South America

Aviation in South America

Not unlike Asia, the South American market is experiencing sustained growth at a forecasted rate of 8.0%. The market for Flight Crew is particularly welcoming to Spanish speaking crew and there are some good opportunities here to be had.

What is it like to be a pilot in South America?

This region remains a ‘work in progress’ for pilots. With the variety of indigenous cultures mixed with those exported from Western and Eastern Europe right across to the Far East, working the ‘South American’ way is distinct and unusual.

Salary levels tend to vary greatly in this region depending upon the country of the airlines’ base, largely due to the widely varying GDPs of the region.

Assessment and selection

The recruitment and assessment requirement is relatively standard and will involve an interview and simulator assessment. A local ATPL may need to be obtained, so a local medical will be required and a full working visa obtained in most cases. The following are all vital to give the best chance of passing the selection process:

• Thorough paperwork preparation;
• Pre-practice for the SIM sessions;
• Studying for the local ATPL requirements and exams.

Find out more about working in South America

If you are interested in further information on working in this region please contact us on +44 (0) 1256 368 500 and one of our consultants will be happy to discuss this with you.

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