Captain Khaled Al Sheebani

A330/A380 Training Manager, Etihad Airways

Khaled Al Sheebani was head of training for Etihad Flight College for two years. He received a higher diploma/Air Transport Pilot license from Qatar Aeronautical College and a Diploma in Airline Operation Management from IATA. He has been involved in training since 2009 and he is currently a senior examiner on the A320/A330 fleet. He also has five years’ experience in training management as the cadet pilot program manager and the second officers training program manager before he became A320 training manager. His role as head of training made him actively involved in the development of the MPL program and delivering training for Etihad Airways cadets. Recently he was appointed as Training Manager for the A330/A380 fleet at Etihad Airways.

MPL Experience

The MPL is a state of the art ab-initio airline pilot training program, seamlessly integrated with an airline type rating, with continuous multi-crew focus. The objective is to “begin with the end in mind”: the qualified airline First Officer – operations-ready, with the ultimate goal to become a Captain after fulfilling the respective regulatory and company requirements. 

MPL training is dynamic, rather than hours-prescriptive (the traditional ab-initio CPL/ATPL training approach). MPL recognizes that flying hours in isolation are experienced and applied in many ways, and are not a guarantee of competency.

MPL is a more flexible framework designed to respond to industry performance feedback through a philosophy of continuous improvement. Being driven by the continuous assessment of student performance, measured against expected standards of performance, is a major advantage of MPL training.

MPL removes many of the regulatory impediments prescribed for the more traditional flight training programs and enables best industry practices through the application of modern Instructional Systems Design (ISD) approaches, and the effective use of Learning Management Systems (LMS).

MPL is based on training and applying the pilot core competencies required to operate modern transport category airplanes safely, efficiently and effectively, in all regimes of a flight in normal and abnormal situations. It applies whether the pilot functions as a Co-pilot in the beginning, or eventually as a Captain.

The underlying goal is to provide the MPL graduate with more relevant and higher quality training for airline operations, which will eventually translate into greater operational safety and efficiency. Furthermore, how did the use of jet aircraft help in the development of cadet training.