LUSA has been training for MPL certificate since 2008. Between 2008 and 2012 we had an annual admission of 12 students per year but since the Swedish National Agency for Higher Vocational Education overtook the responsibility for pilot education in Sweden 2013, LUSA has been able to accept 20 students per year.
There are required knowledge in some courses from upper secondary school; Swedish, English, Mathematics and Physics, but most of the selection is done with aptitude tests, test for ability to co-operate and interviews. The airlines that LUSA cooperates with; Norwegian Air Shuttle and SAS, is deeply involved in the selection through their participation in the management group of the MPL program. We call these airlines our “Host airlines”.
The overall objective of the LUSA MPL(A) course is to train inexperienced student pilots to the level of proficiency necessary to enable them to operate as co-pilot on multi-pilot, multi-engine airplanes in commercial air transportation and to obtain the MPL(A) in compliance with regulations stated in EASA Part - FCL.
Our students are from the first flight trained in a modern environment with; primary flight display, multi-function display and even a side stick.
The students have 150 hours of training in 737 simulators and even more in 737 paper tigers and 737 OTD (other training devices) before the base training (touch and go landings). Instrument training is often done in real IMC and not simulated under a hood.
Beyond EASA requirements our students also read subjects as Aviation Management, Human Factors and for five weeks they write a thesis concerning an aeronautical science subject, either individually or two by two.
The Performance Triangle
One of LUSA training models is “The Performance Triangle”:
The opportunity to work with some of Sweden’s most talented and socially competent students, deepens the dedication of the LUSA instructors and all other employees in our institution. We encourage our very competent instructors to teach both a theory subject and give flying lessons, to alter their frames and broadening their understanding for the student’s situation.