UK CAA clears Oxford's MPL training scheme for Flybe

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UK Civil Aviation Authority regulators have approved the introduction of a multi-crew pilot licence (MPL) training scheme for regional carrier Flybe, which is being overseen by Oxford Aviation Academy.

The academy says the MPL scheme is a "natural evolution" of its current pilot-training programmes, adding that it will be the first MPL to use UK-based instructors, aircraft and simulators.

Training will include core skills experience on Socata Trinidad single-engined aircraft, as well as operations on a full-flight Bombardier Q400 simulator. Pilots graduating from the MPL course will become first officers on Flybe's Q400 fleet.

"The new MPL course marks the single most significant change in airline pilot training methodology for more than 50 years," says the academy's managing director, Anthony Petteford.

Twelve MPL places are available and the academy says it opened to applications on 4 May.

Oxford Aviation Academy is also offering a "safety net" feature whereby students can revert to an integrated air transport pilot's licence course if the MPL programme should "stall".