Posted on: 10 March 2011 by Mark Howells
Oxford Aviation Academy (OAA) has been chosen by easyJet as a training partner for the carrier’s new Multi-crew Pilot’s Licence (MPL) programme during which 30 easyJet mentored cadet pilots will be trained by both the OAA and easyJet training teams to enable them to qualify for the issue of a new MPL under the approval of the UK CAA.
OAA says this development in its significant and growing relationship with easyJet will provide not only another complementary means of supply of high quality professional pilots, but will also enable easyJet to fully evaluate the new MPL as a potential training route through which its future pilots could be trained.
This bespoke MPL course designed specifically for A320 operations, using easyJet SOPs at an early stage in training, will incorporate required competency based flight training elements and additional value-adding elements including: commercial and ground operations, safety and quality systems, environmental considerations as well as an education in the easyJet customer service ethos and corporate values.
Following a joint OAA and easyJet selection process, the first course of six cadets will begin training at Oxford Airport in late August 2011 with a planned completion date and MPL issue by the UK CAA some 78 weeks later; with all four phases of MPL training scheduled to be completed in the UK. Further courses of 6-10 cadets will enrol at approximately three-month intervals throughout 2012 to reach the planned project total of 30 new MPL cadets.
Brand new EFIS glass cockpit aircraft will be used for core skills airborne flight training and a combination of new generation EFIS ‘GenJet’ and OAA Group A320 full flight simulators will be used for the basic, intermediate and advanced phases of training. A320 aircraft base, SEP and line training will be delivered by the easyJet training teams.