US or South AfricaTraining and or time
Posted 21 February 2019 - 20:31
Posted 22 February 2019 - 13:23
When I was instructing, 35 years ago, I had students from South/Central America, Europe, New Zealand and South Africa who were training tn the US for cost reasons- all rated airplane drivers, ab initio requires more careful, extended calculation.
The Kiwi said that he could get his commercial helicopter and have a vacation afterwards for what it would have cost to get only his commercial 'down under'. I remember him as returning to PNG (to his employer) retiring after a very successful career
The South African had purchased and ferried airplanes back to SA and was planning on buying a helo in the US to take home with him. He was also a 'big guy' in every sense of the word, forceful personality, intelligent and accomplished, generous and BIG- over 6 1/2 foot tall and 250-ish pounds. Putting him into a Hughes 269/300 was a real challenge- but I digress, they all did it for cost.
Don't know if it's still true, but Lufthansa, other airlines that do/did ab initio to working pilot do/did it in this country for the same reason.
Cautionary statement: Your training is forever, whether forever is until you crash or for 50, 60 years of a non-eventful flying career. Find the best instruction you can afford.
Just a pilot (retired, so I have a LOT of time)...
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