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Conversion between U.S. and Canadian Pilot Licences

IMPLEMENTATION PROCEDURES FOR LICENSING

Under the Agreement for the Promotion of Aviation Safety dated 12 June 2000 between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Canada
August 31, 2006

Appendix - Conditions for Conversion

Airline Transport Pilot – Airplane

TCCA to FAA
Topic

FAA to TCCA

Minimum Age: 23
Age
N/A since TCCA requires applicant to be 21 years of age.

Hold at a minimum an FAA Third-Class medical certificate to obtain the FAA airline transport pilot certificate.
Hold an FAA First-Class medical certificate in order to exercise the privileges of the FAA airline transport pilot certificate.
Medical
Certificate

TCCA Category 1 medical certificate.

Hold a TCCA Airline Transport Pilot Licence - Aeroplane.
Experience
(Hours)

Hold an FAA airline transport pilot certificate with Airplane Multi-engine class rating and a minimum of 900 hours airplane category flight time.  Flight Engineer time will not be credited.

Pass an examination in air law and communications as specified by FAA.
Theoretical
Knowledge

Pass an examination in accordance with the air law and communications syllabus as specified by TCCA.

No further skill/practical testing required. 
Practical
Skill

No further skill/practical testing required.

Read, write, speak and understand the English language
Language
Communicate in English or French language

Note:  Before exercising the privileges of the converted licence or certificate, the pilot shall meet the recency and operational requirements of the State converting the licence or certificate.

Commercial Pilot – Airplane

TCCA to FAA Topic FAA to TCCA

Minimum age: 18
Age
Minimum age: 18

Hold at a minimum an FAA Third-Class medical certificate to obtain the FAA commercial pilot certificate.
Hold an FAA Second-Class medical certificate in order to exercise the privileges of the FAA commercial pilot certificate.
Medical
Certificate

TCCA Category 1 medical certificate.

Hold a TCCA Commercial Pilot Licence - Aeroplane with a minimum of 250 hours flight time. 
Experience
(Hours)

Hold an FAA commercial pilot certificate - airplane with a minimum of 200 hours flight time, or FAA airline transport pilot certificate - airplane with single engine land rating only.

Pass an examination in air law and communications as specified by the FAA.
Theoretical
Knowledge

Pass an examination in accordance with the air law and communications syllabus as specified by TCCA.

No further skill/practical testing required. 
Practical
Skill

No further skill/practical testing required.

Read, write, speak and understand the English language.
Language
Communicate in English or French language.

Note:  Before exercising the privileges of the converted licence or certificate, the pilot shall meet the recency and operational requirements of the State converting the licence or certificate.

Instrument Rating - Airplane

TCCA to FAA Topic FAA to TCCA

Minimum age: 17 for PPL holder
Age
Minimum age: 17 for PPL holder

Not applicable.
Medical
Certificate

Not applicable.

Hold a TCCA Instrument Rating – Aeroplane.
Experience
(Hours)

Hold an FAA instrument rating- airplane and have an FAA instrument proficiency check - airplane within the past 24 months.

Pass an examination in air law and communications as specified by the FAA.
Theoretical
Knowledge

Pass an examination in accordance with the instrument rating air law and communications syllabus as specified by TCCA.

No further skill/practical testing required. 
Practical
Skill

No further skill/practical testing required.

Read, write, speak and understand the English language.
Language
Communicate in English or French language.

Note 1:  Before exercising the privileges of the converted licence or certificate, the pilot shall meet the recency and operational requirements of the State converting the licence or certificate.

Note 2: Pilots holding a FAA pilot certificate with an instrument rating converted from a TCCA pilot licence with an instrument rating may also meet the requirements of 14 CFR §61.57 (c) and (d) if they passed a TCCA instrument rating skill test within the preceding 12 calendar months of exercising privileges of the FAA instrument rating.

Note 3:  Pilots holding a TCCA pilot licence with an instrument rating converted from a FAA certificate with an instrument rating may also meet the requirements of CAR 421.49 [Renewal of Instrument Rating] by having passed an FAA instrument proficiency check [14 CFR - §61.57 (d)] within the previous 24 months in an airplane or an approved flight simulation device.

Private Pilot - Airplane

TCCA to FAA Topic FAA to TCCA

Minimum age: 17
Age
Minimum age: 17

FAA Third-Class medical certificate.
Medical
Certificate

TCCA Category 3 medical certificate.

Hold a TCCA Private Pilot Licence - Aeroplane.
Experience
(Total Hours)

Hold an FAA private pilot certificate - airplane with a minimum of 45 hours flight time.

Pass an examination in air law and communications as specified by FAA.
Theoretical
Knowledge

Pass an examination in accordance with the private pilot air law and communications syllabus as specified by TCCA.

No further skill/practical testing required.
Practical
Skill

No further skill/practical testing required.

FAA would limit private pilot certificate - airplane to Day VFR Only unless applicant holds TCCA night qualification, or meets FAA night experience requirements.
Additional
Requirements
Night
Qualification

TCCA would limit private pilot licence - airplane to Day VFR Only unless IR is held, or applicant meets the TCCA Private Pilot Licence - Airplane night experience requirements.

Read, write, speak and understand the English language.
Language
Communicate in English or French language.

Note:  Before exercising the privileges of the converted licence or certificate, the pilot shall meet the recency and operational requirements of the State converting the licence or certificate.

Airplane Type Ratings

TCCA to FAA Topic FAA to TCCA

Minimum age appropriate to the FAA pilot certificate to be issued.
Age
Minimum age appropriate to the TCCA pilot licence to be issued.

Not applicable.
Medical
Certificate

Not applicable.

Hold TCCA pilot licence with appropriate Type Rating.
Experience
(Hours)

Hold FAA pilot certificate with appropriate Type Rating.

No further testing required.
Theoretical
Knowledge

No further testing required.

No further skill/practical testing required. 
Practical
Skill

No further skill/practical testing required.

Type ratings on the TCCA pilot licence may be placed on that person’s FAA pilot certificate with no further testing requirements.
Additional
Requirements

Type ratings on the FAA pilot certificate may be placed on that person’s TCCA pilot licence with no further testing requirements.

Read, write, speak and understand the English language.
Language
Communicate in English or French language.

Note:  Before exercising the privileges of the converted licence or certificate, the pilot shall meet the recency and operational requirements of the State converting the licence or certificate.

Date modified:
2010-05-03

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