I am now 39 and effectively had enough of the whole IT work thing, and as I always wanted to go into the aviation field I have been looking into going to school to get my ATP license.
I have read all of the threads on here about age and career transition and overall it seems positive and assuming I have the ability I should be able to make a go of it for the next 20 years.
But my main questions this:
As I am a UK and US passport holder, I can legally train in any US or EU locality without issues and can get either license. So from what I have read the FAA requires 1500 hours for FO status, while the EU currently does not and there are plenty of examples of low cost carriers hiring EASA fATPL license holders with as little as 300 to 500 hours for FO positions on either 737 or A319/A320s. So for me it seems like a much quicker path to a turbine right seat over a US FAA license.
Does anyone have any experience either way?
For flight schools I am considering ATP and their 0 to ATP program and for EASA I am looking at Bartolini air for their integrated ATPL program. Both are priced similarly and seem to offer a similar timeframe for a person with 0 hours.
I have seen plenty of info on here about ATP and want to know if anyone has any experience with Bartolini (Though I have found quite a few EU based sites that seem overall very positive.)