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Complete your training with the AirlineReady® APS MCC

The Airline Pilot Standards MCC course was introduced by EASA in 2018 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 APS course to be awarded regulatory approval, and since then we have trained over 150 pilots to EASA’s new Airline Pilot Standards - more than any other ATO in Europe.

Each week, a new group of trainee pilots arrive at our Cambridge Airport Training Centre, from all across Europe, ready to begin the transition into competent airline pilots.

This is a challenging course which requires a high level of commitment and dedication. It’s suitable for pilots who have a strong desire to develop their skills to the maximum, along with the motivation and self-discipline to put in the necessary work to achieve that.

LOCATION →
Cambridge Airport, UK

AIRCRAFT TYPES →
Airbus A320 or Boeing 737

DURATION →
3 weeks, including rest days

START DATES →
Courses start each week

 
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Cambridge Airport Training Centre

Cambridge Airport, Newmarket Road, Cambridge CB5 8RX

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Why do pilots choose Europe’s leading APS MCC provider?

 

The right environment to maximise your performance.

We want you to get the most out of your training with us. Throughout your course, you’ll have access to all of the study facilities and equipment we have for trainees at our Cambridge Airport Training Centre, including FMC trainers and full-size flight deck mock-ups.

You will have private space to study with your fellow trainees, along with refreshments and super-fast WiFi.

 

The highest standards of instruction.

Our training management and team of more than thirty MCC instructors are dedicated to helping trainees like you to successfully achieve the challenging transition into being competent airline pilots.

Many of our instructors are qualified to TRI/TRE level, and most of our instructor team are still in active airline flying roles, with airlines such as British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, easyJet and Ryanair.

 

A proven track record of graduate success.

The APS MCC was designed to train new pilots to a much higher standard - to ‘Airline Pilot Standards’ - resulting in them being better prepared to succeed at airline assessment and type rating training.

VA’s APS MCC graduates are achieving an impressive pass rate of over 80% at their first airline assessment, which compares favourably with the industry average pass rate of 45% to 50% for pilots who have completed an older MCC or MCC/JOC course.

In the past year, VA graduates have been recruited by many different airlines, including: Ryanair, British Airways, Iberia, easyJet, Flybe, Jet2, Thomas Cook, TUI, Loganair, DHL, Air Baltic, Wizz Air and Aer Lingus.

Train on the Airbus A320 or Boeing 737. It’s your choice.

VA is the only ATO in Europe offering a choice of aircraft types for APS MCC. When booking your course, you can choose to train on the Airbus A320 or Boeing 737. We have invested in new, latest-generation flight simulators to deliver the most immersive training experience possible.

Airbus A320ceo/neo*

Boeing 737NG

*The A320 is the latest addition to our fleet, and we chose this aircraft as it’s an ideal type to get the most out of your multi-crew training.

 
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Course information

Courses start each week and last for 3 weeks, including rest/study days.

To ensure that you get the maximum benefit from your course, we provide extensive pre-course study material, which you can access online before your training starts.

What’s included

  • 28 hours (5 days) of Theoretical Knowledge Instruction, including Airline Oriented Training

  • 20 hours of briefing and de-briefing before and after simulator training sessions

  • 40 hours (10 days) of type-specific flight simulator training, with pass/fail Final Assessment

  • Online access to all training materials and manuals

  • Use of self-study facilities, including FMC trainers and full-size flight deck mock-ups

  • Flight deck poster and SOPs handbook for you to keep

  • Competency Assurance™ for peace of mind

Competency Assurance™ for peace of mind

Additional training is sometimes required to achieve APS MCC competency. With Competency Assurance™ you can relax knowing that any additional training which may be required will be provided at no additional cost to you.

Learn more

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Check out our APS MCC statistics (click to enlarge)

Enjoy your stay in the historic City of Cambridge

Courses take place at our Cambridge Airport Training Centre which is close to London Stansted. Cambridge Airport is just 10 minutes from the City Centre and railway station, with shuttle buses running every 10 minutes.

Getting to Cambridge

  • Cambridge is easily accessible from all five London airports.

  • Trains run non-stop from London Kings Cross (journey time 45 minutes) every thirty minutes and from London Stansted Airport on a frequent basis.

Accommodation

  • We offer dedicated accommodation packages costing £695 for the full three weeks. You will have a private room in a house shared with other VA trainees.

  • Other accommodation options are available, and we can discuss these options with you.

 

Come and visit us to find out more

The best way to discover what it’s like to train with VA is to visit us here at Cambridge Airport. You will be able to meet instructors and current APS MCC trainees, tour the Training Centre, and see our flight simulators.

Call us on 01223 979737 to book your visit.

 
 
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Course dates and fees

Courses start each week, alternating between the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737, and last for 3 weeks.

As VA provides APS MCC training on behalf of other ATOs, the number of places available for trainees booking directly is limited. Please contact us to check available dates.

If you require a Visa to train with us, you can find out more here.

Course fee: £6,250 plus VAT (£7,500 including VAT) including Competency Assurance™

The course fee can be paid in three equal instalments:

  • £2,500 due at time of booking to secure your course place

  • £2,500 due 4 weeks before course start

  • £2,500 due 1 week before course start

We are a registered partner with Pegasus Finance should you need funding for your course.

How to apply

Places are limited.

If you feel that the AirlineReady® APS MCC is right for you, and you have the necessary motivation and self-discipline to get the maximum benefit from it, please complete the application form to start the process.

 
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Questions?

If you have any questions about the AirlineReady® APS MCC, or if you would like to book a visit, our Airline Training Advisers will be happy to help.

Please call us on 01223 979737 or send us a message using this form.

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Looking for our Ryanair Mentored APS MCC instead?


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
 
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