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Introducing the UK's first APS MCC course: the new standard in airline pilot training.


The APS MCC has been introduced by EASA 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 addition to multi-crew cooperation training, the APS MCC syllabus also incorporates 'advanced swept-wing jet aeroplane training' and 'advanced airline operations scenario training' followed by a final assessment.

The new regulations include regular progress checks throughout training, and only those students who achieve the required performance level in their final assessment can be issued with an APS MCC certificate.

The new AirlineReady™ APS MCC replaces the MCC+JOC, and it's the first APS MCC course in the UK to be approved by the Civil Aviation Authority.

Is this course right for you?

The AirlineReady APS MCC is a challenging training course which requires a high level of commitment and self-discipline, so it is only suitable for motivated and hard-working students.

What's included?

The AirlineReady™ APS MCC comprises:

  • 20 days total duration including rest and study days
  • 4 days of Theoretical Knowledge Instruction
  • 10 days (40 hours) of simulator training in our brand-new B737-800 simulator
  • Free-of-charge use of the simulator (when available) for practicing procedures
  • Unlimited access to our full-size B737-800 cockpit mock-up, FMC trainer and study facilities
  • A personal Standard Operating Procedures book
  • A large scale B737-800 cockpit poster
  • 10% off further simulator training for refresher or assessment preparation
  • Access to the Virtual Aviation Graduate Network

Book your free Preview Visit

We offer Preview Visits which are completely free of charge. It's the best way to find out more about the course and what it's like to train with VA. During your two-hour Preview Visit you will be able to:

  • Talk with VA staff and instructors
  • Meet current MCC students 
  • View the course materials
  • Tour the facilities at our Cambridge Airport Training Centre
  • Fly our brand-new B737-800 simulator

Course schedule

This is the normal course schedule, but there may be slight variations. For example, Sim Day 10 (the Final Assessment) may be scheduled on the Thursday or Saturday of the final week, instead of the Friday.

Course dates

Courses start every two weeks throughout the year; usually on a Monday. As we also deliver MCC training on behalf other training organisations, there are a limited number of places available to students booking directly. 


Mon, March 26 - Sat, April 14


Mon, April 9 - Sat, April 28
1 place available

Mon, April 23 - Sat, May 12
1 place available


Mon, May 7 - Sat, May 26
2 places available

Mon, May 21 - Sat, June 9
1 place available


Mon, June 4 - Sat, June 23
1 place available

Mon, June 18 - Sat, July 7
2 places available


Mon, July 2 - Sat, July 21
2 places available

Mon, July 16 - Sat, August 4
3 places available

Mon, July 30 - Sat, August 18
4 places available


Mon, August 13 - Sat, September 1
4 places available

Mon, August 27 - Sat, September 15
3 places available


Mon, September 10 - Sat, September 29
4 places available

Mon, September 24 - Sat, October 13
4 places available

Course information and fees

We believe that high-quality pilot training should be accessible to all, so we work hard to keep our course fees as affordable as possible, without compromising on quality or standards.

In addition to the AirlineReady™ APS MCC, there is also the option of MCC only.

AirlineReady™ APS MCC

Enhanced Multi-Crew Cooperation Course
to Airline Pilot Standards

4 days Theoretical Knowledge Instruction
followed by
10 days B737-800 Simulator Training

20 days total duration including rest and study days

The course includes 40 hours of Simulator Training:
MCC Training (20)
Advanced Swept-Wing Jet Aeroplane Training (12)
Advanced Airline Operations Scenario Training (6)
Final Assessment (2)
TOTAL (40)

Course Fee: £5,400 plus VAT (£6,480 inc VAT)

Equivalent to £135 plus VAT (£162 inc VAT) per hour of simulator training


Multi-Crew Cooperation Course
(only recommended in specific circumstances)

4 days Theoretical Knowledge Instruction
followed by
5 days B737-800 Simulator Training

11 days total duration including rest and study days

The course includes 20 hours of Simulator Training:
MCC Training (20)
TOTAL (20)

Course Fee: £2,900 plus VAT (£3,480 inc VAT)

Equivalent to £145 plus VAT (£174 inc VAT) per hour of simulator training

  • To help you spread the cost of your training, the course fee can be paid in several instalments, at no extra charge.
  • Flight training loans are available through our partnership with Pegasus Finance (we receive no commission).

Need help finding accommodation?

We recommend budgeting £700 to £900 for 20 nights local accommodation. Whatever your budget, we're more than happy to help you find comfortable local accommodation during your training with us. To ease arrangements, and allow you to focus on training to the best of your ability, we've developed several turnkey accommodation solutions which our team can discuss with you. Thanks to our partnership with StayBeyond, you have access  to stunning accommodation in the centre of Cambridge, at an affordable price.

Want to improve your aviation English?

For non-native English speakers who wish to enhance their aviation English skills, VA have partnered with Regent Language Training in Cambridge to deliver a specialised 'English for Stressful Situations' course. The multi-crew training environment can be intense, and may challenge even the strongest levels of spoken English. If you want to improve your English to get the maximum benefit from your MCC training, we can help. You can view more details here, and contact us for further information and bookings.

Graduate success stories

Here at VA we like to celebrate our students' success when they land their 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.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at VA. Not only was the course delivered up to a high standard, the team were very mindful of the students and made particular effort to create a personal atmosphere. It was evident from the very qualified instructors that they had a high degree of knowledge. The lesson feedbacks were informative and concise so we knew exactly which parts we needed to work on. I would highly recommend VA to anyone seeking to attain the MCC qualification. Many thanks!
— Simone Tao graduated from VA and joined Ryanair
I am delighted to say that less than 2 months after completing my MCC/JOC with VA, I have been offered a job flying the 757 for Thomas Cook. A huge thank you to all the staff and instructors at VA who did an incredible job of preparing me for the next stage. The skills and knowledge I gained from the course was vital to my success at selection, and the free sim session prior to the sim assessment was a life saver. Thank you very much to everyone involved.
— Peter Login graduated from VA and joined Thomas Cook
I just wanted to let you know that Ive been offered a job with with Jet2! In the interview they asked me where I did my MCC, and obviously I told them it was with VA. They have been very impressed with the standards of the people coming from your training organisation, and couldn’t praise the company enough! Thank you again for all your help!
— Benjamin Cartlidge graduated from VA and joined Jet2
During my interview I was proud to tell the panel I had done my MCC training at VA. In my personal opinion all the training provided to me has been first class. The simulator assessment preparation was great I thoroughly enjoyed it and it gave me the confidence I needed to get the job. Sincere thanks once again!
— Thomas Bennett graduated from VA joined 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. 

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To request more information, or book a Preview Visit, please send us a message or call our Client Services Team on 01223 979737