Choosing the right Jet Orientation Course is vital to your employment prospects.
"The purpose of this course is to give commercial pilots of varying ability the handling skills, knowledge and confidence necessary to secure an airline position flying jet aircraft. Much more than just a qualification, it provides a solid foundation for passing a simulator assessment, followed by the steep learning curve of type rating training”
A word of caution
Jet Orientation Courses are not regulated in any way, so any company can offer one, using any kind of flight simulator. Just this year, a number of unregulated companies have begun offering Jet Orientation Courses, with some of them using non-certified simulators.
To be sure that you receive proper training (and that airlines will actually recognise your JOC qualification) you should only consider Jet Orientation Courses which are run by established ATOs, using a flight simulator that is certified by the CAA.
Virtual Aviation Flight Training was formed in 1998 and is an EASA Approved Training Organisation (GBR.ATO.0385) regulated by the UK Civil Aviation Authority. Our B737-800 simulator is certified with the approval number UK/VIR-126.
We wanted our 'Next Generation' Jet Orientation Course to be the best on the market, with the most modern and relevant content, delivered in a concise, effective and affordable package.
Jet Orientation Courses last three days and take place on our new Boeing 737-800 flight simulator at Cambridge Airport, near London Stansted.
The JOC can optionally be combined with our MCC Course. The combined MCC+JOC lasts a total of 12 days and includes 32 hours simulator time. The combined course is ideal for pilots who have not already completed an MCC.
What makes our Jet Orientation Course different?
The right aircraft type
We don't believe in using a generic jet simulator. Our Jet Orientation Course is run on the glass cockpit Boeing 737-800, which also happens to be the aircraft type most commonly used by airlines for simulator assessments.
With small class sizes and no more than two students per instructor, our instructors have more time to focus on your individual performance and address any areas which need particular attention.
We don't save on costs by employing instructors who retired from flying many years ago. Our instructor requirements are exceptionally high, and most JOC instructors are actually current B737-800 pilots.
Intensive and focussed
We designed this intensive course to include the most relevant content and optimum amount of classroom and simulator training. You will be surprised how rapidly your jet handling performance develops over the two days.
This course will give you more than just a qualification. The B737-800 handling experience will serve as excellent preparation for a simulator assessment and the steep learning curve of undergoing type rating training.
Proven track record
Virtual Aviation is a leading provider of specialist simulator training and we have helped many hundreds of commercial pilots secure their first airline position in the 16 years since the company was formed in 1998.
Our simulator is the most advanced Boeing 737 fixed-base simulator in the UK.
Genuine Boeing 737 Flight Dynamics Model
What's the point in using a 737 simulator that doesn't fly like a 737? The result could be negative training. Our simulator features genuine Boeing 737NG flight dynamics, and it can be configured as a 737-800W or 737-700.
Collimated Visual System
Our fixed-base simulator is the only one in the UK to be fitted with a collimated visual system. Because of the cost, you would normally only find a collimated visual system on a Level-D full flight simulator (FFS). The 200x40 'wraparound' collimated visual system creates a true 3D environment outside the cockpit, and is far superior to simply projecting the computer-generated image onto a flat or curved white panel.
Rockwell Collins EP-8000 Image Generator
The EP-8000 is widely recognised as the most advanced image generator available for new full flight simulators, and this is the first time it has been integrated into a fixed-base simulator. It provides the best possible scenery, weather and custom airport models. The EP-8000 is actually superior to the image generators on most full flight simulators currently in service.
Meet some of the instructors who run our Jet Orientation Courses.
Capt Alan Snow
Alan is current A320 Captain based at London Stansted, operating short and medium haul routes across Europe. He previously spent many years flying the Boeing 737. Alan is a new and popular member of our instructor team, and really enjoys the satisfaction of teaching the next generation of airline pilots when he is instructing our MCC and JOC students.
Capt Rob Michie
Rob is currently a Captain on the Boeing 737-800 with Ryanair, based at London Stansted Airport, operating short-haul routes throughout Europe. Since joining Virtual Aviation in late 2012, Rob has helped many commercial pilots with simulator assessment preparation, and has recently become one of our Jet Orientation Course instructors.
Capt Tim Taylor
Tim began his flying career as a GB Airways cadet, before later joining Ryanair as a First Officer and operating the Boeing 737-800 from a number of bases across Europe. Nowadays, Tim is based at London City Airport and flies the Embraer 170/190. Prior to becoming an airline pilot, Tim gained aviation experience as a flight operations and crewing controller.
Wednesday 1 February to Friday 3 February - 1 place available
Monday 20 February to Friday 24 February* - 1 place available
Wednesday 1 March to Friday 3 March - 1 place available
*this course is spread over a week: Monday (Day 1), Tuesday (Day 2), Wednesday/Thursday (off), Friday (Day 3)
Free Preview Visit
To help you find out more about our JOC training, we offer free-of-charge Preview Visits. Unlike traditional 'open days' these are arranged on a date to suit you, and are just for you.
During your Preview Visit you will be able to:
- Meet members of the Virtual Aviation team
- View the JOC course materials
- Tour the facilities at our Cambridge Airport Training Centre
- Fly our Boeing 737-800 simulator
We really encourage you to investigate all of the different JOC courses available before selecting the training provider and course you feel is right for you.
Enjoy your stay in the historic City of Cambridge
Courses take place at our Cambridge Airport Training Centre which is close to London Stansted.
Cambridge is a great place to stay while you train with us. Cambridge Airport is just 10 minutes from the City Centre, with shuttle buses running every 10 minutes, so you can stay in the heart of the City and enjoy all that this famous university town has to offer.
Getting to Cambridge
Cambridge is easily accessible from all five London airports.
There are several nonstop trains from London Kings Cross every hour, which take approximately 45 minutes. Trains from Stansted Airport take around 30 minutes.
During your time off, why not enjoy some of the sights and attractions in Cambridge, or jump on a train to Central London?
Interested to know more?
For more information, prices and available dates, please call our Client Services Team on 01223 979737 or send a message.