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I am hoping that there is someone out there can shed some light on me.
I have just recieved a phone call from an airline operator in Europe asking me to come and start ASAP, once I have obtained my 737/400 type rating. I currently hold an Australian CPL & IR(multi) with 250hrs, and have just been to europe and obtained a CPL & IR(multi) from there as well, but this country was not a part of the JAA, and has just recently joined with them.
This is my first job offer but I must obtain this endorsement quickly in order to start with this new charter company. I have been told that SABENA Air was an ideal place to obtain the training, not sure!!. Can anyone shed any light on this also. Maybe someone else can suggest somewhere else where I can do it properly and quickly.
My other concern is once I obtain my type rating will this be difficult for the JAA to recognise, as I hold an Australian CPL and a non JAA European CPL.
I am thrilled about this offer and hope that everything goes well, because I have encounted alot of big hurdles in the past to get to this level. I just want my dream to come true, and continue flying.
I would gladly appreciate your veiws and comments on this topic. Please email me if you have any futher information to share with me.
I hope this all works out for you but be very, very careful.
All very well for the airline to say we will give you a job once you have forked out a shed load of money from your own pocket. A day is a long time in aviation. Have they given you a contract? Even then you should talk it over with a local lawyer. Would not like to see you out of pocket with no job.
I'm sure others can comment on good places to get your rating. Good luck.
Oleo, thanks for the comments, but no they have not given any such thing as contract. All I have recieved is a written letter from them that they will consider my application upon successful completion of the 737/400 course, and that they were interested in offering me a first officers position.
Just to confirm I rang him up tonight again, the flight ops director, and reiterated to him that was it clear that I will be definately starting with them once I obtained my type rating, he replied yes you have my word and the companies word, and that if nothing else goes wrong I will be working with them. His only concern was that he hoped there would be no beurocratical interference, otherwise he was happy for me to start.
Star5, be sure you know what you are doing because it is a lot of money to spend ie around 15 to 18 thosand pounds and if they then turn round and say that the job is no longer there you'll be in trouble. Hacving considered that British Midland run courses at decent prices don't know anymore details though and also EAC in Brussels. Good luck mate.
Thanks for the comments SAGEY & SPRINBOK 449, you have really got me thinking now, Im having second thoughts now.
Do you really think, after obtaining the 737-400 endorsement, I would be able to find employment elsewhere in europe with the amount of hours I have? Should I take my chance?
I dont want to be continually pestering the Flight ops director with phone calls asking these questions, as I think I might change his mind in considering me. He sounded honest and sincere every time I spoke to him since the last 3 months, and has kept me well informed of all the current happenings. He even went as far as appologising for being vague during that time and not giving a definate yes or no to me, but now that the company has got its AOC and green lights he was pleased to say to me that he wants me to start with the company ASAP and wanted me to commence my training ASAP and get over to Europe.
BMI used to do 737 ratings for private customers, give them a try otherwise I think your best bet would be GECAT in Crawley, they are very good and I understand pretty reasonable in price.. .Good luck , regards Bokkie449
Theres quite alot of these home built setups, but must say that this one dose not particuarly grab my attention with the exception of the only one ive seen that uses the hydraulics, Best ive seen is an a320, if i find the link ill post it.