Core and basic phases of CAE MPL course completed by AirAsia cadets

CAE has announced that the 12 AirAsia cadets in the training provider’s Multi-crew Pilot Licence (MPL) beta program class have successfully completed the Core and Basic phases of the program at CAE Global Academy member Moncton Flight College (MFC) in Dieppe, New Brunswick, Canada.

The Intermediate phase of the CAE MPL programme is next to be conducted at the CAE SimuFlite training centre in Dallas. In early 2011, the cadets are expected to enter the Advanced phase at CAE’s training centre in Toronto, Canada.

At the conclusion of the 14-month beta programme, which began in March 2010, graduates are expected to receive an MPL licence from Transport Canada and authority from the Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia (DCAM). The MPL licence will be granted following the takeoff and landing phase of training in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The graduates will then enter AirAsia’s initial operating experience (IOE) programme for Airbus A320 first officers.

"This group of MPL cadets and instructors has met or exceeded all expectations, and they are to be commended for their passion and dedication to become airline pilots," remarked Jeff Roberts, CAE’s group president, civil simulation products, training and services. "Their success thus far is also testament to the true competency-based learning management system developed by CAE’s training solutions experts and the rigorous MPL framework of Transport Canada."

All of the cadets successfully performed solo cross-country flights after an average of 27 hours of simulated and aircraft flight training. The 12 cadets all went solo within two flying days of each other, indicating a consistent pace of learning among the group.

Thus far, the cadets have learned theoretical knowledge and practical skills which include: basic aviation skills, airmanship, multi-crew operations and crew resource management, threat and error management, upset recovery procedures, airline standard operating procedures, instrument procedures, instrument flight rules and night operations.

"The cadets are right where we expected them to be," said Walter Visser, CAE Vice President and leader of the CAE Global Academy. "The diligent effort our team put into designing the CAE MPL programme, the selection process, our blended learning approach, and the students’ dedication to learning are proving to be very effective in achieving the competency benchmarks CAE and Transport Canada established for the programme."

The CAE programme is the first application of an MPL programme to adhere to new performance-based Approved Training Organization (ATO) certification requirements developed by Transport Canada. The programme is designed to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards for the MPL licence.

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