I have difficulty finding information pertaining to becoming an airline pilot in the EU from the US. My background is a US military C-130 pilot with no prior civilian flying time. I'm currently still serving out my commitment to the military, but am seriously interested in moving abroad permanently to the EU and flying there. By the time I'm able to move, I will have my instrument rating, multi-engine land, and ATP licenses with about 2000-2500 practically all multi-engine. I understand that it can be difficult on the citizenship side and getting a work visa, but what I'm in the dark about is how my certifications will transfer over (if at all) and what would need to be done to make this a reality. I don't have a specific country in mind at the moment. Any help is very welcome and thank you in advance for the advice/info!
Starlionblue wrote:Typically the EASA ATPL exams take half a year of full time study from start to finish. And that's if you hit the books hard and keep at it. As mentioned above, they're not a trivial undertaking. It is a lot of material to cover.
Starlionblue wrote:However when I did my EASA ATPLs a few years ago there were a bunch of guys with FAA ATPs and thousands of hours of turbine command time who had to take all 14 exams because their company aircraft were registered in the EU.
If memory serves you'll be exempt from the formal lesson requirements (four weeks of classroom work) for the exams but it is probably worth doing that anyway. Makes passing way easier. I recommend Bristol Ground School but there are other good ones.
VSMUT wrote:Starlionblue wrote:Typically the EASA ATPL exams take half a year of full time study from start to finish. And that's if you hit the books hard and keep at it. As mentioned above, they're not a trivial undertaking. It is a lot of material to cover.
lineflyer wrote:Thanks for all the replies! It definitely seems that getting my citizenship/work visa is the more difficult hurdle.
Regarding the transfer of certifications, I didn't really see any mention of the need for check rides that need to be done, only that I would need to take a series of tests, am I interprating that correctly or did I miss something?
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