CAE ab initio training programmes are designed to address the broad range of licensing needs found across commercial aviation. They are developed for and with leading airlines and regional carriers around the globe. Choosing the right programme path for you is an important first step towards becoming a commercial airline pilot.

Commercial Pilot License (CPL)

CAE offers several CPL programmes, each one designed to prepare you to become a professional airline pilot. Each programme meets the syllabus standards required for licensing as set by the appropriate regulatory agency, as well as the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO).  Upon successful completion, you will have obtained a Commercial Pilot License (CPL) with Instrument Rating (IR) and Multi-Engine Rating (ME).

Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL)

Our flagship ATPL course in Europe takes students with little or no previous flying experience to a 'frozen ATPL' in approximately 18 months.  This prepares one to be eligible to work as a First Officer with an airline, once specific aircraft type training has been completed, and dependent on the national minimum hour entry requirements. In many of today’s fast growing airlines, once you have gained 1,500 hours’ experience, your ATPL becomes 'unfrozen' and you are then eligible to be considered by your employer airline for promotion to Captain.

Multi-crew Pilot License (MPL)

Each MPL course is bespoke to a partner airline and designed for a specific aircraft type. Training incorporate airline specific Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) from an early stage, with airlines mentoring pre-selected cadets through a customized course, then on to type, base and line training on a specific aircraft. Taking about 18 months to achieve license issue, line training and employment with the mentoring airline then commences.

Differences between ATPL, CPL & MPL

ATPL, CPL & MPL: ATPL and CPL can be achieved following an integrated or a modular route. An MPL is only available in the Integrated or “full-time” option.

An MPL prepares you for guaranteed employment with one specific airline after graduation. An ATPL or CPL may not come with a secure airline job immediately after graduation, unless it is an airline specific programme or ‘cadetship’.   However, it gives you the opportunity to job search amongst multiple airlines.

As an MPL prepares you for the first officer position with one specific airline, it includes a type rating on a specific aircraft platform operated by the mentoring airline. An ATPL does not always include a type rating. Because an MPL includes a type rating, it typically requires a greater initial investment when compared to an ATPL.  However, it should be noted that with an ATPL, the cost of your type rating is not eliminated, but is simply deferred to when you land your first airline job.

Other training courses

CAE primarily specialises in training new pilots from zero experience to CPL/ATPL / MPL level. To complement this core training, CAE also offers a range of training courses to enhance cadets’ skills and qualifications for their chosen pilot career. This training can range from the enhancement of jet handling skills to qualification as a flight instructor.

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