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Training US vs Europe

Old 3rd Nov 2005, 12:18
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Training US vs Europe

Hi

I am thinking of training to become a pilot and I am currently looking at schools in the US and Europe.

What schools could anyone recommend in the US that the big airlines hire from? Is it possible for me as a European Union citizen to work in the US afterwards?

Any schools that are recommended in Europe where the big airlines get their employees from?

I am 30 years old and I assume that it is hard for me to get a big airline to sponsor my training because of my age.

Thanks in advance
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Old 4th Nov 2005, 00:25
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The big airlines don't hire people from certain flightschools, they hire PEOPLE alone - got it?
Wow! He really kikked your a$$!

Here in the US regional airlines do hire directly from schools. Namely the Delta Academy.

My airline has hired around two hundred academy guys and they are all very compitent pilots.
A few years back we hired a large number of Perdue grads. Perdue is a large university in Indiana.

Now the kikker. You have to be a legal resident before you even think about looking for any flying job here. Read many other posts on this site regarding this subject. It's been hashed to death.

I know a girl who went through a British school and got into Air UK. This was in the early 90s though. I think it was a place called 'The British School of Flying'. But I could be wrong.

Good luck. I took my first lesson at 28. Now I'm an airline captain.
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Old 4th Nov 2005, 09:03
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Hey guys, thanks for all the information. I am old enough to take a beating. I guess it is not really a good option for an EU citizen. I am now looking at South Africa with its great weather and advantageous prices.

Cheers,

KurtW
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Old 4th Nov 2005, 09:10
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The training is easier in the US - cheaper and more space to fool around generally speaking. But that does not mean that you can work in the US automatically, which is a total different issue as posted above.

Getting an airline to pay for your training will be rather difficut in your age. If they invest the same amount in a younger person they will have a pilot for 10 years longer...

Regards, Bernhard
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