• Aim

    The aim of the integrated MPL training course is to obtain a multi-pilot licence (MPL) and be trained to the level necessary to operate as co-pilot in a multi-engine, multi-pilot, turbine-powered commercial air transport aeroplane under visual flight rules (VFR) and instrument flight rules (IFR).

    Where do I complete the MPL?

    MPL training will be undertaken at an approved ATO that is part of or has a specific arrangement in place with a commercial air transport operator that has been certificated by EASA. Your licence will be restricted to that specific operator until you complete the airline operator’s conversion course.


    You will complete all the instructional stages in one continuous course at an ATO, which will be competency based and carried out in a multi-crew operational environment. This will include

    • Theoretical knowledge instruction to the ATPL(A) knowledge level
    • Visual and instrument  flying training
    • Training in MCC for the operation of multi-pilot aeroplanes
    • Type rating training

    If you fail or are unable to complete the course

    If you fail or are unable to complete the course you can apply to take your theoretical knowledge exams and skill test for a licence with lower privileges and an instrument rating, if you meet the requirements for that licence.

    Theoretical knowledge

    The course will include 750 hours of instruction to ATPL(A) level plus the hours for the type rating you are applying for.

    Flying training

    The flying training will include at least 240 hours, including Pilot Flying and Pilot Not Flying hours, in both an aeroplane and a simulator, and the MCC requirements, and will cover the following:

    Phase 1 – Core flying skills
    Specific basic single-pilot training
    Phase 2 – Basic
    Introduction of multi-crew operations and instrument flight
    Phase 3 – Intermediate
    Application of multi-crew operations to a multi-engine turbine aeroplane certified as a high performance aeroplane.
    Phase 4 – Advanced
    Type rating training within an airline environment

    Flight experience not completed in a simulator will include:

    • the requirements for any type rating you need
    • upset recovery training
    • night flying
    • flight solely by reference to instruments
    • the experience required to achieve the relevant airmanship.

    You will be given training in asymmetric flight in an aeroplane or a suitable simulator.

    Each phase will include both instruction in the underpinning knowledge and practical training. Your course syllabus and progress will be assessed throughout to ensure that the course is relevant and that you learn the essential skills.

    The training course must include at least 12 take-offs and landings, performed under the supervision of your instructor in the same aeroplane that you are completing the type rating for.

    Assessment competency units

    You must demonstrate that you can complete the following to the advanced level that will be needed to operate and interact as co-pilot of a multi-pilot turbine powered aeroplane under visual and instrument conditions:

    • Apply human performance principles, including principles of threat and error management
    • Perform aeroplane ground operations
    • Perform take-off
    • Perform climb
    • Perform cruise
    • Perform descent
    • Perform approach
    • Perform landing
    • Perform after landing and aeroplane post-flight operations