Australia's CASA completes regulatory frame-work for MPL

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Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has completed and implemented the regulatory frame-work for multi-crew pilot license (MPL) courses, which means Australia is now one of the few countries in the world offering such courses.

A CASA spokesman in Canberra says the regulatory frame-work for MPL courses was completed and implemented on 18 December.

He says it is the result of two years consultation with the aviation industry and a highly successful trial course that Alteon Training did involving six students from China.

They did their MPL course in Queensland and then had their final assessment, where they flew a Boeing 737, in China.

The industry consultation involved speaking to representatives from airlines, pilots unions in Australia and training organisations, says the spokesman.

He was unable to say when the mext MPL course will take place in Australia but says it is likely to be for foreign students because no Australian airlines have expressed an interest so far.

MPL courses are designed specifically to train students to work as commercial pilots.

Many training organisations around the world have announced plans to offer MPL courses.

But so far very few have actually launched these courses because the schools are waiting on their country's civil aviation regulators to formulate the regulations.