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First post - another wannabe

Old 12th Jan 2005, 14:44
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Question First post - another wannabe

Good day folks,

This is my first post and I'll try not to make you yawn reading this.
Pardon me asking obvious questions, but here it goes.

I'm a 33 years old executive with a big international company in Europe.
I started flying gliders at the age of 16 and then had to quit having logged 100 hours for numerous reasons.
4 years ago I did my PPL in the US and since then I've been flying now and then (not as often as I would like to frankly speaking).
I have no doubt what I want to do for a living really and I am getting to the point of jumping into water with it.

I would be grateful for your advice on specific points. First of all the money is no issue. I have both a job and a business that brings me constant monthly inflow of money. I can spend 100K euros to do it right and fast.
Since I'm a citizen of European Community country I do not have an option of getting a flying job in the US, so I am talking about getting my JAA ratings.

My original idea of doing it was to join an integrated course, such as InterCockpit in Germany doing english speaking courses, yet having network of people in the industry for the potential employemnt once qualified. This would take up to 18 months and get me JAA CPL MEL with IR. Having that behind a belt I was thinking about going to fly for these guys: www.eaglejet.net who offer paid hours building in the US.
Having logged 500 hours I was thinking about returning to Europe and seeking employment with European carriers.

I would like to ask for your knowledgeable input on this idea, if it is naive on my side to think it works please say so.
I would also like to know which of the European integrated courses would be recommended for a person with a FAA PPL that offer the best value for money in the shortest possible time.
Or is it better to go for the US based course offering JAA ratings?

Thank you very much in anticipation for your comments

Dom Buszek
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Old 13th Jan 2005, 20:20
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There aren't many people on this forum with experience that is directly relevant to the route you wish to take, so advice may be difficult to come by - the vast majority here are UK-based. However, I recommend you try a search here on any organisation you wish to consider; there'll be some little tidbits of information here somewhere! I don't think there's anything wrong with your basic plan; many others have gone much the same way in the past.

For some light bedtime reading, have a look at the threads linked to within the Archive Thread .

All the best

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Old 14th Jan 2005, 09:24
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Thank you very much for your comments,

I'll do some more search throughout the forums.

Thanks

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