multi-crew pilot licence
The MPL (Multi-Crew Pilot Licence) was introduced in 2006 by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). Its objective is to produce the next generation of airline pilots by developing the abilities needed to fly in a multi-crew airline environment.
The MPL is a new philosophy for better preparing pilots for the modern multi-crew environment. Traditional CPL/IR training focused on creating safe commercial pilots first, before transitioning them into a multi-crew environment, whereas MPL training specifically includes modern transport and multi-crew training outcomes in its syllabus. This is accomplished at a very early stage in the development of the pilot and includes a higher quantum of relevant training on a Flight Simulator Training Device (FSTD).
Similar to the traditional CPL/IR, the MPL program in SFC is a Competency Based Training course where the cadet is constantly evaluated against a set of clearly defined standards along the lines of Knowledge Skills and Attitudes (KSA's).
The program also emphasises Threat and Error Management (TEM) and Crew Resource Management (CRM) throughout the course to ensure a seamless transition from ab-initio training to airliner type rating. To help ensure the MPL program provides airlines with pilots who are able to safely and efficiently operate modern airliners in all expected operational environments, Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) is incorporated from the early stages of training.
The MPL program consists of 4 phases:
Phase 1 - Core Flying skills
CAAS ATPL Theory - conducted in Singapore at SIA Training Centre, approximately 6 months duration covering 14 subjects
Basic single pilot training in a single engine aircraft - conducted in Perth, Western Australia. This currently consists of at least 80 hours of flight time in a Cessna 172, and a CAAS PPL.
Phase 2 - basic
A 2 day CRM course and an additional 8 days of theory covering a wide range of subject matter provides trainees with the knowledge to operate the aircraft from a line pilot's perspective. Lessons are instructor driven and supported by E-learning material.
In this phase, trainees are introduced to basic airline operations covering Jet Operation Techniques, MCC and TEM principles. Instrument flight training using generic SOP's is accomplished under the supervision and guidance of qualified airline instructors. This is currently conducted on a FSTD in Singapore.
Phase 3 - Intermediate
In this phase MCC and TEM procedures are reinforced with special emphasis placed on the management of both normal and non-normal situations. Aircraft handling and management skills are further reinforced with training accomplished on a FSTD capable of motion.
Phase 4 - Advanced
This fourth and final phase covers aircraft type-ratings within a dedicated airline orientated environment. On completion of the 4-phase program the cadets will graduate with a Multi-Crew Pilot Licence and a good understanding of the airline's SOP's. They would now be ready for immediate integration into a dedicated Initial Operating Experience program.
For many airlines, the MPL represents the future of flight training. The MPL programme is airline dedicated and provides the industry with an opportunity to train pilots directly for the operational airline environment. Singapore Flying College currently holds CAAS approval to conduct the MPL programme for Singapore Airlines and Scoot sponsored cadets. Current legislation requires a student training for an MPL to be sponsored by an airline.
*The MPL programme is currently not available to the private candidates.