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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.

What's included?

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:

  1. 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).

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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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

Graduate Testimonials

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

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. 

Enquiry Form

To request more information, or book a Career Guidance Visit, please send us a message or call our Flight Training Advisors on 01223 979737.

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