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Airline Pilot Standard (APS)/MCC Course

APS MCC Course Overview

The aviation industry has recognized the benefits of an enhanced training phase before commencing type rating training and developed an approved course: the Airline Pilot Standard Multi-Crew Cooperation (APS MCC) course.

L3Harris' industry-leading APS MCC course builds on the experience of the previous phase of training, the airline industry's needs, and the demands of the regulator to deliver an elevated training experience to support the development of the airline ready professional pilot.

Taking place at one of our state-of-the-art pilot training locations in the UK, your cohort of pilots will receive quality training, have access to cutting-edge technologies and pilot training systems, and benefit from a comprehensive pilot course that combines ground school with simulator training.

Our APS MCC training is specifically designed for airlines, to support them with ensuring newly qualified crew members are ready to deliver exceptional flight operations and maintain the high standards of the airline.

If you don’t yet work for an airline, or want to elevate your skills in your own time, we also offer individual courses, including the APS MCC for individuals. 

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Airline Pilot Standard Multi-Crew Cooperation Course Content

The 14-day APS MCC program equips pilots with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to commence initial type rating training to the standards generally required by a commercial air transport operator.

To ensure a blend of theoretical and practical training, our Airline Pilot Standard Multi-Crew Cooperation course blends ground school with flight simulator training. During the 40 hours of simulator training on a state-of-the-art flight training device (B737 or A320), scenarios are introduced to develop professional levels of competence in several areas, including workload management and communication. The simulator part of the APS MCC course also includes swept wing jet aircraft training.

As the APS MCC training course unfolds, pilots will build on skills that are vital to any pilot’s success, such as:

• Problem solving

• Decision making

• Teamwork

• Interpersonal skills 

• Self-awareness

The enhanced core competencies of situational awareness, capacity management and leadership skills together with the pilot's proven ability to fly, form the foundations of a successful future aviation career. As your new pilots prepare to join your airline, our innovative APS MCC training helps minimize the impact of the transition from training to real flight operations which will benefit pilots, your airline and your customers.

Take a look below at what is covered in each part of our APS MCC training, from technical knowledge to commercial aircraft operations.

ground school classroom with cadets studying

Ground School (25 hours)

Subjects covered during the APS MCC ground school include: 

• Crew resource management 

• Technical knowledge of the aircraft 

• Standard operating procedures 

• Managing abnormal/non-normal events

inside a full flight simulator

Simulator Training (40 hours)

Almost two thirds of the APS MCC course will be spent on practical training. Conducted in full flight simulators (FNPTII) designed and built by L3Harris, your crew will gain valuable experience, including: 

• Operating a commercial aircraft in a dynamic environment 

• Working with all the resources a modern airline pilot has access to in a typical day 

• Challenging the pilot and the crew, to maintain safety at all times

APS MCC Course Timeline

The Airline Pilot Standard Multi-Crew Cooperation course is a structured training program that maximizes sufficient rest, days off, study, and preparation time.

Week 1The first week of the APS MCC course consists of four days in the classroom developing the knowledge required for complex aircraft operation including an understanding of the concept of multi-crew co-operation and the airline operating environment.
Week 2This is followed by five days in a flight simulator training device to develop the skills and strategies in aircraft operation and management learned during the previous week's ground school.
Week 3The second phase of the APS MCC course consists of a further five days of operations focused on developing the handling skills necessary for all jet aircraft. Trainees will review jet aerodynamics and swept-wing handling techniques, and gain further exposure to the commercial procedural environment.
The final day is an assessment where the pilot can demonstrate their competence of operating within a complex, multi-crew commercial aircraft environment.

Throughout the duration of the APS MCC training, your crew will have access to: 

  • Online training material and videos
  • Unlimited use of flat panel procedural trainers
  • Electronic charts and airplane performance software
  • Access to facilities at our pilot training location in the UK, from state-of-the art classrooms with smart boards and debrief stations, to a restaurant and pilot lounge
  • Continuous support from our dedicated training team

If you have any questions about our APS MCC course content, timeline or resources, get in touch with us today.

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