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nord121 12th Mar 2018 10:09

Some advice on where to train.
Hello All,

As you can see i'm very new here. Some general backstory: Im 25 and a British citizen but living in Estonia. My current job (Merchant Navy Officer) Lets me live and work wherever i like and i currently work three months on and three months off. However this is getting a little tedious being away for such long periods of time and I've had a desire (but no the sterling) to become a pilot all my life.

I have now saved enough to do my Modular 0-fATPL while continuing to work. I have spoken to flight schools in Estonia, Latvia and Poland who have said they can work my training around the time off i have from work as i expect to continue to work while training.

My question is- does it matter where i take my license? For instance in my line of work if i have an Office Of the Watch license from a country such as Panama or Phillipines it is looked on a lot less favourably than one from the UK or Netherlands. Should i choose to take it where i am now is this held collectively to the same standards for the rest of Europe or will i be looked upon less favourably than someone who did the Modular route in the UK or western Europe?


Jaair 12th Mar 2018 16:33

As long as all your licenses are done in an EASA member state it would be no problem. So you could do your PPL in UK, hour building in Estonia, the rest in Poland etc. without a problem. This is actually pretty common in the modular route as well.

P40Warhawk 12th Mar 2018 17:27

Originally Posted by button push ignored (Post 10081303)
Just do it as quickly and cheaply as possible.
Three month on, three months off sounds like a perfect way to do it debt free.
You can study for your exams whilst at sea.
Your on the right track.
Absolutely nothing wrong with Eastern Europe.
Łůdź, Poland is one of my preferred schools.
Donít worry about prestige of Western Europe schools.
Itís not worth the up charge.
Just do it.

So yeah, EASA Member. Very important.

Check also Baltic Aviation Academy. A very modern school in Lithuania.

The Lithuanian CAA are very easy going. No burocracy at all. Also exams are done on computer where you get results immediatly after the exam. When finished the training you get your license within 1 hr of application, which also very cheap. For initial License I paid 160 euro or so. Then every year to put revalidated rating on License you pay only 17 euro.

And while you are there, and sometimes to relax plenty of nice bars to drink some nice Lithuanian Beers. And if you are single, I can guaruantee you, you will end up with marrying a LT lady :D . Haha. I have experience. :P .
Lithuania is a very beautiful country.

Very new fleet of Aircraft.
- Tecnams P2002JF's and P2006's.

- C172SP Full Glass Cockpit

- A320 and B737 Full Motion Sims

- FNPTII Sim for IFR and MEP.

banjodrone 15th Mar 2018 19:23

I have the same background as you. Unfortunately aviation hasn't gone the way as the maritime world where STCW has a big bearing on almost every aspect of shipping and has been adopted internationally to a large degree although you'll still get companies who insist on people who trained in certain countries.

Generally speaking, you should do flight training where you are able to work. Having said that, even though there are pockets of elitism within EASA, (won't name the countries here, we all know who they are) - commercial flight training is pretty much a pan-European thing now.

Training in North America and is still an option but it's been made such a headache to "convert" to EASA credentials that's it's just not worth it anymore, you'll probably lose out financially and spend more time doing it.

Whatever you decide to do, good luck.

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