced flight training consists of 50 hours - split between aircraft and simulator. The high-fidelity simulators are perfect for the task in hand and enable you to practise the many procedures time and time again in a less pressured environment to ensure a thorough understanding. This phase culminates in the Instrument Rating Skills Test (IRT) with one of the many visiting CAA Staff.

    Stage 5 - Multi Pilot Training: MCC, JOC & Upset Recovery Training

    Jet trainingThe last three weeks of the Integrated ATPL Program concentrates on Multi-Crew Co-operation (MCC) and a Jet Orientation Course (JOC). This phase will teach you how to work in a Multi-Crew environment, and how to operate a modern commercial jet. Whilst MCC training is an EASA requirement, the unique additional JOC is one of the strengths of our Integrated ATPL Program as it gives you that invaluable training in multi-pilot operations which is so appealing to airline employers.

    You will fly realistic routes, using genuine airline operating procedures, all in the six-axis, full-motion Boeing 737-400 simulator. By the end of the 40 hour phase, more than twice the time required to comply with EASA regulatory requirements, you will be as well prepared as it is possible to be to move directly to airline interview and airliner type specific training.


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