Multi-crew Pilot Licence (MPL)

Genesis

  • The Airlines and industry wanted better pathways to the now redundant co-pilot role to enable enhanced communications and Pilot Monitoring by the flight deck crew.
  • The Industry recognised that safety issues were being compromised unless a crew acted as a team in a multi-crew environment. Hence the Pilot Flying (PF) and Pilot Monitoring (PM), rather than the entrenched mind set of Captain and Co-pilot. Team communication and enhanced leadership attributes also extended to non technical crew members ensuring higher levels of safety awareness for passengers and operating crew.
  • Industry wanted to utilize training systems and devices more effectively to improve training and safety outcomes with increased gains in efficiencies
  • MPL is the most significant change in ab initio pilot training since WW 1

Focus

  • The MPL was incorporated into ‘Personnel licensing” of the Convention ICAO Annex 1 on 23rd November 2006
  • The new MPL Licence is focused on the competencies of co-pilots (PM) operating in a multi-crew environment
  • MPL relies heavily on Flight Synthetic Training Devices (FSTD’s)
  • Much higher safety outcomes in the multi-crew environment by applying Human Factors and Non Technical Skills including CRM/TEM principles throughout all training phases.

Instructors

  • Only in recent times did ICAO and State Authorities recognize the enormous importance of ‘who trains the trainer’. In other words where would the MPL Instructors come from? Traditional instructional methodology is not appropriate for training a Crew. Airline personnel engaged in Line Training are still confined to the “one on one” training environment. A well trained multi-crew Instructor and use of appropriate Simulation devices is the only way to conduct multi-crew training. There was some attempt by the Industry to implement ‘recurrent training’ using their own simulation devices. This did not completely address the Ab-Initio intakes and the importance of the PM role ‘in the multi-crew environment.’
  • MATS has already addressed this deficiency for both the MPL and those in the Industry wanting to maintain Traditional Flight Training Methods.

Crew Training

  • MATS conducts MCC training using the CASA approved Mechtronix FAA approved Level 6 FFTD meeting JAR / EASA requirements for MPL, MCC and a number of elements for B737-800 Type Rating. The device also meets JAR / EASA requirements for intermediate phase MPL, MCC and a number of elements for the B737-800 Type Rating including re-current training.
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