Conversion between U.S. and Canadian Pilot Licences


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
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3.0 Information about Special Conditions

(a) These procedures apply to the following aircraft categories and class: aeroplane1 and rotorcraft-helicopter and the private, commercial, and airline transport pilot levels of certificates and licences, including the following ratings or qualifications: aeroplane instrument rating; helicopter instrument rating; aeroplane category class ratings; certain aeroplane and helicopter pilot type ratings, and night qualification issued under 14 CFR Part 61 and CARs Part IV.

(b) FAA-certificated pilots who apply for conversion to a TCCA pilot licence must first obtain the appropriate TCCA medical certificate (either a Category 1 or 3, as appropriate), issued under CARs Part IV, Subpart 4, Medical Requirements before a TCCA pilot licence may be issued. TCCA licensed pilots who apply for conversion to an FAA pilot certificate must obtain the appropriate FAA medical certificate (i.e. 1st, 2nd, or 3rd class medical certificate) issued under 14 CFR Part 67 before the FAA pilot certificate can be issued.

(c) On the aeroplane licence, TCCA does not issue an ATP licence with a single-engined aeroplane only rating. An FAA ATP certificate holder with a single engine aeroplane only rating (meaning no multiengine aeroplane class rating) will be eligible only for the issuance of a TCCA Commercial Pilot licence with the appropriate single-engined aeroplane rating.

(d) The conversion conditions are contained in the Appendix of this document.

(e) Once a pilot licence or certificate is converted, pilots must meet the recency and operational requirements of the state of licence conversion in order to exercise the privileges of the licence, certificate and ratings obtained through the conversion process. Additionally, this agreement applies to the following situations:

  1. (i) The currency activities described in 14 CFR 61.57 (i.e., instrument approaches, holding procedures, and intercepting and tracking through the use of navigational electronic systems) performed in a category or class covered under this agreement, and appropriate to instrument rating converted, that are performed under CAR 401.05(3) may be used to meet the instrument experience requirements found in 14 CFR 61.57(c).
  2. (ii) Pilots holding a TCCA pilot licence with an instrument rating converted from an FAA pilot certificate with an instrument rating may also meet the requirements of CAR 421.49 [Renewal of Instrument Rating] if they have passed an FAA instrument proficiency check in a category or class covered under this agreement or an approved flight simulation training device representing an aircraft that is covered under this agreement (i.e. § 61.57 (d)) within the previous 24 calendar months.
  3. (iii) An appropriate pilot type rating means a pilot type rating that authorizes PIC privileges. A pilot type rating that authorizes only SIC privileges (i.e., § 61.5(b)(7)(iv)) may not be converted under this IPL.
  4. (iv) Only helicopters that are over 12,500 pounds maximum certified takeoff weight are eligible for a pilot type rating on a U.S. pilot certificate.

1 The term “aeroplane” has the same meaning as “airplane” for the purposes of this agreement.
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