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Converting to JAA

heph224

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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?
 

atlcrashpad

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FAA to JAA

heph224,

It is a long and painful process. PM me and I can pass along the info I have.
 

mattpilot

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www.pprune.org is a good source for euro stuff.

I tried asking once on there, but my inquiry wasn't welcomed to much. They get a question like that every week. The search function was deactivated at the time though ;)
 

duke600

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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)
 

mattpilot

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@duke - in theory, that is correct. But i just saw that heph has "all" ratings and 1600 hours. In that case, he can skip most of the exams.
 

CDVdriver

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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:confused: 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....:D
 

duke600

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I've spoke with some people who are doing the ground school at Naples Air Center and they aren't happy with the quality of instruction / service.
 
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