The Spanish Civil Aviation Authority (AESA) has granted approval for the delivery of Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL) training by FTEJerez to two UK based airlines, BA CityFlyer and Flybe.
The approval is historic in the sense that it is the first time that an approval for MPL airline pilot training has been issued within the framework of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), whereby the training is conducted under the supervision of a European Community member state different to that one where the partner airline is operating. Line training after licence issue will be conducted under the authority of the UK CAA. This is also the first MPL approval issue by AESA.
In terms of the approval FTEJerez will conduct Phases 1-3 of the BACF and Flybe MPL training at its campus in Jerez de la Frontera with the final phase, comprehensive of the type rating, being done in the UK under supervision of the Spanish Civil Aviation Authority. The operational line training after MPL licence issue will be supervised by the UK CAA.
In 2009 FTEJerez became the first Flight Training Organisation to receive UK CAA approval to conduct MPL training, at the time for Flybe. Since then the academy has trained numerous MPL cadet pilot groups for both Flybe and BA CityFlyer.