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Flight Simulator Assessment Preparation

Our individually-tailored training sessions are designed to support your preparation for an airline simulator assessment, and gain the necessary confidence and skills to achieve your desired airline job.

We are experienced in many of the common airline assessment profiles or we can help you prepare for any profiles that you provide to us in readiness for the training session. We are not here to judge you on your skills, but to help you and give you all the support you need to prepare. For those without an MCC qualification, we also offer Intensive Simulator Assessment Preparation.

Why are our preparation sessions so popular?

Type-specific simulators

Based at our Cambridge Airport Training Centre, we have a choice of the very latest type-specific A320 or B737NG simulators (Fixed-Base MPS FTD1)

Flexible approach

Our airline pilot training centre at Cambridge is available 24/7. If you have a need to prepare for a simulator assessment at short-notice we will be able to help you.

Tailored solutions

We have been conducting airline assessment preparation training for 20 years. Your session will be highly focused upon achieving your individual needs.

Experienced instructors

Our core business is training airline pilots to a high standard. Our instructor experience requirements are appropriately high and the majority of them still fly and train for major airlines.

Mark Green, Instructor

Mark Green, Instructor

An experienced team on hand to assist you

When you receive training with VA, you can expect a highly personalised service with an attention to detail. We’re passionate about airline pilot training and will ensure that your experience with us is exceptional.

If you need advice about an upcoming airline simulator assessment or any other airline training related need please just ask; our friendly, specialist Airline Training Advice Team are here to help.

Discover more about our training services; call us on 01223 979737 or send us a message.

Customer feedback

I was phoned by Ryanair 2 days ago informing that I was successful in the assessment and they have offered me a type rating starting in June. I certainly think my time in the sim at cambridge helped a huge way towards this success. Thanks very much.
— Ian M
I found this experience very helpful. At the assessment I was very confident with the airplane thanks to the hours I did with VA. The instructor has been extremely helpful, I remain impressed from his professionalism. Thanks to VA I got the job!
— Marco T
As an experienced pilot I booked a refresher session to prepare myself for an airline selection process after not having flown for a while. The instructor fully understood my needs, tailored the session to exactly what I needed and demonstrated very good instructional technique in ensuring that I got the maximum value from the session. The session made a really big difference to personal performance at the airline selection day, not only in my flying accuracy but also in my confidence and awareness of what I was doing which really helped me relax and perform successfully. The session was well worth doing and I would recommend the training event to experienced pilots seeking a refresher as well as young chaps developing their skills.
— Neil Sheath

Simulator Assessment Preparation Prices (Fixed Base Simulator)

Our A320 and B737NG type-specific simulators are used to conduct APS MCC and aircraft type rating training; representing exceptional value for money compared to using motion simulators (the controls and systems are identical). A number of airlines use our simulators to conduct their own pilot assessments.

A 10% discount is available to graduates of our AirlineReady® APS MCC

2hr Simulator Training

1hr pre-flight briefing
De-briefings as required
Instructor included

£690 including VAT
(£345 per hour)

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3hr Simulator Training

1hr pre-flight briefing
De-briefings as required
Instructor included

£990 including VAT
(£330 per hour)

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4hr Simulator Training

1hr pre-flight briefing
De-briefings as required
Instructor included

£1260 including VAT
(£315 per hour)

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Discover more about our training services by contacting a member of our team; Ben, Lisa, Abi or Krystof. Call 01223 979737 or send us a message.

Simulator Assessment Preparation Prices (Full Flight Simulator)

  • Choose from a large fleet of Airbus & Boeing full flight simulators at London Gatwick and Manchester

  • Prices vary depending on location and simulator type

  • Please call us on 01223 979737 for pricing and availability

These are just some of the airlines our customers are now flying for

Intensive Simulator Assessment Preparation

There's an emerging trend for schemes which allow low-hour pilots with just a CPL ME/IR qualification to apply to an airline BEFORE completing any multi-crew or jet training such as MCC, MCC+JOC or APS MCC.

Schemes like this can be a great opportunity, but they also come with a risk - as your chance of passing the simulator assessment may be drastically lower. That is inevitable and understandable, as you will usually be assessed in a multi-crew environment in a jet simulator, and you have not been trained in these skills yet. If you are successful, the multi-crew training will be provided to you later - but first you must pass the assessment.

Intensive Simulator Assessment Preparation is designed especially for pilots who don't yet have multi-crew cooperation or jet handling experience.

  • The intensive training will help to build skills in these two key areas as rapidly as possible in the limited time available before your assessment.

  • It's one-to-one and flexible, allowing the instructor to adapt what's included as you go along, in order to best suit your needs.

  • It includes a minimum of 8 hours simulator training.*

*Pilots who have recently completed our AirlineReady® APS MCC, which includes 40 hours simulator training, (or similar courses elsewhere) normally book 2-4 hours of simulator assessment preparation before an airline assessment. So, for anybody without a recent MCC qualification, 8 hours is a realistic minimum.


Intensive Simulator Assessment Preparation

includes 8 hours one-to-one simulator training over two days on a CAA-certified B737-800 fixed base simulator

Day 1
1-hour pre-flight briefing
4-hour simulator session
30-minute de-briefing

Day 2
1-hour pre-flight briefing
4-hour simulator session
30-minute de-briefing

Total Cost £2,150 plus VAT
(£2,580 including VAT)

That's equivalent to just £196 plus VAT per hour, based on 11 hours total training time, and includes all simulator and instructor fees.

Call 01223 979737 to check available dates or make a booking.

Course Structure & Price

We use a fixed base simulator because it's more cost effective, and also because most airline assessments are now conducted using fixed base simulators.

There is the option to upgrade to 12 hours simulator training  over three days, with the additional session being charged on a pro-rata basis.

Simulator sessions are available 20 hours per day, 7 days per week, and you can often book at short notice if your airline assessment is imminent.