APS MCC one year on...

 

Monday, 9th of April 2018. We at VA eagerly await our inaugural APS MCC course trainees. As the first ATO in the UK to be certified to deliver enhanced MCC training to Airline Pilot Standards, those trainees were a new breed of pilot looking to secure their first airline role.

Graduates from APS MCC class 1815 who are now all flying commercially as first officers. From left to right, Martin (Flybe), Byron (Ryanair), Fabrizio (Ryanair), Simone (Ryanair), Massimiliano (Ryanair) and Aaron (Flybe),

Graduates from APS MCC class 1815 who are now all flying commercially as first officers. From left to right, Martin (Flybe), Byron (Ryanair), Fabrizio (Ryanair), Simone (Ryanair), Massimiliano (Ryanair) and Aaron (Flybe),

Six keen pilots walked into our Airline Training Centre in Cambridge that morning, ready and willing to be put through their paces on what has now become Europe's premier MCC course. Today, one year on, we’ve graduated more APS MCC trained pilots than any other ATO in Europe and the number keeps growing. Through our instruction came success, and over the past year our APS MCC graduates have gone on to fly for a huge range of airlines.

We haven’t stood still either, with constant improvements being made to ensure our courses remain the leading choice for training. That first course, and all courses up to the end of March 2019, have been completed using our Boeing 737 simulator. Now, one year on, we are set to introduce another first with it also set to be delivered on our brand new Airbus A320 simulator, offering all trainees a choice of aircraft types.

APS MCC class 1822 have all secured a job. From left to right - James (Flybe), Scott (Ryanair), Ken (Ryanair), Thomas (Flybe), Matthew (Ryanair), Luke (Ryanair).

APS MCC class 1822 have all secured a job. From left to right - James (Flybe), Scott (Ryanair), Ken (Ryanair), Thomas (Flybe), Matthew (Ryanair), Luke (Ryanair).

As we look forward to what the next year holds we also find ourselves looking back, particularly at the foundations laid down by our graduates over the past year. On average, these graduates gained employment within 43 days of completing their training, with 92% of those passing their first airline assessment first time.

Ryanair played a huge part in employing pilots with APS MCC training, with the majority of our graduates now flying the Boeing 737 for them. But overall, the range of airlines our graduates fly for is huge. Aurigny, BA Cityflyer, Jet2, Flybe, Wizz Air, TUI, TAROM, Iberia Airways, Brussels Airways, ASL and easyJet are just a few airlines that our APS MCC graduates have gained employment with over the past year.

APS MCC Class 1811 Graduates Dayne (left) and Lauren (right) who now fly for Jet2 and Flybe respectively.

APS MCC Class 1811 Graduates Dayne (left) and Lauren (right) who now fly for Jet2 and Flybe respectively.

Jennifer (left) and Augusto (right) of APS MCC class 1821 are both now first officers with Ryanair.

Jennifer (left) and Augusto (right) of APS MCC class 1821 are both now first officers with Ryanair.

The range of aircraft types they fly is also a testament to the quality of instruction delivered by us to our trainees. It’s not just variants of Boeing and Airbus but also Embraer and Bombardier too.

Aside from our graduates' success over the past year our APS MCC has changed as well. We are constantly striving to deliver the best training we can in order to minimise the risk newly qualified pilots pose to airlines. Our new Competency Assurance further ensures that our APS MCC graduates achieve the required competency standard airlines expect from applicants, as no pilot receives a VA APS MCC pass without first achieving this standard.

All of APS MCC class 1814 went on to employment soon after graduating. From left to right - Jesus (Iberia Airways), Raymond (Ryanair), Kudzi (Ryanair), Alex (Ryanair) and Kepa (TAROM).

All of APS MCC class 1814 went on to employment soon after graduating. From left to right - Jesus (Iberia Airways), Raymond (Ryanair), Kudzi (Ryanair), Alex (Ryanair) and Kepa (TAROM).

Take a look at our graduates below and be inspired. Discover who they fly for and the journeys they took to becoming an airline pilot and lastly, get in touch with an Airline Training Advisor to talk about how we let careers take flight.

 
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