Sunday, November 12, 2006

Foreign Pilot Licence Resource

The goal of this airmen's resource page is to clarify the steps necessary for foreign pilots to apply for a US certificate under the provisions of FAR Part 61.75

We recommend visiting the Federal Aviation Administration site at , as license requirements and forms are updated and modified frequently.

All pilots applying for a certificate based on a ICAO foreign license must have the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) validate the license. The CAA is the Civil Aviation Authority that issued the original license. They must verify the validity of the license along with the medical certificate prior to applying for an FAA certificate. The FAA has developed a form called Verification of Authenticity of Foreign License, Rating and Medical Certificate form. Click the link and download the most up to date version of the verification form directly from the FAA site.

Once the form is completed, it may be submitted either via fax to 405- 954-9922 or via mail to:
Federal Aviation Administration
Airmen Certification Branch, AFS-760
P.O Box 25082
Oklahoma City, OK 73125-0082.

It is recommended that any Verification of License Authenticity Form be submitted atleast 90 days prior to arriving at the designated FAA FSDO office.

The FAA requires that the following information be included with the verification form.
Name & Date of birth
Address for then verification of authenticity letter to be mailed.
Certificate number and rating of the foreign license. (Copy of the foreign license & medical certificate is prefered)
Country of issuance of your foreign license
Location of the FAA Flight Standards District Office you intend to apply for your U.S certificate.
Statement confirming that your foreign license is not under suspension or revocation

NOTE: For United Kingdom Pilots: In accordance withn the Data Protection Act, the United Kingdom-CAA requires your permission to release any information to the FAA. Please visit the UK CAA website for additional details and forms required in order for the UK CAA to release any requested information.

Once the FAA receives verification from the CAA, a letter will be sent to you confirming that confirmation has been sent to the Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) you identified in your request. This verification is valid for 6 months calendar months only. You must then schedule an appointment at the same Flight Standards District Office (FSDO). The Examiner will review all of your documentation and, at that time, issue a US Restricted Private Pilot License. The US Private Pilot License will carry the same restrictions as your foreign license.

Holders of a restricted US Private Pilots License may apply for an unrestricted FAA Private Pilots License by meeting the eligibility requirements set forth in FAR Part 61.103 -61.113. The applicant must pass the FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Exam and an FAA Practical Flight Test.

Downloadable copies of the FAA Private Pilot Practical Test Standards and FAA Commercial Pilot Practical Test Standards have been attached for review.

Again, we recommend visiting the FAA site to ensure that the information presented is up to date and that the latest versions of forms are being used. At Touch And Go Pilot Supply we offer all levels of pilot training materials and pilot supplies to assist in acheieving every stage of airmen certification.

Fly Safe & Enjoy!