OAA is celebrating the launch of MPL core skills training at its Oxford Training Centre using a dedicated fleet of newly registered EFIS Cessna 182 aircraft to deliver MPL First Officer Cadet Programmes with major European airline easyJet. The launch ceremony was attended by easyJet MPL Training Manager Captain Colin Rydon with the first two courses of 8 cadets.
The inaugural easyJet MPL cadets are now entering their MPL core phase of flight training using the first 2 EFIS Cessna 182 aircraft registered G-MPLA and G-MPLB respectively; which are fully equipped with latest generation Garmin 1000 EFIS avionics.
Having been the first training organisation to launch MPL in UK Airspace with European airline Flybe and now with 12 MPL cadets already flying for the carrier, the introduction of the EFIS Cessna 182 aircraft at Oxford is the latest milestone in the development of OAA's evolving MPL Cadet Programme which will train 30 MPL cadets for easyJet by 2013 plus further cadets for Flybe by 2014.
Significantly, the introduction of these EFIS C182 aircraft represents the commencement of an overall OAA EFIS fleet upgrade programme planned for the next 2 years which will include a further 23 multi engine aircraft and 25 single engine aircraft located throughout the 3 OAA ab initio training centres of Oxford, Phoenix and Melbourne.