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CAE Oxford Aviation Academy


CAE Oxford Aviation Academy is the largest ab initio flight training network in the world with the capacity to train more than 2,000 cadets per year across 11 flight schools on five continents. Drawing upon over 85 years of pilot training expertise, CAE Oxford Aviation Academy cadet pilot training programs provide high quality, focused ab initio training to aspiring pilots across the globe.

CAE Oxford Aviation Academy Oxford offers integrated ATPL, MPL and modular pilot training routes, all of which combine premier ground school courses with high quality flying instruction delivered under the approval of the UKCAA. Additional value-add is offered to cadets through the unique SkillsPlus Programme which includes a comprehensive money back guarantee, academic accreditation in the form of a degree program and pilot job placement support following graduation. CAE Oxford Aviation Academy trains cadets for a range of airline customers including British Airways, easyJet, Emirates, Jetstar, Flybe and Turkish Airlines.

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  1. Trainee


    As of this date I am currently undergoing my foundation flight training with CAE Oxford in Phoenix. I completed my the theory training a few months ago and I would reccomend the school.

    Whilst I am aware of the competitive job market, and how tough it is securing a job. I would have to say that you are in great hands with this academy and have the best possible chance. Some airlines have even employed people whilst still in training. That being said, a lot of the outcome is dependant on your performance during your training. You need to be a hardworking, yet an optimistic person and without question need to have absolute focus on your goals. This is a tough course, a very tough course, however it is more than achievable if you absoutely committed to the task in hand. My reccomendation is if you have the heart for this, do it! It’s a lot of cash to stump up but so far, I can tell you from my experience its been very rewarding. Good luck and all the best.

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  2. Melanie

    My son graduated from CAE Oxford in October 2014. He worked very hard whilst he was there, through ground school and flight training in Arizona. In order to achieve what you want in life you need to work hard and have the passion, he certainly had that and CAE Oxford were very supportive in bringing that out in their students. My son went to the interview workshops provided by CAE and they were of great help. He secured a job in December 2014 with a major European airline and he is currently doing his type rating with them, and although very hard work, he is enjoying every minute and cannot wait to be flying with them as a First Officer.

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  3. Elamin Amer

    Hello ! I am a Libyan student who is planing to take a pilot course at Oxford and the Libyan government will support me by paying the course fees and the living cost so I would like to ask about the starting dates of the training course . Can you please replay as soon as possible ! many thanks

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  4. Sandra

    I would highly recommend the training here. My son graduated just after 9/11, couldn’t have been a worse time for jobs, however his training eventually secured him a job. He is now with Virgin Atlantic and enjoyed every minute of it.

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  5. Bart Van Peteghem

    Choosing a pilot academy is a crucial decision in your pilot career, the stakes are high as funding by third parties is often required to cover the cost. In my opinion, If you want to maximize your chances of getting hired you have to bear in mind the question: “Which graduates pilots airlines are recruiting?” The answer is that they are looking for trustworthy and knowledge pilots who are trained to the highest standards.

    I did my training in CAE Oxford Aviation Academy Brussels and In my opinion COAA understands that the ultimate costumers are the airlines: If they would fail to meet their demands of high quality graduates, than hiring rates would be problematic low. And as a result the academy would be left aside by potential student pilots like yourself.

    Before I started civil flight training, I have had been a military student pilot in the Belgian Air Force for two years. I consider my time there as very valuable experience. Consequently I projected my experience into high expectations of my training at CAE Oxford Aviation Academy. I was pleased to see that they were largely met. They emphasize on quality and this is apparent in the way they instruct and communicate clear expectations about your preparation and performance throughout every lesson and flight. Furthermore it is noteworthy that their door was always open for feedback and improvement. After investing extra time and effort in some students with difficulties of my promotion, the sometimes painful decision of the academy to stop their training was made. I believe that these decisions benefit all parties involved and render hard proof of their commitment to quality over maximizing the amount of graduates and financial gains.

    Please allow me to give a few bullet points why in my opinion it is worthwhile considering training at CAE Oxford Aviation Academy.

    – Entry exams

    They guarantee that you are surrounded by capable colleague students and reflect your high standard as a graduate.

    – A well-know brand with a good reputation

    Today there is a global pilot market and therefore you have to be a global player. CAE Oxford Aviation Academy is a well-know brand with a good reputation in the aviation world; this will help not only at finding a first job, but also later along your career.

    – Strong B2B connections

    The academy works together with partner airlines, which increases your chances to attend their recruiting interviews. The fact that they house airline cadet programs and pre-course recruitment is evidence of the confidence these airlines have that academy can deliver the high-standard pilot graduates they seek.

    – Commitment to be “one step ahead”

    They employ industry leading teaching and learning material as up to date aircraft, simulators, online learning platforms, …

    – Commitment to quality

    Internal exams comprise of open and multiple choice questions; the goal is to gain actual knowledge as your real exam is not the multiple choice one held by the aviation authorities, but the interview you attend to enter an airline.

    – Fun experience

    Flying is a passion to many of us and it is a pleasant experience to share that passion with fellow students and or instructors.

    I suggest you make your own evaluation by rendering them a visit during one of their Open House days. I’m quite confident that you will not fail to be impressed by their infrastructure and human capital.

    To summarize; I’m pleased about my flight training and I feel that they provided me with a good learning environment where I could develop the necessary skills as an airline pilot. Today I’m enjoying the job on the flight deck at a major European airline. If there is one clear message that I would like to pass on to people who look to start pilot training; always invest in the human capital around you, as they are your most valuable resource.

    Best regards,

    Bart Van Peteghem

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    • RB


      I would like to know what is the Entry exam about, I am a HS senior now, and I’d like to know few more details if you don’t mind.

      I eagerly await for your response.

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  6. IFly

    Graduate in 2011 from CAE Oxford Brussels, I previoulsy was aeronautical Engineer. Having worked for Airbus, the Sabena Flight Academy has been advise me by instructors of this aircraft manufacturer.
    The two years training was wonderfull and very professional. I personally really appreciate that we performed a real MCC program on a CS 25 FFS jet aircraft. Three months after graduation, I was hired by a private owner of a business jet.
    I moved after couple of months and I am now flying for a major executive airline in Europe.

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  7. Tim

    I am a former student of the OAA, today known as CAE OAA which in my eyes is not a bad thing. I graduated in 2011. I have no bad things to say regarding The school and its teachers, it was a great experience and if I had to do it again I would choose the same. Im currently working for one of the major airlines in Europe and enjoying every second of it. Of course its to bad for the people who don’t have a job yet, but thats not entirely the schools fault! When you start the course I hope you realise that the economy is still bad and there are just to many graduated pilots to be able to get a job straight after you finish school. However I am convinced that the people of the OAA do everything in their power to provide jobs for there graduates. Ive waited a year to get my first job interview, but I got there. And for that I thank the OAA.

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  8. Anonymous

    When I read the reviews displayed here, what I feel more than anything is disappointment. You are being mislead. Not overtly however, these reviews aren’t fake, but they only represent a fraction of OAA graduates. That’d be the fraction with jobs. Those without have strong tendencies towards more negative views but keep their mouths well and truly shut due to the culture of fear and intimidation that, unfortunately, pervades at the FTO that is commonly revered as the very best. I have friends who’ve done extremely well for themselves and are very much living the flying dream with no quarrels around how they got there. I also know people who’ve been unable to procure airline employment up to 10 years after graduation and feel they are unlikely to due to underhand blacklisting practices. Hearing this back in 2006 I would have been extremely sceptical but then I was just a naïve young aspirant like yourself with lots of dreams but very little wisdom. Consider this: A ball and a bat together cost £11, the bat is £10 more expensive than the ball, how much does the ball cost?……………98% of people won’t come to the correct answer of 50p unless they really break it down, instead going for the seemingly obvious but wrong £1. This is an example of how the human brain sees what it wants to see in order to alleviate a dilemma and produce a solution. Given that this flaw is inherent in most of us, I wouldn’t berate you for disregarding my review as you want so badly to follow in the footsteps of the 5-star crowd. Well that can be done kid, and Oxford’s not too bad a place to do it, but you need to balance enthusiasm, awareness and assertive behaviour so as not to get in anybody’s bad books. There’s not enough space to list examples here but I could tell you stuff that would make your jaw drop. Seriously, you’d be in A+E having it reset. All that maudlin stuff aside there are some brilliant staff and instructors at this place who really do make the experience quite wonderful (in parts) and to re-iterate what I’ve said before this has been the starting place for many peoples dreams and may well be for yours too. Just bear in mind that they are a business and are there to make money – if a handful of rejects fall by the wayside every now and again its not reflected in their balance sheet or financial reports and ultimately they do not give a damn. This comes down to you, how badly you want this and how good you are generally at getting what you want. Oh, and don’t believe the words “looming pilot shortage”, EVER. No such thing has effected low-hours pilots since the Battle of Britain in 1940. I’ve been unemployed (discounting temp jobs) for many years now due to my assumption that paying up and passing the entry assessment would place me on a fast track course to the right hand seat of a jet with OAA looking after me the whole way. Hubris is the best term to describe that. Responsibility for the lives of hundreds of people does not get given to under-achievers, so if you’re not completely ready to commit wait until you are then go for it with everything you have. And be prepared for the fact that you might still fail regardless so have other career options to fall back on.

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      • Anonymous

        Hi Jeanette, I did take the time to write you a reply, unfortunately it seems to have not being posted. I can only presume it was withheld for the controversial comments it contained which should go some way to answering your question. The simple answer to you question is: “Yes, but more strongly so.”

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    • Andreas

      Hey there, I would love to get more in depth feedback from you regarding your view on careers. Reason: How would you judge my career prospect if I start my training at 42 years of age? Hope to hear from you, Andreas

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      • Anonymous

        Apologies for such a late response. At 42 you are pushing your luck in the modern climate. Pilots (low hours) are not in high demand nor are they ever likely to be. Without being able to offer long term service to an airline you are simply not as valuable an asset as a 21 year old, despite your obvious maturity and life experience. All that matters in this game is money and return on capital. If failing to secure a job would be devastating to you then I would advise against proceeding.

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          • Anonymous

            No mate, I am not a working FO and it’s been half a decade now of trying. I have just discovered that Oxford have been secretly emailing airlines instructing them not to employ certain people – a number of us aren’t especially happy with this given the £100,000+ we paid.

  9. Collin

    I started training with OAA in November 2010 and graduated in June 2012. Nothing but good words for the school and its instructors. During groundschool, obviously not the most interesting period of flight training, the instructors were of a great help, made every single subject interesting and understandable and made those 6 months fly by, and before you know it you are done with the groundschool, which actually was an amazingly great time as well. Also all flying instructors in Goodyear and Oxford were of a high standard and made every single flight a great experience to look forward to. With the help of all these instructors, both on the ground and in the air, myself and a lot of other graduates managed to accomplish first time passes on all checkrides and high grades during groundschool. Therefore within 6 months after graduating I managed to secure a job with a major European airline, flying passengers throughout Europe now every day on a brandnew modern airliner. This has been made possible also because of the Career Centre at OAA, who have valuable contacts with the airlines. If I had to do it all over again, Oxford is the way to do it.

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  10. Edward

    I attended Oxford From August 2010 and finished February 2012 having had one of the best experiences of my life. I cannot recommend Oxford more as a complete package flying school taking me from zero experience to a fully qualified instrument rated commercial pilot. Throughout the course the experienced, motivational and very qualified instructors taught us everything we needed to know for the ground exams, basic flying training and advanced training. All we had to do as students was to put in at least 100% effort and the rewards are there waiting. The study was made infinitely easier with the background staff organizing everything required for your transition from stage to stage as smooth as possible. I completed the course having achieved the grades I targeted and there was an interview waiting for me one week later. Consequently one year later, I have my dream job, working with great colleagues and traveling around Europe! This is the school to choose.

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  11. Oliver

    I began training at OAA in 2010, having only just completed A levels at college with 0 hours of flying experience. Big gamble, but more than paid off. After completing the ATPL intergrated course on time, having had the best 16 months of my life, I was selected for interview with a major European airline just 2 weeks later and was lucky enough to secure the job. I can’t speak high enough for the standard of training and trainers at Oxford. And having been in the industry over a year now Oxford is well and truly seen by many airlines, to be the best first move to make.

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    • shakeela

      Hi Oliver,

      I need help from you.My son is planning to join pilot training in oxford school. He is an Indian National and completed CBSE+2 similar to A level and age is 18 years . Could you please give me some detailed information about the assessment test, it will be very tough.


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  12. James

    Having previously worked for a well known flag carrier, this was a school that came recommended to me by the flight deck recruitment department in that airline. I found the cost/value of the APP course to be very competitive and cheaper than other well known schools in the UK & Europe. The training itself was thoroughly professional with fantastic instructors, most of whom have military or civilian flying backgrounds, from flight engineers to navigators and pilots. The flying is varied, getting to spend 5 months in sunny Arizona and then the instrument phase is conducted near to the busy London TMA. With the top class instruction I received, I achieved class topping results and gained offers of employment from more than one airline within a few months of graduating, even in the midst of the financial meltdown. I would have no hesitations recommending OAA to any prospective pilot.

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  13. Sam

    As a former student who now has secured a job flying commercially I have nothing but praise for OAA. I graduated in 2012 and secured employment within 3 months thereafter, can’t ask for much more than that. So long as you put in the work the reward is there for the taking. Good luck to anyone just starting out.

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