Of course, they would still not be able to be the pilot in command of a small Cessna - unless they had a private pilot's license.
The MPL program has been embraced by a number of airlines and regulatory bodies, but not by the FAA. So don't expect to see pilots with MPL certificates as first officers in U.S. jetliners any time soon.
The six cadets now in training in Australia should be flying in the right seat with their respective airlines in China by next summer.
Carbary receives frequent updates on their progress.
"There are a lot of people looking at what we can do to ensure a faster flow of competent, dependable pilots," Carbary said. "But it is all about safety first. We are trying to provide a program that is not only equally safe (as pilot training programs today), but more safe. One accident is too many."
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The pilot shortage could put a real limit on how fast Asian and Middle Eastern airlines can grow and absorb the airliners Boeing is creating.
The training center will be fully operational by the end of 2007 with placement of a 757/767 full flight simulator to accommodate Shanghai Airlines and other regional operators.
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