The Ultimate Flight School Comparison

CAE Oxford Aviation Academy Overview

Main Points
Integrated ATPL – £87,500 – Duration approximately 70 training weeks
MPL:£100,500 (easyJet) – approximately 78 training weeks (including Type Rating)
Modular: Variable Price – 7 days -22 weeks, depending on student requirements.

The next Open Day is:

CTC Aviation Overview

Main Points
Integrated ATPL – £93,800 – Duration approximately 70-78 training weeks
MPL:£109,000 (easyJet) – approximately 70 training weeks (including Type Rating)
Modular: Variable – 3-70 weeks, depending on student requirements.

The next Open Day is:

FTE Jerez Overview

Main Points
Integrated ATPL – €116,000 – Duration approximately 62 training weeks
MPL:£89,100 (Flybe) – approximately 54 training weeks (including Type Rating)
Modular: Variable Price – 4 days -18 weeks, depending on student requirements.

The next Open Day is:

CTC Aviation

Courses:
Integrated ATPL(A) (“white tail” or airline partnered) – CTC Wings programme
MPL (self-sponsored and partially airline sponsored) – CTC Wings programme
Modular (full-time and distance learning ATPL theory, flexible, integrated and full-time flight training, MCC & JOC packages, AQC bridge course) – CTC Takeoff programme

Main ab-initio FTO locations:
Southampton, United Kingdom
Coventry Airport, United Kingdom
Bournemouth Airport, United Kingdom
Goodyear Airport, Phoenix, United States
Hamilton International Airport, New Zealand

Typical course structure:
Stage 1 – ATPL Ground Training (location UK or NZ)
Stage 2 – Foundation Flight Training (location NZ or USA)
Stage 3 – Advanced Flight Training & Upset Recovery (location NZ, UK or USA)
Stage 4 – AQC: MCC, JOC & Upset Recovery (location UK)

Course duration:
Integrated ATPL: approximately 70-78 training weeks
MPL: approximately 70 training weeks (incl Type Rating)
Modular: variable, 3-70 weeks, depending on student requirements.

General entry requirements:
-Aged 18 or over at the start of training.
-Hold 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) grade C or above in Mathematics, Science and English language
-Be fluent in the English language
-Produce a Criminal Record Check certificate before start of training
-Min height of 157 cm / Max of 191 cm.
-Obtain an EASA Class 1 medical certificate prior to start of training.
-The unrestricted right to live and work in the EEA or Switzerland
-Successfully complete and pass the assessment process for the preferred training programme.

General application process:
Stage 1 – Online application
Stage 2 – Proof of minimum educational qualifications and English language skills
Stage 3 – Attendance at a CTC Aviation Selection Centre (1 day)
Stage 4 – Where applicable, selection and interview with an airline partner
Stage 5 – Comprehensive personality profile testing or psychometric testing

Additional education:
CTC Wings cadets are presented with the opportunity to enroll on a three-year academic degree programme in partnership with Middlesex University. Academic credit is accumulated during the flight training course and can then be used towards a BSc (Honours) degree in Professional Aviation Pilot Practice. Whilst part of the tuition fees is covered by the flight training costs, UK candidates would need to make a further contribution of £12,500 for a full degree. Non-UK, EU students may apply for a UK government student loan.

Career prospects:
Major partner airlines include British Airways, Flybe, Wizz Air, easyJet, IndiGo, Qatar Aiways, Virgin Atlantic, Jetstar and Royal Brunei Airlines, outsourcing the ab-initio flight training to CTC through designated cadet schemes. The candidates for these airline partnered ATPL or MPL courses are usually pre-selected and may be offered guaranteed employment, subject to the successful completion of the training. In addition, CTC Aviation offers Flight Instructor courses with the possibility to gain full-time employment with the company.
White tailCTC Wings graduates and CTC Takeoff graduates, who successfully complete the AQC bridge course, are eligible to be placed into the Airline Placement Pool. According to employment statistics from 1990 through 2015, 98% of candidates who met specific airline criteria found employment with aforementoned airline partners and other major carriers, including Monarch, DHL, Ryanair, Cityjet, Thomson Airways, Jet2, BA Cityflyer and Thomas Cook.

Indicative cost:
Integrated ATPL£93,800 (Inclusive of VAT. Prices are correct as of November 2016. Assessment fees, living expenses, extracurricular training and Type Rating costs are not included)
MPL: variable and airline specific. Example course fee for the Generation easyJet Pilot Training Programme: £109,000 (Inclusive of VAT. Prices are correct as of November 2016. Assessment fees, living expenses and extracurricular training are not included)
Modular: variable, depending on student requirements.

Financing partner: BBVA, ATPL Finance. Certain airlines may agree to underwrite training loans or provide a security bond, repayable over seven years, to selected candidates on qualifying training schemes.

Protection plans:
Subject to terms and conditions, the Performance Protection provides a financial cover in case of additional training and re-testing fees for cadets opting to enroll the CTC Wings programme. A full refund of the costs, less a deduction of £5000, will be granted, should the cadet be unable to complete training due to a lack of ability.

Fleet:
Cessna 172, Diamond DA20, Diamond DA40, Diamond DA42, Slingsby T67

Aftercare:
CTC Aviation offers a pilot resourcing and recruitment service through their subsidiary CTC Flexicrew. Apart from presenting airline partners with newly graduated CTC Wings and qualifying CTC Takeoff cadets, CTC Flexicrew holds a pool of experienced and newly licensed pilots who graduated from other FTOs. Candidates in the latter category would need to undergo a selection process at CTC’s Dibden Manor Airline Resourcing centre, prior to enrolling on a full or fast-track AQC. The fee for this course is £9360. (Prices correct as of November 2016)

Overview
After CTC Aviation was founded by six senior airline training Captains in 1990, it rapidly established itself as one of the “Big Three” FTOs for ab-initio flight training. In May 2015 the company was acquired by USA based L-3 Communications. CTC Aviation has seen major expansion in recent years with a new training facility being opened in Coventry, UK, and Goodyear, Arizona, USA. However, traditionally the “signature” CTC Wings courses (either ATPL or MPL) are conducted at the FTO’s flagship training facility in Southampton, followed by flight training in Hamilton, New Zealand or at Bournemouth Airport, UK. In March 2015, CTC opened their new simulator training centre near Gatwick Airport, offering graduates on the ATP and airline partnered schemes to undertake in-house Type Rating training.
CTC Wings and selected CTC Takeoff students have the option to complete distance learning modules, provided by Middlesex University, during the later stages of their courses. Any credit awarded for a completed module can subsequently be used to gain a BSc (Hons) degree in Professional Aviation Pilot Practice post flight training. Airline partnered courses may follow a different syllabus, subject to airline requirements. Detailed information, including entry requirements and financing options, on non-“white tail” courses can usually be found on the relevant airline’s website.

CAE Oxford Aviation Academy

Courses:
Integrated ATPL(A) (“white tail” or airline partnered) – APP First Officer programme
MPL (self-sponsored and partially airline sponsored)
Modular (full-time and distance learning ATPL theory, mentored flight training, MCC & JOC packages)

Ab-initio FTO locations:
Oxford Airport, Kidlington, United Kingdom
Brussels Airport, Belgium
Falcon Field Airport, Mesa, USA
Melbourne, Australia
Perth, Australia
Gondia, India
Rae Bareli, India

Course duration:
Integrated ATPL: approximately 70 training weeks
MPL: approximately 78 training weeks (including Type Rating training)
Modular: variable, 7 days up to 22 weeks, depending on student requirements.

Financing partner: BBVA. Certain airlines may agree to underwrite training loans or provide a security bond, repayable over seven years, to selected candidates on qualifying training schemes.

Career prospects:
Major European partner airlines include British Airways, Flybe, CityJet and easyJet, outsourcing the ab-initio flight training to CAE OAA through designated cadet schemes. The candidates for these airline partnered ATPL or MPL courses are usually pre-selected and may be offered guaranteed employment, subject to the successful completion of the training. According to the published statistics for 2015, a total of 243 CAE OAA graduates found employment. This number also includes “white tail” graduates, who were offered positions with other major carriers, such as BA Cityflyer, Monarch, Ryanair and Transavia.
Outside Europe, CAE OAA runs cadet schemes in partnership with IndiGo, Jetstar and Air Asia at various training locations in Asia and Australia.

General entry requirements:
-Aged 18 or over at the commencement of training
-Completed Secondary education, achieving national qualifications in English Language, Mathematics and Science subjects
-Proficient in the English language
-Be able to obtain a Class 1 Pilot Medical Certificate
-Successfully complete and pass the assessment process for the preferred training programme
-The unrestricted right to live and study in the applicable FTO locations or be able to obtain a visa for the duration of the course

Additional education:
CAE OAA has a long-standing partnership with Bucks New University, allowing students to obtain academic credit by completing distance learning modules during their MPL or ATPL training courses. The accumulated credit can then be used towards a BSc (Honours) degree in Air Transport Management. The final year of the full degree is conducted on a part-time, distance learning basis following the completion of the flight training course. Students will be required to cover the tuition fees for a full degree. UK government student loans may be available.

Indicative cost:
Integrated ATPL
– location Oxford: £87,500
Integrated ATPL – location Brussels: €104,500 (Inclusive of VAT. Prices are correct as of November 2016. Assessment fees, accommodation, living expenses, extracurricular training and Type Rating costs are not included)
MPL: variable and airline specific. Example course fee for the Generation easyJet Pilot Training Programme: £100,500 (Inclusive of VAT. Prices are correct as of November 2016. Assessment fees, accommodation, living expenses and extracurricular training are not included)
Modular: variable, depending on student requirements. Optional on-site accommodation at the Oxford training centre is available at the cost of £8000. (Prices are correct as of November 2016)

General application process:
Stage 1 – Online application
Stage 2 – Attendance at a CAE Oxford Aviation Academy Skills Assessment Centre (1 day)
Stage 3 – Where applicable, selection and interview with an airline partner (1 or multiple days)

Typical course structure:
Stage 1 – ATPL Ground Training (location Oxford or Brussels)
Stage 2 – Foundation Flight Training (location Mesa)
Stage 3 – First Officer Fundamentals (location Oxford)
Stage 4 – Advanced Flight Training (location Oxford)
Stage 5 – Multi Pilot Training: MCC, JOC & Upset Recovery (location Oxford)

Fleet:
Cessna 172/182, Piper Archer, Piper PA28 Warrior, Piper PA34 Seneca, Piper Seneca V, Piper PA44 Seminole, Zlin 242L, Diamond DA20, Diamond DA40, Diamond DA42

Protection plans:
Subject to terms and conditions, the SkillsPlus Guarantee provides a financial cover in case of additional training and re-testing fees for cadets opting to enroll on the Integrated ATPL programme at the Oxford training centre. A full refund of the costs of training already received and any funds deposited will be granted, should the cadet be unable to complete training due to a lack of ability.

Aftercare:
Practical career preparation is provided through interview and CV writing workshops. “White tail” ATPL and qualifying Modular students have access to the Graduate Career Services department, a designated team who liaise with airlines and source suitable job opportunities. Successful applicants may be offered a position directly with an airline or they will be enrolled on an ATP scheme on a permanent, fixed-term or flexible basis through CAE’s subsidiary recruitment company, Parc Aviation. Graduates may be offered to complete their Type Rating at one of CAE’s TRTOs.

Overview
Despite its humble beginnings as a small flying club in the early 1900s, Oxford Aviation Training School –as it was then known- gradually expanded its operation and started to provide professional pilot training in 1963. After being acquired by CAE in 2012, the Oxford training facility has become the flagship location for the CAE Oxford Aviation Academy brand, offering Integrated ATPL(A), MPL, Modular and several aviation related courses. Other ab-initio training facilities can be found in Brussels, India and Australia, with the Melbourne Academy allowing students to obtain an academic degree in partnership with Swinburne University of Technology. However, the traditional Integrated ATPL or MPL course would typically be conducted at the Oxford and Arizona based training facilities. The Ground School phase, which may now also be undertaken at the Brussels training centre, is followed by the basic flight training phase in Arizona. The final stages of the training courses, including advanced flight training and MCC/JOC, take place in Oxford or, occasionally, at another suitable European training facility. ATPL and MPL students are presented with the option to complete distance learning modules, provided by Bucks New University, during the later stages of their courses. Any credit awarded for a completed module can subsequently be used to gain a BSc (Hons) degree in Air Transport Management post flight training. Airline partnered courses may follow a different syllabus, subject to airline requirements. Detailed information, including entry requirements and financing options, on non-“white tail” courses can usually be found on the relevant airline’s website.

FTE Jerez

Courses:
Integrated ATPL(A) (“white tail” or airline partnered) – Airline First Officer Programme
MPL (self-sponsored and partially airline sponsored)
Modular (mentored flight training, MCC & JOC packages) – Flight Deck plus+ programme

Ab-initio FTO locations:
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain

Course duration:
Integrated ATPL: approximately 62 training weeks
MPL: approximately 54 training weeks (excluding Type Rating training)
Modular: variable, 4-18 weeks, depending on student requirements.

General entry requirements:
-Aged 17.5 or over at the moment of application
– Hold GCSEs at grade C or above in Mathematics, Science and English language
– Either hold two A levels (or an equivalent qualification) at grade C or above or a University Degree (or Higher Degree) at 2:2 or above
-Be fluent in the English language
-Be able to obtain an EASA Class 1 medical certificate
-Successfully complete and pass the assessment process for the preferred training programme

Financing partner: BBVA, Caixa Bank. Certain airlines may agree to underwrite training loans or provide a security bond, repayable over multiple years, to selected candidates on qualifying training schemes.

General application process:
Stage 1 – Online application
Stage 2 – Where applicable, selection and interview with an airline partner
Stage 3 – Attendance at FTEJerez Assessment days (2 days)
Stage 4 – Where applicable, psychometric and personality profile testing

Typical course structure:
Stage 1 – ATPL Ground Training Phase 1(location Jerez)
Stage 2 – Single engine flying (location Jerez)
Stage 3 – ATPL Ground Training Phase 2 (location Jerez)
Stage 4 – Single engine flying (location Jerez)
Stage 5 – Multi engine flying + IR Skill test (location Jerez)
Stage 6 – Multi Pilot Training: MCC & JOC (location Jerez)

Protection plans:
Cadets are protected from additional accommodation charges in the event of a flight training delay due to adverse weather.

Indicative cost:
Integrated ATPL – €116,000
(Inclusive of VAT. Prices are correct as of November 2016. Assessment fees, living expenses, extracurricular training and Type Rating costs are not included)
MPL: variable and airline specific. Example course fee for the Flybe MPL part-sponsored scheme: £89,100
(Inclusive of VAT. Prices are correct as of August 2016. Assessment fees, accommodation and extracurricular training are not included)
Modular: variable, depending on student requirements.

Fleet:
Piper PA28 Warrior, Piper PA34 Seneca, DA42, Slingsby Slingsby T67, Robin 2160i

Career prospects:
Partner airlines include Aer Lingus, Oman Air, Emirates, British Airways, Flybe, CityJet, Volotea and Thomas Cook. The candidates for the ATPL or MPL courses are usually pre-selected and may be offered guaranteed employment, subject to successful completion of the training. According to published testimonials, a number “white tail” graduates were offered positions with other major carriers. Employment statistics for FTEJerez are not published.

Additional education:
FTEJerez partnered with Institute of Technology Carlow in 2014 to obtain a BSc degree in Pilot Studies. Academic credit is accumulated during the flight training course and requires a further attendance of two semesters at IT Carlow. It’s currently open to FTEJerez graduates, cadets who have been accepted for the Airline First Officer Programme and pilots flying for FTEJerez’s partner airlines. Students will be required to cover the tuition fees of €9900. (Prices are correct as of November 2016)

Aftercare:
Practical career preparation training is provided through interview skills and CV writing workshops. “White tail” ATPL cadets are assigned a personal mentor towards the end of their training. In addition, preparatory training on the in-house Boeing 737-800 simulator is provided, should a candidate be invited for an airline interview.

Overview
Founded as the British Aerospace Flying College in Prestwick in 1988, the FTO relocated to Jerez de la Frontera in 1999. In 2003, the training centre was renamed FTEJerez and has since provided self-sponsored and airline partnered ab-initio flight training and other aviation-related courses. The FTO operates from a single location and has its own on-site campus. Both the the Integrated ATPL and MPL courses follow a similar syllabus, whereby the two phases of theoretical Ground Training are divided by 8 weeks of single engine flying. Following the successful completion of the Phase 2 EASA theoretical knowledge exams, students will continue their practical flight training on single and multi engine aircraft, leading to the ME IR skill test. The training programmes are then concluded by an MCC and JOC course. MPL cadets may be required to undertake the final stages of their training at another training facility, in line with the regulations of the licence issuing authority. Detailed information on MPL and non- “white tail” courses, including entry requirements and financing options, can usually be found on the relevant airline’s website.
FTEJerez graduates, cadets who have been accepted for the Airline First Officer Programme and pilots flying for FTEJerez’s partner airlines have the option to complete two semesters at IT Carlow. Any credit awarded for the modules completed at the institute and during flight training can subsequently be used to gain a BSc degree in Pilot Studies.