On 8 December 2017, EASA published ED 2017/022/R which updates the Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Guidance Material (GM) to Commission Regulation 1178/2011.
For full details, see Annex I to ED Decision 2017/022/R (see section 4 on page 6).
This amendment introduces the new APS MCC which is designed 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 recent years, most ATOs providing a Multi Crew Cooperation Course (MCC) have supplemented it with a Jet Orientation Course (JOC), and - although the JOC is not regulated - most airlines now require candidates to have completed a JOC.
The APS MCC addresses this anomaly by incorporating 'advanced swept-wing jet aeroplane training' and 'advanced airline operations scenario training' followed by a final assessment.
The requirement for FSTD training is doubled from 20 hours to 40 hours.
There are 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.
Although there is currently no regulatory requirement for a pilot to complete an APS MCC instead of a basic MCC, it is likely that airlines will begin to adopt this as a requirement in their pilot recruitment.
Ryanair, for example, is already stating on its cadet recruitment webpage that applicants holding a Certificate of Completion of APS MCC Training "will be given preference during selection" and "will be at a distinct advantage in the interview and assessment process".
VA's new AirlineReady™ APS MCC will be available from April.
For more information on the forthcoming APS MCC, and how it may affect you if you are currently undergoing commercial pilot training, please call 01223 979737