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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 B737-800 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.

What's included?

The course lasts 18 days, and comprises:

  • 4 days of Theoretical Knowledge Instruction
  • 9 days (36 hours) of structured simulator training in the B737-800 simulator
  • 5 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 have to be 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 B737-800 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.

Course dates

Courses start every two weeks throughout the year, and places are limited to 96 students per year.


Mon, Oct 23, 2017 - Thu, Nov 9, 2017

Mon, Nov 6, 2017 - Thu, Nov 23, 2017

Mon, Nov 20, 2017 - Thu, Dec 7, 2017

Mon, Dec 4, 2017 - Thu, Dec 21, 2017


Tue, Jan 2, 2018 - Fri, Jan 19, 2018
2 places available

Mon, Jan 15, 2018 - Thu, Feb 1, 2018
4 places available

Mon, Jan 29, 2018 - Thu, Feb 15, 2018
4 places available

Mon, Feb 12, 2018 - Thu, Mar 1, 2018
4 places available

Mon, Feb 26, 2018 - Thu, Mar 15, 2018
4 places available

Contact us

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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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 and Jet2holidays welcome applications from  AirlineReady™ graduates, and many of our graduates are already happily flying for Jet2.
Click here for current pilot vacancies at Jet2

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Virtual Aviation. 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 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 Virtual Aviation to anyone seeking to attain the MCC and JOC qualification. Many thanks!
— Simone Tao graduated from Virtual Aviation and secured a position with Ryanair shortly after
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 & JOC, and obviously I told them it was with Virtual Aviation. 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 Virtual Aviation and was offered a position with Jet2
During my interview I was proud to tell the panel I had done my MCC and JOC training at Virtual Aviation. 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 Virtual Aviation and was offered a position 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.