31 May 2018

MCC/AJFC and licence!

It's been a while already since I wrote my last blogpost. This was mainly due to the fact that after I started the MCC/AJFC with EPST there was a quite significant increase in pace. Meaning I had a simulator session basically every two days. After having some weeks with only one flight in Bournemouth this was quite a welcome surprise, but also a nice challenge!

The MCC (Multi Crew Cooperation course) consisted of 9 simulator sessions in a fixed-base Boeing 737-800 simulator. The emphasis during the MCC was to learn how to operate in a multi-crew environment and develop the basics of Crew Resource Management (CRM). After successfully finishing the MCC it was time to apply for the licence with the UK CAA. We were told by EPST that it could take quite a few weeks before the licence finally arrives. However, after only two weeks I already received my licence by mail!

 The holder with the most expensive piece of paper inside I will ever hold

The holder with the most expensive piece of paper inside I will ever hold

At most flight schools, the MCC is the final part of the training. However, EPST requires students to fly an additional 7 simulator details that are mainly focussed on failure handling, manual flying and raw data interpretation skills. The final two details are used to test these skills. According to many this so-called Airline Jet Foundation Course (AJFC) should be the ultimate preparation for the simulator grading that is part of the selection process for most airlines these days. One would think that the AJFC simulator details would conclude the whole MCC/AJFC, but it's not.

The final part took place yesterday with a day full of capacity and skill tests. Just over two years ago, the first phase of the selection process with EPST is a pilot aptitude test called the COMPASS test. The COMPASS test is developed by EPST back in the 1990s.

Computerized Pilot Aptitude Screening System (COMPASS) consists of six tests which have been developed to test some of the key aptitude areas for the pilot profession. Flying experience is not required to perform well in the tests.

The tests include:

  • Control: A compensation task looking at basic hand / foot / eye co-ordination.
  • Slalom: A tracking task looking at hand / eye co-ordination.
  • Mathematics: A test of basic applied mathematical understanding and speed.
  • Memory: Accuracy of short-term memory recall and ability to 'chunk’ information.
  • Task Manager: A test of the candidate’s ability to scan the screen and manage two concurrent tasks accurately and quickly.
  • Orientation: Instrument interpretation, comprehension and spatial (EPST.com, 2018)

At the very end of the MCC/AJFC we were required to take the COMPASS test once more in a more advanced manner (Advanced COMPASS), where the Control and Slalom tests are replaced with an ATPL questionnaire and Complex Control Task where a Flight Director should be followed in combination with rudder inputs and speed control. I am happy to announce that I successfully completed these tests and I am now ready to apply for a job in the sky as a First Officer! 

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