Posted on: 30 August 2011 by Mark Howells
Oxford Aviation Academy (OAA) has begun the first Multi Crew Pilot Licence (MPL) training for easyJet with eight cadets enrolled for the first phase of their training at OAA’s Oxford Training Centre.
Working in partnership under the approval of the UK CAA, OAA and easyJet have developed an MPL programme through which a total of 30 easyJet mentored cadet pilots will enrol over the next 12 months. Following graduation in 2013, these pilots will contribute towards the airline’s significant pilot recruitment needs to operate from bases throughout Europe.
This development in the significant and growing relationship between OAA and easyJet will provide another complementary means of supplying pilots from OAA for easyJet, and will also enable the airline to evaluate fully the new MPL as a potential training route through which future cadet pilots could be trained.
OAA reports “unprecedented interest” in the programme with a further three courses scheduled to enrol over the next nine months. The 78-week MPL course will be delivered solely in the UK with the various training phases allocated between the OAA and easyJet training teams based at Oxford, Gatwick and Luton airports.
The beginning of easyJet MPL training represents the third such training partnership of its kind for OAA, following agreements already in place with Flybe and Dragonair.