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Foreign Pilot License Verification and Requirements

Foreign Pilot License Verification and Requirements

The JAA

The Joint Aviation Authority (JAA) is an associated body of the European Civil Aviation Conference which represents civil aviation regulatory authority for a number of European States who agreed to co-operate in development and implementation of common regulatory safety standards and procedures.

Private Pilot License in Europe (JAA)

To obtain a PPL in Europe you either have to join a flight school or become member of a flight club. The availability of training facilities vary depending on where in Europe you live, but if you want to obtain a private pilot license for leisure flying a flight club is usually the cheapest alternative.

Before getting the PPL you need a certain amount of training. You need a minimum of 40 hours flight time (most students have an average of 60-80 hours much depending on how often they fly) and you have to pass a written exam.

The written exam consists of 7 topics put together in a written multiple-choice test. As the theory is pretty time consuming most flight clubs or flight schools recommend you don’t fly very much before passing the exam.

Ones the written exam is out of the way you can concentrate on the flying. For the first 15-20 hours you and your instructor will cover the basics needed to safely maneuver an aircraft. You learn how to take off, climb, turn, decent and land. When your instructor feels comfortable you can do this safely he signs you of for a solo flight.

The next 20-50 hours are dominated by flights with your instructor, cross country flights to learn how to properly navigate, solo training flights and solo cross country flights. When your instructor feels the necessary skill level is reached he signs you up for a “check ride”.

A “check ride” is conducted by a certified examiner and usually done in the airplane you learned how to fly. You start by having a short oral exam. Here you are asked some questions to test the knowledge level and you cover a pre-planned cross country flight. After passing the oral you fly. After passing the oral part of the “check ride” you fly.

The flying part of the PPL check ride takes from an hour to an hour and a half. Here you cover the basic maneuvers, navigation skills and take offs and landings. Often the ride is started of as a cross country flight where you fly the first check points on the cross country route before doing maneuvers and finish of with landing rounds at the airport.

After passing the check ride the examiner issue you a PPL and you are now a JAA pilot.

FAA-Federal Aviation Administration

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is the national aviation authority of the United States of America. An agency of the United States Department of Transportation, it has authority to regulate and oversee all aspects of civil aviation in the U.S. The Federal Aviation Act of 1958 created the organization under the name “Federal Aviation Agency”, and adopted its current name in 1966 when it became a part of the United States Department of Transportation.

Private Pilot License in the United States (FAA)

To obtain a PPL (Private Pilot License) in the US all you need is an airplane and a certified instructor. This you can find by contacting your local flight club or a nearby flight school. If you look to obtain a PPL and fly for leisure (fun) it is seldom necessary to look far. Most cities across America with an airport have a flight club or a flight school.

Before getting the PPL you need a certain amount of training. You need a minimum of 40 hours flight time (most students have an average of 60-80 hours much depending on how often they fly) and you have to pass a written exam. Students who go with a flight club usually buy the textbooks and study on their own to pass the written exam. This is a computer based multiple-choice test of 60 questions. If you train with a flight school they may offer ground school classes that cover the theory.

While studying for the written you start flying with an instructor. He will teach you the basics needed to safely maneuver an aircraft. And after 15-20 hours of flight time you make your first solo flight.

The next 20-50 hours are dominated by dual flights with your instructor, cross country flights to learn how to properly navigate, solo training flights and solo cross country flights. When your instructor feels the necessary skill level is reached he signs you up for a “check ride”.

A “check ride” is conducted by a certified examiner and usually done in the airplane you learned how to fly. You start with an oral exam of about an hour. Here you are asked questions to test the knowledge level and you cover a pre-planned cross country flight. After passing the oral part of the “check ride” you fly.

The flying part of the PPL check ride takes from an hour to an hour and a half. Here you cover the basic maneuvers, navigation skills and take offs and landings. Often the ride is started of as a cross country flight where you fly the first check points on the cross country route before doing maneuvers and finish of with landing rounds at the airport.

After passing the check ride the examiner issue you a PPL and you are now an FAA pilot. Source

FAA Requirements To Verify the Authenticity of a Foreign License, Rating, or Medical Certification

Foreign 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. Source

European Flight Training

These programmes are designed to meet the requirements for a Flight Crew position with a European Airline. Upon graduation, you will be qualified with at least an EASA CPL/IR with frozen ATPL and additional qualifications both FAA & EASA, depending on which course you choose.

The 3 options below indicate exactly which licences and ratings you will obtain and confirms the cost and the number of hours flown for each.

Our EASA Fast Track Programme is highly recommended as compared to the Pure EASA option. It reduces your overall costs and we do not underestimate how important this is for many. It also gives greater flexibility during training, reduces the time taken to get qualified, and ultimately gives you a more broad experience which ultimately makes you a better more rounded pilot. Prices are based on staying in our accomadation for the course duration.
Our start dates for 2013 are as follows :

  1. 19th August 2013- 2 spaces remaining- $1,000 summer discount for this course.
  2. 14th October 2013 – 6 spaces reamining
  3. 3rd January 2014 -Please add $5,000 to the prices bellow for 2014 prices .

Contact Information
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