I have an FAA ATPL based on my Foreign ATPL. Am I now able to convert my new FAA ATPL to EASA ATPL? Of course with me doing all the exams etc..

or am I only allowed to convert my original foreign ATPL to EASA?

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    $\begingroup$ When you say convert do you mean you got an FAA ATPL on the basis of your foreign ATPL, or that you took the FAA tests? $\endgroup$
    – GdD
    Jun 29, 2016 at 12:20
  • $\begingroup$ I mean I got an FAA ATPL based on my Foreign ATPL.. $\endgroup$
    – mizzu
    Jun 29, 2016 at 13:24
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    $\begingroup$ Is your FAA ATP unrestricted, or does it say it's only valid together with your foreign ATP? $\endgroup$
    – Pondlife
    Jun 29, 2016 at 14:54
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    $\begingroup$ Maybe restricted is the wrong word, but in the past I had an FAA private license issued under 61.75 based on a South African one. It had this restriction: "ISSUED ON BASIS OF AND VALID ONLY WHEN ACCOMPANIED BY SOUTH AFRICA PILOT LICENSE NUMBER(S) xxxxxxxxxx. ALL LIMITATIONS AND RESTRICTIONS ON THE SOUTH AFRICA PILOT LICENSE APPLY" I was wondering if your FAA ATP license has something similar on it. As far as I know an ATP cannot be "based on" anything, it's always valid by itself. $\endgroup$
    – Pondlife
    Jun 30, 2016 at 13:33
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    $\begingroup$ @mizzu what does it say on your FAA ATP certificate? If there limitations they'll be printed on that card. What do they say? $\endgroup$
    – casey
    Jun 30, 2016 at 17:44

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Do you actually have an ATPL or a frozen ATPL?

Essentially, EASA requires you to sit all the ATPLs as well as the individual IR exam and your practical flight tests for the CPL, ME and IR. That is conditional on you having completed an "approved course of training" and whether your FAA stuff counts I don't know; I doubt it as it isn't EASA. Some stuff (CPL, ME & IR) can be converted depending on experience but from what I understand from a friend, many UK schools are very reluctant to do this at all. I can't speak for other EASA nations.

So essentially, plan on doing your ATPL again.


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