What distinguishes OxfordSaudia?
OxfordSaudia is the only flight academy in the world that offers a Type Rating course for its students as part of its CPL program.
Students who graduate from other flight schools require further training by the airlines to get their Type Rating certificate.
OxfordSaudia found the best solution for this problem. We are the only academy in the world that offers Type Rating certificate for our students, as part of our CPL program.
We have invested in a 13,000,000$ simulator so that our students would graduate ready for the job.
OxfordSaudia students graduate ready to become co-pilots right away, and not co-pilots in training, and that’s why airlines prefer our graduates.
WHAT IS TYPE RATING?
The Type Rating Course is an important step in the pilot’s career life, it prepares her/him to transition to the airline environment by qualifying the pilot to fly the equipment used in airline operations.
Type Ratings are required for larger aircraft used in air transportation and the completion of the type rating indicates the readiness of the pilot to start a career in aviation. Type Ratings are required for Airbus and Boeing Aircraft, among others, and the typical first type rating for most pilots is either an Airbus A320 or Boeing 737.
WHAT IS THE PROGRAM AVAILABLE AT OXFORDSAUDIA?
The Type Rating is an approval on your certificate or license as a pilot and will be included on your certificate to show you are qualified on that aircraft. OxfordSaudia offers Type Rating training on an Airbus A320 simulator, and the academy specifically chose this aircraft because it is the most widely used aircraft in the Middle East. 90% of all aircraft in the Middle East are of this type. The Type Rating Course is generally composed of ground training and simulator training.
The Ground Training Course will cover aircraft systems and operations of the aircraft during the different phases of flight. If the training is completed in conjunction with an airline, training will include the specific airline operating procedures and company policies. Ground training is often delivered in part through Computer Based Training (CBT) or e-learning materials at home and then some amount of in class training with the minimum being around two days or more.
The simulator training is conducted in full or in part in a Full Motion Simulator or Full Flight Simulator (FFS) certified as a Level D Simulator. This means that the device is capable of delivering an experience almost identical to that in the flight of that aircraft type.
The hours in the Simulator are taught in a two-pilot environment and the pilot will typically be trained in both seats, Captain and First Officer (Pilot in Command - PIC, Second in Command - SIC), during the training. An airline training program will include actual aircraft takeoff and landings and will also include sectors, sometimes referred to as Line Oriented Flight Training (LOFT) or Line Training, to be flown after the course is completed with a training captain.
Sectors are essentially flights with passengers onboard with a Training Captain working with the new First Officer to ensure they are ready to act as an airline pilot. Once the sectors are complete they are able to fly with any captain in the airline. The number of sectors vary according to type and the airline's requirements but could be around 40 sectors or 100 flight hours.
At the completion of this training, the pilot is considerably more attractive to the airline. This is in part due to the difficulty some pilots have with the training but also in part to the reduced cost of training for the airline.
Airlines and the United States and Europe hire pilots who have been working in general aviation or aviation training for several years and have upwards of 1500 hours of experience. This qualifies them for their Airline Transport Pilot License or Certificate and ensures they have a well-rounded level of experience before joining.
Those companies then typically pay for the training of the pilots to become line pilots with them. This means the Airline pays for the Type Training, Sectors and Ground Training Necessary. In the Middle East and other parts of the world, the general aviation sector and flight training job opportunities do not exist. As a result, airlines are required to look for pilots who have either obtained experience outside the region or those that have lesser experience overall. This is where the Type Rating can reduce the risk for the airline and open the door for a pilot who has not obtained 1500 hours to be more attractive to the airlines. OxfordSaudia is the only flight training center that offers this training, this means that our students are ready to work as co-pilots as soon as they graduate and get their license.