The new standard in airline pilot training
The Airline Pilot Standard (APS MCC) has been introduced by EASA to deliver enhanced MCC training.
This new framework is intended to "equip a pilot with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSAs) required to commence initial type rating training to the standards generally required by an airline employer.”
The new APS MCC syllabus incorporates 'advanced swept-wing jet aeroplane training' and 'advanced airline operations scenario training' followed by a final skills assessment.
APS MCC includes regular progress checks throughout training, and only trainees who achieve the required performance level in their final assessment will be issued with an APS MCC certificate.
Our AirlineReady® APS MCC replaces the MCC+JOC, and was the first APS MCC course in the UK to be approved by the Civil Aviation Authority.
Is our APS MCC right for you?
Our AirlineReady® APS MCC is challenging: it requires a high level of commitment and self-discipline, ideally suited for motivated and hard-working trainees.
20 days total duration including rest and study days comprising:
25 hours (4.5 days) of Theoretical Knowledge Instruction, all courseware and a flight deck poster
40 hours (10 days) of simulator training in our next generation B737-800 or A320 simulator
Unlimited access to FMC trainers, flight deck mockups and self-study facilities
Standard Operating Procedures manual for your personal use
Competency Assurance™ from VA for complete peace of mind
Course fee (effective 1st January 2019):
£6,900 inc VAT (£5,750 ex VAT) including VA Competency Assurance™
*Courses booked before 31st December 2018 are still available at our 2018 fee of £6,480 inc VAT (£5,400 ex VAT) and will include VA Competency Assurance™
Payable in three equal instalments:
Payment 1 - £2,300 (due at time of booking to secure your course place)
Payment 2 - £2,300 (due 31 days before course commencement)
Payment 3 - £2,300 (due prior to course commencement)
We are a registered partner with Pegasus Finance should you need financial support to fund your course
Book your Careers Guidance Visit with one of our advisors:
These visits are free of charge. It's a great way to find out more about the airline industry, APS MCC and what it's like to train with VA. During your visit you will:
Tour our Cambridge Airport Training Centre
Fly our simulators (Boeing 737 or Airbus A320) to experience what airline training comprises
Talk with VA staff and instructors
Meet current trainees
View all course materials
Course start dates
Courses start on a Monday and finish on a Saturday.
As of 1st April 2019 we are offering a choice (selected when booking) of APS MCC training on either our Boeing B737 or Airbus A320 simulators.
7 January - 26 January (B737)
21 January - 9 February (B737)
4 February - 23 February (B737)
18 February - 9 March (B737)
4 March - 23 March (B737)
18 March - 6 April (B737)
1 April - 20 April (B737 or A320)
8 April - 27 April (B737 or A320)
15 April - 4 May (B737 or A320)
22 April - 11 May (B737 or A320)
29 April - 18 May (B737 or A320)
6 May - 25 May (B737 or A320)
13 May - 1 June (B737 or A320)
20 May - 8 June (B737 or A320)
27 May - 15 June (B737 or A320)
NEW Competency Assurance™ from VA
VA APS MCC graduates are achieving impressive airline employment success - within an average of 43 days after completion of training. This is clear testament to the success of the EASA APS MCC initiative combined with the high quality of trainees, experienced instruction and resources provided at VA.
To align all VA training courses with ICAO Competency-based Training and Assessment (CBTA) we have introduced our new Competency Assurance™ to provide you with complete peace of mind during your APS MCC training which comprises 3 key elements:
Our APS MCC course has been well-designed to meet ICAO core competencies and concludes with a skills assessment to confirm overall competence. In the event that your instructor decides that additional training is required to enable you to meet the core competencies and pass the assessment, additional training will be provided by VA at no additional cost. This enables you to focus completely upon your training and not worry about finding additional funds to your primary APS MCC course fee of £6,900 inc VAT (£6,480 for bookings before 31 Dec 18).
If despite your best endeavours during the course, and after receiving additional training, you are still unable to reach the APS MCC skills assessment competence, you will still receive an MCC Completion Certificate as well as a partial refund of your fee of £2,400 inc VAT.
In the highly unlikely event that your training ceases early, or you are unable to meet the required competence for the issue of an MCC Completion Certificate, you will receive a full refund of your fee, less a small deductible of £900 inc VAT.
This unique provision of Competency Assurance™ by VA offers even greater comfort to airlines and trainees alike that our APS MCC graduates are AirlineReady® for entry into aircraft type rating training.
Our Brand New Airbus A320
In service from March 2019
APS MCC Graduate Success
More than 300 AirlineReady® graduates are flying for over 20 different airlines world-wide. Read some of the Success Stories and find out more about their unique journey into an airline career.
Click here to read more
Be inspired by the City of Cambridge during your training
Courses take place at our Cambridge Airport Training Centre which is close to London Stansted.
Cambridge Airport is just 10 minutes from the city centre and railway station, with shuttle buses running every 10 minutes.
Getting to Cambridge
Cambridge is easily accessible from all five London airports.
Trains run non-stop from London Kings Cross (journey time 45 minutes) every thirty minutes and from London Stansted Airport on a frequent basis.
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 to suit your needs.
To allow you to focus on your training, we've have dedicated local VA accommodation solutions which we can discuss with you.
To request more information, or book a Career Guidance Visit, please send us a message or call our Flight Training Advisors on 01223 979737.