APS MCC (Airline Pilot Standard) and (Multi Crew Cooperation Course) 

At CAPA we don't just educate pilots, but pilots that are fully capable of entering a job as a First Officer in an airline. For that reason we offer an significantly expanded MCC course that is a part of the integrated training course. This significantly expanded course has been quite sought after by the industry, which seeks pilots with good knowledge of the work in a two-pilot concept where the training is much more SOP (Standard Operating Procedures) and Typerating related. This is to make the training in a much greater degree targeted towards the pilot job on a modern airliner. This course is what we call APS MCC today.

APS MCC is a new EASA term, and it is being considered if it is to possibly be implemented as a standard within Europe. At CAPA we have a representative in the exact board that works on exactly these tasks, and the expanded APS MCC of today is largely present due to our experiences with the expanded MCC course.


MCC has two primary goals; To realize and combine the theoretical knowledge with flying, and to train multi-pilot procedures with proper callouts and pilot roles in normal as well as emergency situations. This is during manual-, semi-automatic- and automatic-flying in approved simulators (Which we have several of, both B737 and A320).

A Jet Orientation Course (JOC) is also included in the program, and it is a course in jet/turboprop handling, familiarization, training and development of teamwork, assertiveness, and empathy as well as cockpit- and error management.

The pilots are alternately Pilot Flying and Pilot Not Flying. They are instructed through all aspects of MCC with help from videos of actual events, and analysis of relevant scenarios, as a few examples. There is room for discussion and questions during the lessons.

The APS at CAPA is more than double of a standard MCC course and is an integrated part of the education for all pilots at CAPA. The course consists of 40 hours XJ simulator as well as 2 extra days of theory compared to the classic MCC course.
 

The course consists of the following:

• Jet performance including mass and balance

• Low visibility operation

• RVSM theory

• TCAS

• QRH NNC philosophy

• Technical course for the simulator

 

EKSTRA: UPRT (Upset Prevention and Recovery Training)

 11 lessons of that 6 are LOFT missions all performed on Mechtronix XJ B737 here are lesson highlights:

• Aircraft handling

• Cold weather operation

• Decompression

• Diversion

• EFIS familiarization

• EGPWS

• Engine failure, fire and severe damage.

• Engine wet, hot and hung starts

• General failures e.g GEN, APU, BLEED trip

• Low visibility operation

• One engine operations

• Pilot incapacitation

• RTO’s

• TCAS handling

• Use of AFDS

• Use of FMC

• Windshear Recovery

• Manual loadsheet and takeoff analysis are calculated by student for each lesson.

 

PRICE FOR EXTERNAL STUDENTS: € 6.500,-

 

Testimonial from Air Greenland

Air Greenland is responsible for initial pilot education for 2 - 3 pilots each year. We have accepted this on behalf of the Greenlandic government “Selvstyret”, to assure that the money spent on this project is used the best possible way.

I have previously worked together with CAPA, during the initial MPL days in Sterling, where I had the chance to evaluate the first ever MPL pilots with great success.

Air Greenland decided to evaluate on the benefits – and lessons learned – from the MPL education compared with conventional pilot education and agreed on a plan that - among other improvements - had an extended MCC course. This was based on the fact, that most of the cadets went directly onto a multi pilot job in Greenland. In fact, all our students for the last 4 years came out from CAPA with what is now known as APS MCC. A bit premature, but we recognized the need of a brand new low experienced pilot to fit into our existing specialized crews, by making him understand the needs of being part of a multi crew, to increase safety and maintain our high standards. It turned out to be a wise decision. Compared to other cadets, we experienced that these guys were much better prepared to the job as being a part of a multicrew, understanding their responsibilities and the simple basics of being part of a crew.

All of our CAPA students passed base release and final line release on minimum time, making the entry into the complex world of being pilot in Greenland smooth and safe.

I strongly recommend and welcome APS MCC and believe that this will be a new basic requirement for airlines, when employing pilots directly from basic flying school in the future.

 

Peter Lethin Larsen, Director of Training