Foreign Pilot License Conversion
It is very popular for foreign pilots to come to the U.S.A and convert their foreign pilot license to a FAA pilot certificate. This process is actually surprisingly easy and Cable Air has years of experience in performing these conversions.There are three requirements that all foreign pilots must meet to convert their foreign pilot license into a FAA pilot certificate.
- You must be able to speak, read and understand the English language.
- You must have a green card or a B-1 (business), B-2 (tourist), F-1 (student), J-1 (exchange visitor), M-1 (student) visa or be visiting from one of the countries that participates in the visa waiver program (VWP) aka ESTA. By the way, Cable Air does not issue any visas.
- You must hold a least a third (III) class FAA medical certificate.
The first step of the foreign pilot license conversion process must be completed before you arrive in the U.S.A. It begins with the FAA verifying the authenticity of your present foreign pilot license. To do this, you must fill out a downloadable form and then fax it to 405-954-9922 or mail it to:
Federal Aviation Administration Airmen Certification Branch
AFS-760 P.O. Box 25082
Oklahoma City, OK 73125-0082
Federal Aviation Administration (Step 2)
Verification & Pilot License Currency
The FAA will verify the validity and currency of your license with your country’s aviation administration (for example CASA, LBA, CAA, etc).
FAA Verification Letter
Once this has been completed (please allow up to 6 weeks depending of workload) the FAA will send a verification letter back to your home address. Do not schedule any travel until then.When you arrive in California and come to Cable Air .
You must bring:
- Verification letter
- Foreign pilot license
- foreign pilot medical
FAA Medical Examination
At this point we assist you to receive an FAA medical examination (minimum III class) here at a local aeronautical medical examiner (AME). You can also, which saves time, get your FAA medical in your home country. There are may FAA AMEs around the world in pretty much every country.
FAA office (FSDO) REVIEW – (Step 3)
Once this is completed we will schedule an interview with the local FAA office (FSDO) or an FAA designated examiner (DPE). During the short interview, the FAA inspector or DPE will have the opportunity to meet you, review your information and verify that you speak, read and understand English. If everything is complete and accurate the temporary FAA certificate will be processed. A practical test is not required.
For the interview you must provide the following:
Completed a FAA Form 8710 (your instructor is going to do that electronically thru IACRA, an FAA online platform), FAA DPE fee (typically US$150.00, cash only), logbook, passport, all pilot and medical certificates mentioned above.
Temporary Pilot Certificate
Once in possession of your newly issued temporary pilot certificate ground school and flight time necessary to proficiency to obtain a flight review endorsement (US$61.56) can start. This training will be tailored to your individual needs and aircraft check out requirements.
Notes about your FAA certificate:
Your FAA certificate is strictly based on your foreign pilot license. This means that you are required to carry both documents with you when you fly. The foreign license must be valid and current at all times.
You will be required to register with the TSA to receive additional flight training like an instrument or multi-engine rating to your FAA certificate.
FOREIGN PILOT TIME BUILDING
Cable Air has an interesting fleet of different aircraft available for training and rental. This has made us a popular place for international pilots to come to sunny Southern California from all over the world and rent aircraft for flying for the purpose of pleasure and time building. Our types of aircraft range from a C152 to XXXX. All aircraft are maintained by Foothill Aircraft Sales & Service – another Cable family business located at the airport.
GUIDED TOURS (FLYING SAFARIS“) THRU THE WESTERN UNITED STATES
With Cable Air perfectly situated in Southern California with its close to 365 VFR flying days out of the year, you picked he right location to start your flying adventure. Explore California, Nevada, Arizona and the rest of the Western United States from above. Cable Air takes you to new destinations the most exiting way possible. Please inquire about your plans and dreams flying yourself thru the skies and what the coast has to offer. Coast lines, metropolitan cities, mountains and deserts … we have it all.
HOUSING, ACCOMODATION & TRANSPORT
A wide variety of places to stay locally and en-route. AirBnB, hotels, motels & inns. Rental car, Uber, Lyft or bicycle. All easily available. Assistance provided if needed.
CONTACT FOR INTERNATIONAL PILOTS OUTSIDE THE U.S. & REPRESENTATIVE FOR EUROPE
If you have any specific questions, please feel free to get in touch.
Airline Transport Pilot, Certified Flight Instructor – FAA (USA)
Commercial Pilot, Flight Instructor – EASA (Germany)
Phone: +49 171 3301388