Anna Kjær Thorsøe, Chief Theoretical Knowledge Instructor, Operation Manager, Center Air Pilot Academy (CAPA)
Anna Kjær Thorsøe is commercially trained and has been involved with training and business development in South Africa, US and Denmark.
Anna has been with CAPA for more than 12 years and was highly involved in the training of the first MPL pilots worldwide, together with Sterling Airlines. Together with the rest of the CAPA team they have ever since implemented the best assets from the MPL programme to the regular ATP Integrated programme, initially to an enhanced MCC course to what is now a 40 hour APS (Airline Pilot Standard) programme.
MPL has proven to be a very effective training platform, when it is done correctly. It raises the average training standards significantly. However, the MPL is not for everyone!
It can be difficult for smaller and medium size ATO’s and airline to implement an MPL program, as it requires more resources and long-term commitment from both partners, which is not always possible or convenient for the involved parties.
Being the first ATP worldwide to train MPL pilots, we know all the advantages and disadvantages with the program. We have over the years included the many advantages from the MPL program, and implemented them in our regular (ATP) integrated course, endorsed by EASA.
The biggest change being extended our MCC/JOC course significantly to what is now called the ASP MCC. The APS MCC course at CAPA is a40 hours (simulator) course, which is more than double up in hours from a regular MCC/JOC course.
The program includes:
– MCC Training
– JOC Training
– Advanced Swept Wing Jet Aeroplane Training
– Advanced Airline Operations Scenario Training
– Final Assessment
– Technical course
– Enhanced CRM Training
When working with a specific airline that is providing their guidance and procedures the course is a great bridge from ATO to an airline.
The MPL Light program is a win win situation for the pilots, who are trained to airline level at an earlier stage in their training. But also, a win win situation for the airline being able to limit their initial type rating course or OCC. The ATO can with an improved level of communication and feedback procedures raise the average training standard and the airline gets better qualified pilots, already used to their specific SOP and call outs, and they don’t have any commitment for hiring the pilots after the APS MCC course.