Worldwide, in 2014, there are more than 22 certified MPL training programmes graduating new co-pilots who have earned the Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL). These pilots have undergone training which relies significantly more on simulator time, less on flight time; reduces solo flight experience; reduces actual landings; emphasizes flight management skills and automation to the detriment of basic flying skills, and provides limited training in airmanship, CRM, and complex air traffic control environments.
Based on reports from Captains on MPL pilot performance out on the line, IFALPA conducted a workshop in May, 2013 to gain insight to the current performance of MPL training programmes. Pilots and other experts convened from around the world, many with considerable first-hand experience flying with MPL graduates, and working within various MPL programmes. In addition to Captains’ feedback, further information was considered from MPL advisory board findings, as well as onsite visits to ATO’s currently conducting MPL training.