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Old 01-18-2006, 10:06 PM   #2  
Iflyfr8
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I say go for it! You will always regret it if you donít.

Some of your questions I donít have answers for, but Iíll answer the ones I can.

First you might try to post this on pprune.com you will find this forum has a little more of an international flavor, if you will.

I wouldnít worry about your age, unless you expect to fly 747ís for BA. Thatís probably a little unrealistic . However this is a strange industry and it changes so fast.
Start networking, and spend some considerable time on this, it WILL get you a job.

Here is a freight company in Sweden. Their minimums for an FO is total time 500 hrs with 200 ME.
http://www.westair.se/

As far as the US goes Iím almost certain flight schools is the only place you will be able to work. Most other employers have a fairly large pool of pilots who want to fly for a living so no one is going to be willing to sponsor you for a temporary work visa (and yes you WILL need one to work). And donít forget most schools will tailor your training for your needs (as long as you have the $ ). With you PPL you can get your US commercial instrument in a twin.

So unless you get married to a US citizen I donít think you will find any time builders that will pay you (Besides instructing with a J-1), however there are some pay for training programs that you can look into. I do not know if it would require certain type of visa, but Iím sure they can enlighten you on that.
Here is one,
http://www.skymates.com/time-building.shtml

The single best advice I can give you is to network! Search the web, E-mail, call and nock on some door if you have to. If you are persistent it will pay off!

Iím sorry I canít give more info or better answers.

I wish you the best and hope you endure. Although this industry can be ugly, I love my profession and my job!
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