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