LUSA has been teaching in accordance with the traditional ab-initio training system since 1984 but during the early 2000s a new acronym started appearing at different venues - MPL - LUSA joined the MPL-era shortly after this.
A letter of intent was signed by LUSA and SAS Flight Academy. The intention of this letter was to allow LUSA and SAS Flight Academy to share experiences and possibly develop a new form of training. This new training would integrate basic training and a type-rating for a jet air-craft. Previously there had been some jet-courses and an energy-management course but now these two would be merged.
LUSA engaged in the so called “Bologna process” to adapt and harmonize its program with other European universities. At this time LUSAs education was extended so that the final goal of training would be a Bachelor degree. The training platform was changed to MPL and to the basic courses was added courses in Aviation Management and Human Factors. MPL was implemented in ICAO but NOT merged with JAA and JAR-FCL.
The process of selecting students for the new program began as LUSA was in discussions with a group of airlines to see whom among them would join in this program. One of the major changes in MPL-training is that training must be conducted by a school and co-operating airline. LUSA created the term “host-airline” for referring to the co-operating airline and today this word is used worldwide. During the end of 2007 the JAA approved MPL as a training platform but it would still need the approval of the Swedish authorities for adoption into the Swedish rule-set.
Course start for TFHS08 was set for 14-04-2008 in the days running up to this date contracts where finally signed between LUSA and the two host airlines Skyways and Sterling. These airlines where the first to become host-airlines for MPL training in Sweden through LUSA. Six students were assigned to Skyways and eight were assigned to Sterling. These students would train in the Fokker 50 and Boeing 737 respectively. The flight-training program itself totaled 270 hours of combined real and simulated flight. On the first of September MPL training according to the JAR-FCL concept was finally approved by the Swedish authorities for use at LUSA. In October Sterling underwent bankruptcy and its partnership with LUSA was ended. After a brief search a new host-airline was found and signed to the MPL program. The new host-airline was City Airline based in Gothenburg and the new aircraft would was the Embraer 135/145.
On the 25th of May the second MPL course joined LUSA - TFHS09. 12 brand new students were divided into two groups. Six to the JZ (Skyways) and the other six to the CF (City Airline) team. TFHS08 started their third part of training, simulator training, on two different aircrafts the Fokker 50 and the Boeing 737. This was a new era for LUSA as we began training students in jet aircrafts.
The first skill test in Sweden and at LUSA came to fruition and after 10 years of hard work the first students with the new MPL (restricted) license were graduated from LUSA. The involved parties were overjoyed with the end results and the students of TFHS08 began their aircraft training immediately. First 12 touch and go landings and then line training at their respective Host Airline ending with a full MPL (unrestricted) license. At the same time in the beginning of June TFHS10 started their journey, 12 new students eager and curious to see what their future held.