The Final Piece in the Jigsaw

For many of you, the beginning of your training will be a distant memory. It may have been many years since your PPL Skills test and while your hour building and pleasure flying has left you with some fantastic memories and experiences, the scars left by your ATPL Theory studies have left a lasting effect. You will then have moved on to your CPL, IR and MEP (in varying orders) where you rediscovered some of your love for flying and your eyes realigned themselves on the ultimate goal. There’s just one hurdle left to jump – the MCC/JOC or the APS MCC.

In this article, we will take a look as some of the Multi Crew Cooperation/Jet Orientation Course and Airline Pilot Standards Multi Crew Cooperation providers around the United Kingdom and Ireland. It’s worth noting that, at the time of writing this article, for many employers, the APS course isn’t a requirement, but it is argued by many around the industry, that it provides an advantage in the recruitment process. Many of the providers that we’ll list in this article also provide other types of training, such as interview preparation and will offer various discounts for booking multiple courses at the same time.

Simtech – Dublin, Ireland – www.simtech.ie

Simtech Aviation MCC

The Location

Simtech are located next to Dublin Airport (DUB/EIDW) within their own 20,000ft premises.

The Instructors

Simtech’s instructors are all IAA/EASA approved professional pilots. You can view a small profile on some of them on their website.

The Simulators

Simtech have a team of simulator engineers who maintain the variety of in-house simulators to ensure that they are available 99% of the time. They have a mix of full motion and fixed base simulators and operate various types, including Boeing 737-800 and Airbus A320.

Their Courses

MCC/JOC

This course is spread over 10 days which comprises of 25 hours of ground school and 28 hours of simulator-based training. The simulator training is further divided into two sections – the MCC element which is 20 hours and the JOC element which is 8 hours.

Entry Requirements

English Language Proficiency (Level 4 Minimum) and a current MEIR Rating (or proof of the rating if it hasn’t been added to your license yet).

The Cost

€4,300 (Without Accommodation and Transfers)

€4,900 (With Accommodation and Transfers)

Your accommodation will be at the Clayton Hotel and the transfers will be between Dublin Airport, Simtech and the Clayton Hotel for the duration of your course.

A non-refundable deposit of €1,055 is taken for all bookings.

Courses start every Thursday. Simtech claim that 93% of their cadets gain employment after attending this course.

APS MCC

Simtech describe their APS MCC as an advanced MCC course that prepares you for a type rating. The course is centred around the Boeing 737-800 and its SOP’s. The course is spread over 16 days, consisting of 4 days of ground school, 5 days in the simulator, 2 days off and then 5 more days in the simulator.

The Cost

€6,800 (Without Accommodation)

€7,950 (With Accommodation – shared room – and Transfers)

€9,200 (With Accommodation – own room – and Transfers)

Your accommodation will be at the Clayton Hotel and the transfers will be between Dublin Airport, Simtech and the Clayton Hotel for the duration of your course.

A non-refundable deposit of €1,000 is taken for all bookings.



CRM Aviation Europe – www.crmeurope.com

CRM Aviation

The Location

CRM are based in Maidenhead, at White Waltham Airfield, which is approximately 15 miles to the west of London Heathrow Airport.

The Instructors

CRM’s instructors have a wealth of knowledge from various backgrounds, including the Royal Airforce, Regional Airlines and Air Traffic Control. Some are still actively flying while others have retired.

The Simulator

CRM make use of a single simulator – a Full EFIS/Glass Cockpit Alsim ALX, including an Airbus A320 Overhead Panel.

Their Course

MCC/JOC

CRM divide their course into two obvious sections. The JOC is made up of 4 hours in the classroom followed by 4 hours in the simulator. The MCC then starts with 3 days in the classroom, followed by 5 days in the simulator.

Entry Requirements

A current MEIR Rating (or proof of the rating if it hasn’t been added to your license yet).

The Cost

£2,695 (Without Accommodation)

£3.295 (With Accommodation and collection from London Heathrow. Evening meals available at additional cost)



Jet Masterclass – www.jetmasterclass.com

JET Masterclass MCC

The Location

Jet Masterclass are based at the UK’s busiest airline and simulator training hub, Manor Royal, Gatwick

The Instructors

“We have a healthy mix of current airline instructors and retirees, all standardised to the ‘Boeing Way” is how Jet Masterclass describe their instructor team.

The Simulator

They make use of a Boeing licensed 737-800W simulator, supported by a Boeing data pack, which can act as both a Flight Training Device (FTD) and an FNPT2

Their Courses

Enhanced MCC (APS)

This course is spread over 16 days and is made up of 43 hours theory studies, 38 hours in a Flight Training Device (FTD) and 2 hours in a Full Flight Simulator (FFS).

The Cost

£5,995 + VAT

Finance Options are available and an enquiry should be made via the website. No further information is given.

Basic MCC including JOC

This course is spread over 10 days and is made up of 33 hours of theoretical studies and 20 hours in a Flight Training Device (FTD)

The Cost

£3,945 + VAT

Finance Options are available and an enquiry should be made via the website. No further information is given.



Virtual Aviation – www.virtualavitation.co.uk

Virtual Aviation Cambridge

The Location

VA are based at Cambridge Airport, Cambridgeshire

The Instructors

VA employ over 40 instructors who have “literally” hundreds of thousands of hours between them.

The Simulator

VA operate an Airbus A320 and a Boeing 737-800 simulator, both based at their training centre in Cambridge.

Their Course

APS MCC

The course begins with 35 hours theoretical knowledge training, over 5 days. Its then followed by 40 hours over 10 days in either there B737 or A320 simulator, surrounded by 25 hour’s worth of briefing and debriefing. You also have unlimited access to the tactile FMC trainer, flight deck mock ups and self-study facilities.

It is also worth mentioning VA’s Competency Assurance. They say –

“To align our courses with Competency-based Training and Assessment (CBTA) standards we have our Competency Assurance™ to provide you with complete peace of mind and support during your training. APS MCC courses also conclude with a skills test and we are committed to you achieving the required competencies:

If we decide that additional training is required to enable you to achieve the competencies, additional training will be provided at NO ADDITIONAL COST. This enables you to focus completely upon your training and not worry about finding additional funds.

We do recognise that occasionally the APS MCC skills test standard may be beyond reach despite additional training. In these circumstances we take a fair and ethical position:

If after receiving additional training, you are unable to reach the APS MCC skills test competence, you will still receive an MCC Completion Certificate and a partial refund of your APS MCC fee.

In the unlikely event that our Head of Training ceases your training early and you are unable to receive an MCC Completion Certificate, you will receive a refund of your APS MCC fee, less a small administrative deductible.

This unique Competency Assurance™ from VA offers even greater comfort to airlines and trainees alike that our APS MCC graduates really are AirlineReady® for entry into aircraft type rating training and subsequent airline employment.”

Virtual Aviation Prospectus

The Cost

£7,500 including VAT paid across three instalments:

Payment One – one third of the cost due at the time of booking

Payment Two – one third of the cost due four weeks before the course start date

Payment Three – one third of the cost due one week before the course start date

Financing options are available via Pegasus Finance, a link to which is posted on VA’s website.



Skyborne – www.skyborne.com

Skybourne Aviation MCC

The Location

Skyborne are based at their brand-new facility at Gloucestershire Airport, which opened as recently as 2019

The Simulator

Skyborne are the first operator of the Boeing 737-Max Flight Simulator Training Device (FSTD) in the United Kingdom, Boeing’s latest generation of its successful 737 line.

The Course

APS MCC

The course takes place over three weeks. Week one looks at initial CRM, Airline SOP’s and technical training for the Boeing 737 Max. Weeks two and three take place in the simulator, operating in a Multi Crew Environment.

The course is made up of 28 hours and theoretical knowledge instruction and practical scenario-based training. This is then followed by 40 hours over 10 days in the simulator.

The Cost

£7,500 including VAT.

Finance and Funding options are available. Further information can be found via their website.

Entry Requirements

You must hold a CPL(A) and an IR(A) and of completed the theoretical knowledge instruction for the CPL(A) and IR(A).



Caerdav (Formally Cardiff Aviation) – www.caerdav.com

The Location

Caerdav are based at St Athan Airport, formally known as RAF St Athan, about 3 miles to the west of Cardiff.

The Simulator

Caerdav make use of two Boeing 747-400 simulators.

The Instructors

Caerdav’s instructors are a mix of experienced commercial and military proffesionals

The Courses

Caerdav offer three courses:

– APS MCC which is 30 hours theoretical instruction and 40 hours in the simulator

– MCC/JOC which is 25 hours theoretical instruction and 36 hours in the simulator

– Shortened MCC/JOC is 25 hours theoretical instruction and 28 hours in the simulator

There wasn’t any information available on costs of these courses, but an enquiry can be made via their website.

Article written by Darren Williams for ToBeAPilot.co.uk

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