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I am a private pilot and now a cadet at L3 Airline Academy (CTC) and future pilot of the Airbus A319/20 at easyJet.

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ATPL vs MPL

Traditionally, all pilots wishing to fly in commercial air transport would complete an ATPL (Air Transport Pilots Licence). More recently, a new licence has been available - the MPL (Multi-Pilot Licence).

Both the ATPL and MPL will secure you a job in the right hand seat of a commercial airliner - so what's the difference?

The MPL is a 'fast track' licence to a commercial airliner, and are only run in conjunction with airlines. Many airlines such as British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and easyJet offer MPL programs with partner schools such as L3 and CAE OAA.

The MPL training program replaces much of the single pilot VFR (Visual Flight Rules) flying with multi crew simulator training on the type of aircraft that will be being flown in your career.

Because of the nature of this type of course, it is often cheaper to finance than an ATPL. The traditional type rating is incorporated into the bulk of the training, and so this cost (around £30,000) is saved compared to an ATPL cadet.

I have outlined below a typical course structure for an integrated ATPL, compared to an MPL (Based on the easyJet ATPL vs MPL):

ATPL:

ATPL Theory (Ground School) -- 26 Weeks

Single Engine Flying                -- 24 Weeks

Multi Engine CPL/IR*               -- 18 Weeks

AQC/MCC**                             --  3 Weeks

Type Rating                               -- 8 Weeks

Line Training                             -- 8 Months

MPL:

ATPL Theory (Ground School) -- 26 Weeks

Single Engine Flying                -- 22 Weeks

Multi Pilot in Simulator            -- 11 Weeks

Intermediate (A320 Sim)          --  7 Weeks

Advanced (A320 Sim)               -- 4 Weeks

Line Training                             -- 10 Weeks

Limitations of the MPL licence:

The holder of an MPL licence is not entitled to the same privileges as an ATPL holder.

An MPL licence only allows holders to act as co-pilot in multi crew aircraft. It therefore does not allow holders to act as PIC (Pilot in Command) of single crew aircraft - as an ATPL allows. In addition, it does not automatically give the holder the privileges of a PPL (Private Pilots Licence) and CPL (Commercial Pilots Licence).

In order to convert an MPL to an ATPL, you must complete 1500 flying hours and complete an additional skills test.

The holder of an MPL will also be tied to the airline until he/she can convert the licence to an ATPL. This gives less flexibility - but works well if you have been offered an MPL training course with the airline you want to work for.