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Follow my journey as an airline pilot cadet

Hello, I'm James, and I'm a First Officer flying for a UK airline. The aim of this website is to share my journey through integrated pilot training, and to hopefully inspire other future airline pilots to follow their dream.

A little more about me: I started training when I was 19, I'm originally from Cheshire, UK, and I was a member of the seventh airline-mentored MPL course at CAE Oxford Aviation Academy. Our team of eight met together for the first time on 28th June 2013. During ground school we were joined by fifteen other trainee pilots, making us part of the AP351 course. Whilst we completed all of our flight training in the UK, the AP351 members of our course completed their flight training in Phoenix, Arizona.

My aim was to keep my friends and family up-to-date with my training through periodic updates to the The Aviator Blog page of my website. I always welcome questions, suggestions or contributions at any time through the Contact page. You can now also Subscribe to my blog, to receive an email when an update is posted.

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Course Progress

Overall Course Progress:

83 of 83 weeks complete
83 of 83 weeks complete

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i) Ground School, Oxford:

29 of 29 weeks complete
29 of 29 weeks complete

ii) Core (Flying) Phase, Oxford:

20 of 20 weeks complete
20 of 20 weeks complete
- 3 weeks of leave -

iii) Basic (Simulator) Phase, Oxford:

9 of 9 weeks complete
9 of 9 weeks complete
- 13 weeks of leave -

iv) Intermediate/Advanced (Type Rating) Phase, London:

9 of 9 weeks complete
9 of 9 weeks complete

v) Entry to Airline

I've dedicated a page to quickly display the approximate progress of my class throughout the training course. There are several different classes at CAE Oxford Aviation Academy at any one time, with each class being at different stages.

My course began on 28th June 2013, commenced ground school on 1st July, flight training on 20th January 2014, and Type Rating on 1st December. The entire course took 83 weeks to complete (including 16 weeks of leave at various stages). The table on the right helped to show whereabouts we were up to. The final stage is our entry into the airline, which was in February 2015. Our training now continues on the line and in the simulator every 6 months!

Below, you can also see a complete summary of my blog updates in chronological order from the week I started.

 



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