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Hi there I wonder if anyone can help. I have always had a long term ambition of becoming an airline pilot. I am 23 years of age and am hoping to start my flight training in about two years time once I have saved up atleast

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Did you even read their website? They no longer offer PPL license starting this year. It means you have to get your PPL somewhere else. I suggest you go to your local airport, find some simple flying club and get your PPL (which you must have to get into OAT). It will cost you probably only 5000, not 60,000 and it will give you an idea if you even want a career as a pilot. This is how most people do it - step by step paying as you go. Michael J.http://www.precisionmanuals.com/images/forum/pmdg_744F.jpghttp://sales.hifisim.com/pub-download/asv6-banner-beta.jpg

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Well, Rayek, let me throw a "curve ball" at you in respect to this.

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HiI would recommend attending the Flyer Professional Flight Training shows (held 3 or 4 times a year i think). They are held at a couple of places, I went to one at Heathrow. There are loads of schools there from all over the world and give you all the info you need. Take as much as you can, then select the ones you like after going through it all. I've also been to open days at Oxford, Cabair and BCFT in Bournemouth a few years back and seeing the varying types of facilities definetly tells me you pay for what you get!However due to monetary issues, I was not able to afford those sort of prices in the UK, so I (after seeing them at one of the shows) came out to Naples, Florida to do the CPP (Career Pilots Programme) at Naples Air Center. This can take you from zero hours to frozen ATPL in around a year, for around

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>I have taken an hour slot lesson on a light aircraft>and absolutely loved it and this was definately a career for>me and not a 9-5 office job.Flying a light aircraft ... or soaring in a glider ! :) ... is certainly great fun, but I hope you have done your research and found out what an 'airline pilot' job is really like ... and how long it's going to take you (10-15 yrs ?) to be flying a 'big jet'. And the near-starvation wages you'll be maknig in those 10-15 years. If 'big jet' driver is not what you're thinking about as an airline pilot, I apologize.pprun.org, avsig.com are a couple of good sites where you can ask questions of professional pilots.Mike

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Hi Alaister, I am considering going to the states for my flight training as it is alot more cheaper then the United Kingdom, but what are the prospectives of being hired by a European airline in particularly British airline, is it going to hold the same chance of being employed by an airliner in Europe if I done my training in the States then here in the United Kingdom, thanks.http://www.precisionmanuals.com/images/for...argo_hauler.gif http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/ritz...tishAirways.jpg http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/ritzer82/untitled.jpg

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Hi Alaister, I am considering going to the states for my flight training as it is alot more cheaper then the United Kingdom, but what are the prospectives of being hired by a European airline in particularly British airline, is it going to hold the same chance of being employed by an airliner in Europe if I done my training in the States then here in the United Kingdom, thanks.Rayek.http://www.precisionmanuals.com/images/for...argo_hauler.gif http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/ritz...tishAirways.jpg http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/ritzer82/untitled.jpg

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Hi Rayek,Have you considered Australia?I am currently flying out of Bankstown (YSBK) in NSW. Here you can enjoy some great weather and cheap flying. Bankstown is also a relatively large airport for GA, so you hardly ever have to wait behind traffic.

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Problem is that the UK (and rest of the EU) doesn't recognise US licenses, or rather severely restricts what you can do when not holding a European license...He'd have to retake all the exams in the UK according to JAA rules, which are far more stringent than FAA rules if he wanted to fly European registered aircraft.As our rules are significantly different that would mean first taking an upgrade course, then taking the exams again.Both of course at European prices, which would make the total cost similar to the stated amount.People are (and have been) bitten by that regularly. They get lured into getting a cheap (relatively) US PPL and then find that they can't rent an aircraft anywhere except from the very few rental agencies that have a few US registered aircraft (which of course cost a lot more per hour than the locally registered ones because they're so scarce).What he can look for (and it's quite possible that this institution works like that) is a European organisation that performs flight training in the US according to European regulation.He'd then effectively get his European paperwork immediately but only pay US prices for his flying and simulator hours (and for at least part of the instructor time as well).

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