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Oxford Aviation Academy training for pilot trainees

4th February 2009 - 13:32 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Oxford Aviation Academy (OAA) and UK low-fare airline have signed a five-year training agreement for the provision of full flight simulator (FFS) training. 

As part of this Agreement, OAA will relocate a Boeing 737 Classic FFS to its Manchester Training Centre at Woodford, which is expected to be fully operational from August 2009. has six UK bases, including four in northern England, so the relocation of the simulator to Manchester will reduce crew training costs for the airline.

In addition to the simulator training contract, has agreed to source all future cadet pilots from Oxford’s ab initio pilot-training programme (APP). The APP First Officer training programme – carried out at Oxford Airport in the UK and Goodyear Airport in the USA – is a full-time course dedicated to training professional airline pilots for major airlines. 

Commenting on the agreement Brian Simpson, Group CEO of OAA said, “I am delighted to announce this contract with as it shows our commitment to grow our relationship with a key customer and demonstrates our willingness to meet our customers’ total training needs in the most cost effective manner.”

Ian Doubtfire, managing director, commented, “With our commitment to operations from the North of England, we are pleased to have reached an agreement with OAA to use their simulator in Manchester. This will avoid long travelling times for our crews, provide the best possible training conditions and ensure we maintain our high standards of safety.”

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