Airbus A320 Type Rating: The Key to Flying Commercial Jets
As an Indian pilot looking to advance your career in the aviation industry, obtaining the Airbus A320 Type Rating is an essential step towards achieving your goals. The Indian skies are currently dominated by the Airbus 320, which has surpassed its biggest competitor, the Boeing 737, in terms of popularity and market share.
Given this significant market presence, the Airbus A320 Type Rating is an absolute must-have certification for pilots looking to fly commercial jets in the country. We understand that obtaining a Type Rating can be a significant investment, both in terms of time and money. Therefore, we strive to provide you with the best possible training experience, so that you can achieve your goals and advance your career in the aviation industry.
What is Type Rating?
Aircraft type rating is a certification that pilots need to obtain in order to fly a specific type of aircraft. Type rating training covers the unique systems, procedures, and characteristics of a particular airplane model. The certification process involves both theoretical knowledge and practical training, which includes simulator sessions and actual flight time.
Type ratings are required for pilots to operate any aircraft that exceeds a certain weight or complexity, and can only be obtained after obtaining a commercial pilot’s license. Type ratings are specific to each aircraft model, and pilots need to be re-certified periodically to ensure they stay current with any changes or updates to the aircraft’s systems.
Aircraft models differ greatly in their operation and handling performance. A pilot who is qualified to fly one type of plane, such as the Boeing 737, cannot simply switch to another model like the Airbus A328 without undergoing additional training. This necessitates obtaining a type rating for the new aircraft, which involves extensive classroom study and simulator sessions to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to safely fly the plane. The process can be time-consuming, but it is necessary to ensure the pilot has the appropriate qualifications for the specific aircraft type they will be operating.
Our A320 Type Rating program complies with DGCA regulations in India and includes both MCC and JOC training.
Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC) Course – Proficiency in Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC) is essential for commercial airliner pilots. They must understand their role during all phases of flight, including normal and abnormal operations. The MCC course teaches pilots about teamwork, decision-making, checklist usage, and mutual support. Additionally, it provides an insight into the operational framework of airline pilots.
The Multi Crew Cooperation training takes place on an A320 Fixed Base Simulator to provide a realistic understanding of aircraft systems and piloting dynamics.
Jet Orientation Course (JOC) – The Jet Orientation Course (JOC) is an ideal training program for a seamless transition from piston-engine aircraft to jet engine operations. The course focuses on developing handling skills, awareness, and understanding of the unique characteristics of jet engines to operate them efficiently.
Many airlines worldwide consider the JOC as a mandatory requirement for their selection criteria.
A 320 Type Rating Requirements
Airbus A320 TYPE RATING Program Structure
The course includes Airbus A320 Type Rating, which covers both theoretical and full flight simulator training. This is followed by Base Training, and an optional job interview preparation course.
Theory – Training aids for theoretical and practical system training are chosen based on their ability to realistically, efficiently, and effectively present the operation of individual systems. These tools include Aircraft systems, Flight Management Systems (FMS), MCC/JOC Training, Preflight Inspection Training, Cockpit Procedure Training (CPT), and others.
MCC/JOC COURSE – The Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC) course provides realistic training for operating multi-pilot, multi-engine aircraft under IFR conditions.
Practice – Training in the A320 full flight simulator includes both a fully functional cockpit replica and a static version. The simulator sessions are conducted in 4-hour intervals for two pilots, with a minimum duration of 13 days. During each session, one pilot will act as Pilot Flying and the other as non-flying Pilot. Additionally, two skill tests must be completed as part of the training.
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Why Choose Aviation Sierra?
World Class Equipment – The existing training equipment features advanced tools like 9 Full Flight Simulators (FFSs), Flight Training Devices (FTDs), Virtual Reality (VR) kits, and other similar resources.
Quality – With years of experience as airline Captains, the current pool of instructors is highly competent and fully standardized to provide top-notch training.
Flexible – We are flexible in terms of where you will study. Choose between a training center in Indonesia, Columbia and Spain.