Please note: Applications for the easyJet MPL First Officer Programme are now closed.
CAE Oxford Aviation Academy is the world's largest network of ab initio training flight schools with over 400 personnel delivering and supporting training at 11 high quality training academies. Airline pilot training has been at the heart of our business in Oxford for almost 50 years, with over 26,000 cadet pilots trained for more than 80 different airlines and Government bodies. Among them are more than 200 Oxford graduates who have taken up First Officer positions with easyJet since 2006.
CAE Oxford Aviation Academy is at the forefront of MPL pilot training globally. Now with four MPL programmes established at our training centres in Europe and Asia-Pacific, CAE Oxford Aviation Academy is the acknowledged market leader within the industry. In selecting the MPL FIRST OFFICER training route with CAE Oxford Aviation Academy, you will be choosing to train for your MPL with the leading Flight Training Organisation in the field.
Innovation is central to our training philosophy. From incorporating a Foundation Degree and First Officer Fundamentals training into our programmes, to pioneering the new Multi-Crew Pilot Licence in the UK, CAE Oxford Aviation Academy embraces a culture of continuous innovation.
Our instructors come from a broad range of professional aviation backgrounds - commercial airline pilot careers, corporate aviation and military flying. With over a million hours of instructor experience between them, they have unparalleled expertise and commitment to benefit you throughout your training at Oxford.
Student life at Oxford is one of our greatest attractions. We realise that a supportive group of like-minded people creates an inspiring and conducive environment for airline pilot training. You will develop friendships with your fellow students and our staff which will last a lifetime.
Our training centres feature on-site halls of residence, sports, fitness and leisure facilities and a range of student dining options.
Our students enjoy excellent training facilities including; state of the art classrooms, a bespoke online Learning Management System (LMS) and a fully instrumented fleet of training aircraft and simulators.Specifically for the easyJet MPL FIRST OFFICER programme, EFIS 'glass cockpit' Cessna 182 aircraft will be used for Core Skills airborne flight training and a combination of new generation EFIS 'GenJet' and A320 full flight simulators will be used for the Basic, Intermediate and Advanced phases of training.
A key benefit inherent throughout CAE OAA's range of pilot training programmes is the addition of exciting and inspiring personal development training over and above the core flight and ground training required for pilot licence issue.
In keeping with this innovative approach, CAE OAA has integrated the following value-add components into its MPL FIRST OFFICER Programmes:
Academic accreditation of the programme provides valuable additional benefit to both easyJet and cadets. This degree programme, which can later be extended to a Bachelor and even a Masters degree, represents a unique and formally recognised educational qualification to add to the MPL with which you will graduate at the end of the course.
First Officer Fundamentals (FOF)
The first FOF module focuses upon enhancing flight safety awareness and the importance of open communication and a 'no blame' culture within an airline. The second module then moves on to cover the key role and responsibilities of a First Officer with particular emphasis upon developing commercial and environmental awareness skills within a team environment. Specifically for the easyJet MPL FIRST OFFICER Programme, cadets will receive easyJet specific FOF training which will include an education in the easyJet customer service ethos and corporate values.
Aircraft Upset Recovery Training
With the development of high levels of automation on airliner flight decks, aviation authorities and airlines worldwide have expressed a renewed need for ab initio pilot training schools to teach students how to recover an aircraft from an unusual attitude or loss of control situation. As a result, aircraft Upset Recovery Training has been incorporated as a key element of MPL training.
CAE OAA's Skills Guarantee is specifically designed to help support your career ambitions to become an airline pilot by minimising the risks traditionally associated with undertaking training.
This guarantee from CAE OAA provides for the return of your training fees, applicable up to phase 4 of the MPL Programme, in the most unlikely event that training ceases due to lack of aptitude (despite a cadet's best endeavours). Skills Guarantee is a unique and highly valuable guarantee from CAE OAA and is a reflection of our faith in the quality of our Skills Assessment process and our MPL FIRST OFFICER Programme.
ATPL(A) Theoretical Ground Training is conducted at our airline training centre at Oxford Airport.
The first stage of theoretical training takes 15 weeks, 12 weeks of classroom tuition and CBT followed by internal CAE Oxford Aviation Academy examinations and then a week of assisted study. These thoroughly prepare you for the first 7 ATPL examinations you will sit during week 15.
After a short break, you complete the second 11 week stage, 8 weeks of classroom tuition and CBT followed by the remaining 7 ATPL examinations - again only after you have refined your skills in the internal CAE Oxford Aviation Academy examinations and another assisted study week.
All ATPL ground examinations are undertaken at Oxford Airport, which is an official UK CAA Regional Testing Centre.
The first training modules of the Foundation Degree are introduced during the second stage of ATPL Ground Training. Additional self-study will be required for these modules and you will complete short examinations during the module. These training modules and examinations combined with the 14 ATPL ground examinations already completed provide you with 50% of the credits you require to complete the Foundation Degree.
Listed below are the subjects for each stage of ATPL ground training:
Passing all ATPL ground examinations is a pre-requisite to commencing your MPL FIRST OFFICER Flight Training.
Before commencing your flight training at Oxford, you will complete a one-week Flight Safety Fundamentals Module which includes essential training in:
The MPL Flight training syllabus is divided into four primary phases with module two of First Officer Fundamentals integrated between Phases 1 and 2.
Phase 1 - Core Phase:
The Core Phase involves a total of 90 hours of basic flying training conducted at our Oxford Training Centre. By the end of this phase, you will have completed the following:
During this training phase, you will complete additional training modules and examinations towards your Foundation Degree.
First Officer Fundamentals - Airline Awareness
Following completion of the Core Phase, you will undertake module 2 of First Officer Fundamentals focusing on Airline Awareness. This module covers:
Phase 2 - Basic Phase:
This 90-hour training phase delivered at Oxford introduces you to applied instrument flying in a multi-crew CRJ-200 FNPT II simulator with a full day / night all-weather visual system. Systems Management, Crew Resource Management and Threat & Error Management will be introduced at this stage and students will train as paired crews to easyjet Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) from this point forward; spending half the hours in each role learning the responsibilities of both the pilot flying and the pilot monitoring.
During this phase you will also complete the final modules and examinations for your Foundation Degree.
Phase 3 - Intermediate Phase:
Phase 3 will be delivered at CAE's London Gatwick Training Centre and will comprise of A320 Type Technical Training followed by 22 hours in an Airbus A320 full flight simulator using easyJet's SOPs. Advanced instrument flight training, emergency situations, CRM, TEM, high altitude flight and emergency descents are all covered in this phase.
Phase 4 - Advanced Phase:
The advanced phase will involve a further 44 hours of training conducted in an Airbus A320 full flight simulator at CAE's Gatwick Training Centre. You will then undergo a Licence Skills Test to complete this phase.
At this point, you will qualify for your MPL with A320 Type Rating issued by the UKCAA. With your MPL, you will join easyJet to commence Line Training with easyJet's own A320 Training Captains. The line training phase concludes with a line proficiency check conducted by an easyJet Type Rating Examiner (TRE).
CAE Oxford Aviation Academy's Skills Guarantee is specifically designed to help support your career ambitions to become an airline pilot by minimising the risks traditionally associated with undertaking training.
This guarantee from CAE Oxford Aviation Academy provides for the return of your training fees, applicable up to phase 4 of the MPL Programme, in the most unlikely event that training ceases due to lack of aptitude (despite a cadet's best endeavours). Skills Guarantee is a unique and highly valuable guarantee from CAE Oxford Aviation Academy and is a reflection of our faith in the quality of our Skills Assessment process and our MPL FIRST OFFICER Programme.
Successful applicants may access a bespoke loan scheme operated by BBVA - one of the largest banking and financial services providers in the world. The loan scheme is specially designed to meet the needs of student pilots undertaking our MPL FIRST OFFICER course.
The CAE Oxford Aviation Academy/BBVA scheme alleviates the pressure of financial concerns during training, allowing students to focus their efforts on achieving the best possible results.
As with any loan scheme, terms and conditions apply.
To view details of the finance scheme click here.
Living expenses such as meals, accommodation, travel and entertainment are not included in the course price so therefore remain the cadet's responsibility.
CAE Oxford Aviation Academy can offer a number of onsite and offsite accommodation options which are subject to availability. If you elect to live in our off-campus accommodation, you will be supported by a CAE Oxford Aviation Academy transport shuttle service. All CAE Oxford Aviation Academy managed accommodation options feature cooking facilities ranging from communal kitchens to fully equipped kitchens in shared flats or houses. Cadets also have access to a range of onsite dining options at our Oxford Training Centre.
The programme currently aims to deliver a minimum of 750 flying hours per pilot per year which, when achieved, equates to approximately £38,750 per annum excluding Standby Duty pay.
The initial hourly rate is set at £50 with increases to £55 and £67 after you achieve 500 and 1,500 hour experience levels respectively.
The Standby Duty daily rate starts at £184.10 with increases after you achieve 500 and 1,500 hour experience levels and is paid if you are not called out to fly whilst on Standby Duty. If called out to fly, hourly rates apply instead of the Standby Duty daily rate.
Whilst the programme aims to deliver a minimum of 750 flying hours per pilot per year, it is accepted that the higher percentage of these flying hours are achieved in the summer months (>500 hours). For this reason, easyJet cadets are offered a Winter Hours Protection Scheme to assist through the winter period where flying hours and earning potential may be reduced. The Airline currently guarantees to pay a total of 200 hours (at the applicable rate) split equally between the two periods, 1st November to 31st January and 1st February to 30th April, irrespective of hours actually flown, when less than 100 hours are achieved in either or both of these 3-month periods. If more than 100 hours are flown in either winter period, then there is no additional payment due for that period as your actual hours of 100 or more will be paid at the applicable hourly rate.
|MPL FIRST OFFICER Programme||£90,000|
|UK CAA Examination and Licence Issue Fees||Included|
|CAE Oxford Aviation Academy Skills Guarantee||Included|
|Upset Recovery Training||Included|
|A320 Type Rating Training (Tailored to easyJet SOPs)||Included|
|Foundation Degree in Air Transport Management||Included|
|First Officer Fundamentals (Tailored for easyJet)||Included|
|Uniform, Books and Equipment||Included|
|Accommodation, Meals & Personal Living Expenses||Personal Budget|
|Approximate annual salary which the programme aims to deliver to graduates||£38,750|
|Standby Duty Pay||Additional to Salary|
Within this application, you will be asked to provide your basic details plus the educational and employment experience information you wish to be considered for the programme.
The application form will also feature some essay questions. We would recommend that you allow due time in advance of completing the application to ensure you can give careful thought to the questions asked and to properly prepare your answers. Also remember to check your spelling and grammar as attention to detail is a key indicator in assessing candidate suitability for a career as an airline pilot.
Do you qualify for the MPL FIRST OFFICER Programme? Review the entry criteria below to find out.
In order to be considered for the MPL FIRST OFFICER Programme, you must:
Please note that candidates who were unsuccessful through the first phase of applications for the CAE Oxford Aviation Academy / easyJet MPL FIRST OFFICER programme in 2011 will be eligible for consideration for the second phase of applications.
If you have applied for any other CAE Oxford Aviation Academy Airline Pilot Career Programme, you will be eligible to be considered for this programme regardless of the outcome of the previous application.
Applications for the easyJet MPL First Officer Programme are now closed. Please check back for future announcements on the programme.
Once you have completed and submitted your application, you will automatically receive a web browser based confirmation that your application has been successfully sent. (In the unlikely event that you receive an error message, please print a copy and contact us at the Oxford Training Centre.)
Once your application is recorded within the CAE Oxford Aviation Academy database, you will receive a second automatic e-mail providing further guidance on 'what happens next.' Receipt of this email is your proof that we received your application, so please print and keep a copy for your records.
The joint CAE Oxford Aviation Academy and easyJet selection process will proceed in 3-Stages as follows:
Candidates will complete the computer-based testing process used for all APP First Officer applicants.* Should you reach the required standard, you will be invited to spend a second assessment day at Oxford at a later time, during which you will go on to complete team exercises and an easyJet specific interview with CAE OAA and easyJet assessors.
* Please note that if you have passed the standard CAE OAA Skills Assessment on your first attempt in the previous six months, we will use your previous assessment scores for Stage 2 of this competition.
If you have passed the standard CAE OAA Skills Assessment on your first attempt in the previous six months, we will use your previous assessment scores for Stage 2 of this competition but, if we select you as a finalist, you will need to attend Stage 3 for an easyJet specific interview. No additional assessment fee will be due for this.
Candidates who are successful in stage 3 will be shortlisted and put forward to easyJet for final selection. More details on this phase of selection will be provided to successful applicants at a later stage.
There is no fee required to submit the initial online application. In the event you are invited to attend for Stage 2, a standard assessment fee of £250 will apply.
Please be aware that this fee does not include accommodation. Our accommodation team is available to assist with reservations in our Halls of Residence or with referrals for accommodation options near to the airport. You may contact our Accommodation Office by telephone on 01865-840313.
Should you be unsuccessful in your MPL FIRST OFFICER application, but then wish to apply for a place on our APP First Officer course, you will need to complete the standard CAE OAA Skills Assessment process. This will entail the completion of any parts that you did not finish at Stage 2 plus any retakes that may be required. Our training advisors will be on hand to discuss these details with you when required.Do you have more questions? Review our FAQs
The modern Flightdeck has changed significantly over the past decade whereas the route to training airline pilots has deviated little from the traditional route outlined in Annexe 1 of the Chicago Convention, 1948.
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 and preparing pilots for the modern Multi-Crew environment was born, in the form of the Multi-Crew Pilot Licence, in 2006.
Very significantly MPL FIRST OFFICER incorporates airline specific Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) from an early stage in training so airline commitment to the training is therefore a prerequisite.
MPL FIRST OFFICER programmes remain a very new concept in the minds of many aviation professionals. There is, however, a universal acknowledgement that MPL FIRST OFFICER training offers the very best preparation for the modern Flightdeck.
The benefit to the student is:
The only specific English requirement is that you must have a secondary school English qualification equal to or exceeding a UK GCSE at grade C or higher. UK students take GCSE exams at age 16. Those who are not fluent in English may experience difficulties with the aptitude testing because it is conducted entirely in English.
No, but to enter training, a cadet pilot must hold a valid Class 1 medical certificate. In the UK these are issued at the Civil Aviation Authority's medical centre near London Gatwick Airport.
Before applying, we require all prospective candidates to study, in detail, the requirements of the JAA Class 1 initial medical validation process, which can be found on the CAA's website here: CAA Medical Information.
No. Whilst PPL experience can sometimes be a useful indicator of an applicant's interest in flying, we do understand that many applicants may not have had the means, or opportunity, to take flying lessons and the course structure reflects this.
To qualify for consideration under the programme, you must have no more than 85 hours of previous powered flight experience as a pilot or student pilot. RAF trainee pilots being released under the 2011 SDSR who have less than 85 hours are eligible to apply.
No. The successful students will train on various courses with the first of these scheduled to commence in July 2013.
No, Meals and accommodation costs are excluded as they tend to be variable to the individual. It is recommended that the student allows:
MPL FIRST OFFICER Phases 3 and 4 will be conducted at CAE's Type Rating training centre at Gatwick Airport and will last for 8 weeks. The students will stay in hotels during this phase, benefitting from CAE OAA corporate discount rates currently set at £40 per night on a B&B basis.
Furthermore, there is an additional two weeks of Safety Equipment Procedures (SEP) and Base Training at Luton Airport. The students will stay in hotels and the current price is £40 per night on a B&B basis.
Students are free to make their own accommodation arrangements during Type, SEP and Base Training if they so wish.
No, but based on CAE OAA and easyJet's experience, mentored students perform better on the course when they support each other day-to-day.
Yes however failure is deemed highly unlikely given the very high standards required to be selected for the programme. The guarantee effectively covers financial risk up to the end of Phase 4 should CAE OAA and easyJet terminate the student's training due to lack of aptitude.
For those applicants who are not selected for the easyJet MPL FIRST OFFICER course, we hope you would still look to enrol on an APP FIRST OFFICER course. Therefore you should continue your existing loan application concurrently with the CAE OAA/easyJet selection process. This will ensure your APP FIRST OFFICER course commencement will not be delayed unnecessarily should you not be selected for the easyJet MPL FIRST OFFICER course.
No. This Programme is designed to identify students for an ab initio training programme that must be completed in its entirety. Individuals who already have more than 85 hours powered flight time may not apply; this restriction automatically rules out those who hold ratings or qualifications above PPL level.
The first step in the selection process is to see if you match the eligibility criteria listed here and particularly the educational, maximum flying experience and citizenship requirements. If you believe you fit the profile, then you are invited to complete and submit the on-line application form.
Please note that applications to be considered for the programme are only possible through the OAA web site. You cannot apply direct to easyJet; neither can you use mail or fax.
Applications for the easyJet programme are now closed. Please check back for future announcements.
Yes. Candidates who have previously applied for the BA Future Pilot Programme are eligible to apply for the CAE OAA / easyJet MPL FIRST OFFICER Programme regardless of the outcome of the previous application. The eligibility criteria for the easyJet MPL are different and this could produce a successful outcome to the application screening process.
Full details on the application process and subsequent stages are available in our 'how to apply' section
No. As the competition is likely to be tough, it is probable that a number of applicants of high quality, and who are quite capable of succeeding in pilot training, may not reach the advanced stages of selection.
On completion of each stage of the selection process, CAE OAA will advise all applicants by email whether they have been successful or unsuccessful. The successful group will then be advised of arrangements for the next stage.
We are looking for high calibre, well motivated individuals. The number of places available is limited, so inevitably not all of those who meet the initial selection requirements will be enrolled in the programme but that should not stop you applying.
During all stages of training, progress will be monitored by both easyJet and CAE OAA. Though unlikely, airline support could be withdrawn in the event that such progress is judged unsatisfactory.
Yes, provided you successfully complete all elements of the standard APP First Officer Skills Assessment. A return trip to Oxford to complete a flight simulator assessment, at no additional cost, will be required as the flight simulator assessment is not a part of the selection process for MPL FIRST OFFICER candidates.
There is no fee required to submit the initial on-line application. In the event you are invited to attend for Stage 2 a standard assessment fee of £250 will apply.
Should you be unsuccessful in your easyJet application, but then wish to apply to be considered as an APPFO student, you will need to complete the standard CAE OAA Skills Assessment process. This will only mean completing the parts you did not finish at Stages 2 or 3 plus any retakes that may be required where you may have fallen short of the required standard in a particular section of the assessment.
The £250 fee does not include accommodation. Our accommodation team is available to assist with reservations in our Halls of Residence or with referrals to accommodation options near to the airport. Please call 0044 1865 840313 to speak to one of our accommodation advisors.
CAE OAA and easyJet have a strong preference for applicants whose natural aptitude, educational background and life experience have already prepared them for the rigours of the course so we do not recommend extensive preparation for Stages 2 & 3 of the assessment. For those who have been out of school for a few years, however, it would be worth revising UK GCSE level mathematics and physics. The best tool for this is CAE Oxford Interactive Learning's Essential Mathematics and Essential Physics computer based training software. They can be contacted at www.oatmedia.com, or by phone on +44 1865 844 290.
It should go without saying that applicants should learn as much about easyJet as they can by researching the company and becoming familiar with their ethos, values, bases, fleet, timeliness record, financial performance and management structure, etc.
Any other Questions
If you have a question that is not covered in this FAQ document, there are several ways to obtain additional information about the programme: