It'd been just three weeks since I'd received the phone call from CAE Oxford Aviation Academy, and here I was checking in to my accommodation.
I soon met other members of EZY07 and AP351, and it wasn't long before students from earlier courses were welcoming us to Oxford Airport. The members of staff from CAE OAA were also helpful and friendly, and directed us all to a theatre where our induction would begin.
Each of the 24 cadets on our course introduced ourselves. Our team was comprised of three students from EPST, eight with easyJet, and thirteen as part of Oxford's APPFO course. There was a variety of backgrounds, experience, and previous careers, along with a range of ages, but we all shared one passion: we wanted to learn to fly.
The day was enjoyable, albeit there were several sessions of form filling which were not so interesting! It was an excellent opportunity to meet our mentors and instructors, as well as our fellow course mates. Our uniforms were distributed, as were our name badges. For me at least, this is the moment where it all became very real!
Whilst the airport itself was busy with business jet traffic (our enrolment day shared the same weekend as the Silverstone Grand Prix), I found the academy to be relatively relaxed. I spoke to a few students sitting in a lounge area who, even with their final exams just around the corner, appeared very calm. They informed me that whilst ground school was intense, the training was of a very high standard. They talked me through a few topics, and it was clear they definitely knew their stuff. Best of luck with your exams guys, I'm sure you'll ace them!
One of the last items on the agenda for the day was the distribution of textbooks. Our course now has six months to master each of the 14 subjects, with our first school exam session in just six weeks time. Six weeks! I just hope that, when school finals come around, I feel as relaxed as the students I'd met earlier!
Finally, we were given our flight cases and timetables for next week. My first lesson starts at 0840 on Monday morning, and the day will consist of Airframes, Meteorology, and Flight Instruments. Safe to say, I can't wait to get started.