Published on April 3rd, 2020 | by FII Reader


VA Enhances Support to Pilots During Pandemic

Cambridge based VA Airline Training (VA) is committed to supporting pilots in various ways during this extremely challenging period, with further service enhancements including an extension of the bursaries announced last month. VA has confirmed that an additional 24 £500 Bursaries will now be available throughout the months of April and May 2020. Pilots booking either a VA APS MCC or a Ryanair Mentored APS MCC will receive a £500 bursary to secure the course for £6,400 including VAT instead of the regular £6,900 course fee.

Announcing the extension of the APS MCC bursary offer Anthony Petteford, Managing Director of VA Airline Training said: “The current situation is difficult for everyone. We empathise with those pilots who are nearing the final phases of their training but facing flight training delays and additional financial challenges. We will do what we can to support and help them achieve their APS MCC certificate so that they are genuinely airline ready when the recovery does come.”

“VA has always put our customers first: recent examples include the simulator preparation support we provided for Thomas Cook pilots and recently updated in support of our Flybe family. This aligns with the competency refresher training we provided for each of our Ryanair APS Mentored Programme graduates when recruitment slowed last year due to the B737 MAX grounding. Our Graduate Placement Support is there for our graduates in good as well as challenging times such as these.”


VA provides additional APS MCC training free of charge during a course to ensure genuine competence and readiness for the skills test, airline selection and type rating training. During this pandemic, APS MCC graduate core skills and currency should be maintained in preparation for attending future airline assessments. Any VA APS MCC graduate who finishes an APS MCC training course after 1 March 2020 and who does not get invited to an airline simulator assessment (due to the COVID-19 circumstances) within 6 months of their course completion date, will receive individually tailored, ‘special arrangement’, competency refresher training from VA free of charge.


APS MCC course start dates may now be ‘rolled forward’ to a later date to accommodate the inevitable delays in aircraft flight training without the application of the usual administrative change fee.


VA offers four regular fee incentives, two of which have been enhanced to provide additional support at this time:

  1. ENHANCEDBIRDS OF A FEATHER: VA’s aviation industry incentive entitles those already in possession of a valid industry cabin crew or pilot (SPA) ID (or have parents who hold industry ID) to a £150 fee incentive. From 1 April 2020, this offer is now extended further to any pilot (or their parents) who is/was a member of any of our emergency services or the NHS.
  2. ENHANCED – EARLY BIRD: Pilots who pay in full at least 60 days in advance of their course start date will now receive an enhanced £250 fee incentive (increased from 1 April 2020. The previous incentive value was £150). Not applicable to Ryanair Mentored APS MCC Programme
  3. BOOK AS A PAIR*: £150 fee incentive per pilot if both book onto the same APS MCC course simultaneously. (not applicable to Ryanair Mentored APS MCC Programme)
  4. POINT A PILOT: A VA Graduate Loyalty incentive.VA Graduates may ‘point’ another pilot to complete their APS MCC with VA and both parties benefit. The ‘pointed’ pilot earns a £150 credit towards their APS MCC or future training. The ‘pointing’ VA Graduate pilot also earns a £150 credit towards an Airline Simulator Assessment Preparation session or Flight Simulator Experience.


VA has taken the responsible and safe decision to postpone their careers event planned for 4 April 2020 but will now announce a ‘virtual event’ very soon. In the interim, the company is running Q&A sessions through its social media platforms.


The VA training centre and offices are currently closed in line with UK Government advice in light of COVID-19.  However, team members are all working remotely and are available to respond to any questions or concerns both current and future customers have: +44 (0)1223  979737 or

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