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Old 19th Aug 2018, 01:39
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US to Australia

Hello all,

Im a current Regional FO here in the US. Iím basically your standard regional FO...

ATP
2500tt
4 Types
Masters Degree

I have always wanted to live and work in Australia. With the influx of Australian pilots here in the US, it got me wondering if there is opportunity from here to there? Are any of the mainline operators considering someone like me?
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Old 19th Aug 2018, 16:10
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If you have been living in USA all your life don't bother considering a move to Australia. You would be use to living free and living life. Australia has become a remote socialist Island in the South West Pacific over the last decade all aspects of your life fully controlled by the government. Stay here with the winners in the land of the free.....
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Old 19th Aug 2018, 17:22
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Thanks for your reply. I am aware of the cultural climate and political stance of Australia. I would still love the opportunity to work and live there. I specifically would love to live in Queensland. If anyone has some insight into the process, Iíd love to hear.
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Old 19th Aug 2018, 21:24
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I'm sort of the opposite to you but have been in Canada for a long time and now, receive the odd job offer in the US.

Your 2500TT is not descriptive enough. In recent years, its not uncommon to have 2,500 hours thats 2,300 hrs of co-pilot time. It's that command time anywhere that will land you the job anywhere.

As I understand it, is very easy converting from US to Australian. The exams you have to do are relatively simple. Your FAA medical is not good in Australia. Interestingly, Canada does allow FAA medicals to be used for the basis of a Canadian medical certificate.

If you are looking for a "change" there are plenty of jobs in Canada and its a very easy process to work in Canada.
For you, its a written job offer and a $59 fee when you cross any major border crossing.

You mention you have two type ratings, those might be worth more than their weight in gold. You might even end up
with a hiring bonus. I can think of several Canadian operators that place a bounty on a current PPC.

The divisiveness you see in the USA is also spreading like a virus. Unfortunately, Australian Government branches are notoriously inefficient and have outrageous charges compared to what you are used to in the US.

CASA as it is called, is right up there when it comes to fees, and its ability to raise "cost recoveries" from an ever shrinking number of payers, while rewriting their books in a jargon that only they and their ever increasing number of lawyers are able to comprehend.

You will see similar numbers, Part 61, part 91 etc,don't believe a word you see up front, just wait till you get into their barrel of eels and try and comprehend what ever you are looking for. They use their own language, that just happens to be entirely different to everywhere else in the world.

Now Queensland. You can't go wrong starting in Cairns. That's next to the Great Barrier Reef, and if you want a place to start, that's were you can land on an international flight. There are lots of jobs, start at the AFAP web site, look back at all the old posts and build a directory.

Do not expect responses while you are overseas. Operators receive so many overseas resumes that 99.9% of the time, the resume is just trashed.
Its just not taken seriously. They are used to 99% of the resumes from overseas as being from insufficiently qualified persons without the right to work in Australia.

Coming from the USA is entirely different. Operators who would call you immediately if you were in Australia, are likely to just ignore it as a a 'foreign resume". I'd say that there might be a few rare exceptions.


Odds are you will need to be in Australia, Australian medical in hand, exams written, get to know some operators and then apply for your security card that appears to be a prerequisite.



You did not mention your type ratings. Obviously any operator with those aircraft will be very interested in reading your CV. You probably know them by now.

The easiest way unfortunately is to just buy a ticket for the next time you have a few weeks off and go visit for a start and everything will fall into place.

Just bring a big stick, you will find your accent a real magnet for the women.
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Old 19th Aug 2018, 21:38
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Thanks for taking the time to respond. Iím typed in the following

EMB-120
Convair 580/5800
ERJ 170/190

Im trying to dig through the regulations, but like you said, they are not exactly straight forward. Also, I know companies here in the States will assist with the process, so I didnít know if that was the same for Australian operators.
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Old 19th Aug 2018, 22:43
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Originally Posted by 4 Holer View Post
If you have been living in USA all your life don't bother considering a move to Australia. You would be use to living free and living life. Australia has become a remote socialist Island in the South West Pacific over the last decade all aspects of your life fully controlled by the government. Stay here with the winners in the land of the free.....
I don't think you know what socialist means.
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Old 19th Aug 2018, 23:06
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Originally Posted by Stardoggas View Post
I don't think you know what socialist means.
Apparently in this case it means decent healthcare for everyone. Literally Stalin.
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Old 20th Aug 2018, 00:23
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Originally Posted by Stardoggas View Post
I don't think you know what socialist means.
Heís probably just confusing Oz with NZ, not uncommon for our US friends. A Down Under blunder mars San Diego Zoo's Walkabout Australia opening - The San Diego Union-Tribune
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