I'm currently still happily based in Manchester working for Ryanair flying the awesome 737-800 aircraft. I'm just touching 2700 hours total time which means command is not too far away, which is exciting, but means I have had my head in the books again in order to prepare for the challenging upgrade process, which I'm likely to enrol onto after summer.
The flying out of Manchester is varied, 2, 4 or 6 sector days going as far as the Canary Islands and all over Europe within that range with no layovers and home every night which is fantastic.
I believe Oxford Aviation Academy has been taken over by CAE since I have left. This is a fantastic long term security net for the school and would certainly build my confidence when looking at which academy is best for me and my potential job prospects when graduating. This is because CAE have links with every major airline in some way or another and having this globally recognised name on the CV at an interview could only benefit you.
The only thing I am concerned about is how personal the academy is now that this huge company has taken over. When I was there it was certainly a 'family feel' when in for classes or flying and I just worry that this takeover has eradicated that somewhat... but I guess that's personal opinion and I haven't been back since graduation prior to the take-over, so I'm just assuming.
I guess my next post will be from the left hand seat, if all goes well.