Monarch and CTC develop MPL training partnership

Monarch Airlines and CTC Aviation Group have announced a new partnership to deliver Multi-crew Pilot Licence (MPL) training and, following the pair’s long-standing relationship which has produced a quarter of Monarch’s current pilot workforce via the cadet programme CTC Wings, Monarch has selected CTC to exclusively supply all future cadet pilots under a new programme, “Monarch Wings.”

The two companies have been working closely with the UK Civil Aviation Authority to finalise an MPL course syllabus that is tailored specifically to meet Monarch’s operational needs. The first Monarch Wings MPL course is set to begin in December 2011 and pilots will be ready to begin flying on the line from spring 2013.

Captain Martin Dudley, head of pilot training for Monarch. explained, “Monarch Airlines is delighted to come on board with CTC to create this MPL course. It presents a fantastic opportunity to validate the very latest methods for getting new pilots ready to fly our modern technology passenger aircraft.”

Since CTC began delivering cadet pilot training through the CTC Wings programme, the company has always embraced the MPL philosophy with its own vertically integrated (VI) approach to training, says the company.

“We believe we have structured a pure MPL course by combining our VI methods with the true MPL philosophy in mind,” noted Captain Brian Haigh, head of training for CTC’s FTO division (CTC Aviation Training). “The essence of MPL and competency based training is all about achieving the standard – not necessarily in minimum hours. We have structured a course appropriate for the end goal which is to deliver a fully prepared, quality pilot to the airline. To achieve this, the course should utilise the right instructors, training devices and performance monitoring tools, and select high calibre trainees.”

“We are on course to set new standards for MPL training. Our innovative approach aims to use G1000-equipped aircraft throughout the Core phase and Airbus A320 flight simulators during the Basic, Intermediate and Advanced phases,” continued Captain Haigh. “The course is progressive and designed to develop the pilot at the right pace to achieve the high standards expected of Monarch’s pilots.”

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