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Old 25.04.2011, 03:04
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Can an American Become a Pilot in Switzerland?

Guess who's back with another idea of how to return to Switzerland again? Good thing I have so many interests.

Anyways I've been thinking about entering the aviation field as a commercial pilot for many years now, and currently hold a PPL SEL IFR in the United States. From what my Swiss (the airline) friends have told me, there are a lot of open jobs as an entry pilot there (as well as training).

Could somebody tell me if it would be possible to become a pilot in Switzerland as an American?

Also, would I be able to get my ATP and ratings in the US, then transfer them, or should I enter swiss (the country) flight school immediatley (if I can)?

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Old 25.04.2011, 03:15
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Re: Can an American Become a Pilot in Switzerland?

Some related reading info in the mean time:

http://www.englishforum.ch/jobs-want...ilot-jobs.html

Getting Your PPL in CH? [Private Pilots License]

Commercial Pilots License

Flying school

Any pilots out there / in here?
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Helicopter or Commercial Aviation Work

Hello again.

It's been a while since I last posted, so for a recap, I'm an American college grad with many interests, and so to decide what post graduate training to pursue, I'm basing it off of my ultimate goal to move permanently to Switzerland. I've lived here as much as my non-work B permit allows since I was born, but I can't really make the move until I get a job.

Currently I've ruled out Steadicam and law, and am now down to aviation, and "other".

Currently I hold an FAA PPL, CPL, and a multi rating, as well as a PPL(H), and I'm in training for a CPL(H). I can convert these to JAA easily, and would work for ATPL with A32x training or the equivalent heli cert if I could find work for it in CH.


So, could somebody tell me if I COULD find a job? I'm thinking SWISS for the fixed wing route, or one of Switzerland's many helicopter companies for the heli route. Do these companies hire non-Swiss?

My "other" option is really up in the air. I hold a 4-year (for lack of the Swiss term) degree in Economics, so any suggestions for a likely job fit are also welcome.

Incase you didn't notice, I kinda want to live in Switzerland
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Old 21.06.2011, 00:20
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Re: Helicopter or Commercial Aviation Work

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... Currently I hold an FAA PPL, CPL, and a multi rating, as well as a PPL(H), and I'm in training for a CPL(H). I can convert these to JAA easily, and would work for ATPL with A32x training or the equivalent heli cert if I could find work for it in CH. ...
Really? Did you check with the BAZL? Been there, seen it, converted my FAA PPL, which was fun. IR and CPL = much more challenging. You will see.

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My "other" option is really up in the air. I hold a 4-year (for lack of the Swiss term) degree in Economics, so any suggestions for a likely job fit are also welcome. ...
The Swiss term is "Bachelor's degree."
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Old 21.06.2011, 17:38
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Re: Helicopter or Commercial Aviation Work

[QUOTE=tomcat;1234558]Really? Did you check with the BAZL? Been there, seen it, converted my FAA PPL, which was fun. IR and CPL = much more challenging. You will see.

I'm basing this claim on a friend's experience, who came to th US for a few years to get his ATPL, then converted it when he went back to England. If it requires a little extra work, so be it.
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