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Airline Solutions Overview


Airline Cadet Programmes

We are pioneering in our field and embrace the latest regulatory standards in all our airline cadet programmes. Our clear focus is on multi-pilot training and we work with our airline partners to create bespoke solutions.

Airline cadet programmes incorporate tailored screening, assessment and selection followed by any combination of APS MCC, UPRT and Type Rating training.


Multi-Crew Cooperation Training

The ‘Airline Pilot Standards’ MCC course was introduced by EASA to revolutionise multi-crew training and better prepare newly-qualified pilots for airline assessment and type rating training. VA’s AirlineReady® APS MCC was the first to be awarded regulatory approval, and we have since trained more pilots to this new Airline Pilot Standard than any other ATO in Europe.

Airlines report that APS MCC graduates are amongst the best-prepared for type rating training; transitioning into line operations seamlessly. APS MCC is increasingly becoming the airline preparation course of choice for forward-thinking and safety conscious airlines. 


Advanced Upset Prevention & Recovery Training

In conjunction with our training partner Ultimate High Academy, the new multi-pilot Advanced UPRT can either be delivered stand-alone, or incorporated seamlessly into APS MCC training or into complete airline cadet programmes.


Type Rating Training

Just like our APS MCC training, we deliver bespoke airline solutions. VA will work with your training team to embed your airline SOPs and deliver an Airbus A320 or Boeing 737 type rating programme tailored to your operational needs. 

We are forward-thinking in our approach to pilot training and we will ensure that our programmes reflect this attitude. Your Type Rating training will be delivered utilising the latest simulator technology, by knowledgeable and experienced instructors. 


Simulator Hire

VA’s latest-generation Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 type-specific FTD1 flight simulators are available on a flexible basis, for ‘dry hire’ with your own instructors, or alternatively ‘wet hire’ with VA instructors if required. Our highly reliable, latest-model MPS simulators are available 20 hours per day throughout the year.

Uses include: pilot recruitment assessments, type rating training, operator conversion, command upgrade, refresher training, UPRT, maintenance training, Cat C airport familiarisation, and crew ‘controlled’ training. 


Pilot Talent Pool

We believe our graduates to be some of the most talented in the industry. They have worked hard to achieve their licences; self-funding their training and demonstrating true resilience and determination to do well in their chosen career. And they have not taken the easy option. Instead, they have chosen to invest in completing their training with the most challenging multi-crew training available; with a strong focus on airline preparation and type-rating readiness. 

We set the bar high and expect our trainees to exceed airline placement standards before we invite them into our talent pool. VA's talent pool includes pilots from a diverse range of backgrounds, but they all have one thing in common: they have impressed us, and we want to help them secure that all important first airline role. So if you’re recruiting newly-qualified pilots, we’d like to introduce our graduates to you.

Simulator Fleet

Training Centre

VA’s Cambridge Airport Training Centre is easily accessible from all five London airports:

  • London Stansted: 35 mins

  • London Luton: 65 mins

  • London City: 65 mins

  • London Heathrow: 80 mins

  • London Gatwick: 95 mins

There are frequent non-stop trains to Cambridge from London Kings Cross (approx 45 mins) and Stansted Airport (approx 30 mins).

After careful consideration, we have chosen VA Airline Training as our UK based APS MCC pilot training partner due to their continuous high standards in APS MCC training. We are pleased to lend our operational expertise to VA Airline Training especially in the provision of what will be an outstanding Airline Pilot Standard MCC. This combination will be the best possible preparation for an airline career with Ryanair.
— Senan O’Shea, Head of Training, Ryanair

Contact Us

We would be delighted to hear from you to talk through your specific requirements. Please contact Karen Bath directly, or send a message using the contact form.

Karen Bath
Head of Customer Engagement
+44 (0) 7976 738708

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