Here’s the question about foreign pilots:
I was training for our fixed wing licenses while living in South Africa, acquiring our LSA license ( Light Sport Aircraft) then moving onto the 15 hour conversion to our [Private Pilot’s License] PPL. However I moved [to the United States] again unable to complete the course in its entirety before my departure. How can I convert my South African license to the American equivalent so that we can resume our process smoothly?
The answer always starts with a search on AOPA’s and FAA’s websites:
- FAA Airmen Certification, certify the authenticity of a Foreign License , Rating, and Medical Certification
- FAA Foreign Pilot Certification
- AOPA Aliens and Non-U.S. Citizens seeking flight training
And here is our Chief Pilot’s response:
A foreign pilot needs to bring their foreign license, logbook and personal ID to the Flight Standards District Offices (FSDO) in their district, making an appointment prior to going to the FSDO (Houston’s is https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/field_offices/fsdo/hou/). Complete and bring the FAA required form.
Now, if they want to add an additional rating, then the hours that are approved by the FAA can be used to meet the minimum requirements for the desired license or rating. It is up to the discretion of the Certified Flight Instructor (“CFI“) to make the recommendation to the FAA to attest that the person is qualified to take the exam for the license or rating.
** If the person is not a US Citizen, they must be apply and be approved by TSA. They can do this on the website: https://www.flightschoolcandidates.gov.
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