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Updated 11th January 2022 - 

This is NOT a sales post, the information below is designed to hopefully assist and potentially educate people looking to undertake Combined MCC/JOC or APS/MCC training. This is evermore relevant as the industry recovers from the pandemic as well as what is looking like being a very prosperous market of opportunity as 2022 unfolds.

Ryanair's social media posts regarding the ever reducing candidate assessment statistics of success between Combined MCC/JOC and APS/MCC is evermore evident that a high quality Combined MCC/JOC Course is so much more financially and circumstantially beneficial (Ryanair assessment statistics taken from their LinkedIn post on 11th October claims that there is only a 9% difference in MCC/JOC vs APS/MCC when assessing candidates for their Cadet Pilot recruitment). It is therefore evident that APS/MCC is losing traction and the quality of Combined MCC/JOC courses are rising. Furthermore, hopefully the information below will help people understand a little more about this. 

We receive many phone calls and email enquiries asking about the APS/MCC and why we don’t offer it. The answer is no, we do not offer APS MCC courses and no, we currently don’t want to offer it. This is for a very good reason, and we would like to explain this to assist potential APS/MCC and MCC/JOC course candidates. The Airline Pilot Standards MCC, APS/MCC is a relatively new course, introduced by EASA in mid 2018. Fundamentally it was pushed by a single airline who sought to ‘encourage’ prospective commercial airline pilots to obtain further training before undertaking a type rating - a type rating that may/could have reduced training hours due to the APS MCC qualification, funded by the prospective commercial airline pilot and not the airline. After the APS MCC was approved there was no credit offered against type ratings.

At CRM Aviation, we believe in offering our customers a great value for money course, run by industry leading highly experienced professionals – a theory that has stood us in very good stead for the past 12 years, seeing around 130 MCC/JOC customers each year. The majority of our customers, military and civilian, have gone on to secure jobs with a broad selection of carriers, worldwide.

Under the current recruiting market, although very much challenged by COVID-19, there is NOT one airline that is requesting applicants to have completed an APS/MCC, it is only Ryanair that have said they would look ‘preferentially’ at their 'Ryanair Mentored APS/MCC' applicants, yet we have many of our customers with our MCC/JOC qualification and other MCC schools customers securing positions, principally because they are the right candidate, trained professionally and have been encouraged to put effort in and work hard to prepare for their interviews and assessments - see companies like FlightDeckWingman. Our MCC/JOC customers, have on occasions, been paired with a UK APS MCC candidate, and succeeded, when the APS/MCC candidate had not.

By EASA/CAA PartFCL definition the MCC course is a ‘non-technical course’. This course is designed to teach prospective airline/commercial pilots how to work in a two person cockpit in accordance with a set of standard operating procedures and aircrew competences for normal, non normal and emergency scenarios. The JOC element, unregulated, is left up to the ATO to design as the most appropriate package to introduce and ‘orientate’ multi engine propeller operations to turbo fan operations with high altitude, swept wing dynamics and complex jet systems operations, together with an introduction to line flying exercises.

We at CRM Aviation, therefore stand by the excellent Combined MCC/JOC course that we have designed and offer which is very clearly seen as a market leading course, accepted by ALL recruiting carriers. Our course is so much more than a basic MCC/JOC, with many learning exercises incorporated from the APS/MCC syllabus. Our aim is to ensure that prospective customers are not ‘marketing lead’ down the APS MCC route without firm knowledge of its current position within the recruiting market. There is such a vast difference in price, in some cases over £4000 - that it is something to seriously consider. Work extremely hard during your Combined MCC/JOC and that will cost you nothing! You could then spend a proportionally small amount of that saving on a sim refresher for 2 hours in a chosen 'type orientated' device.

We would like to thank all of those ‘enquirers’ that have brought these questions/situation to our attention and we thank you for your bookings with us for our Combined MCC/JOC course.




+ 19/04/2022 - Captain Pete Shawe joins our MCC instructional team. Pete, is ex Virgin 787 and also an ME/IR and CPL examiner for the CAA. 


+ 07/04/2022 - Q1 of 2022 has seen us train 20 MCC/JOC students and 116 UPRT students. We are a very busy ATO and are always keen to give honest and professional training.


+ 10/01/2022 - Despite the weather our UPRT flying started successfully and our MCC/JOC started. Here's to 2022, a very exciting year ahead for us at CRM Aviation!


+ 07/12/2021 - We are getting very booked up for Q1 of 2022. If you would like to complete your MCC/JOC in early 2022, we recommend calling us to ensure we can place you  upon the course date of your choice.


+ 03/11/2021 - We are delighted to welcome Mark Levy into our UPRT instructional team. Read about Mark here - CRM Aviation Instructors


+ 20/09/2021 - We are delighted to welcome Sam Whatmough into our UPRT instructional team. Read about Sam here - CRM UPRT Instructors 

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