Cameo: Australia leads the way with multi-crew pilot licence
Australia leads the way with the multi-crew pilot licence
Australia was one of the first countries to train pilots to exercise the privileges of the multi-crew pilot licence that was introduced by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in 2006. The licence allows a pilot to exercise the privileges of a co-pilot in commercial air transportation on multi-crew aeroplanes. New methods to train pilots directly for co-pilot duties had to be developed, tested and approved by ICAO.
In December 2008 the first six students to undertake multi-crew pilot licence training in Australia completed their course and passed practical flying assessments. The six cadets, from China Eastern and Xiamen airlines, had been studying with Alteon in Brisbane since March 2007.
The six students were assessed as exhibiting skills equivalent to and in some cases beyond what would normally be expected of pilots with similar experience trained under conventional training methods. Their success indicates that the transference of skills from the simulator to the aircraft is achievable through the multi-crew pilot licence training process.
Throughout their training, the students were closely monitored by CASA and a team of industry experts, because the licence type is new to the Australian regulatory environment. Their progress within their host airlines will continue to be tracked to evaluate the longer term success of the new training method.