Recent announcements from UK-based Monarch Airlines that it intends to restructure its operations have resulted in a reduction in its current number of pilots. Six pilots affected are experienced co-pilots on the Airbus A320 holding an unrestricted Multi-crew Pilot Licence (MPL) obtained with CTC Aviation. A further six trainee Monarch Airlines pilots were part-way through training for the issue of an MPL, also with CTC Aviation.
There have previously been concerns within the industry about the transferability of the MPL. CTC released a statement on the transfer of their affected cadets, aimed at showing the flexibility of the licence.
For the pilots still undergoing training, CTC Aviation approached easyJet to see whether the airline would be willing to accept the trainees onto an easyJet sponsored programme. Within a few days, all six trainee pilots had passed the selection process and restarted their MPL training under easyJet. The MPL airline transfer process was also agreed and supported by the UK CAA, given that both airlines are sponsoring A320 MPL programmes.
In addition, the six experienced MPL licensed First Officers currently flying with Monarch Airlines, have undergone a similar process, with collaboration between CTC Aviation and flybe and BA to help find new flying opportunities. These pilots will either have to complete an ‘Operator Conversion Course’ (OCC) if they are remaining on the same aircraft type, or a further type rating course if they are changing aircraft type.
Mike Redrupp, Chief Operating Officer, Airline Training for CTC Aviation, says, “We have proved to the UK CAA and the airline industry that the MPL training system is flexible enough to ride misfortunes like this and still deliver a first class airline pilot for our industry.”
Eddie Sproul, Head of Training for easyJet also commented, “I’m genuinely delighted that we’ve been able both to help the trainee pilots.” ctcaviation.com
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