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portsharbourflyer 18th Jun 2020 16:48

Parkfell, you are partly correct, there is an 18 months time limit to complete the exams once the first exam is sat, the 36 months for completing the training starts from when the exams are completed. So yes the clock does start ticking at the first exam effectively.

rudestuff 18th Jun 2020 22:15


Originally Posted by RedDragonFlyer (Post 10814391)
Are you sure about that?

https://www.iaa.ie/personnel-licensi...t-examinations
''At ATPL level, a pass in the theoretical knowledge examinations will be accepted for the grant of a CPL and/or an Instrument rating (IR) for a period of 36 months, counted from the end of the calendar month when a pass in all required examination papers was achieved. Provided that both a CPL and IR are granted within the aforementioned 36 month period, ATPL level examination results will be accepted for the grant of an ATPL for a period of seven years from the most recent validity date of the IR entered in the CPL.''

Yes, I have a PPL and class 1. I suppose I am quite lucky in some regards. The only money I have paid for upfront at the moment is for the ATPL theory which is pennies in comparison to other parts of training. I have no debt and have already saved up enough money through working to pay all the way through to MCC. For me personally, I've waited a fair while and waiting a few more years to finish at the ideal time is not a massive issue in the grand scheme of things.

The SEIR is the perfect placeholder. And cheap, too - the cost of doing the IRR twice effectively. Do that first, then a SE CPL course, and you'll have effectively 'saved' the exams.

asmith474 7th Jul 2020 13:36

Hey guys looking for some advice. Currently I hold a PPL and was about to start sitting my atpl exams. Do you recommend delaying it? My only worry is about the changes they are bringing regarding '100 KSA'. I would be sitting all my exams in Poland

Chief Willy 7th Jul 2020 19:27


Originally Posted by asmith474 (Post 10831132)
Hey guys looking for some advice. Currently I hold a PPL and was about to start sitting my atpl exams. Do you recommend delaying it? My only worry is about the changes they are bringing regarding '100 KSA'. I would be sitting all my exams in Poland

100% delay. There will be no jobs for years and by starting exams you start the clock on getting your ratings. Most airlines are firing and wont be recruiting again for at least 3 years.

rudestuff 7th Jul 2020 20:16

Don't delay, take the exams. You were ready to press the button, right? So presumably you have the money for training. Take the exams, get the CBIR, get the CPL. All single engine. Now the exams are safe, you've spent a lot less than you planned and you've got options.
You can 'finish off' with MEP/MEIR/MCC when the market recovers, which means you're a finished pilot with a lead time of a month instead of 18 months. In the meantime, become an FI or an Uber driver...


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