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Multi Crew Pilot License (MPL) Training

In our complex world of aviation it is simply impossible to train for a successful outcome of the infinite number of all possible abnormal and emergency situations, as a means to prepare for the unexpected. Because we do not know what will happen, we cannot train for it, but we can prepare for it through competency-based training.

MPL training aims to

  • Replace by competency-based training the traditional application of box-ticking, hours based, prescriptive syllabi
  • Guide students seamlessly from ab-initio training to airliner type rating, using simulation designed for multi-crew training
  • Address the increased rates of loss of control in airline operations through Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT)
  • Combat the continuing dominance of multi-crew human factors in accidents through Threat and Error Management (TEM) and Crew Resource Management (CRM)
  • Mitigate the prevalence of miscommunication with Air Traffic Control (ATC)

The Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL) is the first airline-dedicated professional pilot license, adopted by ICAO as part of Annex 1, published in the Procedures for Air Navigation Services - Training (PANS-TRG), doc 9868.

To support MPL implementation, IATA has developed guidance material and best practices (pdf) that can be downloaded for free. 

MPL implementation around the world

MPL Courses Global Tracker (xml)

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