• General

    What does CAE Oxford Aviation Academy do?

    CAE Oxford Aviation Academy is the largest ab initio flight training network in the world with the capacity to train more than 2,000 cadets per year in our flight schools across 4 continents.

    Drawing upon over 50 years of pilot training expertise, CAE Oxford Aviation Academy Cadet Pilot Training Programmes provide high quality, focused ab initio training to aspiring pilots across the globe. The range of programmes includes CPL, ATPL and MPL training routes, all of which combine premier ground school courses with high quality flying instruction delivered in accordance with national aviation authority requirements.

    CAE Oxford Aviation Academy is part of CAE, a global leader in modelling, simulation and training for civil aviation and defence.

    Where are CAE Oxford Aviation Academy’s Flight Schools located?

    • Brussels, Belgium
    • Gondia, India
    • Melbourne, Australia
    • Oxford, UK
    • Perth, Australia
    • Phoenix, Arizona
    • Rae Bareli, India

    What does the term “Ab initio” mean?

    Ab initio is a Latin term meaning "from the beginning". Within aviation the term is used to describe the very first stage of flight training up to the point where a cadet secures his or her licence (MPL or ATPL).

    How can I find out more about pilot training with CAE Oxford Aviation Academy?

    Once you have reviewed all of information available on this website, we would recommend that you book an open day at one of our flight school location (or a sales tour where there are no open days available).

    Do I need to take out specific insurance for the duration of my Ab Initio training?

    CAE provides all basic regulatory insurance required throughout training. However we do advise that you take out additional insurance, including but not limited to: Loss of medical insurance and additional travel insurance for the USA.

  • Suitability for a pilot career

    How do I know if I am suitable for a pilot training course with CAE Oxford Aviation Academy?

    First check to see if you meet our entry criteria. Our standard entry requirements are listed here however these can vary depending on the course of training you decide to choose.

    In order for you to enrol on one of CAE Oxford Aviation Academy’s programs, we may also ask you to attend a 1 or 2 day assessment process. This assessment is designed to assess an applicant’s overall suitability for the pilot career. It typically comprises aptitude testing, a personality profile, group skills assessment and an interview. The results of this assessment will give you the best indication regarding your suitability for a pilot career.

    Does it make a difference to my application if I am male or female or if I am an international student?

    No. Everyone that meets the minimum entry criteria may apply. CAE Oxford Aviation Academy maintains rigid equal opportunity standards that prohibit discrimination based on gender, race, religion, age, or national origin.

    We do recommend that International students familiarise themselves with any visa requirements at an early stage in the application process so that it does not delay or prevent the commencement of training at a later stage.

  • Types of Training

    I see that CAE Oxford Aviation Academy offers both ATPL and MPL Pilot Training. What is difference between the two?

    ATPL and MPL are acronyms for two different types of licences a professional pilot can obtain to start an airline pilot career:

    ATPL = Air Transport Pilots Licence
    MPL = Multi-crew Pilots Licence

    ATPL Training is the traditional route to training airline pilots and is a prescriptive course of training. In other words, the student must complete a certain number of flight hours as part of the course to qualify for an ATPL. ATPL training is also delivered primarily as single pilot flight training with the multi-crew (two pilot) flight training element only introduced in the latter stages of the course.

    The ATPL course takes students with little or no previous flying experience to a Commercial Pilot’s Licence (CPL) with a Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (MEIR) (also commonly known as a ‘frozen’ ATPL), from where they are then eligible to work as a First Officer with an airline once aircraft type training has been completed separately. In many countries an MCC is also required to proceed to Type Rating Training. Students who graduate with a ‘frozen’ ATPL are free to train onto any aircraft type and to fly for any airline that will accept the ATPL holder’s particular national licence. Most airlines will initially assign new First Officers to short- or medium-haul fleets so they can rapidly build experience in the more demanding departure, climb, descent, approach and landing phases of flight. Once an ATPL holder has gained 1,500 hours experience, the ATPL becomes ‘unfrozen’ and they are then eligible to be considered by their employer airline for promotion to Captain.

    MPL training is a newer type of training which has emerged over the last 10 years due to a recognised need in the industry to better train pilots for the modern airliner flight deck. The airline flight deck has changed significantly over the past few decades whereas, up until the introduction of the MPL, the route to training airline pilots had changed little from the traditional route outlined in Annex 1 of the Chicago Convention, 1948, namely the ATPL route.

    An ICAO study, commissioned in 2004, reviewed the regulations, structure and methodology by which airline pilots were trained and a new philosophy for better training was born, in the form of the Multi-Crew Pilot Licence, in 2006.

    As the name suggests, the MPL training course delivers multi-crew flight training from the outset, better preparing pilots for the modern Multi-Crew environment in airliner flight decks.

    MPL Training is also competency-based training rather than prescriptive. Once a student has mastered a particular competence within the course, they can move on without having to complete pre-defined training hours in each area.

    Each MPL course developed is also bespoke to a partner airline and designed for a specific fleet so type rating training is included in the course. The MPL program requires an airline to mentor pre-selected cadets through a bespoke course and into type, base and line training; taking about 18 months to achieve licence issue, from where line training and employment with the mentoring airline commences.

    The MPL qualifies the holder to fly for a particular airline on a particular aircraft type. Once the MPL holder has gained approximately 1,500 flight hours experience, they have the opportunity to convert their MPL to a full ATPL licence and they are then eligible to be considered by their employer airline for promotion to Captain.

    What is a Type Rating?

    A type rating is an allowance to fly a certain aircraft type that requires additional training beyond the scope of pilot licences and aircraft class training. Which aircraft require a type rating is decided by national aviation authorities.

    CAE provides type rating training for airlines and individuals on the World’s large range of commercial aircraft types at over 40 training locations worldwide. More information is available at pilot.cae.com

  • Finance

    Embarking on a pilot training program is a big investment. Where can I get assistance with financing towards the training fees?

    CAE Oxford Aviation Academy partners with a number of banks and institutions to offer funding schemes for aspiring pilots in a range of countries. Further information on these schemes are summarised on our course funding page. Simply choose the national market which applies to you.

    If you don’t originate from one of these national markets, then we would recommend that you approach your own bank or financial institution for information on loan options.

  • Pilot Job Market

    Does CAE Oxford Aviation Academy provide help to its graduates to secure pilot jobs at the end of training?

    Yes, CAE Oxford Aviation Academy has a dedicated graduate support team whose overall aim is to ensure that we provide the best possible support and assistance to our students from the moment they first consider an airline career to the time they achieve it.