Is it possible for a CASA CPL holder to convert to both an FAA and CAAUK license and hold all three at the same time?

Would the pilot then be qualified to exercise the privileges of the CPL in Australia (with a CASA registered aircraft), USA (With an FAA registered aircraft), and the UK (With a CAAUK registered aircraft)?


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Yes, a pilot can hold multiple licences from different authorities, but it's not about operating in a country. A license from an authority applies to aircraft registered with that authority, wherever that aircraft is in the world.

An FAA license lets you operate an N registered aircraft anywhere in the world, it does not let you operate a foreign registered aircraft on American soil unless that foreign authority gives permission to do so.

  • $\begingroup$ There is no confusion @Samuel, I'm answering your question. $\endgroup$
    – GdD
    Commented Jan 28, 2020 at 13:29
  • $\begingroup$ But does the training for those licenses have to be started from scratch or can they be converted? $\endgroup$
    – Samuel
    Commented Jan 28, 2020 at 15:15
  • $\begingroup$ It depends @Samuel. That question has been asked on this site before, you might want to search on the word convert. I'd look myself for you but I'm not in a position to at the moment, hopefully some of the helpful people on this site will comment with some links - hint hint! $\endgroup$
    – GdD
    Commented Jan 28, 2020 at 15:19
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    $\begingroup$ Your last statement is incorrect: an FAA certificate is valid for a foreign aircraft in the US. See this question $\endgroup$
    – Pondlife
    Commented Jan 28, 2020 at 16:31
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    $\begingroup$ @GdD Well, the question wasn't about this aspect either, it was just about holding the licenses and operating aircraft within their respective countries. Since your last sentence is apparently causing some disagreement, I'd suggest considering removing it (since it wasn't an aspect that was asked about anyway), and bringing the discussion to the question to which Pondlife linked so that we can (hopefully) come to a definitive answer, over where that exact question was asked. $\endgroup$
    – Lnafziger
    Commented Jan 28, 2020 at 17:48

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