Course Structure


Lots of people have been asking me what the course entails. Here is the course breakdown (taken from;


Stage 1 – Ground Training

Stage 2 – Foundation Flight Training

Stage 3 – First Officer Fundamentals

Stage 4 – Advanced Flight Training

Stage 5 – Jet Training MCC & JOC


ATPL 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 OAA tests. These thoroughly prepare you for the official JAR-FCL 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 JAA exams – again only after you have refined your skills in the internal CAE OAA tests. The JAA examinations are undertaken at Oxford , which is an official CAA Examination Centre.

The Career Development Programme 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 JAA ground examinations already completed provides you with half the credits you require to complete the Foundation Degree. Passing the examinations is a pre-requisite to commencing Foundation Flight Training in Phoenix.

Here are the subjects for each phase:


Principles of Flight

Aircraft General Knowledge – Systems

Aircraft General Knowledge – Instrumentation

Human Performance


VFR Communications

IFR Communications


General Navigation

Radio Navigation

Flight Planning

Aircraft Performance

Mass & Balance

Operational Procedures

Air Law


Foundation 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 20-week phase you will complete a total of 110 hours of single-engine flight training in the PA28 Warrior aircraft, along with 10 hours in an FNPT II simulator and 14.5 hours multi-engine training in the PA34 aircraft before taking your Multi Engine CPL Skills Test in the PA34 Seneca Aircraft. By the time you return to the UK, you will be a competent multi engine pilot. You will also hold a commercial pilot’s licence pass result, and you will have a firm foundation of instrument flying experience.

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


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 our SkillsPlus Development programme. 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


From this point forward you will be concentrating on multi-engine flight training, initially using the PA34 Seneca aircraft and simulators; flying in poor weather and 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 for your future career.

Advanced flight training consists of 52.5 hours – split between aircraft and simulator. The high-fidelity simulators are perfect for the task in hand, enabling you to practise many procedures which cannot be undertaken in the actual aircraft. This phase culminates in the Instrument Rating Skills Test (IRT) with one of our two resident CAA Flight Examiners.


Jet training

The last three weeks of APP FIRST OFFICER 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 a JAA requirement, the unique additional JOC is one of the strengths of APP FIRST OFFICER 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 JAR-FCL 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.


2 thoughts on “Course Structure

  1. My head hurts after reading all that!

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