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Is there hope for Africa trained pilots ?

Old 25th Jun 2021, 14:05
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Is there hope for Africa trained pilots ?

Why do most job offers even in africa require EASA or FAA ? This really frustrating for people with local licenses
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Old 26th Jun 2021, 01:10
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FAA and EASA are internationally recognised standard, where some countries standards are how well the person is connected, not their skill level.
Quite often the standard is also dictated by the insurer.
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Old 4th Jul 2021, 09:06
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If an US or UK tour company hires an air operator to fly its clients to safari lodges or anywhere else it is “duty of care” to make sure that pilots are trained to recognized standards and aircraft maintained likewise. In the same way safari guides and even kitchen staff have to be trained, injuring tourists causes a great deal of paperwork and cost.
If a tourist hires a local tour operator it is his own responsibility, there are many incidents involving local unregulated operators not particularly aviation, river tours and canoes quite often.

If your goal is a commercial pilot the only way is FAA or EASA, currently there is a large surplus of qualified pilots, it’s a long haul for local guys.
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Old 4th Jul 2021, 12:03
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Itís still relatively easy to get an ICAO CPL converted to a FAA CPL (IR-ME if required).
Lower cost and less convoluted then EASA.
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Old 11th Jul 2021, 19:49
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Last time i checked to convert my license to an FAA CPL was about $30k
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Old 12th Jul 2021, 14:45
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yeah, that can’t be right. Mate of mine is with IAS in Miami. They charge $12K for an ATP conversion, which includes a type rating. That doesn’t include accommodation and food, so perhaps you shouldn’t drink so much?😊
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Old 4th Aug 2021, 06:58
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It's a real struggle for pilots trained in Africa (maybe excluding SA pilots). In countries like Kenya for example there is a lot of racial, tribal, and religious bias.
Getting work is extremely difficult for some while others breeze through climbing the ranks. Add to that the ICAO license holds less value and most jobs require FAA or EASA.
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Old 5th Aug 2021, 00:20
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Really? Who quoted that? Unless you need to build hours to 250 it should be a CPL check ride in a single as long as you have the required x country and PIC you can attempt the skills test whenever your instructor thinks your ready. A few hours dual in FAA airspace should be enough to get you familiar with procedures and the few FAA maneuvers required for the check ride.

The IR with multi add on should be around 10k USD. Test fees and some ground school for the CPL exam and oral prep should cost 2-3k USD.

Even adding 5k for accommodation, flight etc it should be less than 20k USD. Even adding 50 hours time building will only be another 6k.
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Old 17th Aug 2021, 14:30
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Who in Nigeria has asked you for FAA/EASA? I'm in Nigeria and the operators I know prefer NCAT or Ilorin trained.
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