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  1. Hello! My name is Sergey. I am really interested in becoming a professional pilot. I have read your article about “Assessment with the Pilot Training College – Ireland” so now i have more detailed information about aptitude test and COMPASS, and I am really grateful to you for this! But I am more interested in interview, especially in group interview (what is the main goal?), so it would be nice if you could give some piece of detailed information about it, of course if it is not waste your time. Thanks in advance!
    P.S. Sorry if i made some mistakes, it is only because of English is not my first language.
    Best Regards!

    • Sergey,

      Sorry for my incredibly slow response, things have been really busy these past few months. Are you still interested in hearing about the interview stages? If so, I’ll gladly get back to you.


  2. Hi matt,

    Very much enjoyed reading through your posts about your journey to become a pilot. I was wondering how old you were when you started at Oxford and whether or not you had a degree? Sorry if you’ve mentioned this already in one of your posts, I must have missed it.



    • Dan,

      Thanks for stopping by, glad you’re enjoying the posts. I was 21 when I started at Oxford and I do not have a degree. I completed my GCSEs, did A/S levels and then went on to study computer technology at Leeds Technology College.

      Hope this help,

      • Hi Matt,

        A year on from my comment I’m now in the fortunate positions to have landed a place on the easyJet MPL scheme run through CTC. I start in September and can look forward to several months off once I finish my a levels in a couple of weeks!! Would you have any advice for me in terms of the ground school or training to be a pilot as a whole? I hope your enjoying flying with Ryanair!



        • Hey Dan,

          Massive congratulations are in order, that’s brilliant news! Well done. The first piece of advice that comes to mind is enjoy the time off. Seriously, do! Ground school was one of the most intense things I’ve ever experienced. The flying was a little more relaxed in the way that it was more spread out and you have rest days but there was always the pressure of your next progress check or skills test in the back of your mind. Once you get into the biz, there is always something that you need to prepare for. Type rating, line training, line checks and sim checks come round all to often so make this break worth it! Haha, apologies for pushing that point so much. You’ll see what I mean in September. Other than that, be prepared to work hard. A-levels are no walk in the park so you’ll be used to studying and which study techniques work for you. If in doubt, ask questions. Always be willing to learn with a positive attitude.

          Despite the training being so intense I did enjoy it. The instructors were great and struggling through the workload with class mates built some brilliant friendships.

          The flying is going great thanks. I’ve just moved to my home base which happens to be just ten minutes from home. Couldn’t be happier! Been busy recently so just trying to catch up on the blog and a couple of other things.

          Once again, well done. Very best of luck for your A-levels, enjoy the break and best wishes for the training. Thanks for the update, much appreciated.


  3. Hi,
    I am having a trial flying lesson at the weekend with a view to working towards my PPL (although at a later stage in life to when you started!).
    Have enjoyed reading the blog – thanks.

    • Thanks for stopping by, glad you enjoyed reading. I’ve been meaning to update for months now, I really should crack on with that! How did the trial lesson go?

      • Hi,
        The lesson went really well and I loved it. However, it was very windy so therefore a choppy journey! I suffer travel sickness greatly (cars, coaches) but it has never been a problem in planes…. However, I may need to overcome this as the lesson shed a new (and unwelcome) light on the problem… any advice? I’d love to train for my PPL.

        • Hello! So glad the lesson went well and that you enjoyed it. Seems ages since my first trial lesson. Ah, travel sickness. I see! I don’t suffer from it unless I read in the car so I don’t have much experience of it. Saying that though, some of my training flights were incredibly bumpy and I ended up feeling pretty rough. When we got on to the twin engine aircraft practising single engine flying, sitting in the back was awful because you’d swing around in the back while the pilot up front battled to balance the aircraft with the rudder! My instructors first advice was to close your eyes (if a passenger! I don’t think I ever felt bad if I was the one flying). That usually did the trick for me. Unfortunately, that’s all I can say on the subject. A doctor who is approved to give medicals to pilots may be of some assistance and flying instructors should have a decent set of tips and tricks, rest assured, you’re not the first one with the issue! Best of luck.

  4. Hi Matt,
    I have been accepted into OAA starting September 2013… I am considering different accommodation options. Where did you stay? Any thoughts about Langford Halls?
    Cheers 🙂

    • Hello Luca,

      Apologies for not getting back to you sooner. How is Oxford treating you? I went with accommodation options with the school but Langford Hall was up to capacity while I was with OAA so I had the opportunity to stay at other properties that OAA had contracts/deals with. Where have you ended up staying? Very best of luck with your studies.

  5. Dear Matt

    I would like to ask you is there any course or session for my son to attend assessment for pilot PTC, as he finished his study in USA back to Saudi Arabia and applying for job in Saudi airlines, Saudi airlines has a PTC test if he did not pass he can not join.
    can you send me details of this course or session date , cost

  6. What is your recommendation for study materials/website for new students applying for Oxford Aviation Academy Skill Assessment Test? Thank you in advance for your advice

    • Hello! It’s been a while since I did my assessment now. Have you been on a tour of Oxford’s facilities? I’m sure on both visits they let me have a look at the kind of assessment questions/exercises they use. Depending on where you are will determine how easy it is to visit but if you can, I’d recommend it. Have you seen this thread on their forum? Some very useful info in there.

      Above and beyond that, I’d just say be up to speed on your maths and physics. Know the basic equations, it’s permitted to work things out on a piece of paper if necessary. There were no questions above the GCSE level here in the UK – you could check out this GCSE revision site from the BBC which may be useful.

      Finally, you could also try I have never tried their service but I know the chap who runs it and it looks like it could be useful to you. They have some sample questions here.

      Best of luck! Do you have a date for your assessment yet?

      • Thank you Matt for your response and the suggestions. They are very helpful. It is hard for me to visit the school in advance so that’s why I am trying to ask people like yourself for advice. Yes, I did book the assessment test date. It is on Feb. 9th, 2015 at Oxford, UK.

        I have other question if you don’t mind. Can you please tell me about the Interview and the Teamwork Exercises? I am not sure what to expect. I would like to know the following:

        Interview- What are the general type of questions they will be asking? and What are they looking for?

        Teamwork exercises- What type of exercises? and What are they looking for?

        Thank you,

        • No problem at all. I can certainly give you some ideas of what it was like for me. However, on Thursday and Friday I’m in the simulator for my six monthly training and checking which leaves me with little time. I’ll be back as soon as I can after being in the simulator to share what I can remember.

        • Hello once again. Best of luck with your assessment, I hope all goes well for you.

          My assessment was almost five years ago now so there is only so much I can say. The interview was good, just be as natural as you can. I had two people in my interview, one from Oxford and another from BA. It was quite intense (from reading back on the entry I wrote) but I’ve had other interviews since then! They asked about the course – what aircraft you would be flying, what kind of licence you would be acquiring, how many hours of flying were involved. Nothing was asked that couldn’t be found on the website or in the description of the course. I was asked to talk about a time where I’d had to work as a team and also when I’d been put under pressure and how I dealt with the situation. What are the looking for? Not very easy to say I’m afraid! I’ve never been on the other side of the interviewing process. One thing I have heard said more than once is – could I get on with this person in the flight deck? Would I want to go for a drink with them afterwards?

          There were a couple of teamwork exercises from what I remember. One was the discussion – I don’t think it was a debate but rather a current topic that we had to discuss between the few of us. I think it was relating to the A380 but who knows what it will be about now! Being able to speak up and share an opinion as well as being a good listener are both important in this industry. We discuss issues all the time – in the simulator and on the line. Where do we divert to if a passengers illness progresses? Have the guts to speak up where necessary. One example that has come to mind was the time I pointed out to a captain that we were about to taxi into the wrong parking area – it wasn’t a dangerous situation but it would have been incredibly embarrassing! It felt strange telling someone that had many times the experience as me that they were about to turn the wrong way but I did it and the embarrassment was avoided. There could be far more dangerous situations where you would need your view to be expressed to enhance the awareness of a given situation.

          The other exercise was something about a map. I think we were given a map, and a list of items and possibly an objective. We had to decide what we’d take and how we’d do it. Something along those lines. Once again, make your opinion heard but be willing to listen. Don’t be too forceful but do have an opinion. I would guess they’re looking for the ability to interact, to listen, to share opinions and work as a team to find a solution.

          I hope this helps a little, like I say, it’s been a while since I went through this. Do your best to enjoy it, I’m still in touch with two of the people who went to the same assessment as me. One started at Oxford a month or two after me and the other went off to CTC. All the very best!

          • Matt, thank you. Your advice is very helpful. I will do my best getting ready for the assessment test and I will let you know what will happen.

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