MCC stands for multiple crew cooperation. This additional training is required to fly in a multipilot aircraft with crew consisting of at least 2 members.
And as the initial idea is to fly a plane consisting of 2 pilots, I had to go through this training as well… So let’s get back to school.
Starting my MCC course at GTA Madrid
I did my training at Global Aviation Training in Madrid, and my colleague and me, we were very satisfied with the high level of the training. Our instructors were highly experienced and active pilots with more than 15 years of flying experience.
In total we spent 10 days at GTA; 5 days of theoretical classes and 5 days simulator sessions in the ATR72-500. During the first 5 days we learned a lot about the ATR72-500 systems and procedures, and started to learn to work not as a single pilot, but in a team of two.
At the beginning a bit challenging, because we faced a new plane, procedures and new way of dividing tasks as a team, but it was improving with the time.
This is where it all started… ATR72-500 cockpit mock-up
Finally, after 5 days of classes, there was this “magical” moment of getting into “the pleasure room” that we were so much looking for. For the most pilots are these “dancing boxes” a real headache, because they stand there not for having fun in them, but to prove that everything that can go wrong, will go wrong, and you will have to face it.
The pleasure room
And this one was ours… ATR72-500 (Pitty that it wouldn’t fix in my garage lol)
ATR72-500 FFS at GTA Madrid
The cockpit is identical with a real plane:
Approaching Tenerife North in the simulator
ATR72-500 FFS Cockpit
EADI and EHSI ATR72-500
Marshaller in the simulator
One of the highlights was a simulation of an emergency descent after a cabin decompression, using oxygen masks. I have to say, something I haven’t done before; and definitely very interesting.
After an emergency descent drill…
After 10 days of hard work and studying, we are done! 😀
MCC Course done!
In the free time, we have also visited the other 2 simulators; which are new and have a far better visual graphics (however it doesn’ matter, because most of the time we were flying in IMC conditions with no views…). In addition to the FFS ATR72-600 and Boeing 737NG, there is another FNPT II simulator of an Airbus A320. Of course, I had to capture these moments:
Boeing 737NG FFS at GTA Madrid
FNPT II Airbus A320
ATR72-600 FFS at GTA Madrid
And it was a pitty that it didn’t work out to try the slide of the A320. Maybe for the next time!
Safe landings! 😀
Emergency slide A320