A320 Type Rating


What is an A320 Type Rating?  Or for that matter a Type Rating on any aircraft.

It is a qualification that all Civil Aviation Authorities require you to complete before you may fly a complex type of aircraft or helicopter.

Unlike light aircraft where you would complete a Class Rating and then be qualified to fly a group of similar planes, the Type Rating goes into far more depth depending on the complexity of the aircrafts systems and flying characteristics.

The Type Rating would take the form of an element of Ground School, Fixed Base simulator training and then Full Flight simulator training on very sophisticated level D devices. The final requirement would be to actually fly six touch and go’s in the form of six circuits. Once all the required training has taken place with an approved TRTO (Type Rating Training Organisation) then the aircraft rating is issued onto the candidate’s professional flying licence.

To qualify for the A320 type rating course with our or any UK TRTO you would have had to have completed either a Modular or Integrated frozen ATPL (Airline Transport Pilots Licence) course with a JAA (Joint Airworthiness Authority) flying school or otherwise known as an FTO (Flight Training Organisation)


The requirements needed are:

a) Copy of your Passport
b) Passport Size Photograph
c) Copy of your Pilot’s Licence
d) Current ME/IR. (Multi Engine Rating and Multi Engine Instrument Rating)
d) Copy of your current Class 1 Medical
e) Copy of your MCC certificate
f) Copy of your ATPL theory subjects passed
g) 70 hours pilot in command


If you have completed a Modular Course and do not possess an MCC (Multi Crew Cooperation Course) then we are able to complete a combined MCC A320 Type Rating Course for you. This would consist of several extra days Ground School and two more simulator sessions on the A320 simulator. The Type Rating would follow as part of our course.

The Ground School footprint for our particular course is fourteen (14) working days. This will include CBT (Computer Based Training) on the A320 systems. A qualified TRI (Type Rating Instructor) will be on hand at all times to answer any questions and conduct instructor led tutorials. The TRI will also take two (2) trainees as a crew through ECAM  (Electronic Centralised Aircraft Monitoring) training and FMGS (Flight Management Guidance System) training either using classroom based training devices or a specialist Flat Screen Trainer. Fixed Base simulator training will also pay dividends before the full flight phase to cover cockpit flows and SOP’s (Standard Operating Procedures)

We include thirty six (36) hours of Full Flight simulator training in four (4) hour sessions with a one and half hour briefing before and a one (1) hour de-brief after the detail. You will always be paired with a simulator partner, usually a pilot of similar experience but sometimes its possible to train a constituted crew, in other words a Captain and a First Officer. This is ideal as you remain in the correct seat for all you training.

Session ten (10) in our syllabus is the LST (Licence Skills Test), this is conducted by a TRE (Type Rating Examiner) and he/she will put you through a set of mandatory items to check you have the correct level of skill to be issued with the A320 Type Rating by the CAA.

The Base Training or Airborne Training is conducted on the actual aircraft with no passengers on board. This is six (6) take offs and six landings. We use a UK airline to conduct this as well as a continental airline. The instructor that conducts this training is a TRI (A).

When the syllabus is complete to the required standard we at the TRTO issue a Course Completion Certificate, several CAA forms filled out and signed and payment to the CAA then your A320 rating is issued.

The next step is to secure Line Flying, which we can go into more detail on another page.

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