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1,500 hours

I have a question, I know the FAA requires 1,500 to be able to become an airline pilot.

My question is, does it matter where do I accrue this hours?

I have dual citizenship, from Mexico and USA. To be an airline pilot in Mexico you only need 250 hours if I am not mistaken.

If I get a job as a pilot over there, while getting paid. I will also be accruing flight time correct?

Hector,

My understanding is that your flight time accrued outside of the US should count towards the FAA 1,500 hour requirement.

Chris

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Hector,

If you read the FARs it makes no mention of flying in the US or the aircraft having a US registry (N#). As long as your licensed and rated I believe you’re fine.

Adam

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I flew JetBlue a couple of weeks ago into MCO. The FO on that flight was from South America. He trained at a flight school in Sanford, then went to South America to build time and came back with solid turbine time. As far as I understand, it may be an option for you.

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Thank you Chris,

This is really great news!

H.

Thanks Adam!

Thanks Sergey,

I can really take advantage of this since I’m able to work in Mexico.

H.

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