About MPL training

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What is the MPL training design?

The Multi-Crew Pilot Licence training (also referred to as MPL) was created in 2004 in response to the situation in air transport, when the classical modular ATPL training failed to meet the requirements of airlines with regards to pilot skills. MPL focuses far more on pilot's skills to control a large transport aircraft in the multi-crew environment. MPL is becoming more and more popular with airlines these days and is quickly replacing the classical modular pilot training.  

Compared to the classical ATPL path, the MPL training provides you four times more hours in the multi-crew environment, better preparing pilots for professional flying tasks. 


Advantages of the MPL training are:

  • Speed - the training takes only 18 months
  • Money -  the training is cheaper and more effective
  • Tailor-made for specific airlines - you know from the start who you will work for and you will learn according to the training programmes of the given airline
  • Training for a specific type of aircraft - from the very beginning you know what type of plane you will fly, you will get more hours on the training device and a longer base training
  • Competency based approach - in comparison to the classical training, evaluation of the progress in the MPL course is based exclusively on the skills of the pilot and not on the number of flight hours

MPL course structure 

MPL - Theory

The basic theoretical course includes 750 hours on the ATPL(A) theory, plus approx. 100 hours in general and aviation English in individual courses. The number includes hours in the classroom, computer-based training, e-learning (using the system for administration and control of students' progress) etc.

The number of hours always depends on the requirements of the future employer of the MPL trainees.

MPL - Practical training

Stage 1

Although the entire first stage is flown on a small single piston engine plane and covers the syllabus of private pilot training (PPL), it should not be confused with PPL. The first stage of the MPL, just like the whole MPL, is based on piloting skills (and not on the required number of flight hours).

Stage 2

The second stage covers flying on the simulator, on the FNPT II ATR training device, with an application for Multi Crew Cooperation (MCC) principles in practice. Pilots learn here to manage piloting a multi-engine aircraft and to fly by instruments in a multi-crew environment. Compared to the classical path, this stage allows you to gain experience in such operations at the early stage of the training.

Stage 3

Stage three includes the Jet Orientation Course (JOC), which in the optimum scenario is completed on the same type of aircraft as the one used for the type rating courses. Here the trainees can learn how to manage regular and emergency situation when switching from the piston to a turbojet type of aircraft.

Stage 4

The fourth stage offers enough time for you to experience and manage unusual and emergency situations, which you would not have a chance to learn in a standard course due to time limitations. 

In short, the third and the fourth stages together form one unit with the contents exceeding the classical type rating course fourfold.

Base training

Base training represents practical training of landings with a transport aircraft and is part a of the MPL course. It includes 12 take-offs and landings. A standard type rating includes only 6 take-offs and landings. 

Line training

Line training includes a defined number of flights with a specific airline company, on regular lines with passengers on board. The MPL is the only kind of training that includes also the line training, as an integral element, which is contractually guaranteed from the very beginning of the training.  

Successful MPL training graduates 

The CATC was the first training centre to introduce this kind of training in Central Europe. It was a leap of faith, however, the operational experience shows that the graduates of our MPL courses are excellent employees, appreciated both by captains and their employers.
Apply now and join the group of the MPL training graduates for Travel Service or Czech Airlines.

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