At the first glance it does not look very natural to go study to the US if the final goal is the EASA CPL, but I’ve chosen this way on purpose.
First of all, my final goal is not only EASA license but both EASA and FAA. That is because I consider job opportunities all over the world, and in some places FAA license can be more valuable. But even for Europe it makes sense to consider studying in the US:
- the flight hour is way less expensive – in 2018 I got Cessna 150 for $100 per hour;
- the flight experience is much more interesting – usually there is more traffic, mush more various airports (both controlled and uncontrolled), more complicated airspace. Additionally, usually there are no landing fees almost everywhere;
- ATC speaks English. They talk really fast and provide a lot of information, and if you struggle with communications, it’s a great way to learn. Moreover, the ATC is really great almost everywhere;
- it’s always fun to travel somewhere. I believe that it’s a great advantage for a (future) pilot. And flight experience in a different country could be a great vacation time.
Cost-wise I believe that my way was even less expensive than the “standard” EASA PPL, night, IR and CPL.
I still consider my US experience as the most valuable one during the entire training towards CPL, but, of course, there are some drawback too:
- a student visa is required;
- TSA flight training approval is required for Instrument Rating and Multi-Engine Rating;
- living expenses are a little higher;
- you should travel and live far from home.
I consider that the drawbacks are negligible compared to advantages. For some more details about the differences between Europe and the US please the post.
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