Sabenapilot From Belgium, joined Feb 2000, 2697 posts, RR: 49 Reply 3, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1406 times:
A lot of US pilots work for European carriers, however as far as I know they all have to have a JAA licence as their FAA ATPL is not sufficient to make it to the flight deck (at least not in Europe).
No offence is ment here, but the European JAA written ATPL (about 1,000hrs of class room courses) is much more difficult then the do-it-yourself multiple choice FAA-ATPL you can study in less then a week. (I did my FAA-ATPL during a vacation in Phoenix Arizona a few years ago) On the other hand you are not required to have as much flying experience as in the USA. Untill the september 11 events you could make it to the right seat of an A320 or B737 at any major airline (LH, AF, BA, ...) with as few as 400hrs flight time on things like cessna, Piper Seneca etc...
You see, it's basically a completely different philosophy.
Ryu2 From Taiwan, joined Aug 2002, 460 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1338 times:
I hear that for Americans, foreign airlines will only hire them if they are already experienced (usually Captain level). The "low time" pilots that get hired by European and Asian airlines are always their own citizens, and graduates of airline-sponsored training programs. Therefore, a low-time American pilot cannot really use foreign airlines to build time.