Overview

The Elite Pathways Programme (EPP) is our full-time, EASA Integrated pilot training course.

It is designed to take you from no aviation experience (ab initio) to a qualified commercial pilot with a ‘frozen’ Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL). On graduation, you will be ready to begin your new career.

We offer EASA accredited pilot training at our purpose-built academies at London Oxford Airport, UK and Huesca – Pirineos Airport, Spain. The course syllabus was created in consultation with leading airlines and covers the rigorous technical requirements of pilot training, but also includes personal and professional development at every stage of the process.

Our modern facilities are designed to offer everything needed for great achievements and an outstanding training experience.

  • Garmin 1000 equipped DA40/42 aircraft fleet.
  • Purpose-built classrooms, study areas and computer labs.
  • Spacious common rooms and kitchen facilities.
  • Small group teaching with a friendly atmosphere.
  • Experienced instructors and training staff.
  • Dedicated student support team.

Stages

The EPP course is set out in five stages to help you achieve your career goal of becoming a commercial pilot.

Selection

Applicants are invited to attend selection at our Academy based at London Oxford Airport. This will allow you to:

  • see the facility
  • meet the team
  • complete a COMPASS assessment

If you score well on the COMPASS assessment, you will be then required to complete a short face-to-face interview or computer based interview.

Success in completing both stages will earn you a place on the EPP Course. We may also offer you a performance-guarantee which allows you to begin your Airways Aviation training programme with full peace of mind.

ATPL Theoretical Knowledge + Airline Preparation

The integrated course begins with the theory that underpins an Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL). The theory structure breaks the course down into 14 key areas, which will be completed in three distinct stages:

  • aircraft general knowledge
  • instrumentation
  • meteorology
  • human performance
  • principles of flight
  • communications IFR
  • communications VFR
  • air law
  • flight planning
  • mass and balance
  • aeroplane performance
  • general navigation
  • radio navigation
  • operational procedures

Initial Pilot Training + Airline Preparation

Once you’ve passed your ATPL exams, you’ll progress onto flight training at our state-of-the-art academy in Huesca, Spain. The skies of northern Spain offer pilot friendly flying conditions while Huesca’s light air traffic and long runway mean your initial flight training gets you off to a confident start. Here you will:

  • fly our fleet of Garmin 1000 equipped DA40 aircrafts
  • complete 128 hours of single-engine training
  • undertake a further 14.5 hours training in our DA42 multi-engine aircrafts and in our FNPTII simulator
  • learn about:
    • threat and error management
    • safety management systems
    • workload management and lifestyle training

Advanced Flight Training + Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) + Airline Preparation

After you’ve completed Stage 3, you will then return to our Oxford Pilot Training Academy to start the advanced level of your flight training. Flying at our Oxford base provides you with the skills and experience required to become a fully qualified commercial pilot.

You will gain further experience by:

  • flying the twin-engine, glass cockpit DA42
  • undertake further training in an FNPTII simulator
  • learn to fly in instrument conditions
  • develop your flying skills to the highest level by completing your UPRT training
  • being prepared for airline assessment with practical support for interviews, group exercises and job applications

Multi-Pilot Foundation Jet Course

After you’ve completed Stage 4, you will then complete your training in the Netherlands with our expert partner, EPST.

The Multi-Pilot Foundation Jet Course is the final stage of your EPP and is the ultimate preparation for your first airline applications. Everything you’ve learnt will come together in an airline training setting as you learn to operate as a professional airline pilot.

You will:

  • undertake 30 days of intensive Multi-Crew Cooperation and Jet Orientation (MCC/JOC) training
  • increase your hours on an B737 fixed based simulator

Stage 1

Selection

Applicants are invited to attend selection at our Academy based at London Oxford Airport. This will allow you to:

  • see the facility
  • meet the team
  • complete a COMPASS assessment

If you score well on the COMPASS assessment, you will be then required to complete a short face-to-face interview or computer based interview.

Success in completing both stages will earn you a place on the EPP Course. We may also offer you a performance-guarantee which allows you to begin your Airways Aviation training programme with full peace of mind.

Stage 2

ATPL Theoretical Knowledge + Airline Preparation

The integrated course begins with the theory that underpins an Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL). The theory structure breaks the course down into 14 key areas, which will be completed in three distinct stages:

  • aircraft general knowledge
  • instrumentation
  • meteorology
  • human performance
  • principles of flight
  • communications IFR
  • communications VFR
  • air law
  • flight planning
  • mass and balance
  • aeroplane performance
  • general navigation
  • radio navigation
  • operational procedures

Stage 3

Initial Pilot Training + Airline Preparation

Once you’ve passed your ATPL exams, you’ll progress onto flight training at our state-of-the-art academy in Huesca, Spain. The skies of northern Spain offer pilot friendly flying conditions while Huesca’s light air traffic and long runway mean your initial flight training gets you off to a confident start. Here you will:

  • fly our fleet of Garmin 1000 equipped DA40 aircrafts
  • complete 128 hours of single-engine training
  • undertake a further 14.5 hours training in our DA42 multi-engine aircrafts and in our FNPTII simulator
  • learn about:
    • threat and error management
    • safety management systems
    • workload management and lifestyle training

Stage 4

Advanced Flight Training + Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) + Airline Preparation

After you’ve completed Stage 3, you will then return to our Oxford Pilot Training Academy to start the advanced level of your flight training. Flying at our Oxford base provides you with the skills and experience required to become a fully qualified commercial pilot.

You will gain further experience by:

  • flying the twin-engine, glass cockpit DA42
  • undertake further training in an FNPTII simulator
  • learn to fly in instrument conditions
  • develop your flying skills to the highest level by completing your UPRT training
  • being prepared for airline assessment with practical support for interviews, group exercises and job applications

Stage 5

Multi-Pilot Foundation Jet Course

After you’ve completed Stage 4, you will then complete your training in the Netherlands with our expert partner, EPST.

The Multi-Pilot Foundation Jet Course is the final stage of your EPP and is the ultimate preparation for your first airline applications. Everything you’ve learnt will come together in an airline training setting as you learn to operate as a professional airline pilot.

You will:

  • undertake 30 days of intensive Multi-Crew Cooperation and Jet Orientation (MCC/JOC) training
  • increase your hours on an B737 fixed based simulator

Career opportunities

On completion of the course, you will have the skills and training necessary to look at the following career pathways:

  • First Officer for commercial airlines
  • Corporate pilot for private clients
  • Cargo pilot for logistic companies
  • Flight Instructor (on completion of further training)
  • Flight Operations Captain after 1500 hours and after completing a command course

Fees and finance

The total cost of the program is £89,980. This includes:

  • Accommodation across all three sites (UK, Spain and Netherlands).
  • Transport:
    • every day to and from the academy
    • a return flight to Spain
    • a return flight to the Netherlands
  • All exam fees
  • Airport associated costs:
    • landing fees
    • jet fuel
    • use of instruments
  • Uniforms and equipment

Duration

67 weeks full time

Entry Requirements

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a right to study in the UK other than on a Tier 4 visa
  • Hold a minimum of 5 x GCSEs (or equivalent); successful completion of English, maths and science is desirable
  • Be fluent in English
  • Produce a CRC (Criminal Record Check) basic disclosure certificate before commencing training
  • Be a minimum height of 5’2 (157 cm), maximum height of 6’5” (196 cm)
  • Hold a UK EASA Class 1 medical without restrictions
  • In addition, international students should be able to demonstrate English language proficiency with a pass in an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall grade of 5.5 or equivalent

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