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Choosing the right Jet Orientation Course is vital to your employment prospects.

Our mission

"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 B737-800 flight simulator at Cambridge Airport, near London Stansted.

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 B737-800, which also happens to be the aircraft type most commonly used by airlines for simulator assessments. 

Individual attention

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.

Current instructors

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.

Valuable experience

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.


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 B737. 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 B737-800 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 B737-800 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.


The simulator is the most realistic I have seen and the level of experience in the instructing team is excellent. Everyone at Virtual Aviation were extremely friendly from the moment I walked through the door to even after I left. The JOC course was very relaxed throughout and the large amount of information conveyed over the two days was delivered at an excellent pace.
— Mark Byrom
I would highly recommend the JOC at Virtual Aviation to anyone who hasn’t done a JOC. The pre-course materials are useful and extensive. The course covers a lot over the two days, but never feels like you are trying to do too much. All of the staff were friendly and helpful, the instructors were excellent and the simulator was great. The whole two days were very useful, and very enjoyable.
— Tom W.
I’ve just heard that I am hired by Ryanair and I am starting my training on 12th May. Vincent is hired at Ryanair as well, so that’s also good news! So finally I can start my career at a big airline!
— Joost K.

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:

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.

Click here to arrange a date for your Preview Visit

Take a demonstration flight at the controls of our B737-800 simulator

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.

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