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Hour Building USA - (Master thread)

Old 11th Jun 2019, 18:46
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Hey, thanks!
Do you have a quote that support this say?
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Old 12th Jun 2019, 15:28
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EASA FCL - Logging of flight time
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Old 12th Jun 2019, 19:40
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Originally Posted by Zemer
Hey, thanks!
Do you have a quote that support this say?
It is the legal position of Easa. Discussed many hundreds of times on these pages.

You may accept it, or you may go and research the document for yourself, in order to reach the same conclusion.

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Old 3rd Jul 2019, 12:34
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Thanks for the in depth review. Myself and a few others have been looking at CAS and this is certainly something to bear in mind. However, I would be visiting as a fresh PPL holder therefore I would probably appreciate a little bit of guidance.

May I ask how your time was in Arizona in general? (Cost of living, vehicle rental, accommodation, any night flying?)

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Old 11th Jul 2019, 13:53
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Any recommendations on hour building school around St. Pete's Florida?
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Old 11th Jul 2019, 22:40
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Hi guys can someone recommend any flying schools or rentals in the San diego Area, im looking to do 100 hr of hour building, or if anyone has recently come back from the states can they recommend any schools excluding chandler air services..
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Old 25th Aug 2019, 16:04
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I'm interested in doing my hour building as cheaply as possible so I have been considering the US.

The problem is, I've done my PPL using a glass cockpit and will do future courses with glass cockpits too.

So, does anyone have any recommendations of places where I can hour build with a) good weather b) a reasonable price and c) a glass cockpit.

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Old 2nd Oct 2019, 19:27
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Would be great to hear an update from some of you guys on here.

Have any of you guys on here managed to get flying jobs yet?

Have any of you given up or not been considered/had much luck looking for flying jobs after gaining you fATPL?

(Hope this doesn't derail the thread if it does please let me know and I'll remove it, but please then update me in a different thread as I'm really interested to see how well you guys have done) But a lot of people on this thread will be wondering how everyone is doing also so maybe it would help everyone to share how it went/ is going for you.
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Old 29th Oct 2019, 22:31
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Could you please give some hour building fees and schools?

Flight safety!
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Old 30th Oct 2019, 17:48
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I'm curious, why so many people are looking for paid hour building in the USA instead of doing the FAA conversion and getting paid to build your hours.
I work for a flightschool that has a lot of international pilots, who work for 2 years after their training and go home with 1500h-1800h.
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Old 21st Nov 2019, 23:30
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NWhelipilot, how do you get the right to stay in the USA and work? Im guessing you have a green card?
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Old 17th Jan 2020, 07:55
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Does anyone know of a company that rents out aircraft to travel the states, either east or west coast? Would be great to build hours and see the US from the skies.

Any ideas or tips would be a great help, thanks!
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Old 23rd Jan 2020, 18:42
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Can you please elaborate more?
I just got the PPL(EASA) and I'm going to U.S one or to months to do the time building, if I wanna work there I would have to do the whole FAA program, work less than a year that's what the Visa allows, and then come back and start the EASA ATPL again.
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Old 12th Aug 2020, 12:54
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I think that guy's confused about your motivation to build hours. Most people go to the US to build time to get their CPL back in Europe. Those are the ones you pay for. Some people choose to stay and build time afterwards as a flight instructor, at which point the money starts flowing the other way. There are no free hours before CFI. Unless you can legally work for an airline in the US there's no point in getting single engine time. (In the US you need 1500 hours to work for an airline which can be mostly single engine, in the EU you only need 200 hours. More hours won't help you much unfortunately although a lot of people seem to think they will.)
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Old 27th Apr 2021, 17:59
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Close to finishing my PPL in Wales and looking to hour build in the USA for a few months - Looking at Chandler Air Service quite closely.

I've been advised it is much better to go with a few other keen pilots, and enjoy the hour build more - however in my position most of my mates aren't trying to be pilots.

Is anyone else in a similar position and would like to build hours with someone else?

Or does anyone know of any resources/websites for people to hour build together?
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Old 16th Mar 2022, 20:33
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Known and Reliable Places in USA for 100 hour time building.

Hi everyone,
New to this forum and just wanted some ideas from you guys!

Does anyone know of any good and reliable places in the USA for hours building (anywhere apart from West Coast)
I have spoken to 1 on 1 with a place in Miami, but after the call, I was disappointed with all the extra fees they tried to squeeze in which I knew weren't needed.

If anyone has any from memory or has used themselves I would appreciate it!!

p.s... if anyone also looking for hours building overseas is in the same boat send me a message!


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Old 25th Apr 2022, 15:55
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I did 260 hours at and recomend that place 100%.
4 of my friends have been there to, Neil helped us with housing and a car while we where there.
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Old 24th Aug 2022, 13:17
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FlyingIce I tried to send you a message, but your box is full. Here it is:
Im currently working on Iceland and want to go to Florida to gain some hours towards my Cpl. Can you tell me why you and your friends specifically recommend this place? Was it possible to take plane for i.e week or two and fly it around Florida or Us? How was the maintenance and general condition of airplanes? How did you organise the payments for rent? Was it possible to do the checkride with them to convert license? Let me as much as you know from your experience.

Best regards,


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Old 25th Aug 2022, 09:01
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Says my inbox is full even though I only have one PM and I cant even reply to that because "Inbox is full".

First I went to a school in Ohio but there it took so long time to get an appointment with an FAA FSDO in Ohio (we booked the trip on a short notice and didn't have a long time to book the appointment) to verify my JAA license and get my FAA PPL based on my foreign license that I always had to fly with an instructor (cost alot more than planed).

I called Neil at and he said that he had an available plane and that he could get me an appointment for the verification of my license the next day, we drove down to Florida (from -25 to +25 C ) and the next day I had an appointment with a guy from FAA and got my license.
He got me flying right away with an instructor for a checkout on the plane and I was ready to go, Neil was so kind to even get us a house and a car for less than we paid for our rental car. I can't recomend this guy enough. I had the plane all for myself for 6 weeks so no need to book ahead of time and fight for few slots like bigger schools I have been to.

We are at least 8 guys here from Iceland that have done a lot of hours at that place.

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