Airbus Cross Crew Qualification (CCQ)

General Information

This is a process during which a pilot who is qualified on an Airbus aircraft type can fast track his/her qualification to another Airbus aircraft type. The aforementioned process is with regards to the Airbus fly by wire family and cover type rating courses between A320, A330, A340, A350 and A380 that Airbus named Cross Crew Qualification (CCQ) and operations of more than one type named Mixed Fleet Flying (MFF).

Note: Dento ATO is currently approved to deliver CCQ courses on the A320, A330, A340, A350 and A380 aircraft.

Prerequisites

Pilots who are entitled to commence the CCQ course on the difference aircraft must:

Be current, qualified (valid LPC) and experienced on the base aircraft.
Minimum experience on the base aircraft is 3 months and 150 hours
Pilots should have a very good knowledge of the base aircraft systems prior to commencing a CCQ course, as the training programme will only present the differences between the 2 types.

Note: Pilots not current but holding a valid LPC on the base aircraft, may be eligible for a CCQ via a refresher programme.

Transition Course / CCQ Type Rating

The Airbus CCQ courses are built in accordance with ODR Tables, and are designed to transition pilots within the Airbus fly-by-wire family. A CCQ course is a course, which only addresses the differences between the base aircraft and the difference aircraft (new type). The CCQ courses are divided into the following phases, as appropriate:

Ground phase

System study is achieved by CBT (Computer Based Training) and presents only the differences between the base aircraft and the new type. At the end of the CBT the system test (CBT) is a full system test on the new type as for a standard type rating.

Simulator Phase

All items identified in the ODR tables must be trained.

Flight Phase

(Base training if applicable) or Zero flight Time Training (ZFTT) session.

Skill Test

  • If one item is failed, the candidate may retake the failed item. If the retest is not successful, then the reduced skill test is failed.
  • If more than one item is failed, then the reduced skill test is failed.
  • The pilot will then go for a remedial training followed by another reduced skill test.
  • A full skill test MUST follow 2 consecutive failures of reduced skill test.

Airbus CCQ Footprints

In view of the above Dento’s ATO TRE/SFE Course is structured as follows:

  • A320 to A330/A340

    4 days Ground Phase + 4 days combine Simulator Training, Skill Test and ZFTT.
  • A320 to A380

    8 days Ground Phase + 5 days combine Simulator Training, Skill Test and ZFTT.
  • A330/A340 to A320

    3 days Ground Phase + 4 days combine Simulator Training, Skill Test and ZFTT.
  • A330 to A340

    1 day Ground Phase + 2 days combine Simulator Training, Skill Test and ZFTT.
  • A340 to A330

    1 days Ground Phase + 1 days combine Simulator Training, Skill Test and ZFTT.
  • A330/A340 to A380

    8 days Ground Phase + 4 days combine Simulator Training, Skill Test and ZFTT.

Note: The A330 is a common Type Rating with the A350. Therefore, when a pilot gets qualified on either aircraft, the endorsement on his/her licence is A330/350. For more details you can refer to your specific a/c type rating course.

Recommendations

It is always highly recommended to have two trainees training together for a CCQ Course and with thus pilots will be practising in both the PF and PM roles.

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