Airline Pilot Preparation Program

Airline Pilot Preparation


87 Days

Flying Hours Included

135 Simulation Hours

Airline Pilot Preparation Program

This program is designed to take the candidate from CPL/IR level in a light, single pilot aircraft to type rating in a Jet Airliner. Whilst delivered as a type specific course (Boeing 737-800), the concepts learnt are applicable to type rating in any modern commercial jet transport. The program includes multi-crew co-operation, jet aircraft handling and type rating. The course equips the candidate for direct entry into the right hand seat of an airliner.

Phase 1 - Technical Familiarisation

The objective of this phase is to establish a sound technical knowledge of the aircraft type. This
type technical foundation will provide the understanding required to effectively function as a crew
member for the duration of this course. Furthermore, this technical competency is of the level that
will be required when completing the type rating with the operator.

This technical knowledge competency is achieved in 3 ways:

1. Full Type Technical course (CBT/Lectures)
2. Simulator “walk through” of all technical systems
3. Technical systems exam

The simulator sessions will be supported by CBT, lecture and briefing time.

Phase 2 - Flight Management System & Auto Flight

Phase 2 introduces the basic functionalities of the Flight Management System and Auto flight System

of the B738/A320. Phase 2 training is a requirement to take full benefit of the subsequent phases. In order to be able to control the aircraft in flight to a level that further learning can take place, these two core elements of any modern aircraft need some sort of basic understanding and familiarisation.

The simulator session will be supported by CBT, lecture and briefing time.

Phase 3 - Jet Handling & Manufacturer SOP Development

Phase 3 is the very heart of the course. During this phase core competencies of aircraft handling,
flight path management and Airline standard operational practices are developed

The following elements are covered:
1. Introduction to the Boeing/Airbus Operator SOP and operational philosophy
2. EFIS flight deck operations
3. Jet aircraft handling
4. Spectrum of aircraft approaches
5. Levels of aircraft management/automation
6. Take offs and landings
7. Full FMC functionality
8. Full Auto flight functionality
9. MCC competency applying Boeing/Airbus Operator SOP’s
10. LOFT: Normal procedures

Phase 4 - Non-Normal Procedures

Phase 4 introduces Non-Normal Procedures in a systematic way.

Firstly, the major/handling abnormalities are mastered:

1. Engine Failure/Fire: various phases of flight
2. Pressurisation
3. Rejected Take Off
4. Related non-normal procedures
This is further enhanced by revisiting the MCC elements and principles of non-normal operations
during the pre-course Airline Preparation Training program. The Boeing/Airbus philosophy of nonnormal
operations is re-emphasised.
To assure competency, this phase is completed with several LOFT sessions which include a spectrum
of events requiring the application of MCC principles to conclude the flight safety and commercial

Phase 5 - Advanced Concepts

This phase addresses the listed operational elements of a Boeing B738/Airbus A320. These elements round off the complete operational capability of the candidate, readying the candidate for flight line integration.

These concepts include:
1. GNSS Approaches
2. Low Visibility Procedures
3. Cold/Hot weather operations
4. Wind shear
7. Weather avoidance

Phase 6 - Operator Consolidation and Evaluation

Phase 6 is the proof of the overall holistic competency gained. The phase consists of four Line
Orientated Evaluation sessions flown with a real type rated Line Captain. This P1 position could be
facilitated by 43 Air School, or by the operator sponsoring the training. The latter case will allow the
operator an “insider’s view” of the candidate operational competency level achieved. This may
even be an opportunity for a potential employer to assess candidate competency.
Moreover, the operator may want to use this “inside view” opportunity as part of the integrated
assessment and finishing training on type within the company.
This phase culminates with a session of consolidation, followed by the Type Preparedness check.
The simulator session will be supported by CBT, lecture and briefing time

Pre-Entry Requirements

Valid CPL

Valid Instrument Rating

Valid Multi-Engine Piston Class Rating

43 Air School Expertisation or similar concept

Valid CRM


Boeing 737 - 800 NG Type Rating

CRM Endorsement

TCAS/ACAS Endorsement

LVO Endorsement

MCC Endorsement

RNAV/GNSS Endorsement

RVSM Endorsement

CFIT/ GPWS Endoresement

ETOPS Endorsement

Course Dates

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Who Funds Pilot Training?

Pilot training is funded by the end user of the training benefit, namely Airlines, Governmental Skills development departments and numerous individual financing houses, such as Javlin Air Services.

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