VA increases output to 200 cadets per year


VA has announced a one-third increase in capacity on its AirlineReady® APS MCC programme, allowing the company to train 200 cadets each year. 

During the past six months, strong demand for the company's new AirlineReady® APS MCC course has resulted in a 50% increase in student numbers compared with the same period last year. At the same time, a change in business model saw the number of students booking directly with VA increase by 300%.

From September onwards, eight places will be available on each of the fortnightly courses; up from six currently. This is intended to ease the current capacity constraints and benefit students by reducing the advance booking period.

Staff and students at VA's Training Centre at Cambridge Airport

Staff and students at VA's Training Centre at Cambridge Airport

The new 'Airline Pilot Standard' APS MCC introduced by EASA is intended to result in new pilots being trained to a higher standard, and in a way which is more relevant to modern airline operations.

Ben Boness, Executive Director at VA: "It's a positive step forward for the industry as a whole that EASA's new APS MCC format is here and now superseding the MCC/JOC courses which have been commonplace for the past few years. MCC/JOC courses are typically an awkward hybrid of a regulated MCC course combined with an unregulated jet orientation course tagged on at the end, whereas the APS MCC format offers a vastly superior structure which is fully regulated."

VA's APS MCC course was the first in the UK to receive regulatory approval, on 15 March this year.

For more information, see AirlineReady® APS MCC