En­hanced MCC Train­ing to Air­line Pi­lot Stan­dards (APS MCC)

This new en­hanced MCC train­ing course aims to for­malise the exit stan­dard of the ex­ist­ing MCC/JOC and pro­vide a struc­tured ‘bridge’ to first multi-pi­lot jet type rat­ing


While the new frame­work was out­lined by EASA in De­cem­ber 2017, this new course is not man­dated by EASA and does not cur­rently re­place the ba­sic MCC (multi crew co­op­er­a­tion) re­quire­ment, but it is fast be­com­ing recog­nised as the ‘gold seal’ course by air­lines and re­cruiters. Its pur­pose is to for­malise the JOC el­e­ment that is not reg­u­lated, to stan­dard­ise the jet han­dling exit stan­dard (by re­plac­ing non-reg­u­lated Joc−jet ori­en­ta­tion course−with reg­u­lated APS), and there­fore act as the en­try stan­dard to a first multi-pi­lot aero­plane (MPA) type rat­ing. For the APS MCC the ba­sic twenty hour sim­u­la­tor re­quire­ment for MCC is dou­bled to forty hours.

Tack­ling that first multi-pi­lot jet type rat­ing can be an ex­tremely steep learn­ing gra­di­ent, with air­lines re­quir­ing the most ef­fi­cient and stan­dard­ised route to the right seat, so it’s im­por­tant to be able to make that tran­si­tion with the great­est con­fi­dence and abil­ity. APS MCC pro­vides air­lines with a high level of con­fi­dence that can­di­dates will have the tools in their locker to progress through the type rat­ing smoothly and with­out re­me­dial train­ing. The APS el­e­ment of the course brings for­ward many as­pects of type rat­ing train­ing to pro­vide in­sight and prac­tice of ad­vanced jet han­dling tech­niques, com­plex ‘non-nor­mals’ and air­line sce­nar­ios.

With the ba­sic MCC foun­da­tion built dur­ing the ini­tial phase of train­ing, the APS de­vel­ops a wider un­der­stand­ing and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of swept-wing jet han­dling char­ac­ter­is­tics in a struc­tured and reg­u­lated man­ner. In­cor­po­rat­ing com­plex non­nor­mals−for ex­am­ple the loss of hy­draulic sys­tem pres­sure− pro­vides in­valu­able in­sight into air­craft sys­tems, the op­er­a­tional im­pact and de­ci­sion mak­ing re­quired, plus en­ergy and time man­age­ment when fly­ing a non- stan­dard ap­proach pro­file.

The ben­e­fits of a struc­tured and reg­u­lated course are sig­nif­i­cant and, while it might not be the route of choice for ev­ery­body, it cer­tainly at­tempts to raise the bar in fly­ing stan­dards and en­sure a stan­dard­ised prod­uct by in­cor­po­rat­ing a fi­nal as­sess­ment and over­all course grade. Five grades are avail­able: Ex­em­plary; Very Good; Good; Sat­is­fac­tory; Un­sat­is­fac­tory (i.e. fail), and only stu­dents achiev­ing the Sat­is­fac­tory grade or above can be given an APS MCC cer­tifi­cate.

Al­though, as stated, the APS MCC is not a re­quire­ment, air­lines may look favourably on ap­pli­cants who have com­pleted the course and achieved a grad­ing level of Sat­is­fac­tory or above. Ryanair, for ex­am­ple, states on its ca­reers page that ‘ap­pli­cants hold­ing a cer­tifi­cate of com­ple­tion of APS MCC train­ing will be given pref­er­ence dur­ing se­lec­tion and be at a dis­tinct ad­van­tage in the in­ter­view and as­sess­ment process’.

The APS MCC course is com­pleted on a sim

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