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Private Pilot License, Foreign Pilot License and International Pilot Training Programs

Private Pilot License, Foreign Pilot License and International Pilot Training ProgramsA private pilot license (PPL) or, in the US, a private pilot certificate, is a license that permits the holder to act as the pilot in command of an aircraft privately (not for pay). The requirements to obtain the license are determined by the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO), but the actual implementation varies widely from country to country. According to the ICAO, it is obtained by successfully completing a course with at least 40 hours (45 in the UK and Spain) of flight time, passing seven written exams, completing an extensive solo cross country flight (minimum cumulative solo flight time is 10 hours), and successfully demonstrating flying skills to an examiner during a flight test or checkride (including an oral exam). In the US pilots can be trained under Title 14 of federal code part 141 which allows them to apply for their certificate in as little as 35 hours, however, most pilots require 60–70 hours of flight time to complete training.

A PPL may be issued by the FAA for American certification, the JAA for European certification, the CASA for Australian certification, or Transport Canada for Canadian certification. Each organization has different requirements. Insurance rates for private pilots are lower than those of sport or recreational pilots, because private pilots are trained to a higher degree.


A license will contain a number of sub-qualifications or ratings. These specify in more detail the actual privileges of the license, including the types of aircraft that can be flown, whether flight under Instrument Flight Rules and at night is allowed, and whether instructing and examining of trainee pilots is authorized. Ratings include Single and/or Multi-Engine Aircraft, Land or Seaplane, each of which require a checkride with an approved examiner.

Applying For Foreign Pilot License

If you are applying for a certificate issued on the basis of a foreign license under the provisions of:

  • 14 CFR Part 61, Section 61.75
  • special purpose pilot authorizations under Section 61.77
  • using a pilot certificate issued under Section 61.75 to apply for a commercial pilot certificate under Section 61.123 (h)
  • applying for an airline transport pilot certificate issued under Section 61.153 (d) (3)
  • applying for a certificate issued on the basis of a foreign license under the provisions of 14 CFR Part 63, Sections 63.23 and 63.42

The Airmen Certification Branch, AFS-760 must have the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) verify the validity and currency of the foreign license and medical certificate or endorsement before you apply for an FAA certificate or authorization. The processing of the Verification of Authenticity of Foreign License, Rating, and Medical Certification form takes approximately 45 to 90 days to complete. NOTE: Do not schedule any travel and/or checkrides, etc until a valid Verification Letter has been obtained from AFS-760.

Foreign applicants who require a visit to a FAA Flight Standards District Office or are applying for the issuance or replacement of an airman certificate in accordance with 14 CFR 61.75 must contact their selected Flight Standards District Office upon receipt of this verification letter to schedule an appointment with a FAA Inspector or authorized certifying official. Do not anticipate an appointment earlier than two weeks after this initial contact, due to enhanced security procedures.

Rating or Medical Certificate

A person who is applying for a U.S. rating or medical certificate on the basis of a foreign license must apply for that certificate at least 90 days before arriving at the designated FAA FSDO where the applicant intends to receive the U.S. certificate. This initial application step is the responsibility of the applicant.
The information you submit to the Airmen Certification Branch must include your:

  • name and date of birth
  • address where you wish to have the verification of the authenticity letter mailed
  • certificate number and ratings on the foreign license
  • country of issuance of your foreign license
  • location of the FAA Flight Standards District Office where you intend to apply for your U.S. certificate
  • statement that your foreign license is not under an order of suspension or revocation

Note: The Airmen Certification Branch would prefer to have a copy of the foreign license and medical certificate or endorsement included with all requests for verification of authenticity of the foreign license.
When we receive verification from the CAA, you will receive written notification that we forwarded a copy to the Flight Standards District Office (FSDO)  you designated in your request. The verification is valid for 6 calendar months. You may apply for a U.S. certificate at the designated FSDO during that period.

You can mail the information to:
Federal Aviation Administration
Airmen Certification Branch, AFS-760
P.O. Box 25082
Oklahoma City, OK 73125-0082

International Airline Pilot Training Programs at Aviator Flight Training Academy

The F-1 visa Professional Pilot Program is for the international student who wishes not only to receive the FAA certificates and ratings, but also to stay on as a flight instructor to build flight time towards the ATP (Airline Transportation Pilot) Certificate. The F-1 Visa is valid up to 24 calendar months. The program consists of approximately 259 flight hours, 344 hours of ground and 40 hours in a CRJ Simulator. For further information please consult the International Students section of our website under Visa Information for additional insurance requirements.

The M-1 Visa Commercial Program is for the international student who only wishes to study up to the FAA Multi-Engine Commercial Certificate and to return home. The M-1Visa Commercial Program, takes typically 4 to 6 months to complete. The program consists of approximately 250 flight hours, 144 ground hours and 40 hours in a CRJ Simulator For further information please contact our recruiting office

Aviator’s Professional Pilot Programs are formatted to provide the training that the airline industry is demanding for their future commercial pilots. Participation in one of our Professional Pilot Programs will be one of the most intensive and challenging flight and study programs offered in aviation training today.

Due to the nature of the education provided the programs are divided into two segments: Ground Training & Flight Training. The ground school portion is a structured classroom environment. During the flight training portion no FTDs (Simulators) are used for flight time requirements. The school’s new 37,000 sq. ft. flight training facilities are open daily from 7 am to 7 pm. Provisions are made to access the aircraft for flight training 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week.

Application must be made 6 to 8 weeks prior to your preferred start date. A deposit of $ 500.00 for your Application and $ 500.00 for the Visa application must accompany the enrollment form. This deposit will be refunded at the completion of your program, less $150.00 administrative fee and any related visa shipping fees, or applied to your bill.

Training Requirements May vary depending on individual countries civil aviation requirements.

CALL TOLL FREE: 1-800-635-9032

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