Multi Crew Training – the APS-MCC

If you have already completed your commercial pilot training with Wings Alliance Members and are ready for the next step, then you need to complete a Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC) course before your first multi-pilot type rating. You have a choice of a basic MCC course or an Airline Pilot Standard MCC course (APS-MCC). What’s the difference? Well 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.

Basic MCC courses are cheap, but are not regarded by most airlines as adequate preparation for a first type rating. Therefore, the industry pressurised EASA for a new standard, which is the APS-MCC and increasingly are giving preference to APS-MCC trained candidates. The APS-MCC involves double the practical training of the basic MCC and has additional theory training requirements. Have a look at this blog post which goes into the options in more detail APS-MCC vs. MCC vs. MCC-JOC.

James Dawkins


“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.”

Our APS-MCC was designed with advice from the Chair of the EASA working party and launched before even the regulation was released. It goes further than the regulatory requirements, as we have incorporated advanced training in what is expected of a first officer and preparation for airline selection. The whole programme involves these steps:

  1. Application screening
  2. Selection
  3. Initial APS-MCC classroom training
  4. APS-MCC Simulator training
  5. Advanced pilot non-technical classroom training
  6. Airline interview preparation

We use more advanced simulators than are required by the regulations: our course is delivered by our team of current airline trainers on a Boeing 737 Max simulator.

The whole cost of the programme is £6,950 which compares very favourably with similar courses offered by competitors.

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If, however, all you need is a basic MCC course, we can help. Just because it is a basic course, does not mean it has to be delivered to a poor standard. Our basic MCC course shares the initial theory training with the APS-MCC course and the simulator training is delivered by the same team of trainers in the same simulator as the APS-MCC.

The cost of the basic MCC course is £3900.

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Jevan Burchell, First Officer Ryanair
The Wings Alliance APS-MCC

“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. The level of expertise displayed by the instructors (all of whom are current Captains/First Officers) was second to none and they were always reactive to our individual needs as learners. If we wanted to cover a specific element in more depth or practice a particular manoeuvre, they made absolutely sure that we were confident in our own abilities before moving on to the next exercise, covering an array of theory and jet handling skills in tremendous detail.

The additional instruction in CRM, Multi-Crew Cooperation, Line-Oriented Flight Training and Airline Assessment Preparation on the APS-MCC were hugely beneficial to my knowledge and skill-base.
The assessment process for the Wings Alliance APS-MCC was very thorough, expertly crafted and comparable to actual airline interviews. The mix of group exercise, competency-based interviewing and individual problem solving was both challenging and enjoyable. It was obvious throughout the process I was being observed by assessors who were themselves highly experienced pilots and interviewers. The course and the robust assessment I underwent, confirmed to me I was doing a very high-quality APS-MCC.

My experience on the APS-MCC made my transition into Airline employment a natural and very enjoyable next step. I approached my airline assessments feeling confident and well prepared due to the training I received from Wings Alliance, and I felt at ease in both the interview room and the assessment simulator. Subsequently, I feel that I had a head start on my Type Rating, as many of the concepts taught on the Wings Alliance course are also central to the core competencies involved in flying the 737-800.

The ethos, quality of training and aftercare behind the Wings Alliance APS-MCC is second to none, and I cannot recommend it enough.

In total I spent £61,000 on flight training from zero experience to my first job.”

Hanna Kerr, First Officer Loganiar

“I chose to do my APS through The Wings Alliance because I believe the course offered me the best training I could have received as a cadet. I thoroughly enjoyed the sim phase of the training and it really prepared me for what to expect during my type rating. The course develops pilot competencies and the sim phase really gives a good insight of how to use the skills daily as a pilot.

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.