Wings Alliance APS MCC
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You must have:
- An EASA ME CPL/IR issued
- A current CPL/IR Skills Test first series pass
- The right to live and work in the EU
If you have already completed your commercial pilot training with Wings Alliance and are ready for the next step, then you need to complete a Multi-Crew Cooperation course (MCC) before your first multi-pilot Type Rating. You have a choice of a basic MCC course or an Airline Pilot Standards MCC course – APS MCC.
What’s the difference?
The minimum regulatory requirement is a basic MCC course consisting of some theory training in multi-crew concepts and 20 hours of simulator training, usually shared with one partner. There is no pass standard as such.
Basic MCC courses are cheaper than an APS MCC, but are not regarded by most airlines as adequate preparation for a first Type Rating and do not prepare you as well for an airline interview and sim check.
The APS MCC involves double the practical training of the basic MCC and has additional theory training requirements as well. Read this article which goes into the different types of course in more detail.
Nearly every airline will expect you at a minimum to hold a MCC completion certificate before you apply to them, most require more than the minimum in the shape of an MCC JOC course and some state an active preference for candidates to hold an APS MCC pass certificate.
Completing our APS MCC course will improve your chances of gaining employment.
“The course has been extremely well designed, has a fantastic selection of bespoke training materials, and takes you from a single-pilot CPL/IR holder to a confident and proficient Multi-Crew Pilot.” Jevan Burchell, First Officer Ryanair.
APS MCC with Wings Alliance
The Wings Alliance APS MCC was developed with the help of Captain Andy O’Shea, ex Head of Training at Ryanair. We use a state-of-the-art Boeing 737 simulator and our instructors are current pilots, flying for airlines such as British Airways, easyJet and Jet2. The whole programme involves these steps:
- Initial APS MCC classroom training
- APS MCC Simulator training
- Advanced pilot non-technical classroom training
- Airline interview preparation.
Non-technical training and interview preparation are not required by EASA. We include these elements in order to maximise your chances of success at interview.
Your performance will be assessed throughout the course using the principles of competency based training, a format that the airlines understand. On successful completion you will be supported through the airline application process and in many cases we are able to recommend candidates directly to particular recruiters.
The course fees are £6,950.
“The quality of the training is fantastic, you receive a well-structured package including one-to-one tuition and regular assessments. I’m so glad I chose the Wings Alliance APS MCC course as I passed my sim assessment and secured my dream airline job.” James Dawkins, Jet2
Entry to the course for non-Wings Alliance candidates is usually via our airline style Assessment, which costs £295. It is conducted at the Wings Alliance headquarters in Clevedon, near Bristol, UK. Assessment days are scheduled every month on a Friday. If you prefer, you may do the assessment after training or not at all.
Please note, however, that an airline recommendation is dependent on you being graded ‘airline ready’ though assessment, and achieving a pass with Merit or Distinction on the APS MCC course.
If you are only taking the APS MCC with us, the £295 assessment fee will be credited towards the course price if you attend and pass assessment before training.
We are often asked why we suggest people undertake our assessment before doing our APS MCC. The answer is simple. We are a not-for-profit organisation with ethical values. Before enrolling you on this course we would like to know that you are ready and have a very high chance of graduating, not only to the APS MCC pass rate, but to a standard where we will be happy to recommend you to an airline.
We also want you to have the confidence that your training partners are of a similar standard and you will not be held back by others who are not ready to make the transition from light aircraft to airliners. If you undertake assessment prior to training and you pass, we will refund the assessment fee when you complete your training with us (for students who are only taking the APS MCC with us).
Unlike MCC courses, our APS MCC course is assessed and graduates will be awarded a grade. This is based on both your performance through training and on the final skills test. The grading scale is 1-5:
1-2: Not airline ready
4: Pass with Merit
5: Pass with Distinction (rare)
APS MCC Graduate Placement Support
Airline recruiters know that they can rely on Wings Alliance candidates. 98% of our graduates have secured employment with an airline within a few months of completing their training, and we have a 100% success rate in Ryanair applications. Our graduates have also gone on to fly with British Airways, easyJet, Jet2 and more.
A key consideration when choosing an APS MCC training provider should be: “How will they help me get my first airline job?”
We help our graduates find employment by providing support throughout the airline application process, and we won’t stop until you’ve got your first job.
Graduate Placement Support includes:
- Dedicated help and advice from our training team until you secure your first job.
- Ongoing support and guidance following areas that were identified for improvement through our robust Airline Pilot Assessment
- Guidance and support on writing an effective CV and covering letter
- Updates on airlines that are recruiting
- For graduates achieving a recommendation, introduction to airlines, both formally and informally, with whom we have relationships.
- Preferential rate for Advanced UPRT courses with British Aerobatic Academy (only available if purchased with APS-MCC)
- Provision of Wings Alliance APS MCC training reports for recruiting airlines
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Think you’re ready?
“I chose modular training as I was able to work full-time while completing my frozen ATPL, completing everything in the UK in two years and two months, costing £65,000.
I think the enhanced MCC, although a higher cost is incredibly worth doing as it bridges the transition from flying single pilot to a multi-crew type rating on a much larger aircraft. I got my first job seven weeks after finishing my Wings Alliance APS and I could not be happier doing amazing flying every day, it’s a real dream come true.” Hanna Kerr – First Officer, Loganair.