CAE Oxford Interactive Learning is the specialist unit, within CAE Oxford Aviation Academy, which conceives, designs, develops and produces self-teach, interactive, multi-media computer based training (CBT) material, on CD-ROM, covering the academic subjects associated with pilot training. These subjects include: Meteorology, Principles of Flight, Human Performance & Limitations, Navigation, Engines, Instrumentation, Radio Telephony Communications, and many more. The CBT created by CAE Oxford Interactive Learning's designers and programmers has become established in the aviation training community as second to none.
In 1997, Oxford Aviation Training, one of the world's foremost professional pilot training schools, took the decision to develop an instructor-led, classroom Computer Aided Instruction (CAI) system covering the whole of the European Joint Aviation Authorities Air Transport Pilot's License (JAA ATPL) ground training syllabus This decision was strongly influenced by the introduction of the new JAA ATPL license in many European countries which, until 1997, had operated with separate national licenses.
After leading the European effort to compile a detailed objective syllabus for JAA ATPL ground training , CAE Oxford Aviation Academy took the decision to teach that syllabus in the classroom using new computer based methods.
Very soon after CAI was completed, in 2000, CAE Oxford Aviation Academy quickly moved into the field of self-teach, interactive computer based training (CBT) for its distance learning students. We began with interactive, multi-media CD-ROM-based courses in Radio Telephony Communications. Then, the UK Met Office heard of our work, and cooperated with us to produce the first purely academic JAA ATPL ground course in self-teach, multi-media CBT format: Meteorology. That CBT has been an enormous success. It enables CAE Oxford Aviation Academy distance learning students to follow a self-teach CBT course at home, containing all the expertise of CAE Oxford Aviation Academy's ground instruction. It is as if the students have an instructor at home with them, plus, of course, the advanced computer-generated graphics illustrating all those aspects of Meteorology which cannot be put across by still diagrams in books.
After the Met project, the CAE Oxford Aviation Academy's Design & Development Department embarked on a project to put the whole of the JAA PPL ground and flying training syllabus content onto self-teach multi-media CBT. Since the completion of that project , in 2003, the Design & Development Department of CAE Oxford Aviation Academy has been re-established as a separate business unit, bearing the name CAE Oxford Interactive Learning. CAE Oxford Interactive Learning is now producing another 7 CBT titles. These titles range from specialist pilot training products to CBT for the general education market.