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Old 16th Apr 2018, 20:17   #41 (permalink)
 
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Ok, risking creating a zombie thread, I'll chime in. Riddle is a good school in the sense that you can get a job in the aviation industry, even a non-flying one. I'm in the aviation insurance industry and about half of my company is from a Riddle campus, all pilots. At least in America, the name does open doors.

The main issue will be debt. If you can afford it, then go for it. If you do not want to pay off your student loan for the next 15 + years, do not go there. Everyone I know from Riddle has a career in aviation, flying or otherwise, but they all graduated with 100k plus debt. The ones that had rich parents who paid it off for them are doing well, since they have good careers in aviation and no debt. The ones that do not have rich parents are seeing a big chunk of their salaries go to loan payments and complain about it EVERY DAY. So, choose wisely.
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Old 16th Apr 2018, 20:53   #42 (permalink)
 
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Something (even though I doubt that the OP really cares) of a general point nobody has made yet:

First off:
Most european airlines, whether low-cost, regional, charter or major - give a s+*t about whether you have a college degree. So if you want to ONLY FLY, do your training in Europe and become a pilot. Easy as that. No need for 150k plus in student debt. Really. Get your frozen ATPL in Europe, get a job at an airline in Europe, do a degree at a non-italian uni on the side if you desire.


Secondly:
If you want to become a pilot, do so in Europe. You seem to ignore what everyone has told you already. THE US DO NOT NEED FOREIGNERS TO FILL PILOT JOBS!
Seriously. You think you're probably gonna excel at training and impress everyone. The government doesn't care. Same the other way around. European countries don't just issue work visas for American pilots over here.
If you want to work in the US, play the green card lottery, marry a girl from the States or become a professional in another field which will allow you to emigrate to the US.
It's not gonna happen, trust me!

And on a final note:
I have done both training under FAA and JAR/EASA. I hold FAA licenses and an EASA license. Regulations are different first of all, and knowledge of FARs will help you nothing in Europe and vice versa. Converting one license to the other is a royal pain in the a** and costs a lot as well.

Do you training where you want to be a pilot. If you don't want to stay in Italy, go someplace else in Europe. Do your training where you are eligible to work and live.
If you want the american college experience then go to a uni on a student visa, get a degree (way overpriced compared to Europe) and then become a pilot in Europe.

Or don't. After all. What do I care.
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Old 16th Apr 2018, 21:02   #43 (permalink)
 
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Something (even though I doubt that the OP really cares) of a general point nobody has made yet:

First off:
Most european airlines, whether low-cost, regional, charter or major - give a s+*t about whether you have a college degree. So if you want to ONLY FLY, do your training in Europe and become a pilot. Easy as that. No need for 150k plus in student debt. Really. Get your frozen ATPL in Europe, get a job at an airline in Europe, do a degree at a non-italian uni on the side if you desire.


Secondly:
If you want to become a pilot, do so in Europe. You seem to ignore what everyone has told you already. THE US DO NOT NEED FOREIGNERS TO FILL PILOT JOBS!
Seriously. You think you're probably gonna excel at training and impress everyone. The government doesn't care. Same the other way around. European countries don't just issue work visas for American pilots over here.
If you want to work in the US, play the green card lottery, marry a girl from the States or become a professional in another field which will allow you to emigrate to the US.
It's not gonna happen, trust me!

And on a final note:
I have done both training under FAA and JAR/EASA. I hold FAA licenses and an EASA license. Regulations are different first of all, and knowledge of FARs will help you nothing in Europe and vice versa. Converting one license to the other is a royal pain in the a** and costs a lot as well.

Do you training where you want to be a pilot. If you don't want to stay in Italy, go someplace else in Europe. Do your training where you are eligible to work and live.
If you want the american college experience then go to a uni on a student visa, get a degree (way overpriced compared to Europe) and then become a pilot in Europe.

Or don't. After all. What do I care.

You’re wasting your breath. You can lead a horse to water...........
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Old 17th Apr 2018, 02:18   #44 (permalink)
 
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I haven't read every reply (or the OP responses) but I get the sense the OP wants more than just flying. Florida is a good place for a young guy on several levels, not just a sunny place to get your tickets punched.

To the OP, don't be dismissive of the comments regarding legal status of working in the USA. This is not an insurmountable problem, but it transcend advise here on an aviation forum. If your young, have the money and want to get an education in the USA in a warm, friendly environment, do it. Life is more than just flying and your education is more than aviation. Go have fun, get a good education and work on either becoming legal in the USA or deciding to go else where after.
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