Ryanair launches new pilot training programme with VA Airline Training

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Ryanair has launched a new training partnership with VA Airline Training to deliver a Ryanair Airline Pilot Standards (APS MCC) programme in Cambridge.

This new EASA approved enhanced MCC programme gives trainee pilots a structured path to achieve an exceptional training course and reach a standard where they are ready to join the Ryanair Boeing 737 Type Rating programme.

Pilots on the programme will be trained by VA Airline Training instructors, using Ryanair procedures as they take their first steps towards becoming Ryanair pilots.

Over the next four and a half years, up to 450 new pilots from across Europe will be recruited and trained by VA Airline Training.

“This new Ryanair-VA Airline Training programme will provide the airline with a steady pipeline of talented and professional pilots from around Europe to meet the needs of our growing network,” said Ryanair’s Head of Crew Training Captain, Senan O’Shea.

“Ryanair will hire up to 1,000 pilots per annum over the course of the next five years and our pilots can look forward to unmatched opportunities flying with the world’s number one international airline.

“After careful consideration, we have chosen VA Airline Training as our UK based APS MCC pilot training partner due to their continuous high standards in APS MCC training.

“We are pleased to lend our operational expertise to VA Airline Training especially in the provision of what will be an outstanding Airline Pilot Standard MCC. This combination will be the best possible preparation for an airline career with Ryanair.”

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VA’s APS MCC course will turn out pilots ready to take their B737 type rating for Ryanair


VA Airline Training’s Anthony Petteford said, “VA Airline Training is proud to be Ryanair’s first UK training partner with our EASA Airline Pilot Standards MCC (APS MCC) approved programme.

“VA Airline Training was the first Approved Training Organisation to launch APS MCC in the UK and this exciting new partnership with Ryanair further endorses the value-add attributed by airlines to this training.

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