Multi Crew Course / Jet Orientation Training

 

The MCC/JOC is a an extension onto the CPL/IR and is an intensive course which allows those with lower hours to start a type-rating course for an airline and fly passengers.

What essentially has been happening since April 2011 is that I have been learning to fly as a single-pilot operation.  Everything is done by myself – checking weather, decent checks, calculating the drift required for an NDB hold, flying the hold, talking to ATC, flying the precision approach… every single thing is done by myself.  However, there are few airlines that run a single-pilot operation (Aurigny is the only scheduled local airline I can think of) and everything else has multi-crew.

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Flying multi-crew is quite different, suddenly one pilot is flying and the other pilot is monitoring, checklists are shared, radio is shared, everything that was done by one person in a single-pilot operation is now shared.  This does not mean however, that there is suddenly half the work to do, on the contrary, there is actually a lot more to do because the aircraft is now travelling at least twice as fast and the aircraft is much more complex so the workload actually goes up.

The hardest thing with becoming a multi-crew pilot is learning the techniques and language to be used in order to effectively communicate to each other and understand what each person is doing or thinking.  Standard Operating Procedures are rules in place that make sure we follow the correct sequence of events, of course, SOPs are not error-proof and therefore they must be drilled over and over again and the checklists are used as a capture in case anything is missed.

 

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The first few days are spent in ground school and we are learning the pitfalls of multi-crew and how to overcome them.  We have also been given a watered-down copy of the Flybe Operations Manual which we need to become familiar with in order to operate the aircraft.  One thing that is strange is that we will be flying a 737-800 simulator, but using Bombardier Q400 SOPs as this is the plane we will be going onto fly.  This means that there are different words to be used in the checklist and it will make it quite difficult to overcome for the first few simulators when the Mode Control Panel says “Alt Acq” meaning altitude acquired, but we say the word “Alt Star” because on the Q400 it displays something different.

We are spending hours of everyday in a cardboard trainer, this has tossed out the window any ideas I had of riding my bike every day in the nicer weather which has finally arrived.  Instead I am struggling to get out 3 times a week again and it is very frustrating sitting in a classroom learning checks when it is nice and sunny outside.

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~ by globalste on February 27, 2012.

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