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What is the best route to convert my easa licence and ratings to FAA equal?

I currently hold an EASA frozen ATPl, CPL, MEP, SEP, IR, CFI, APS MCC, UPRT,.... . I converted my PPL A licence to FAA PPL with the SEP rating. Now I wonder what the best route is to convert all the ...
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Do logged hours really reflect ability? [duplicate]

I was recently flying with an ex commercial pilot. He told me that the only person he'd flown with that was worse at maintaining a heading was another ex A320 pilot with 20k+ hours. His reasoning was ...
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What's the rationale for requiring ATP applicants to be at least 23 years old?

The FAA requires pilots to be at least 23 years old to acquire an ATP. But what's the rationale for this rule? I can understand why has to retire at the age of 65 but why can't we have an 18 year old ...
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Medical requirements for becoming a Pilot

I’m currently a junior in high school and I would love to pursue being a comercial pilot as a career. The thing is I have a medical condition called EoE. It’s basically when I eat something I’m ...
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As a holder of a private pilot license foreign based, can I continue my training to commercial?

I have currently acquired permanent residency and want to continue my career in aviation. My private pilot license in the USA is foreign based, can I take the commercial pilot course normally or do I ...
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What's the most cost effective way to keep a PPL current with Ultralights?

I hold an NPPL(m) - which is a UK license for Micro/Ultralights only. I wish to "upgrade" (sadly there is no formal upgrade path) to a PPL so that on occasion, I can hire 4 seaters. My ...
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What are some of the easter eggs on the FAA pilot license?

I know that the back of the card has a hidden speech along the Wright brother's collars and the Wright flyer's frame. Also, if you shine a black light on the card, there's an (invisible to the naked ...
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I have a commercial rotorcraft student and he wants to get rated in an airplane

My new student has his commercial rotorcraft. He is working on his ASEL and he already has most of the experience requirements for PPL. Since he is already commercial rated wouldnt he be taking his ...
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Two Plastic ATP Certs?

I recently got typed in the CL-65 and received my restricted ATP certification. I can’t figure out why but apparently due to the amount of limitations such as PIC in accordance with 61.167 and vmc ...
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Can you lose your pilot's certificate if you are convicted of a non-violent misdemeanor that doesn't involve drugs or alcohol?

Can you lose your certificate, or be denied additional ratings, if you are convicted of a non-violent misdemeanor that doesn't involve drugs or alcohol?
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Applying back in the US as foreign with FAA Licenses

Just for context I’m currently sitting at about 250~ hours and applying to airlines back in South America. I did my training in the USA, therefore I have my instrument rating, MEL rating, and ...
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will my pilot's license be considered "Frozen ATPL"?

I am a CPL(A) commercial pilot license holder with MEP and IR ratings. This CPL(A) has been issued by an ICAO Member State under the rules of Annex 1 to the Chicago Convention. This country is not a ...
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Radiotelephony certificates in Germany: to get AZF do i need BZF first?

I've been asked by LBA (German Civil Aviation Authority) to acquire the general radio telephony certificate (AZF) in order to convert my FAA ATP to a German EASA ATPL. Can I get the AZF immediately or ...
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Would the Wright Flyer be considered ASEL or AMEL?

The Wright Flyer had two propellers driven from one engine. Aside from airworthiness issues, would an ASEL or AMEL rating be needed to fly it? What about the opposite design, with two engines powering ...
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What was the first law requiring licensing or certification for pilots?

What was the first law passed by a government (e.g. not a private organization's policy) requiring some kind of licensing or certifications for civilian pilots?
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How can I get a report from the FAA stating that I haven't had any accidents?

To validate my FAA licence in Argentina and fly aircraft with LV tail numbers they require some documents, one of which is a report that states that I haven't been in any accidents. This report must ...
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Cross crediting experience: Holder of ATC Instructor’s Qualification to NPPL(A) (SSEA)

I formerly held an ATC Instructor’s Qualification valid for the Vigilant Motor Glider through the RAF Volunteer Gliding Squadron System. I was a B1 Instructor until 2014 with 440 hours. I would now ...
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What's the reason for not allowing private pilots to get paid for their services?

As per a recent answer: A Private Pilot certificate removes a lot of the restrictions of the recreational cert. You're no longer restricted in where you can fly*, the number of passengers you can ...
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Was the first US government-issued pilot license issued in 1927 or '28?

The top image says it was issued April 6, 1928, while the bottom one says April 6, 1927. Are these two different documents issued a year apart, or is there a discrepancy?
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When did the United States stop issuing pilot "licenses" (and start issuing "certificates")?

The first document issued by the US federal government authorizing a person to fly an aircraft was issued on April 6, 1927 by the Aeronautics Branch of the Department of Commerce, and it is called a ...
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What does a medical certificate look like?

I can't find any images of a medical certificate other than the old version that was combined with the student pilot certificate. What do new medical certificates look like?
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Why are there so few recreational pilots?

There are far fewer holders of recreational pilot certificates than any other class. Why?
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What class are amphibious aircraft? [duplicate]

Are amphibious airplanes considered land or sea planes for pilot certification? Can an ASEL-only pilot fly an amphibious single-engine plane if (s)he only takes off and lands on land? Can an ASEL-only ...
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Chinese citizens wanting to get a US pilot license?

I am surprised to see Chinese citizens wanting to get US PPL licenses. The pilot shortage in China does not require anyone to show up with a US pilot license to ask for work. What is driving this ...
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Are the NPPL minimum annual hours really safe?

I am a Microlight pilot (Ultralight for U.S folks) with an NPPL(m) rating. The minimum requirements for bi-annual license renewal is: 12 hours flying 12 take-offs and landings 1 hour of instruction ...
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Is ATPL a universal license?

What I mean by ‘Universal’ is to be used anywhere. is this the case or do pilots flying between America and the UK just have both CAA and FAA ATPLs?
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Is there any reason not to get a student pilot certificate now?

I hope to get a PPL, IR, and possibly CPL someday. It looks like obtaining a student pilot certificate does not require anything except being 16 or older, knowing English, and completing a free ...
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Can you be a pilot with level 1 ASD?

I'm not 100% sure, but I think I have level 1 autism spectrum disorder (formerly called "high-functioning autism" or "Asperger's syndrome"). I have never been diagnosed, and I have ...
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Why can some aircraft not fly near the north pole?

The Adiru on the Airbus 320 has an limit like 84°N latitude. What happens if the plane is flown above that latitude?
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What should the back of my pilot certificate say?

I hold an ATP multi engine land rating, as well as a commercial single and multi. But the back of my card says Airline Transport Pilot Airplane Multiengine land Commercial Privileges Airplane single ...
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Is a flight instructor certificate on the same physical card as a pilot certificate?

Are a flight instructor certificate and commercial/airline transport pilot certificate printed on the same physical piece of plastic, or on two different ones?
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How can I transfer my US License to the UK?

I'm thinking of moving over to the UK to fly for British Airways since they only ask for 500 hours Pilot-in-Command time to become a First Officer. I currently hold a CPL and am Instrument Rated. I ...
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What is the validity of an ICAO frozen ATPL? [duplicate]

I would like to know what is the validity of a frozen Airline Transport Pilot License under ICAO regulations?
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If I don't want to teach, is there any advantage to getting my CFI/CFII?

The title pretty much says it all. I'm not a good teacher, and I don't have any interest in instructing students. So, if I'm not going to get a job at a flight school, would getting a CFI certificate ...
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US ultralight licence for PPL pilot

I hold a European PPL(A) licence, and would like to fly an ultralight in the US. In my home country, I'm not allowed to pilot an ultralight. To do that, I need a range of tests and a new licence. What ...
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Do you need a Commercial Pilot Certificate to fly an aircraft you own for aerial survey work? [closed]

Is it legal for a Private Pilot to fly his own aircraft (owned by the pilot) to perform aerial surveying/mapping for a company that he owns? He sells the data to another company that he also owns.
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Can someone under training of MPL(A) or CPL(A) attain a PPL(A)? That is, is it possible to attain multiple licenses simultaneously?

As the title says, is this possible according to EASA? According to the Swedish authorities, EASA do not allow attaining a second license before completing the first. But I have a hard time finding ...
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What's the most commonly used circling approach procedure in the US National Airspace System?

As the title says: which of the many circling approaches in the US National Airspace System holds the title of "circling approach that is flown most frequently?" My guess is it's the KTEB ...
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What type of pilot, if any, can use the legal title 'Captain'?

I came across a YouTube channel of a pilot who calls himself 'Captain [name]'... this guy is a Microlight pilot. It made me cringe. Anyway, it also got me wondering, what type of license, if any, ...
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SPL/TMG -LAPL-A to PPL

If you follow the educational path from Sailplane Pilot License / Touring motorglider (SPL/TMG) to Light Aircraft Pilot Licence (LAPL-A/SEP). What is the requirement to progress from LAPL-A to a ...
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Can you study for the written license test online?

I would like to get a PPL at some point. However, because of costs, that's likely to be years in the future, if ever. I know I'll take a course that covers what's on the written test as part of ...
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I believe I was misdiagnosed with ADHD when I was a small child. Can I get my private pilots licence?

I believe I was misdiagnosed with ADHD when I was a small child. I now want to get my PPL, and ive been told it might be a problem. Can I get the ADHD diagnosis removed from my medical record? I do ...
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Rating Title Differences with ICAO CPL

I graduated from an integrated ATPL programme in Turkey. Rating part of my CPL is comprised of two lines. Goes like: IR/ME Valid until ... MEP(land) Valid until.. However, my friend from my class(with ...
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Is there a "learner's permit" for pilots?

To get a driver's license (in Oregon), you have to pass a written test, get an instruction permit, get 100 hours of supervised driving practice, take a drive test, then get your driver's license, at ...
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Do pilots need a different license for each type of aircraft?

I have heard before that even an experienced Boeing 747 pilot can't operate a Boing 787 Dreamliner without attaining the specific license first.
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(UK) Why did Colin Furze's Hoverbike not require a licence?

Link: Why did he not need a licence to fly this?
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Can I exercise rights related to a new rating for which a new license document has been issued before I actually go and collect it?

Trying to figure this one out but no guidance anywhere other than lots of opinions (which I'm actively seeking). I'm planning a few flights in the coming days - just last month, I completed a ...
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How do fixed Vs rotary wing licences work in Britain?

I am eager to be able to fly both helicopters and fixed wing planes commercially. Would this require two separate Commercial Pilots Licenses or is there some amount of overlap? For example, can you do ...
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What can you do with an ATP that you can’t with an R-ATP?

So I know about the different requirements for an ATP vs R-ATP but I can’t find what you are able to do with a full ATP that you can’t do with an R-ATP
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How to prepare for a PPL license (before officially starting the course)?

I am aiming to get my PPL(A) licencse next year, the official start will be around spring, when my savings plan is due. I have lately been able to free up my schedule a little for the current year, ...
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