What is multi-crew cooperation training?
Multi-crew cooperation (MCC) training covers units of knowledge and practical skills that are used when pilots are part of a multi-crew operation. The training is generic to conducting multi-crew operations and is not specific to a type of aircraft.
It is desirable, although not mandatory, that MCC training is completed before a pilot starts training for a multi-crew certificated aircraft type rating.
The details of the content of MCC training is in the Part 61 Manual of Standards (MOS). Refer to Schedule 1 for the units of knowledge and practical flight standards.
In summary, MCC training has to cover:
- Knowledge of air transport pilot licence (ATPL) human factors (refer to unit code AHFC, Schedule 3 of the MOS)
- Practical experience in managing flight during multi-crew operations (refer to unit code MCO, Schedule 2 of the MOS).
MCC training involves classroom learning and practical training in a suitable flight simulation training device.
What is a multi-crew operation?
The term ‘multi-crew operation’ is defined in the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations as an operation that requires at least two pilots in:
- A multi-crew aircraft (the aircraft is certificated for operation by a crew of at least two pilots) or
- An aircraft that is equipped – and required by the regulations – to be operated by a crew of at least two pilots.
An aircraft that is operated by two pilots but doesn’t comply with one of the definitions above is not a multi-crew operation.
When is MCC training required?
MCC training is required whenever you are piloting an aircraft in a multi-crew operation. The purpose is to ensure both the pilot-in-command (PIC) and the co-pilot are capable of operating effectively.
MCC training is integral to obtaining a multi-crew pilot licence (MPL) and an ATPL.
Holders of a private pilot licence (PPL) or commercial pilot licence (CPL) also need to complete MCC training to be authorised to conduct a multi-crew operation. This is to ensure they are competent performing their respective PIC or co-pilot duties whether they are pilot flying or monitoring.