In recent years, most aviation training organisations who offer ab initio pilot programmes usually provide a Multi Crew Cooperation Course (MCC) supplemented by a Jet Orientation Course (JOC). Although the JOC is not regulated or recognised by the authorities, it has widely been accepted that some kind of jet appreciation is invaluable for the transition between flying light aircraft to handling large commercial airliners. Indeed, airlines have always looked favourably on candidates with this kind of experience when recruiting low hours pilots.
Finally, the value of a JOC has been formally recognised by EASA who regulate flight crew licensing in Europe. EASA have published guidance which paves the way for a new type of MCC course which includes ‘advanced swept-wing jet aeroplane training’ and ‘advanced airline operations scenario training’.
The very first APS (Airline Pilot Standards) MCC was first introduced by Virtual Aviation of Cambridge and is proving highly successful with both students and – more importantly – with recruiting airlines.
Ryanair, for example, is already stating on its cadet recruitment webpage that applicants holding a Certificate of Completion of APS MCC Training “will be given preference during selection” and “will be at a distinct advantage in the interview and assessment process”.
PRO-PILOT PROGRAMME – NEW PHASE 3
The course designers at 2FLY are always striving to refine each individual component of the Pro-Pilot Programme and make it as good as it can possibly be. This benefits both the Group and its reputation, but more importantly, our students. It is with great pleasure that 2FLY has incorporated this excellent new course into its flagship ATPL programme.
The structure and content of this new course incorporates all the elements which 2FLY feel is necessary to equip a pilot with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to commence initial type rating training to the standards generally required by a commercial air transport operator.
All students who have not reached Phase 3 of their Pro-Pilot Programme will now be completing an APS MCC at Virtual Aviation in Cambridge in the UK. Here are the details of what each 2FLY cadet will receive as part of Phase 3:
- 20 days total duration including rest and study days
- 4 days of Theoretical Knowledge Instruction
- 10 days (40 hours) of simulator training in a brand-new B737-800 simulator
- Final assessment and issue of APS MCC certificate
- Free-of-charge use of the simulator (when available) for practicing procedures
- Unlimited access to a full-size cockpit mock-up, FMC trainer and study facilities
- A personal Standard Operating Procedures book
- A large scale cockpit poster
- 10% off further simulator training for refresher or assessment preparation
- Access to our training partner’s Graduate Network
The AirlineReady™ APS MCC is a challenging training course which requires a high level of commitment and self-discipline, so it is only suitable for motivated and hard-working students. The new regulations include regular progress checks throughout training, and only those students who achieve the required performance level in their final assessment can be issued with an APS MCC certificate.
HOW GOOD IS THE APS MCC?
Airlines are recognising the value of Virtual Aviation’s APS MCC course. At least 2 major airlines (Ryanair and Jet2) have already stated that when recruiting low hours pilots, they will give preference to cadets who have been through this course.
If that is not enough to convince you this is the best course on the market, as of December 2018:
- 24 Ryanair first officer positions have been gained by APS MCC certified pilots in the last 6 months;
- 43 days is the average time APS MCC certified pilots go before being offered a first officer position with a major airline;
- 90+% of APS MCC certified pilots breeze through their first airline assessment/check ride.
MEET 2FLY IN CAMBRIDGE!
2FLY hold regular airline pilot career seminars around Europe and the UK including in Cambridge at the premises of our training partners, Virtual Aviation. Check out our planned seminars here and find out when we are back in Cambridge. Visitors to this seminar will have the added bonus of being able to view the Boeing 737-800 simulator on which Phase 3 of the Pro-Pilot Programme – the new APS MCC – will be delivered.