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Advantages and Disadvantages to the aviation industry


- Direct training for co-pilot duties.
- Training starts in a multi-crew environment.
- Crew Resource Management and Threat Error Management are core foundations of the MPL Syllabus.
- Does not dictate high number of solo flight hours on small aircrafts like the current CPL/MEIR system.
- Flight Training Organisations and airlines must be well-linked and cooperative to develop this new license.
- Airline and aircraft-specific training, therefore, training is more relevant.
- Greater levels of standardisation for pilot training worldwide.
- Trainees can have their early experiences, and make their initial errors, in a safe and controlled environment.


- Cannot fly solo until sufficient hours are met on single-engine aircrafts.
- Could be a real threat to safety as it is radically different from the current and established standard of training.
- Actual flying hours are reduced by 50% under the MPL license compared to CPL/MEIR.
- There are accusations that this license, MPL, was driven mainly for economic interests.
- There are doubts whether trainees will really learn flying in an environment where there is no danger to life, for example; simulators.
- Simulators may not be able to replace real-life Air Traffic Control (ATC) environment.

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