Don't just get qualified. Get AirlineReady™
Why do some pilots get airline jobs quickly, while others may spend several years job-hunting?
The reason is that flying qualifications alone are not enough. Airlines require a specific set of personal attributes and competencies - which many trainee pilots are simply not aware of.
With 18 years experience of helping more than 1,000 pilots secure their first airline job, we have unrivalled knowledge of exactly what airlines are looking for when recruiting pilots.
So, when developing the AirlineReady MCC+JOC back in 2013, we set out to redefine multi-crew training by placing a strong emphasis on employability and type-rating readiness.
Since then, our Flight Training Centre at Cambridge Airport, near London Stansted, has become a centre of excellence for multi-crew training, attracting high-calibre students from all over Europe.
In just a few weeks, our students develop into a different class of pilot - confident in their new skills and fully prepared to take advantage of the employment opportunities that await them.
What makes this course different?
The entire AirlineReady MCC+JOC is built around the core competencies airlines are looking for, rather than simply teaching you to fly in a multi-crew environment.
It's also the only MCC course in the UK which is delivered on a Boeing 737-800 simulator - the most commonly-used aircraft type for airline assessments.
Because we are preparing pilots for type-rating training, we use airline SOPs, Electronic Flight Bags in the cockpit, and incorporate line flying procedures such as complete cold and dark cockpit set-up, and engine start.
These are just some key examples of how our course differs from standard MCC/JOC training. To see for yourself exactly how the AirlineReady MCC+JOC sets itself apart, we encourage all prospective students to arrange a free Preview Visit.
The course lasts 16 days, and comprises:
- 4 days of Theoretical Knowledge Instruction
- 8 days (32 hours) of structured simulator training in the Boeing 737-800 simulator
- 4 days during the course allocated for rest and study
- Free-of-charge use of the simulator (when available) for practicing procedures
- Unlimited access to our full-size cockpit mock-up and FMC trainer
- Aftercare package, including a free 2hr Simulator Assessment Preparation session (normally £690) which can be used at any time within 12 months of graduating
Are you the right student for us?
The AirlineReady MCC+JOC is not open to all. It's a challenging course which demands a high level of discipline and commitment.
To maintain the highest standard of training, places are limited to just 96 students each year - and to ensure the best possible success rate for our graduates, we are selective when filling those places.
So we are only looking for the most motivated and hard-working students.
Book your free Preview Visit
To help you find out more, we offer free-of-charge Preview Visits. Unlike traditional 'open days' these are arranged on a date to suit you, and are just for you.
During your Preview Visit you will be able to:
- Talk with Virtual Aviation staff and instructors
- Meet current AirlineReady students
- View the course materials
- Tour the facilities at our Cambridge Airport Training Centre
- Fly our Boeing 737-800 simulator
A Preview Visit is also the ideal way for us to find out more about you as a prospective student, and whether this course is right for you.
Get in touch
To request more information, or book a Preview Visit, please send us a message or call our Client Services Team on 01223 979737
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Places are limited to 96 students each year, and courses start every two weeks:
Monday 10 October to Wednesday 26 October (FULLY BOOKED)
Monday 24 October to Wednesday 9 November (FULLY BOOKED)
Monday 7 November to Wednesday 23 November (FULLY BOOKED)
Monday 21 November to Wednesday 7 December (1 place available)
Monday 5 December to Wednesday 21 December (1 place available)
Monday 2 January to Wednesday 18 January (1 place available)
Monday 16 January to Wednesday 1 February (1 place available)
Monday 30 January to Wednesday 15 February (2 places available)
Monday 13 February to Wednesday 1 March (4 places available)
Monday 27 February to Wednesday 15 March (4 places available)
Some graduate success stories from 2016
Here at Virtual Aviation we like to celebrate our students' success when they achieve that first airline job. We have many more success stories to be published over the next few months, so watch this space. If you are interested in finding out more, click on the pictures to see what each has to say about us and their journey into commercial aviation.
Did you know... Jet2 welcome applications from AirlineReady™ graduates, and many of our graduates are already happily flying for Jet2.
Click here for current pilot vacancies at Jet2
Enjoy your stay in the City of Cambridge
Courses take place at our Cambridge Airport Training Centre which is close to London Stansted.
Cambridge is a great place to stay while you train with us. Cambridge Airport is just 10 minutes from the City Centre, with shuttle buses running every 10 minutes, so you can stay in the heart of the City and enjoy all that this famous university town has to offer.
Getting to Cambridge
Cambridge is easily accessible from all five London airports.
There are several nonstop trains from London Kings Cross every hour, which take approximately 45 minutes. Trains from Stansted Airport take around 30 minutes.