Conversions

Private License Conversion

Pilots can convert their foreign private license to be able to fly in Canada for several different reasons. Some wish only to come to Canada and fly for a few weeks, while some pilots wish to move to Canada and to fly regularly. As a result, there are several types of conversions people can do with a private license.

Here is some text on the various ways to convert your foreign license to get a Canadian private license stolen directly from the Transport Canada web-site, and then added to:
(http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/standards/general-personnel-fore-2283.htm).

Private Pilot License Issued On the Basis of Foreign License

Candidates who want a long term Canadian Private Pilot license are advised to convert to a full Canadian license.

An applicant who is the holder of a Private Pilot License issued by another country shall be considered to have met the ground school, written examination, and the flight test provided that
· Obtained a Canadian Class III medical or higher
· Candidate has obtained 90% in the written examination PSTAR.
· Completed 5 take-offs and 5 landings within the 6 months preceding the date of application
· Has at least 45 hours total flight time, 12 hours solo, 5 hours instrument 3 hours dual cross country, and 5 hours solo cross country.
Once completing the above the candidate will be issued a license stating it is based on a foreign license, to remove this statement the Private Pilot written examination must be completed.

Recreational Flying in Canada: Foreign License Validation Certificate (FLVC)

A foreign pilot license of a visitor whose residence is outside Canada may be validated for private recreational purposes. The foreign pilot license must be valid under the law of the issuing state and valid for the privileges appropriate to the specific purpose.
An applicant may apply for a Foreign license Validation Certificate (FLVC) before arriving in Canada. The FLVC will be issued for a period of one year at which time the applicant may choose to renew it, or apply for a permanent Canadian Pilot License.
The applicant may fax a copy of their pilot license and their valid Medical Certificate to one of Transport Canada’s Regional offices.
Transport Canada Safety and Security, General Aviation, Personnel Licensing AARRB), Place de Ville, Tower C, 6th Floor, Area D, 330 Sparks Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0N8.
There is a licensing fee of $45 Cdn. applicable that may be paid by a certified cheque, money order or credit card number, (the cheque should be made payable to (“The Receiver General for Canada”).

Flight Training in Canada: Limited Term Private Pilot License (LTPL or LTPL/MC)

As a result of the increasing numbers of pilots coming to Canada each year to train for and receive additional license privileges, Transport Canada will now issue a Limited Term Pilot License and Medical Certificate (LTPL/MC) or Limited Term Pilot License (LTPL). The LTPL/MC is based on a valid foreign pilot license and the medical document validating that license. The LTPL is based on a valid foreign pilot license.
As a result this will permit foreign pilot license holders to fly Canadian registered aircraft internationally for private recreational purposes. The holder of this LTPL/MC or LTPL may act as pilot-in-command or co-pilot of any aircraft for the sole purpose of his or her own flight training or flight test. This document may also be endorsed with additional ratings

The following conditions are applicable for the issue of a LTPL/MC.

a. The foreign license must have been issued by a Contracting State of ICAO and be valid under the law of the issuing state for the privileges appropriate to the specific purpose.
b. The foreign Medical Certificate must be valid in accordance with Canadian medical standards. (For example: In the case of a pilot who is under 40 years of age, a LTPL/MC shall not be issued if more than 24 months has lapsed since the date of the last medical exam. In the case of a pilot who is 40 years of age or older, no more than 12 months shall have lapsed since the last medical examination.)
c. The LTPL/MC validity period shall not exceed 90 days.
d. A LTPL/MC may only be issued to an applicant once in any 12 month period.
e. There will be a licensing fee of $40 Cdn. for this document.
f. There is no requirement for a written examination.
g. The LTPL/MC may be endorsed for additional privileges if the required conditions are met.

The following conditions are applicable for the issue of a LTPL.

a. The foreign license must have been issued by a Contracting State of ICAO and be valid under the law of the issuing state for the privileges appropriate to the specific purpose.
b. A Canadian medical conducted by a Civil Aviation Medical Examiner (CAME) and assessed fit in the appropriate category by a Transport Canada Medical Advisor may validate an LTPL.
c. The LTPL validity period shall not exceed 90 days.
d. A LTPL may only be issued to an applicant once in any 12 month period.
e. There will be a licensing fee of $25 Cdn. for this document.
f. There is no requirement for a written examination.
g. The LTPL may be endorsed for additional privileges if the required conditions are met.

The LTPL/MC and the LTPL is applicable to the following aircraft categories:

a. Glider,
b. Aeroplane,
c. Helicopter, and
d. Balloon.

Should further information be required please contact Transport Canada, General Aviation, Personnel Licensing at (613) 990-1058, Fax (613) 990-6215.

Commercial Conversion

Converting your foreign commercial license to a Canadian Commercial license can be done in under a month, with the proper preparation.

Here is some text on how to convert to a Canadian commercial license stolen directly from the Transport Canada web-site, and then added to:
(http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/standards/general-personnel-fore-2283.htm).

To obtain a Canadian CPL-A, the following requirements must be met:
(CARs – Part IV, Subpart 1, Division VII, Section 421.30).

1. Complete the medical examination requirements in accordance with the Medical Standards for Civil Aviation Personnel Licensing and be in possession of a Category 1 Medical Certificate.

A medical examination may be conducted by an Aviation Medical Examiner designated by a Contracting State of the International Civil Aviation Organization. The appropriate medical form may be supplied upon request. For a list of Aviation Medical Examiners around the world, visit this page: http://www.tc.gc.ca/aviation/applications/cam/en/camsearch.asp?x_lang=e. Depending on the doctor, a Class 1 medical certificate can cost anywhere between $100 and $150.

2. Proof that the experience requirement is met.
(CARs – Part IV, Subpart 1, Division VII, Section 421.30, Para (4)).

An applicant should be able to provide Transport Canada with a log book of their flight experience for review.

3. Meet the knowledge requirements by successfully completing the following written examination: CPAER
(CARs – Part IV, Subpart 1, Division VII, Section 421.30, Para (3)).

The exam fee is $105. We offer commercial ground school courses for $450, or you can get tutoring from one of our qualified instructors. The books and study guides for the commercial course cost under $200.

4. Meet the skill requirement by successfully completing a practical Flight Test.
(CARs – Part IV, Subpart 1, Division VII, Section 421.30, Para (5)).

The test costs $200, plus the cost of the aircraft.

5. Complete the standard administrative requirements such as submitting proof of foreign citizenship and age, provide the foreign license and log book for evaluation, submit a license application form and pay the appropriate fee ($55).

IFR Conversion

Converting your foreign Instrument Rating to a Canadian Instrument Rating can be done in a few days, depending on the preparation of the pilot and how current they are.

Here is some text on how to convert to a Canadian Instrument Rating stolen directly from the Transport Canada web-site, and then added to:
(http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/standards/general-personnel-fore-2283.htm).

To obtain a Canadian Instrument Rating, the following requirement must be met:

An applicant wishing to obtain an Instrument Rating, to be endorsed on the CPL-A, must meet the knowledge and skill requirements set out in the CARs by successfully completing the written examination (INRAT), and successfully completing a flight test. (CARs – Part IV, Subpart 1, Division XIV, Section 421.46). The written exam fee is $35, and the flight test fee is $200, plus the cost to rent the aircraft. The books cost in the region of $150. We offer IFR refresher courses and tutoring for pilots that feel they are not prepared to take the exam.

Multi-Engine Rating Conversion

Converting your foreign Multi-Engine Rating to a Canadian Multi-Engine Rating can be done in a few days, depending on the preparation of the pilot and how current they are.

Here is some text on how to convert to a Canadian Multi-Engine Rating stolen directly from the Transport Canada web-site, and then added to:
(http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/standards/general-personnel-fore-2283.htm).

To obtain a Canadian Multi-Engine Rating, the following requirement must be met:

An applicant wishing to obtain a Multi-Engine Rating, to be endorsed on the CPL-A, must meet the requirements set out in the CARs (CARs – Part IV, Subpart 1, Division X, Section 421.38, Section (3)). If you have 50 hours Pilot-in-Command on multi-engine aeroplanes or have met the standard of the State that issued the rating, in the preceding 12 months (based upon date of application), then Transport Canada may issue your Canadian Multi-Engine Rating based upon your current Multi-Engine Rating. However, if an applicant is unable to satisfy these requirements, they must demonstrate their skill through the successful completion of a practical flight test. The flight test fee is $200, plus aircraft rental. We can give refresher courses for pilots who feel they need practice. There is a $30 licensing fee.

ATPL Conversion

Converting your foreign ATPL license to a Canadian ATPL license can be done in a month or two, depending on preparation.

Here is some text on how to convert to a Canadian ATPL license stolen directly from the Transport Canada web-site, and then added to:
(http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/standards/general-personnel-fore-2283.htm).

To obtain a Canadian (ATPL-A), the following requirements must be met:
(CARs – Part IV, Subpart 1, Division VIII, Section 421.34).

1. Complete the medical examination requirements in accordance with the Medical Standards for Civil Aviation Personnel Licensing and be in possession of a Category 1 Medical Certificate.

A medical examination may be conducted by an Aviation Medical Examiner designated by a Contracting State of the International Civil Aviation Organization. The appropriate medical form may be supplied upon request. For a list of Aviation Medical Examiners around the world, visit this page: http://www.tc.gc.ca/aviation/applications/cam/en/camsearch.asp?x_lang=e. Depending on the doctor, a Class 1 medical certificate can cost anywhere between $100 and $150.

2. Proof that the experience requirement is met.
(CARs – Part IV, Subpart 1, Division VIII, Section 421.34, Para (4)).

An applicant should be able to provide Transport Canada with a log book of their flight experience for review.

3. Meet the knowledge requirements by successfully completing the following written examinations: SAMRA, SARON and INRAT.
(CARs – Part IV, Subpart 1, Division VIII, Section 421.34, Para (3)).

The exams cost $105 each to write. The books together cost around $200, and we offer tutoring for the.

4. Meet the skill requirement by successfully completing a Flight Test.
(CARs – Part IV, Subpart 1, Division VIII, Section 421.34, Para (5)).

An applicant for an ATPL-A shall successfully complete a flight test in a multi-engine aeroplane (excluding centre-line thrust) which is suitably equipped for IFR flight in controlled airspace. The exam fee is $200, and you must also rent an aircraft. We can give refresher courses to pilots that need them.

5. Complete the standard administrative requirements such as submitting proof of foreign citizenship and age, provide the foreign license and log book for evaluation, submit a license application form and pay the appropriate fee ($105).