INTRODUCTION: Oxford Flying School in England is fast earning itself a world-wide reputation for the training school of aeroplane and helicopter pilots.
INTRODUCTION: Oxford Flying School in England is fast earning itself a world-wide reputation for the training school of aeroplane and helicopter pilots. They have 50 aircraft at the school, including helicopters, and such is the traffic in take-offs and landings that Oxford airport is now second only to London's Heathrow airport as the busiest in the country. The school is run by CSE Aviation - a private aeronautics company.
SYNOPSIS: So far the school has trained applicants from 27 countries. Most arrive with no experience. By the time they leave 15 months later, they are qualified commercial pilots ready to take their place as pilots for their national airlines or air forces. The present trainees at the school come from Libya, Saudi Arabia, Norway, Greece, Algeria, Denmark and Nigeria as well as Britain itself.
This group of Libyan students has just begun the course. Their instructor is a former British airways captain. They are being taught the elements of early flight.
The school starts the pupils from the very beginning of flying theory. This group of Indonesians are already flying but the classroom is still important. Their navigational instructor, a former RAF Navigator Officer, is discussing the critical point of flight and how to decide in an emergency whether it is wise to turn back or go on. Radio rating and instrument flying are also part of the course.
The flight simulator.....here students learn instrument flying from the safety of the ground - but the instruments respond exactly as on a real aircraft. The small model on front of them shows the instructor exactly how the student is faring.
Visnews reporter Peter Whittle spoke to some of the foreign trainees taking the pilot course at Oxford - starting with a helicopter pilot.
Apart from theoretical work, pilots have to log several hundred hours in the air both with instructors and also before they qualify for their licences. And many of those who trained at oxford are now serving as captains on the world's airlines.