Thanks for answering my question about the type rating. Recently DCA (Malaysia) has announced via the latest AIC (see here) about the Multi-Crew Pilot License (Aeroplane).
What is the impact of this new license to our traditional CPL/IR with Frozen APTL?
Some countries are starting to sell the position for FO with MCPL. I seriously doubt that pilots can get the training position at any of the airlines in Malaysia. There are even news (unofficial) that said 7 of the flying school in Malaysia are going to close down and leaves only two to train the airline pilots for the Multi-Crew Pilot License (Aeroplane).
I am not sure how true this is but if it is, I believe public deserve to know this.
My personal opinion is that privately trained pilots find it difficult to get the job and/or to get training at the airlines to unfreeze their licenses as they prefer to train their own pilots for the Multi-Crew Pilot License (Aeroplane)
I hope to get your professional point of view to clear this cloud for all the pilots trained at Malaysia and also for their future career benefit.
Hope to get reply from you soon.
Many thanks in advance
For your information, the Multi-crew Pilot License (MPL) was incorporated into ICAO in November 2006.
The training for MPL makes greater use of simulators and applies human factors and threat and error management in all the phases of the training. Traditional training methods emphasize independence and individual skills. While appropriate for single-pilot operations, they have found to impede the transfer towards multi-crew operations in the airlines.
However, pilots will still be able to take the traditional pathway to qualifying to fly as co-pilot, progressing from the private pilot license through the commercial license to the air transport pilot license.
In the past, most pilots have military background and the system of Private Pilot License (PPL) and Commercial Pilot License (CPL) has existed for the past few decades. The MPL is implemented to skip the training for the current Commercial Pilot License with instrument rating and allow the pilot to work towards the ‘frozen’ airline transport pilot license (ATPL).
The Multi-Crew Pilot License program can produce co-pilot in 240 hours, of which 210 hours is in simulators. This training program can be completed in 45 weeks as compared to 18 months to 2 years in the current existing system..
Sad, but true, the MPL will soon be what the airlines would be looking at because of the cost and speed of training of new co pilots for the airlines.
I believe the Asian Aviation Academy, a joint venture between Air Asia and CAE Kuala Lumpur are in the process of starting with the MPL program. You can find out more from my previous answers to you by contacting Kevin Foo. (see here)
As regards to the closure of some of the Flying Schools, I cannot confirm it.
I hope all those with CPL/IR and frozen ATPL would be absorbed by the airlines before the MPL comes fully on line.
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