VA launches UK's first APS MCC course


VA has launched its new AirlineReady® APS MCC which is the first APS MCC course in the UK to be approved by the Civil Aviation Authority.

The new APS MCC course structure has been introduced by EASA to deliver enhanced MCC training to Airline Pilot Standards.

This enhanced training is intended 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".

In addition to multi-crew cooperation training, APS MCC courses must also include ‘advanced swept-wing jet aeroplane training’ and ‘advanced airline operations scenario training’ followed by a final assessment.

Simulator training is doubled from 20 hours to 40 hours, with regular progress checks throughout, and only those students who achieve the required performance level in their final assessment can be issued with an APS MCC certificate.

Capt. Rob Bryce-Smith, Head of Multi Crew Training at VA: “We are fully embracing the new APS MCC framework as we strongly believe that improving the calibre of pilots applying to airlines will benefit those individuals and the industry as a whole.”

VA’s new APS MCC supersedes the existing MCC+JOC. The new course will take place at the company’s Cambridge Airport Flight Training Centre, using its latest B737-800 simulator, which entered service in January.

With courses starting every fortnight, between 144 and 192 new AirlineReady® cadets will graduate with an APS MCC qualification each year, providing airlines with a valuable source of new First Officers.

Visit AirlineReady® APS MCC for more information.