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I have a European EASA license - what do I need to do to be allowed to fly in the US?

I own a PPL(A) license following JAR-FCL. Recently, this license has been exchanged for a European EASA license. My training was on a motor glider (TMG), I do not have ratings for SEP, but TMG and ...
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Can time logged in foreign aircraft be applied towards an FAA certificate or rating?

Does time logged in these foreign-registered aircraft (cross country, etc) count towards US certificates or ratings? Or is it flight experience that should be excluded from an 8710?
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What do the terms 'holding out' and 'common carriage' mean?

A pilot with a new commercial certificate is excited at the new world of getting-paid-to-fly they have opened up. That is, until their instructor or good friend reminds them of 14 CFR 119 and the ...
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What are the consequences of flying GA without a license (certificate)?

As far as I can tell, in the U.S., 49 USC 46317(a) makes flying without a proper certificate a crime punishable by fine and/or imprisonment. However, the FAA is a regulatory agency, which means it ...
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What classifies as an ultralight vehicle?

I am looking into the possibly of getting my pilots license and I noticed that it says you don't need a license for "ultralight vehicles". What are ultralight vehicles? I am located in the USA, ...
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Can a US pilot fly a foreign registered aircraft in the US?

Is it legal for a pilot with an FAA license to fly a foreign registered aircraft within the United States? Is it covered by FAA regulations, or the country of aircraft registration?
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How can I build the 40 hours instrument time required for an instrument rating?

14 CFR 61.65(d)(2) says: (2) Forty hours of actual or simulated instrument time in the areas of operation listed in paragraph (c) of this section, of which 15 hours must have been received from an ...
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What does a sport pilot have to do to get a private pilot certificate in the US?

What are the minimum requirements for obtaining a privates pilot certificate if a pilot already has a sport pilot certificate? The requirements for a private pilot certificate don't changes because ...
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What does the FAA consider to be "good moral character"?

Per 14 CFR 61.153(c) candidates for an ATP license must "be of good moral character". What does that actually mean and how does an examiner or the FAA verify it?
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Is the Soloy Dual Pac recognised as two engines or one engine?

The Soloy Dual Pac apparently allows two engines to rotate one propeller -- here's a picture of it on an Otter: Is this recognised as a centreline thrust twin engine aircraft, a "standard" twin ...
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What is required for a pilot to fly in another country?

What is required for someone who holds a pilot certificate in one country to fly in another country? First, I'm wondering if there are any general rules that would apply to any such situation. Second, ...
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What is a 709 ride?

One of the enforcement actions that FAA can take against a pilot is known as a "709 ride" in which your certifications and rating are reevaluated by the FAA. What is the regulatory basis for this ...
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How do I renew/revalidate my lapsed JAR PPL?

I obtained a JAR PPL in 2003 and flew regularly for a few years afterwards. My last flight as Pilot in Command was around 2006 and as I have not kept up the required number of hours per year since ...
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Does an FAA pilot certificate qualify as an ICAO pilot licence?

What is an ICAO pilot license? I've seen it as a job requirement before, does my FAA ATP count?
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Can a pilot with an ICAO Multi-Crew Pilot License fly an airliner into the U.S.?

In the question How do non-US pilots get the hours necessary for an ATP?, the question was raised of whether we have 250 or 500 hour foreign pilots flying airliners into major U.S. airports. DeltaLima'...
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Why does the ACS forbid activation of the stall warning during slow flight?

In section VII. Slow Flight and Stalls, page 54 of the Private Airplane ACS, the Skills section contains in part $$\begin{array}{l|l} \bf{Skills} & \text{The applicant demonstrates the ability ...
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What happens when a temporary pilot certificate expires?

What can I do if my not-so-newly issued temporary pilot certificate is about to expire and I haven't gotten my permanent certificate yet? Is there any way that I can keep flying while waiting for it, ...
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What are the pilot rating requirements for amphibians?

I know that both land and sea planes require pilot ratings in order to act as pilot-in-command. What is the requirement to act as pilot-in-command of an amphibian? Is there a third rating or just ...
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Why require a minimum of 1500 hours to become an airline pilot?

In the United States, under part 61 standards for pilot certifications, for a person to apply for an airline transport pilot certificate one of the aeronautical experience minimums is a minimum of ...
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What is the step-by-step process to become a ground instructor in the US?

I would like to know about the whole step-by-step process to become a ground instructor in the US. My understanding is that any previous pilot or CFI certificates are not needed. So, are only needed ...
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What constitutes a flight review for the purposes of eligibility for a remote pilot certificate under 14 CFR 107.61(d)(2)?

An applicant for the Remote Pilot Certificate who already holds a pilot's license can forgo the knowledge test required by 14 CFR 107.61(d)(1) if they have a current flight review. The regulation ...
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Is it required to be an ATP and work for an airline to be a Captain?

I'm just curious if the ATP certificate and working for an airline are prerequisites to being a Captain, or could you have such a title as a PPL or a CPL?
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What licenses/endorsements or type ratings do you need to fly a fighter jet?

As the title says, what endorsements and licenses do I need to obtain before I can legally fly a decommissioned single seater fighter jet or trainer jet (like a L-39 Albatros or even a F22 when the ...
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What is the wording on outline of Wright Flyer on FAA pilot license?

I was told once that the outline of the Wright Flyer was taken from a speech given by the Wright Brothers. In the picture below you can very clearly see the words on the Wright Flyer. Does anybody ...
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Can I save money on becoming a helicopter pilot in the US if I do flight hours in Mexico?

Flight hours costs approximately $285 per hour. Below is a screenshot from a local (Newport Beach, CA) school regarding what it takes to become a private pilot. So I was hoping that maybe there ...
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Are the requirements for an initial type rating the same across types?

If a pilot wishes to obtain an initial FAA type rating - say, for a Boeing 737 - are the requirements to obtain that rating the same as if they were getting a type rating for an Airbus A320? If they ...
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Why do multi-engine privileges not propagate down to single-engine?

From this answer, privileges of single-engine and multi-engine are separated. A pilot who obtained his PPL on a single-engine and his CPL on a multi-engine is not permitted to exercise his commercial ...
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How is a type rating administered for aircraft that do not comply with 91.109?

Let's say you have a demilitarized A-10 (this isn't too farfetched an idea, as this SDSM&T proposal for a replacement thunderstorm research aircraft demonstrates). With an empty weight twice the ...
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What exactly is a UK IMC rating?

In chat, falstro mentioned the "UK IMC rating" and described it as "a lighter version of an instrument rating, allows enroute IFR, but no approaches or departures" (although to be fair he also said ...
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How much knowledge/experience can be transferred between different categories/classes of certification?

This question was originally going to be "Is it possible to earn an ATPL without also ending up with at least one airliner type rating?", but I thought I'd broaden it just a bit (hopefully not too ...
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Which refers to CFI renewal based on pass rate, "activities" or "duties and responsibilities"?

It's that time again, gotta re-up my CFI. I always forget when I'm filling out IACRA whether CFI renewals (in the United States) based on student pass rate percentage are considered "activites" or "...
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Can a MEI CFI give a valid flight review in a plane for which he is not endorsed?

A friend of mine is working towards his initial CFI. I'm helping him work through regulatory, weather, and other knowledge stuff when time permits. During our most recent ground session he asked me ...
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How do PPL, CPL, and ATPL compare?

What are hiding under these letters? What do they stand for? I have read many others, but I could never understand what they mean and the pilot's career on each of them. If possible, can anyone post a ...
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How can I keep my IR currency outside the USA?

I am an FAA PPL/IR holder living in Spain. My IR license was issued in May 13 of 2016, it has been over 6 months so now I need to log my 6HIT with a safety pilot. Is it possible to complete the ...
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What is the difference between a rating and a certificate?

I did some research on what it would take to become a private pilot. I am totally green to the aviation world, so bear with me on my question. I see the licenses also referred to as certificates but ...
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Who checks that pilots have their licenses?

One weird thing came to my head In the ground, Every time you drive an 91 CRX SIR/Civic Si EM1 or ride an Honda Dirtbike There is an possibility of getting busted by the cops waiting in the temporary ...
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If you are able correct your vision in one eye, must you correct your vision?

After reviewing this exchange: Can you obtain a pilot license with impaired vision / being blind in one eye? I can see that having monocular vision is allowed by faa rules, but I would like to clarify ...
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How long does it take for an FAA licence to be delivered?

Would anyone have an idea how how long it takes for a licence to be posted out. The airmen search tells me my ATP processing was completed at some point last week. So the licence has been finalised. ...
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Can I pass the EASA ATPL exams by studying FAA materials?

If I have the theoretical knowledge required for an FAA ATP, could I use that knowledge to pass the EASA ATPL exams?
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Is there an upper age limit for pilots freight only?

When I asked my original question below, I should have been more specific. I will rephrase my question, however, I do wish to extend my thanks & appreciation to those who answered my question as ...
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Can I get an FAA restricted ATP certificate with 1000 hours total time?

I have an FAA Commercial Single-Engine certificate with 260 hours total time and a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering issued in Indonesia. I have an Indonesian Passport and I'm working as a ...
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How do ratings work with pilot certificates?

Just wondering how ratings work with pilot certificates. Let's say I get both a private pilot certificate and a commercial pilot certificate for airplane / single-engine land. If I want to add a ...
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If a pilot takes a MEL checkride and later a SES checkride, is the pilot now also qualified for MES/SEL?

*Assuming all checkrides are passed. If a pilot gets a multi-engine land rating on a primary checkride, and later takes a checkride as single-engine sea, is the pilot now qualified for multi-engine ...
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How do I get an FAA CPL from an EASA PPL?

Im looking into getting a PPL, but feel I need some more information since there are a lot of hours involved so I need to expand my idea of the different possibilities. I am from Sweden but work and ...
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What effect does driving convictions have on a PPL?

Recently, I was driving some friends around when they started complaining that I was driving "too slow" (basically not over the speed limit). I stated that my reason for being cautious was I did not ...
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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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Thinking of investing in getting a commercial or instructor license but having a hard time evaluating the current job market as an outsider [closed]

I really appreciate your advice on this one and please excuse my ignorance. I already fly gliders and am passionate about aviation like many of you here. I work in software, but sometimes get fed up ...
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