Professional Pilot Training
London Oxford Airport historically has been Europe’s foremost centre for professional pilot training with well over 30,000 students having started their careers here, going on to join over 90 airlines around the world. At one point, the airport’s runway was the busiest in the world with over 235,000 movements a year (a take-off or landing) and up to 1100 in a single day.
The original school, Oxford Aviation Training, has evolved into CAE Oxford. CAE trains more pilots around the world than any other organisation and takes cadets with little or no previous flying experience and prepares them for a career at an airline after graduation. CAE Oxford has had a base at London Oxford Airport for over 75 years. For more information and to enrol in a course with CAE visit their website www.cae.com/becomeapilot.
In 2016, another global professional pilot training organisation established their world headquarters at Oxford, namely Airways Aviation. In 2018 we were joined by Leading Edge Aviation, a rising star in the sector, drawing on many years industry experience delivering inspirational and innovative training. All companies offer training at Oxford and overseas and courses to become a commercial pilot are typically 18 months or so in duration.
Private Pilot Training
PFT (Pilot Flight Training) has been long-established at London Oxford Airport and offers a number of courses for both the starter and experienced private pilot along with trial flights for those thinking about whether they might wish to learn to fly. They operate a fleet of aircraft that can be hired by the hour for those already with a license.
Take Flight Aviation although headquartered at Wellesbourne aerodrome, recently established a satellite operation at London Oxford Airport offering private pilot training at all levels and also offering the use of multiple aircraft types from their extensive fleet.
HeliGroup have recently established a helicopter PPL operation at Oxford utilising the Cabri2 light helicopter but offer a multitude of types to train upon including type-training courses.
Go Fly Oxford are now based at London Oxford Airport offering the full range of licences and ratings with a fair weather base in Almeria, Spain.