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If you meet the min. experience requirements for an FAA ATP you could do that instead. Only a single exam & flight test to get privileges that match CPL + IR. No minimum training required either although I'd strongly recommend some time with a US instructor to familiarise yourself with how things are done here.
No matter what you do, if it's your 1st US certificate you'll have to jump through the TSA insecurity bullshit.
Everything has been answered satisfactorily already just a couple of details;
15 hours of mandatory training
There is NO training requirement but teh 3 hrs for a check ride sign off; however it generally takes about 15 hrs (10 flights or so) to get somebody with a "fresh" European IR proficient to pass a IR cehckride in teh US. Not because they can't fly Instruments but to:
get familiar with local airports
get familiar with the approaches likely to be flown
get proficient in GPS approaches (if the aircraft has an IFR approved GPS)
get familiar with radio communications and local procedures
The three hours training for CPL and the three hours for IR with an FAA CFII and then sit the two check rides with a DPE
Very unlikely; the FAA CPL SE consists of manuevers which are not flown in Europa-land, neither for the PPL nor for the CPL. To gain proficiency in these maneuvers will take at the very least 6-8 hrs (4-6 flights) On top of that the applicant needs to meet the requirements of 61.129 which have recently changed. Ten hours of Instrument training is now required but that can be completed simulataneously with the average 15 hrs of instrument training. Dual day and dual night cross countries need to be completed with an FAA authorized instructor (read an FAA certificated instructor) for another 2 hrs each. In total you need to expect about 15 hrs for the IR and another 15 hrs for the CPL SE.
In total you need to expect about 15 hrs for the IR and another 15 hrs for the CPL SE.
Depends on your prior experience and currency. I quoted what the minimum requirements are in accordance with the rules.
I have seen plenty of people do it in those minima. The FAA specific manoeuvres are not difficult to master for a current commercial pilot and neither is the Instrument side. US charts are not rocket science and for those of us flying around Europe we have a pretty good exposure to constantly differing charts....
Of course if you have an interest in selling someone a 'conversion' course you will naturally have a differing opinion......
I quoted what the minimum requirements are in accordance with the rules
No you didn't and why do you make it appear like a FAA CFI will sign you off after 3 hrs. regardless? You think we have no standards? That every DPE is Santa Claus? 9 out of 10
JAA CPL, ME, IR holder
wouldn't even make it through an oral exam if it is conducted the way it should be.
What I stated earlier is based on my personal experience. European pilots are not as good as they think they are. So you fly an exam route on your CPL that you have practiced with your FI several times before...impressive
I'd strongly recommend some time with a US instructor to familiarize yourself with how things are done here.
That's about the most sensible thing stated here. There's are reason why I rarely post in this sub forum, we've just seen it To the original poster: If you would like info send a PM, otherwise good luck on your conversion and let us know how everything went.