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EASA / ICAO to FAA Conversion

Having trouble flying in the United States with the EASA Pilot License? Flying Academy brings forward the EASA to FAA Conversion Program to help ease your way into flying in the US whenever you want! 

ICAO English is mandatory, so start now!

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Where to start?

Depending on the type of license, the process of conversion from EASA to FAA differs. To convert your EASA Private Pilot License to FAA Private Pilot License is quite simple. In accordance with the 14 CFR 61.75, the PPL License is the only pilot license that can be converted to FAA without any further testing, including all ratings that fall under this license with the exception of the Instrument Rating (IR). The Instrument Rating issued under PPL will require 10 hours of theoretical training and 10 hours of flight training. The issued FAA PPL will be valid for as long as your current EASA PPL is valid. 

NOTE: Do not schedule any travel and/or check rides, etc until a valid Verification Letter has been obtained from the Airmen Certification Branch.

EASA / ICAO to FAA Conversion Step By Step

Application with the IACRA

FAA AIRMEN CERTIFICATION BRANCH

AFB-720, FOREIGN VERIFICATION

P.O. Box 25082

Oklahoma City, OK 73125-0082

Please include a copy of your foreign license. A copy of the foreign medical is only required if you would like a verification of both the foreign license and medical certificate.

Download Application Form Step 1

Uploading Required Documents

  • Once the account is created and activated with the IACRA, please proceed to select the “Start Foreign License Verification Process” option found on the main console. Fill in the required information and proceed to upload your EASA PPL License and Medical Certificate for verification.  
  • The FAA will further review the validity and currency of your license by contacting the country your license was issued. This process may take from 5 days up to 10 days. You will then receive a verification letter which is valid for 6 months and can be renewed following the same process.
  • English proficiency for flying in the USA is verified by the FAA examiner after arrival to the USA however they still need to have an ICAO endorsement on their EASA license. Without the ICAO endorsement applicants cannot fly abroad, so we can do it in the following way: 
    1. Applicants must pass the ICAO exam online
    2. Obtain verification for FAA license 
    3. Do the TB in the USA 
    4. After arrival, pick up the new license with ICAO already endorsed

Step 2

Travel to the USA

  • Upon receiving your verification letter, you are required to be in the United States to continue the conversion process. 
  • If you are traveling from a country that requires a visa to enter the US and wish to continue your pilot training beyond PPL, then you will need to apply for the student visa - M1 Visa. Otherwise, a tourist visa will suffice. Either way, please plan for the 6 months your verification letter is valid, or renew it if needed.

Step 3

Meet with an FAA Inspector

  • Flying Academy will complete your profile on the IACRA for conversion and make an appointment with an FAA Inspector who will review all the paperwork to check the validity of your documents and to verify your identity. 
  • What you are required to have for the meeting: 
    1. Have a current verification letter
    2. Hold a current medical certificate (EASA or FAA of at least 3rd Class)
    3. If you would like to convert your Instrument Rating, you will need to bring your IR knowledge test report.
    4. Furthermore, you will need to be able to speak, write, and understand English fluently. 
  • After this meeting, a temporary Airmen certificate will be issued to you where you will be able to exercise PPL privileges in the US.

Step 4

Flight Review

  • As FAA licenses do not have a set expiry date, you need to perform a Flight Review  with a Certified Flight Instructor within every two years (24 calendar months) You are required to have your first flight review prior to using your FAA License converted from a foreign license in order to gain the privileges of PPL under FAA. 
  • There will be a theoretical knowledge class which is typically 1 hour long, and a flight lesson with an FAA-certified instructor.

Step 5

Begin Flying!

  • You will continue building your flight hours according to the hours required for proceeding further to complete your other licenses whether EASA/ICAO/FAA. 
  • Once you receive the physical FAA license/certificate, you are required to keep both the FAA licenses/certificates, a photo ID, your EASA/ICAO License, and medical (EASA/ICAO/FAA) in physical possession when exercising your FAA privileges.

Step 6

Time Building

  • Build your flight hours in sunny Miami or picturesque Los Angeles with our various Time Building packages!

Time Building Step 7
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