Pleasant to fly, the Oxford’s more demanding characteristics rendered it a good trainer
Originally developed because the Air Ministry believed the docile Avro Anson was too challenging to use as a trainer, the Oxford proved to be the more demanding machine of the two, and arguably resulted in the production of better pilots. Most accounts cite the Oxford as a pleasant aircraft to fly, and note that it encouraged precision, particularly on take-off, approach and landing. Another almost universal impression was that Oxfords could become prone to heavy pre-stall buffeting, and unpredictable in wing drop.
In 1938, a Flight reporter noted: “The controls appear to be everything that they should be, and the aileron control in particular is a good deal more pungent than is usually expected in comparatively large aeroplanes; their effect is equally vigorous at comparatively low gliding speeds, and does not seem to differ one way or the other when the flaps are in the fully down position.”