National/ICAO Licence Conversion to EASA Licence

National Licence Conversion

Part-FCL Annex II details conditions for the conversion of existing National licences and ratings for aeroplanes and helicopters. The following information details the conversion of aeroplane licences only


A pilot licence issued by a Member State in accordance with the national requirements shall be converted into a Part-FCL licence provided that the applicant complies with the following requirements:


(a) for ATPL(A) and CPL(A), complete as a proficiency check the revalidation requirements of Part-FCL for type/class and instrument rating, relevant to the privileges of the licence held


(b) demonstrate knowledge of the relevant parts of the operational requirements and Part-FCL


(c) demonstrate language proficiency in accordance with FCL.055


(d) comply with the requirements set out in the following table

National Licence
Held

Total Flying
Hours Experience

Any Further
Requirements

Replacement
Part-FCL Licence
and Conditions

(where applicable)

Removal of Conditions
 
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
 
ATPL(A) > 1500 as PIC on MPA None ATPL(A) Not applicable
(a)
ATPL(A) >1500 on MPA None As in (c)(4) As in (c)(5)
(b)
ATPL(A) >500 on MPA Demonstrate knowledge of flight planning and performance as required by FCL.515 ATPL(A) with type rating restricted to co-pilot Demonstrate ability to act as PIC as required by Appendix 9 to Part-FCL
(c)
CPL/IR(A) and passed an ICAO ATPL theory test in the Member State of licence issue   (i) Demonstrate knowledge of flight planning and performance as required by FCL.310 and FCL.615(b)
(ii) Meet remaining requirements of FCL.720.A(c)
CPL/IR(A) with ATPL theory credit Not applicable
(d)
CPL/IR(A) >500 on MPA or in MP operations on SPA CS-23 commuter category or equivalent iaw the relevant requirements of Part-CAT and Part-ORO for commercial air transport (i) Pass examination for ATPL(A) knowledge in the Member State of licence issue (see note)
(ii) Meet remaining requirements of FCL.720.A(c)
ATPL theory credit  
(e)
CPL/IR(A) >500 as PIC on SPA None CPL/IR(A) with type/class ratings restricted to SPA Obtain MP type rating iaw Part-FCL
(f)
CPL/IR(A) <500 as PIC on SPA Demonstrate knowledge of flight planning and flight performance for CPL/IR level As in (4)(f) As in (5)(f)
(g)
CPL(A) >500 as PIC on SPA Night rating, if applicable CPL(A) with type/class ratings restricted to SPA  
(h)
CPL(A) <500 as PIC on SPA (i) Night rating, if applicable
(ii) Demonstrate knowledge of flight planning and performance as required by FCL.310
As in (4)(h)  
(i)
PPL/IR(A) >75 iaw IFR   PPL/IR(A), the IR restricted to PPL Demonstrate knowledge of flight performance and planning as required by FCL.615(b)
(j)
PPL(A) >70 on aeroplanes Demonstrate the use of radio navigation aids PPL(A)  
(k)
NPPL(A)   Meet the requirements as set out in CAP 804, Section 4, Part P LAPL(A)  
(l)
NPPL(A)   Meet the requirements as set out in CAP 804, Section 4, Part P PPL(A)  
(m)

Note: CPL holders already holding a type rating for a multi-pilot aeroplane are not required to have passed an examination for ATPL(A) theoretical knowledge whilst they continue to operate that same aeroplane type, but will not be given ATPL(A) theory credit for a Part-FCL licence. If they require another type rating for a different multi-pilot aeroplane, they must comply with column (3), row (e)(i) of the above table

Abbreviations:

MPA = Multi-Pilot Aeroplanes, MP = Multi-Pilot, SPA = Single-Pilot Aeroplanes, PIC = Pilot In Command, IAW = In Accordance With

ICAO Licence Conversions

General

Annex III of the EASA Aircrew Regulation sets out the requirements for conversion of 3rd country non-EU Licences to Part-FCL PPL licences only. The terms for conversion of 3rd country non-EU ATPL, CPL and the transfer of any associated Ratings or Certificates to the equivalent Part-FCL Licence including any associated Ratings or Certificates are set out in Article 8 of the EASA Aircrew Regulation


Pilots shall apply to the competent authority of the Member State where they reside or are established. If they are not residing in the territory of a Member State, pilots shall apply to the competent authority of the Member State where the operator for which they are flying or intend to fly has its principal place of business, or where the aircraft on which they are flying or intend to fly is registered

An Alternative Means of Compliance and Guidance Material has been published by the UK CAA in CAP 804, Section 4, Part Q, Subpart 2. These arrangements provide a route to a UK CAA-issued Part-FCL CPL(A) or (H) , IR(A) or (H) and/or Flight Instructor Certificates (A) or (H), qualification for the holders of a current and valid ICAO CPL(A) or (H), IR(A) or (H) and/or ICAO Flight Instructor Rating (A) or (H), as applicable, issued in accordance with ICAO Annex 1

Conversion of Licences

A PPL / BPL / SPL, a CPL or an ATPL licence issued in compliance with the requirements of Annex 1 to the Chicago Convention by a third country may be converted into a Part-FCL PPL / BPL / SPL with a single-pilot class or type rating by the competent authority of a Member State.


The pilot shall apply to the competent authority of the Member State where he/she resides or is established

The holder of the licence shall comply with the following minimum requirements, for the relevant aircraft category:


(a) pass a written examination in Air Law and Human Performance


(b) pass the PPL, BPL or SPL skill test, as relevant, in accordance with Part-FCL


(c) fulfil the requirements for the issue of the relevant class or type rating, in accordance with Part-FCL Subpart H (Class and Type Ratings)


(d) hold at least a Class 2 medical certificate, issued in accordance with Part-Medical


(e) demonstrate that he/she has acquired language proficiency in accordance with FCL.055


(f) have completed at least 100 hours of flight time as a pilot

Acceptance of Class and Type Ratings

A valid class or type rating contained in a licence issued by a third country may be inserted in a Part-FCL licence provided that the applicant:


(a) complies with the experience requirements and the prerequisites for the issue of the applicable type or class rating in accordance with Part-FCL

(b) passes the relevant skill test for the issue of the applicable type or class rating in accordance with Part-FCL

(b) is in current flying practice

(c) has no less than:

(i) for aeroplane class ratings, 100 hours of flight experience as a pilot in that class

(ii) for aeroplane type ratings, 500 hours of flight experience as a pilot in that type

(iii) for single-engine helicopters with a maximum certificated take-off mass of up to 3 175 kg, 100 hours of flight experience as a pilot in that type

Queries

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