how much does initial Airbus A320 type rating cost?

I have total of 700 hours most of them in advanced multiengine turboprop. Will I be able to upgrade to Airbus just with 700 hours and A320 typerating?

• It all depends what you are required to complete to get the type rating -

Either you qualify with an "all simulator only" rating - some $20,000 - Or "simulator + 3 takeoffs in airplane" for the rating - some$30,000 -

If you do it "JAR-FCL" - it is the $30,000 program required in all cases - If you do it FAA (provided you have already another jet type rating) =$20,000 -

You qualify for "all simulator rating" even if your other rating is a... Citation Jet -

If you have no jet type rating, FAA requires 3 takeoff/landings in aircraft -

I can get you the accurate figures (US$) at Pan Am Academy - Training duration up to 3 weeks - Google "Airbus 320 type rating cost" - I told you what the requirements are - If you have the written ATP = you get the type rating "ATP" as a freebee - No difference in the check ride, CPL or ATPL - Example, Pan Am Academy sells all-sim 737 type rating =$7,000...!

I typed 747-200 first officers for Cargolux with total time of 350-400 hours in 1992 -

No problem - 16 hrs simulator - 4 hrs LOFT - 3 bounces = 45 minutes -

We did 3 bounces in Luxembourg -

They all said "what an easy and stable airplane to handle" -

Eric West will verify that...!

Edit -

Current price Pan Am Academy A320 type rating $17,500 (all simulator) - Count on$10,000 extra for 3 takeoffs and landings if required -

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• I should think you would have few difficulties, it is not the hours, it is what types of aircraft they are in. It is not that great a leap from say, a King Air 200, to a B757 or an A320, believe it or not.

(It can actually be harder to go the other way, the workload in a B747-400 is generally lower than in a King Air)

The flying is not the hard bit, it is getting your head around systems and procedures.

Most pilots who upgrade do so in a simulator these days, I have flown a B747 on a service, with a Second Officer who was rated on the machine, but had not actually flown one, except in the Sim, until that flight.

So the cost of the rating will be governed by the availability of a simulator and what it costs you to use it.

It will be a lot cheaper than flying the airplane, even if you could! I can't imagine that anyone offers rating training in an A320 aircraft.

The usual route is through the company you are flying for transferring you to the type and paying for it!

EDIT: Yes Skipper, the 747 is a big gentle pussycat, a real lady! (Miss her like crazy).