CityJet & CAE Oxford launch Climb High Mentored Cadet Programme

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CityJet and CAE Oxford Aviation Academy are seeking highly motivated candidates aspiring to rise as professional pilots within one of Europe’s fastest growing airlines. Successful candidates can expect world class training to the highest standard from CAE, the world’s leading pilot training organisation, and the opportunity to fly as a First Officer with CityJet.

Selected cadets will complete an Integrated ATPL Training Course at CAE Oxford Aviation academies in Oxford, UK and Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

Course Outline:

The design for the Climb High Mentored Cadet Programme is split into two primary stages:

  • Integrated ATPL Training Course with CAE Oxford Aviation Academy
  • Type Rating Training Course with CityJet Flight Training sponsored by the airline
Phase Hours Weeks Location
Ground Training 750 Hours Classroom & CBT 26 Weeks Oxford
First Officer Fundamentals Flight Safety 20 Hours 1 Week Oxford
Single Pilot – CPL Foundation Flight Training 10 Hours FNPTII Simulator 12.15 Hours Multi Engine Aircraft 120.15 Hours Single Engine Aircraft 2.5 Hours Skills Test 22 Weeks Phoenix
Upset Prevention & Recovery Training 3 Hours 2 Days Phoenix
First Officer Fundamentals Airline Preparation 20 Hours 1 Week Oxford
Single Pilot – Advanced Instrument Flight Training 30 Hours FNPTII 22.45 Hour Multi Engine Aircraft 2.5 Hours Skills Test 13 Weeks Oxford
Multi-Crew Co-Operation / Jet Orientation Course 36 Hours Jet Simulator 3 Weeks Oxford
Total 239.15 Hours 66 Training Weeks

Course cost:

Item € EUROS
Integrated ATPL Training Programme 107,000.00
Degree (Ordinary Level) in Air Transport Management Included
First Officer Fundamentals Included
Upset Prevention and Recovery Training Included
CAE Oxford Aviation Academy Accommodation at Oxford & Phoenix Included
Uniform, Books and Equipment Included
Travel Insurance, Visa Fees and Return Flight to Phoenix from UK Included
Meals & Social Expenses Personal Budget
Type Rating Included

Please note: Successful applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of €6,500.

Financing the course:

Successful applicants may access a bespoke loan scheme operated by BBVA – one of the largest banking and financial services providers in the world. The loan scheme is specially designed to meet the needs of student pilots undertaking our CityJet Climb High Mentored Programme.

The CAE Oxford Aviation Academy/BBVA scheme alleviates the pressure of financial concerns during training, allowing students to focus their efforts on achieving the best possible results.

As with any loan scheme, terms and conditions apply.

Download the BBVA bank loan scheme UK brochure for more information.


CAE Oxford Aviation Academy is a Professional and Career Development Loans registered Learning Provider, registration number 6838. A Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

Requirements to apply:

  • Over 18 years of age
  • Entitled to reside and work in the European Union
  • Free from any criminal record
  • No piercings or tattoos
  • You must have no more than a PPL licence or 100 hours of flying experience
  • Must Obtain a UK CAA issued EASA Class 1 Medical Certificate prior to commencement*
  • Able to fund the full cost of the initial CAE OAA training course
  • Fluent in the English language with the potential to qualify at ICAO level 6
  • In possession of the following minimum educational qualifications:
    • Ireland
      School Leaving Certificate with 6 subjects including mathematics, English and a science subject, with a minimum of D1 in higher mathematics, or B3 in Ordinary math’s, with a C3 or higher in 3 honour subjects.
      An Honour Degree above 3.0 or a pass or higher award in a higher degree such as MSc, MA, MPhil, DPhil, PhD, MBA.
    • United Kingdom
      5 GCSEs at Grade C or above, including English Language, Mathematics and a Science (single or double award), excluding General Studies.
      Either 3 A-Levels at Grades BCC or above, excluding General Studies and Critical thinking.
      An Honours Degree above 3.0 or a pass or higher in a higher degree such as MSc, MA, MPhil, DPhil, PhD, MBA.
    • Other Countries
      Candidates must demonstrate that they can meet the equivalent of the minimum educational standard required of Irish educated candidates.

* Applicants who already possess an Class 1 Medical Certificate from an EASA member state besides the UK may start the course, but must move their Medical Records to the UK CAA before course completion. This is because their license will be issued by the UK CAA and EASA regulations require a pilot’s Medical Certificate and Medical Examination Records to be held by the same member state that issues the pilot’s license.

Please note: CityJet will be involved in the assessment process.

Find out more and apply now:

CAE Oxford Aviation Academy – CityJet – Climb High Mentored Cadet Programme

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