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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.

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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 cockpit mock-up, FMC trainer and study facilities

  • A personal Standard Operating Procedures book

  • A large scale 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 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

Success stories

There are now more than 300 AirlineReady® graduates flying for over 20 different airlines. Here you can read some of the Success Stories and find out more about each pilot's own unique journey into an airline career. 
Click here to view Success Stories

Placement opportunities

VA students may be offered placement opportunities via the AirlineReady® Graduate Pool.

Many still airlines require applications to be made directly, but placement opportunities are becoming more regular as cadet recruitment becomes increasingly competitive. 

Placement opportunities are not guaranteed, and are obviously dependent on student performance.


The APS MCC course not only boosted my confidence during the simulator assessment, but also helped me out during the interview. In fact the APS is going to be an important part of your CV. I would point out that the professionalism shown by all the VA team is remarkable. How to do briefings, how to approach the SOPs, and also what is good CRM, are key elements of the course. Thanks for having given me such a great experience.
— Gabriele Padovano graduated from VA and joined Ryanair
I just wanted to let you know that I’ve 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
I am delighted to say that less than 2 months after completing my MCC 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
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 and joined Jet2

Course schedule

This is the normal course schedule, but there may be slight variations. For example, Sim Day 10 (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 training on behalf other training organisations, there are a restricted number of places available to students booking directly. 


Mon 08 October - Sat 27 October
Mon 22 October - Sat 10 November


Mon 05 November - Sat 24 November
Mon 19 November - Sat 08 December


Mon 03 December - Sat 22 December
Mon 17 December - Sat 12 January*

*This course will be delivered in two parts, with a one-week break over Christmas from 21-28 December.


Mon 07 January - Sat 26 January
Mon 21 January - Sat 09 February


Mon 04 February - Sat 23 February
Mon 18 February - Sat 09 March


Mon 04 March - Sat 23 March
Mon 18 March - Sat 06 April


Mon 01 April - Sat 20 April
Mon 15 April - Sat 04 May
Mon 29 April - Sat 18 May

Please Note
Due to the current high demand for APS MCC, the number of places available during November and December is now very limited.

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

MCC only

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. 

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.

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. 

Enquiry Form

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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