QUOTE: You can't just sign up to sit the JAA ATPL exams
Well actually Luke SkyToddler
; that's not completely true. JAR-FCL 1.016(b) states: The holder of an ATPL(A) issued in accordance with ICAO Annex 1 who meets the 1500 hours flying experience requirements on multi-pilot airoplanes as PIC or co-pilot of Appendix 1 to JAR-FCL 1.015 may be exempted from the requirements to undergo approved training prior to undertaking the theoretical knowledge examinations and the skill test, if that licence contains a valid multi-pilot type rating for the aeroplane to be used for the ATPL(A) skill test.
The bottom line is that if you hold the ICAO ATPL and have sufficient experience, you can buy your CD or book course, study at home and pass in a flash.
One thing: despite what the prophets of doom will tell you; the JAR ATPL theory is a walk-in-the-park compared to the Oz and SA exams.
Yes; I breezed 'em, in one foul swoop.