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U.S. Pilot/ Flying In Europe

Sat Aug 28, 2004 3:46 am

I am an U.S. citizen with my commercial license with instrument rating. Currently I am working on my multi-engine rating. I graduated from a 2-year community college and received my associates of science degree in airport management/ professional pilot. Currently I have 300 hours s.e.l. and 5 hours m.e.l. I want to peruse flying jobs in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland. Can you help me with some information on how to transfer my ratings to Europe? Also do you know what some of the minimum hiring requirements are for an entry position? I have close family that are German citizens and I am also looking into becoming a citizen in Germany.
Thanks for any help.
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RE: U.S. Pilot/ Flying In Europe

Sat Aug 28, 2004 4:22 am

If you want to become a German citizen, you´ll have to live legaly in Germany for at least 5 years.
Concerning work in Germany, as an US citizen is easy. As long as you have a working contract (not living of wellfare), you will get a work permit (I´ve got an American A&P colleague, who is working here like this, interstingly the same applies for Filipino engineers and mechanics).
Your licence will be the biggest obstacle, because AFAIK, at the moment it is a pain in the neck to get an American commercial piltot´s licence to be converted into a JAR FCL licence (I think you´ll need to prove at least 1000 hrs of experience). As long as you don´t have it, you´ll be restricted to flying FAA registered aircraft within Europe (but there are quite a few around).

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RE: U.S. Pilot/ Flying In Europe

Sat Aug 28, 2004 5:23 am

As long as you don´t have it, you´ll be restricted to flying FAA registered aircraft within Europe (but there are quite a few around).

Wow, I never knew there were FAA registered planes in Europe. Are they rentals, and there for the sole purpose of allowing FAA licensed pilots the chance to fly in Europe? Any info is appreciated, especially concerning these type of aircraft in England. Thanks!


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RE: U.S. Pilot/ Flying In Europe

Sat Aug 28, 2004 6:50 am

There are quite a few N registered planes over here owned by either American citizens living in Europe or American companies.

Jan
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RE: U.S. Pilot/ Flying In Europe

Sun Aug 29, 2004 3:17 am

Like MD11Engineer wrote, here in Europe we have quite a lot of N registered aircrafts indeed. Most of them are biz jets, but we have some smaller aircrafts as well. For example, here in Finland we have at least one N registered King Air, C206 and some C172s.

I believe one of the biggest N registered aircraft operator in Europe is UPS which is flying to several destinations from their CGN (Cologne) hub.

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RE: U.S. Pilot/ Flying In Europe

Sun Aug 29, 2004 3:34 am

Finnwings, You are correct. We have 8 aircraft (4 A300-600, 3 B757-200PF, 1 B727-100QF) based here in CGN flying to destinations within Europe. The crews are UPs pilots, but only the Airbus and 727 crews stay here for more than two days. They rotate back home every week.

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RE: U.S. Pilot/ Flying In Europe

Thu Sep 02, 2004 5:00 am

What is the equivalent of the FAA in Germany?
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