Undertaking IR in Malta
Hello, I have recently found out that my company will move me from the UK to Malta in 2014. Before I move, I will have the following:
- EASA ATPL exams complete
- EASA CPL
All of the above have been undertaken/issued in the UK. I therefore need to do my EASA IR in Malta, something which I have only had to plan recently.
Now, considering plenty of people go to Spain/Poland etc, I'm assuming that in general sitting an IR in another EASA country in order to add it to my UK issued CPL should not be an issue?
However, I'm having real difficulty in establishing the exact protocols. One school in Malta has told me that I would have to sit a Maltese Class 1 medical before I can start, and quoted me the local examiner fee's for the Maltese CAA. However, when I contacted the Maltese CAA they said that a medical would not be necessary unless I'm applying for a Maltese issued EASA CPL.
Another school, Hub-Air (who I believe are based in Malta but approved by the Belgian CAA) have told me that I can conduct all of my training in Malta, but that a UK examiner would have to sit my exam. This sounds daunting, surely the costs of flying a UK examiner out to Malta could be huge, and what if the weather isn't good on test day?!
In theory, aside from the whole examiner issue, are there any other potential stumbling blocks with regards to having a Belgian CAA approved IR course applied to my UK issued CPL? One thing I noticed is that all UK schools quote a minimum of 35 hours sim time + 15 hours in the aircraft, whereas Hub-Air is quoting 35 hours sim time + 10 hours in the aircraft. Despite searching CAP 804 I cannot for the life of me find reference to minimum course hours requirements!
Any advice from others who have sat their IR in other EASA countries (whilst having a UK issued CPL) would be much appreciated.