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Course Dates:
Phase 1: < Dec 08
Phase 2: 08-Dec-08
Phase 3: 27-July-09
Phase 4: 14-Dec-09
Phase 5: 21-Dec-09
Phase 6: 22-March-10

Integrated ATPL(A) APP First officer Course so you can see what and when we will be studying.
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AP297 Foundation Flight Training
AP297 First Officer Fundamentals
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AP297 Jet Training: MCC & JOC
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Key dates:
Start: 08-Dec-08
Phoenix: 27-July-09
Oxford: 14-Dec-09
End: April 2010
Phase 1 || Skills Assessment

Until Dec 08

Phase 1: Skills Assessments

This is where it all begins!
The Skills Assessment is a 2-day process at Oxford Airport during which each candidates suitability for the APPFO course is assessed in a number of ways.

Whilst everyone is bound to feel nervous, it is actually an enjoyable process and it is a great chance to look around the site and try out the accommodation.

This is what happens:


Day 1
Afternoon: Sim Test

A short test in a no visuals, fixed base simulator. This looks at how quickly you pick things up. You will do climbs, descends, turns, climbing turns etc

Morning: COMPASS Test

Comprises of tasks that test your hand-eye-foot co-ordination, basic maths, physics, memory,
multi tasking, spatial awareness & personality.

Day 2
Afternoon: Interview & Debrief

A fairly smple interview which looks at your personaility, aviation knowledge and commitment. You will then be given a comprehensive and honest debrief where you find out if you have passed.
Morning: Team Exercises

You are given tasks and topics to discuss
which you do as a team. Your communication,
verbal reasoning, problem solving, team working
and leadership skills will be assessed.

Start: 08-Dec-08
T1s: 26-Jan-09
S1s: 16-Mar-09
JAA 1s: 06-Apr-09
T2s: 18-May-09
S2s: 15-Jun-09
JAA 2s: 19-Jun-09

Oxford Aviation Academy

GS Leave:
24th Dec to 5th Jan
30th Mar to 6th Apr
13th Apr to 25th Apr
20th July to 27th July

7th Dec - 14th Dec

The work starts!
Ground School is at the Oxford Aviation Academy centre in Kidlington. ATPL Ground Training is split into two phases and will include 42 exams.



A break down of ATPL Ground Training

Phase one: 15 weeks of Ground School with 7 JAA exams (plus 14 pratice exams).
The exams are: Principles of Flight, Aircraft General Knowledge – Systems, Aircraft General Knowledge - Instrumentation, Human Performance, Meteorology, VFR Communications & IFR Communications.

Phase two: 12 weeks of Ground School with another 7 JAA Exams (plus 14 pratice exams).
The exams are:
General Navigation, Radio Navigation, Flight Planning, Aircraft Performance, Mass & Balance, Operational Procedures & Air Law

Passing all 14 JAA examinations is a pre-requisite to commencing Foundation Flight Training at Goodyear and our results will have an important say in our employability.

Basic Flight Training
Phase 4:  First Officer Fundamentals
Phase 3: Basic Flight Training
6 months worth of reading material!
ATPL Ground Training
Arizona driving!
One of the pools at our Goodyear base
Course Summary

___ 760 Hours ATPL & 40 Hours First Officer Fundamentals



110 hrs
_10 hrs
_10 hrs
_20 hrs
_30 hrs
_36 hrs
Total Time: 216 hrs
FLIGHT TRAINING (216 hours) + 2 CAA Skills Tests:
PA28 at Sunset
Break down of Phase 6
Inside the 737-400 Sim
The 737-400 Sim

On our last three weeks of the course we will concentrate on Multi-Crew Co-operation (MCC) and also do a Jet Operations Course (JOC). This teaches us how to work in
a Multi-Crew environment & how to operate a modern commercial jet.

We will be flying realistic routes, using genuine airline operating procedures, all in the six-axis, full-motion Boeing 737-400 simulator.
By the end of the 36 hour phase, we will be well prepared to move directly to airline interview and airliner type specific training. (fingers crossed!)

Phase 5: Advanced Flight Training
Start: 21-Dec-09
IR Tests: 15-Mar-10 +

From this point onwards we concentrate on multi-engine flight training using the PA34 Seneca aircraft and simulators; flying in poor weather and highly controlled airspace with airliner traffic.
Because Oxford Airport is centrally placed it is well positioned for accessing the busy airways and the many highly challenging destinations.

Advanced flight training consists of 50 hours - split between aircraft and simulator. The high-fidelity simulators are perfect for the task in hand, enabling us 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 the resident CAA Examiners.
Phase 6: MCC / JOC
Phase 6: MCC / JOC
Start: 22-March-10 End: 09-April-10


IR training in a PA34
Break down of Advanced Flight Training
Top: PA34 at Oxford || Bottom: PA28
Phase 5: Advanced Flight Training
24th Dec - 4th Jan

The FOF has been designed specifically to meet an increasingly important need to ensure that new pilots such as ourselves are trained in a number of key areas previously considered outside the scope of traditional flight training courses.

The FOF covers the following:

First Officer Responsibilities and Crew Resource Management Issues:
Airline training captains offer OAA students a bespoke, 4-day module, designed to focus minds firmly on the future 2-pilot (or more), multi-engine commercial flight deck enviroment.

First officer Fundamentals


Commercial Appreciation: We are given a first exposure to the realities of airline
life by a series of briefings, presentations and exercises covering topics such as airline economics, business analysis, and other relevant issues, including the relationship between the flight deck crews and other key airline staff including cabin crews, fight dispatchers, and even senior management.

Learning how to be the best...

Communication Skills: We are given a first realistic opportunity to develop our skills as we participate in delivering briefings and formal presentations on flying and commercially related topics. As part of this same phase, our radio communication skills are also honed to prepare us fully for flying in the intense European air traffic environment.

Airline Interview Preparation Seminar: We are given practice in interview technique, instructed in the art of CV preparation and psychometric testing, and advised by specialist, qualified staff in the range of skills necessary to prepare properly for the all-important interview.


The fun begins!
Start: 20-July-09 PA34s: 09-Nov-09
Home: 07-Dec-09

20 weeks in Phoenix, Arizona, based at Goodyear Airport. We finally get to fly!

We all fully plan to take advantage of where we are and activities already planned include trip to the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, New Mexico and also a Sky Diving trip is being discussed!

We will gain 110 hours of single-engine flying in the PA28 Warrior aircraft, along with 10 hours in an FNPT II simulator. We will then complete 10 hours multi-engine training in the PA34 aircraft before taking our Multi Engine CPL Skills Test in the PA34 Seneca Aircraft.

On return to the UK (with a good tan), we should all be competent multi engine pilots.


Start: 14-Dec-09
End: 18-Dec-09
Views while flying in Arizona
Phase 2: ATPL Ground Training
Phase 2: ATPL Ground Training
One of the fixed base simulators
AP297 at Oxford Aviation Academy
Which phase of training we are currently in