my name is Ben and I’m from Germany. Since a lot of knowledge is shared here I was wondering if you could help me with the following question. But first a brief summary of my story.
I went through Lufthansa’s ab-initio program from 2012 - 2016. It took place in Bremen, Germany and Phoenix, Arizona. I also got a 4-year college degree from a German university. Lufthansa has been fighting their pilot’s union for years and so we weren’t hired right away. In 2017 Austrian Airlines (part of the LH Group) desperately needed pilots, so we got a chance to start our career there.
I was able to get 3 years of experience and 1,325h on the Embraer 195 there. Our contracts were temporary though and since Lufthansa still didn’t hire and especially because CoViD happened, we got kicked out. I’m like number 20 in line for Lufthansa, but currently they’re debating laying 1,500 pilots off. So I don’t see a big chance there within the next couple of years. I’m now working in sales, but I want to go back flying asap!
Some facts: -1,600h of total time (1,350h on Jet; Citation CJ1+ and Embraer 195)
- ATPL (EASA license) incl. valid Embraer 195 rating
- Class 1 Medical
- Single-Engine-Piston with PIC and night time endorsement
- German citizen, but married to a U.S. citizen (we’re currently living in Vienna, Austria)
- college degree (Bachelor of Engineering)
Is there any chance I could apply at Aviate / United from here, go through the process and if it works take care to get my documents (FAA ATP, FAA Medical, permission to work in the U.S.)? Do you have any experience with Europeans flying in the U.S.?
Thank you so much! Happy Easter from Vienna!