Tell us about your time at LUSA so far..
We have been here for one and a half year now and it has been a great time, full of new experiences and learnings.
After completing the ”Core” phase, which basically includes the PPL training, an exciting ”Upset Recovery Training” in the Bulldog and the ATPL theory, we are now in the last stage of the next phase called ”Basic”.
The ”Basic” phase starts with instrument flying which is mostly done in our Cirrus SR-20 aircraft and in the Beech B200 simulator. As the training progress an increased focus is put on acting as a professional pilot in a multi-crew environment. The ”Basic” phase ends with a Multi Crew Cooperation (MCC) course and instrument flying in the multi-engined Piper PA-31.
As MPL students we think the close collaboration with the airline industry is good, not only for our flying skills but also for our general knowledge of the industry since we get to see many sides of it. At our first days at LUSA we were assigned to a host airline at which we in the last phase of our flight training will accomplish the line training before graduation. We think that it is a great advantage to get some ”right-seat time” on a Boeing 737NG already in flight school!
At the moment we are undergoing the second LIA (”Lärande i Arbetet”) period at Entry Point North, an air traffic control school located at Malmö Sturup airport. Next week we will be back in Ljungbyhed to commence the MCC (Multi Crew Cooperation) course which will be conducted in our new fixed base Boeing 737NG simulator.
What is your thoughts on the MPL?
The MPL is a new mindset in pilot training. We have identified a number of strengths in the training syllabi. First of all the education is competency-based with a focus on relevant knowledge and skills required by an airline pilot.
Early in training process we experienced that we are trained to be pilots in commercial multi-crew operations. By involving Threat- and Error Management (TEM) in all exercises we learn how to work in a proactive way to avoid potential dangers and keep a positive safety culture. As a part of the safety philisophy we have to undergo an Upset Recovery Training (UPRT) which involves advanced flying at abnormal attitudes. The UPRT was conducted in the former airforce Scottish Aviation Bulldog trainer and was instructed by retired airforce pilots. This was very appreciated by all students! It is also very appreciated among the students that most of the instructors at LUSA are former pilots from major airlines with years of experience which influence the teaching practice.
We also think that one of the big advantages of the MPL is the possibility to get experience as a first officer on the Boeing 737NG as a part of the training concept. This also enables us to get a professional network in the industry and an increased competitiveness in the future.
With the competence gained at LUSA what is your thoughts on your future career as an airline pilot?
We get to fly a wide range of different aircraft. Initially our single engine Cirrus aircraft are used before we move on to bigger and more complex systems like the Piper PA-31 and the Boeing 737NG simulator. This will hopefully prepare us well for the final phase which includes the type rating and line training with our host airlines (SAS, Primera Air and Norwegian).
As mentioned before the continuous cooperation and practice with the industry enables us to network and get relevant experience that we think is valuable for our future career.
Now we both are looking forward for an intense and exciting time in the B737 NG simulator and especially the line training at our host airline Primera Air the coming year.