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USA or UK Pilot Career

Old 16th Sep 2020, 19:55
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Lightbulb USA or UK Pilot Career

If you had the choice of where to start training and your career in the next 12 months which would you choose USA or UK? I had a place on the EZY MPL and was supposed to start training earlier this year, but now thatís out the window Iím considering which continent would be better. I have right to live/work in both regions. Main benefits I see of UK would be faster route to airline (which is a factor for me as Iím slightly older), if they start recruiting anytime in the next 3 years. Main benefits of USA I see are more options after you have the 1,500 hours build.
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Old 16th Sep 2020, 21:42
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The answer is obvious: keep your options open and do both.

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Old 20th Sep 2020, 15:14
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I agree with rudestuff, do both!

There are a few ATO's in the USA that are approved for FAA and EASA training. A couple of them advertise that you can complete both licences for about the same price (no conversion needed) as just one elsewhere. Its all about how you structure it.

I suggest you give them all of them a call and talk through your options, but remember, run a mile from any ATO that's want you to pay more than 25% of the cost upfront. Keep you account no more exposed than that at any time - preferably less!

If you do your research properly you will be able to narrow down to a very short list those that will enroll you with just $1,000-$2,000 on account at any time - a safe place to be. Also I see one ATO urging students to just commit to the PPL and then decide afterwards taking it in stages to suit your budget and confidence in the market. I don't think anybody could go wrong with such a conservative and thoughtful approach.

Good might be interesting to others if you would post some details of the responses you get?
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Old 21st Sep 2020, 14:59
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You're one lucky individual with that cash and those passports. For the cost of an MPL and a few years in the States you could have an FAA ATP(A), EASA fATPL(A), FAA ATP(H), EASA fATPL(H), all 4 instructor ratings and probably some float plane time too 😜
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Old 21st Sep 2020, 17:41
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I would say good to do both, however flying career in the USA is much better than Europe. If I had the chance I would have gone to the USA, pay and conditions once you are established with a proper airline is much better in the USA then Low Cost Europe.
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