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FAA to JAR after training in Florida

Old 31st May 2013, 19:45
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List of schools that will convert FAA ATPL to EASA ATPL?

I already have an FAA ATP and several thousand hours in Airbus and Boeing. What are the best schools in or outside the US for a conversion. The only school I'm finding that mentions high time conversions is Gulf Coast. Are there others that I am missing?
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Old 4th Jun 2013, 00:49
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Pitdweller, you really have 2 good choices in Florida...

In order of preference:
1. EASA License Exam | EASA Conversion | EASA Training - Gulf Coast Training Solutions at KFPR
Great modern up to date course material and constantly updated questions in the DB for the conversion. Busy school working out of the same building as EFT and Aviators. Great course prices too. They have a pretty good website and the instructors are always ready to answer your questions any day of the week.

2. Naples Air Center - Naples Air Center at KAPF
One of the original JAA/EASA ground schools and flight schools in the USA and still in business ! Has got a lot smaller in the last couple of years, but recently the CGI moved on and was replaced which has greatly improved the atmosphere of the school. Materials are ok I hear, question bank and support for Distance learning still seems lacking from reports.

Contact both and sound them out, your impression by calling and talking will help you seal the deal everyone has a different viewpoint on these 2 schools, they both produce passes for their students.
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If you are a high time pilot looking to do a conversion, and you have over 500 hours on multi pilot airplanes, then you should be looking for somewhere where you can do your 14 exams and find a simulator in Europe of the same airplane in which you are type rated. Lots of guys have been going to Bristol Groundschool for these types of conversions for the theory. There are also some other choices around.

As far as NAC, I would stay away.
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I went the Florida route many years ago (also from IRL) so any information from my experience is well and truly out of date. All of the advice that you have received from other posters, good as I'm sure all of it is, relates to training and licensing etc.

I would advise you, before you do anything else, to go and have a class 1 medical conducted just to ensure that there are no issues lurking there to trip you up.

It would be a great shame to to invest a lot of time, effort and money in pursuing your dream only to discover that you couldn't fulfil your ambition anyway.

Other than that, assuming that you get to a flight school one day, keep a sharp eye on what you are being charged for. Sadly there are a lot of shysters and thieves out there who would steal the eyes out of your head in an instant. If they know you are monitoring them you should be okay.

I wish you all the best. From one whose dream became reality.
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