EASA introduces the 'APS MCC' course structure
On 8 December 2017, EASA published ED 2017/022/R which updates the Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Guidance Material (GM) to Commission Regulation 1178/2011.
For full details, see Annex I to ED Decision 2017/022/R (see section 4 on page 6).
This amendment introduces the new APS MCC which is designed to deliver enhanced MCC training to Airline Pilot Standards.
This new framework 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 recent years, most ATOs providing a Multi Crew Cooperation Course (MCC) have supplemented it with a Jet Orientation Course (JOC). Although the JOC is not regulated or recognised by the authorities, many airlines began required candidates to have completed an MCC and JOC.
The APS MCC addresses this anomaly (and effectively renders JOC obsolete) by incorporating 'advanced swept-wing jet aeroplane training' and 'advanced airline operations scenario training' followed by a final assessment.
The requirement for FSTD training is doubled from 20 hours to 40 hours, and there are regular progress checks throughout training.
Most importantly, only those students who achieve a grading of 'Satisfactory' or above in their Final Assessment can be issued with an APS MCC certificate.
The APS MCC grading is as follows:
The obvious benefit of achieving a higher grading is that it should give potential employers more confidence about an individual's likely future performance as a First Officer. This is why it's so important for students undertaking an APS MCC to maximise their eventual grading by completing sufficient pre-course study and working hard throughout the course itself.
Although there is currently no regulatory requirement to complete an APS MCC instead of a basic MCC, it is likely that airlines will begin to adopt this as a requirement in their pilot recruitment.
Ryanair, for example, is already stating on its cadet recruitment webpage that applicants holding a Certificate of Completion of APS MCC Training "will be given preference during selection" and "will be at a distinct advantage in the interview and assessment process".
VA's new AirlineReady® APS MCC will be available from late March.