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The History of the MPL

Commercial Pilot Licence and Instrument Rating

The route to becoming an airline pilot meant obtaining your Commercial Pilot Licence and Instrument Rating (CPL/IR). Not only was this a lengthy process, the format of this training, developed shortly after the Second World War, remained unchanged for over 25 years. Technology, aircraft design, and aircraft systems advanced considerably over the same period, outdating this way of training airline pilots.

The old CPL/IR was designed in an era where newly qualified commercial pilots were most likely to spend a number of years flying slower, turbo propeller aircraft, before they ever had the opportunity to fly jet aircraft. Today it is recognized that the entry level for newly-qualified airline pilots is a co-pilot on the world’s most modern, highly sophisticated and complex jet aircraft.

This led to the birth of the MPL.