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Old 11-30-2018, 09:12 AM   #1  
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Question Airlines Who help fith FAA to EASA conversion

Hi everyone, first time poster
I'm a pilot at a regional in the US but am looking into moving back to Europe where I grew up.
I know Norwegian hires FAA pilots and helps with the conversion to an EASA license. Do you guys know of any other Airlines or businesses that do the same?
Any insight would be helpful thanks!
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Old 12-04-2018, 03:22 PM   #2  
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Hi everyone, first time poster
I'm a pilot at a regional in the US but am looking into moving back to Europe where I grew up.
I know Norwegian hires FAA pilots and helps with the conversion to an EASA license. Do you guys know of any other Airlines or businesses that do the same?
Any insight would be helpful thanks!

None of them do in Europe.

Used to be easy for someone with a FAA ATP to get the UK license but that was years ago.
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Old 12-04-2018, 07:02 PM   #3  
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Unfortunately, you would have to attend flight school again and pass the subjects. I believe around 12...

Just came across a dutch guy who had finished his entire training here:
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As I understood, he got a JAR license for a fraction of the bill you would have to pay in France or Italy.The conversion to EASA was just a formality. He works for FlyBe.
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Its actually 14 exams. Some are pretty easy and some are a doozy.
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Your cost will largely depend on your experience level. If you have over 3,500 hours, and over 500 hours of PIC in a multi-pilot airplane, you can self certify for the 14 exams. That means you are not required to register with an EASA ATO and formally take their courses. That will significantly reduce your costs. That being said, even if you meet those qualifications, I would still highly recommend investing in a good study guide and question bank. The U.K. has a well defined process and a lot of information about the process, but with Brexit, I would stay away from the U.K. unless that is where you wish to live and work. Many European airlines are telling their pilots to move their state of license issue from the U.K. as the relationship post Brexit is still not formally defined. The U.K. says they will validate EASA licenses, but EASA has stated they will no longer recognize U.K. licenses.

Anyway, as you stated, Norwegian is helping with the process. But I am not aware of any other airlines that are helping with the conversion. Despite what you may read on this forum, the long haul contract with Norwegian may not be a bad option. Their pay and benefits are actually in line with what many European airlines are paying and they have several bases around Europe (LGW, CDG, BCN, FCO, AMS and CPH).
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