Multi-crew cooperation (MCC) training lets you take part in a multi-crew operation.
It gives you the knowledge and skills to do pilot-in-command or co-pilot duties, whether flying or monitoring.
The training is not for a particular type of aircraft – you can do it for helicopter or aeroplane.
A multi-crew operation is where:
- the aircraft is certificated for operation by a crew of at least 2 pilots (a multi-crew aircraft)
- a crew of at least 2 pilots must operate the aircraft under the regulations.
Who should do MCC training
You must do multi-crew cooperation training if you want to get:
- an air transport pilot licence (ATPL)
- a multi-crew pilot licence (MPL)
- a multi-crew aircraft type rating.
We recommend you do the MCC training before you start the aircraft type training.
Having a multi-crew type rating does not let you fly in a single-pilot type certificated aircraft unless you are also type-rated to fly it single-pilot.
Note: pilots who work for regular public transport may be exempt from completing a separate training course and instead may require a rating and 50 hours of experience. Further information is at CASA EX106/21 Flight crew licensing.
Where to do MCC training
You can do MCC training with:
- flight training operators who hold a Part 142 certificate
- current Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) holders conducting MCC-equivalent training.
If you're upgrading from a commercial pilot licence (CPL), you will do the MCC training as part of your upgrade to command.
If you have an ATPL, you can fly in multi-crew operations, even if you have no multi-crew operational experience. The training during your type rating ensures you're competent.
MCC training format
MCC training covers:
- knowledge of ATPL human factors
- practical experience in managing flight during multi-crew operations.
Details of what's in the training are in Part 61 Manual of Standards (MOS), Appendix B.3.
It includes classroom learning and practical training in a suitable flight simulation training device.
After the training
When you finish the training, your training provider will give you a course completion certificate.
Show that certificate to the flight examiner if you are doing a flight test for:
- an ATPL
- an MPL
- your first multi-crew type rating.
Regulations for multi-crew operations
The rules for multi-crew operations are in these sections of Part 61 of CASR Flight crew licencing:
- Regulation 61.510 – limitations on exercise of privileges of private pilot licences – multi-crew operations
- Regulation 61.575 – limitations on exercise of privileges of commercial pilot licences – multi-crew operations
- Regulation 61.655 – requirements for grant of multi-crew pilot licences
- Regulation 61.700 – requirements for grant of air transport pilot licences
- Regulation 61.785 – limitations on exercise of privileges of pilot type ratings – single-pilot operation and multi-crew operations
- Regulation 61.822 – removal of type rating condition about acting as pilot in command
- Regulation 61.845 – requirements for grant of cruise relief type ratings
- Regulation 202.266 – removal of conditions on certain continued authorisations
- Regulation 202.268 – removal of limitation on exercises of privileges of private or commercial pilot licences – multi-crew operations.