Hi! I’m 36, married with kids, and currently work in the international education field. I have 20 hrs on a C-150/152 and am thinking about a career switch to aviation. My goal would be the airlines but am open to other opportunities along the way. Another part of my goal is to based in Germany, which is where things get complicated .
I am a US citizen living in the states. I have looked at some airline pilot job listings in Europe and see they require EU citizenship or permanent residency. To actualize my goal I’m trying to figure out if
I would need to train in Europe or train in the US.
If I train in the US is it better to get FAA licensing that I can convert to EASA later, or to go to a school where I can earn EASA?
Once i am fully licensed is there anyone in Germany, or Europe more broadly, who might hire me? What types of piloting jobs would I be eligible for as a US citizen on a work visa?
I’ve been seeking out information on this for awhile and haven’t found much. I spoke with a school in Spain who said they hire their students as instructors but then they can’t guarantee their international students employment with an airline, and that it’s often hard for them to get employment with an airline in Europe. If anyone has experience with any part of this question or leads where I might find answers, it would be great to hear from you.