Conversions ?

The new European IFR Enroute (EIR) is useless for the pilots who usually fly IFR, since you can take off and landing only under VFR conditions (cf. aviasport mai 2014).

So what about the conversions ?

Europe seems to make some effort to allow conversion of our U.S. European liences licenses on reasonable terms. But one thing is certain: European Authorities needed more than a decade to enact this legislation in order to raise American standards, thinking that these standards are much lower than ours. It is therefore not realistic to hope that the FAA licenses will be converted without training or testing.

Should the opposite occur, the new European laws would have no more utility.

There are two ways how you can undertake.

Please refer to this information only as a guideline since applicable regulations change quite often. For the latest status of applicable legislation, please read the EASA Website (here).

 

ICAO CPL to JAA CPL[1]

If you hold a non-JAA CPL license the following conversion requirements will apply to you:

  1. Hold a valid JAR-FCL Class 1 medical
  2. Obtain a Radio Telephony Operator License
  3. Undertake JAA CPL ground school training at an approved Flight Training Organization (FTO)
  4. Undertake modular CPL flight training course (5  hrs on complex aeroplane) at an approved FTO
  5. Pass all 9 JAA CPL theoretical knowledge examinations
  6. Pass the CPL skill test with a CAA Flight Examiner

 

ICAO IR to JAA IR

If you hold a non-JAA Instrument Rating the following conversion requirements will apply to you.

  1. Undertake JAA IR ground school training at an approved Flight Training Organization (FTO)
  2. Pass all 7 JAA IR theoretical knowledge examinations
  3. Complete a minimum of 15 hrs of instrument flight training (5 or 10 hrs may be in a FNPT, FNPT2 or simulator)
  4. Pass the IR skill test with a CAA Flight Examiner

 

ICAO PPL to JAA PPL

If your experience is > 100 flight hours

If you hold a non-JAA PPL license the following conversion requirements will apply to you.

  1. Hold a valid JAR-FCL Class 2 medical
  2. Pass the JAA Air Law theoretical knowledge examination
  3. Pass the JAA Human Performance & Limitations theoretical knowledge examination
  4. Pass the PPL skill test

 

If your experience is <100 flight hours

If you hold a non-JAA PPL license the following conversion requirements will apply to you.

  1. Hold a valid JAR-FCL Class 2 medical
  2. Pass all JAA PPL theoretical knowledge examination
  3. Must meet the minimum JAA PPL flying experience requirements
  4. Pass the PPL skill test

 


Some examples of the cheapest prices we found:

Norway:
Rørosfly/luftfartskole – over 11.000€ euro. Professional and reliable school. You will get good training here, no doubt.
They offer 13€/night housing, otherwise Norway is expensive!

Sweden
Diamond Flight Academy – € 7500 include housing.
Good feedbacks.

Spain
Aerodynamics Málaga – € 8175

Iceland
Keilir Aviation Academy – € 6040

An other example of total fees in Poland: Forum post about conversion fees

[1] Many thanks to W. Pass, from P3air, for his brilliant summary.