I am a FAA licensed pilot and there is a possibility of me getting employement in Europe. I was wondering how long, how expensive, and how complicated it would be for me to convert all my certs and ratings?
There are some distant learning schools that you can do the stuff part time. Basically it boils down to 14 exams and a year of studying. You have to study really crazy stuff like celestial navigation and around the world flight planning using real weather.
The medical costs about $600 USD
You have to do 15 hrs every 2 years with a JAR instructor to stay current (not many JAR instructors in the US)
You may need to do all 14 written exams, that depends on how much flight time you have in planes with a MTOW of 20 metric tons I think it is.
For a conversion you also need Multi crew time.
Visit www.naplesaircenter.com this is one of the JAA approved schools in the US.
I can't recommend them for flight training but they seem to have reasonable pass rates on their ATPL groundschool.
Can't copy/paste here for some reason so click on international students, then license conversion, choose FAA ATP to JAA ATP.
The pull down menu gives you the whole thang and it ain't pretty.
It's a political game that's all it is.
I remember now why I came to the US....