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Transfer and validation of a foreign pilot license

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How do you transfer or validate your pilot license obtained abroad or in a non-EU country, for instance in the United States in accordance with FAA legislation or in the Russian Federation in accordance with the FAVT, to a European license in compliance with the requirements of EASA legislation Part-FCL and Part MED?

There are 2 options under European legislation.

Transfer and validation of a foreign pilot license

Converting – The first option is to transfer or convert (the term convert is most commonly used) your foreign license to a European license whereby the relevant authority or office will issue a new pilot license upon fulfillment of the conditions in compliance with EASA European legislation.

The basic prerequisite for converting a foreign pilot license to a European license is proof of permanent residency in the Czech Republic. The conversion option is intended primarily for Czech citizens who have obtained their pilot license outside the EU.

Validation – Another option is validation or recognition of the validity of your foreign license for flying in Europe. In this case, you must show your foreign license as well as confirmation of its recognition/validation for flying in Europe.

Validation is intended primarily for foreign nationals who do not have permanent residency in the Czech Republic. Validation can be used by foreign nationals who want to fly in the Czech Republic (EU), e.g. time-building. Validation is always issued for a period of one year.

Conditions for the conversion (transfer) of licenses obtained outside the EU

  • Permanent residency in the Czech Republic
  • Medical Certificate – Prior to being issued with a Czech pilot license, the applicant must hold a valid medical certificate issued in compliance with European legislation (Part MED) – e.g. PPL(A) = Class 2 medical certificate.
  • English – Applicants must meet the requirements to enter the “Czech” language qualification into the pilot license or successfully pass the ICAO English language exam. Applicants who wish to transfer an instrument rating qualification into a Czech pilot license must successfully pass an IFR English language examination at the CAA.
  • Validity of the transferred pilot license – The applicant’s original foreign pilot license must be valid; this also applies to the qualifications he/she transfers into the Czech pilot license.
  • Flight experience requirement – Applicants for the transfer of a pilot license must meet the flight experience requirements under European legislation for the issue of the relevant pilot license, as well as the requirements for the acceptance of the class or type rating that is to be transferred to the Czech pilot license. Flight experience is assessed by the CAA through our aviation school.
  • Demonstration of theoretical knowledge
License Total flight Theory course Theory examination Skills examination*
PPL < 100 hours Shortened theory course yes yes
PPL > 100 hours Not required yes -from the following subjects:
Aviation Law
Human Performance
yes
CPL/IR Shortened theory yes yes
ATPL Not required yes yes
*Skills test – Applicants must successfully pass the flight skills exams for the issue of the relevant Czech pilot license, type or class qualifications, or instrument rating.

Conditions for the validation of licenses obtained outside the EU

  • Reasons for validation
Reason Applicant Justification
Private flights Pilot with license up to PPL level e.g. Participation in races, holidays, flight hours PIC, ..
Commercial air transport Operator of commercial aircraft transport (AOC) Occupation as a professional pilot at a given AOC, the validation validity is limited by the operator
Commercial air transport Professional pilot Proof of temporary residence in the Czech Republic (Identification card)
  • Medical Certificate
License Medical Certificate
LAPL, PPL without IR Applicants must hold a valid Class 1 or Class 2 medical certificate issued in accordance with ICAO standards.
CPL, ATPL with IR Before the validation is issued, the applicant must hold a medical certificate of the appropriate class issued under European legislation (Part MED)
  • English – Applicants for validation must meet the requirement to enter the “Czech” or “English” language qualification into the pilot license. Applicants who wish to validate an instrument rating qualification must successfully pass an English language IFR examination at the CAA.
  • Validity of the transferred pilot license – The applicant’s foreign pilot license must be valid at the time of validation and for the period of validity of the validation. The same applies to the relevant qualifications.
  • Flight experience – When using validation for non-commercial flights with other persons on board, the validation holder must meet the relevant European legislative requirements regarding recent flight experience, i.e. at least 3 take-offs and 3 landings on a given aircraft type or class in the last 90 days, of which at least 1 take-off and 1 landing was at night, in cases where the rights are to be used at night.
  • Validity period – Validation is issued for the first time with a maximum validity period of 1 year. Its validity may be extended for another year.
  • Demonstration of theoretical knowledge
Reason License Flight Theory examination Skills examination*
Private flights PPL/CPL without IR TT > 100 hours yes – from the following subjects:
Aviation Law
Human Performance
yes
Private flights PPL/CPL with IR TPIC > 100 hours instrument flying yes – from the following subjects:
Aviation Law
Meteorology
Planning and flight execution
Human Performance
yes for IR
Commercial aircraft transport CPL with IR
ATPL
Fulfillment of the flight experience requirement in accordance with Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 1178/2011 yes yes
 *Skills test – Applicants must successfully pass the flight skills exams for the issue of the relevant Czech pilot license, type or class qualifications, or instrument rating.

Source: CAA – ZLP – 168

Enhancing the qualifications of pilots with foreign pilot licenses

Pilots with a pilot license issued outside the EU can also enhance their skills in the Czech Republic or in another EU country. If they fulfill all the requirements under European legislation for the commencement of training, they can begin training at any pilot training school.

Upon completion of the training, they must pass the prescribed examinations at the CAA and, if successful, the authority will issue them with a certificate in respect of the appropriate qualification. However, they will not enter this qualification into their pilot license because they are not authorized to make entries in pilot licenses issued in another state. It is then up to the student to contact the state in which his/her pilot license was issued and to request the recognition of the newly acquired qualification and its entry into his/her pilot license.

Enhancing qualifications from PPL to CPL

This applies to pilots who hold a PPL (A) license obtained outside the EU and would like to go on to have a career as a professional pilot in the Czech Republic and who have already obtained a CPL (A) license including IR (A) and other necessary qualifications in compliance with EASA standards.

According to the CAA, if the applicant completes the entire CPL training (theory course, theory examination, practical training, and skills test) in the Czech Republic, he/she will be issued an EASA CPL (A) license. If the pilot only intends to conduct dual training flights with an instructor, then he/she does not even need to validate his/her existing license issued abroad. All newly acquired qualifications and type ratings will be entered in the CPL issued in the Czech Republic in accordance with the EASA.

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