Airmen Certification
Administrative Process for the Reissuance of FAA Pilot Certificates

(EASA Member States Only)

New European Commission flight crew licensing regulations (Commission Regulation EU 1178/2011) prescribe a license format for all European Union Member States to follow. As a result of this format change, pilots' license numbers in European Union (EU) Member States will likely change. The renumbered licenses will render FAA pilot certificates that were issued on the basis of a foreign license (14 CFR Part 61.75) invalid since the FAA certificates were originally issued on the basis of their existing or current European pilot license number.

Under current standard procedures, pilots who wish to have their FAA certificates reissued are required to travel to an FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) in the United States to comply with the FAA requirement for verifiable identification of each certificate holder or applicant. Recognizing the difficulties that this will present to European pilots, the FAA's Flight Standards Service has decided to grant a deviation from its standard reissuance practice...
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  • Last update: July 08, 2014

EASA issues more accessible license for General Aviation pilots

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) published a Decision on the 1st April to accompany the recently published regulation on new and more accessible instrument ratings (IRs) focused on General Aviation (GA) pilots. This is part of the Agency's on-going work to simplify and improve GA regulations. This decision is expected to provide more flexibility in obtaining such ratings, thereby allowing more pilots to safely operate in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC), for example in low visibility...
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  • Last update: APRIL 14, 2016

Extention of the validity of third-country licenses in non-commercial operations

The validity of pilot licenses and aeromedical certificates issued by non-EU countries for non-commercial-operation of aircraft is planned to be extended until 8 April 2019 in the EASA Member States which choose to permit so.

Pilots holding a licence and an aeromedical certificate issued by a third country (for example the USA) are still allowed to use their licences for non-commercial-operation of aircraft in those EASA Member States which elected to permit so, based on a so-called "opt-out" - provision in the Aircrew Regulation. The European Commission, EASA and the Member States have planned to extend the validity period of this opt-out (currently until 8 April 2017) until 8 April 2019...
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  • Last update: MARCH 13, 2017