FAA TO TCCA LICENCE CONVERSIONS

Ref. Advisory Circular 401-001

Applicants who hold a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airman certificate (airplane category) can convert to a Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) pilot licence in the aeroplane category in accordance with the Agreement for the Promotion of Aviation Safety between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States of America.

If you hold a pilot licence from any other ICAO Member country, please visit the Foreign Pilot Licence Conversion page on our website for information on TCCA licence conversion.


FAA PPL TO TCCA CONVERSION REQUIREMENTS

Must hold an FAA Private airman certificate with airplane category and class rating(s) and:

(1) Age: Must be at least 17 years of age

(2) Medical fitness: Must hold either a Category 1 or Category 3 TCCA medical

(3) Knowledge: Must pass the Conversion - Private Pilot Licence – Aeroplane, (FAAPA) written examination on air laws and communications. Must be able to read, write and communicate in English or French

(4) Experience: Must provide proof of a minimum of 45 hours pilot flight time

(5) Skill: No additional practical flight test is required

Notes:

(i) TCCA will not issue a TCCA night rating unless the FAA applicant holds a FAA airman certificate with the airplane category and class rating(s) that includes airplane instrument privileges or the applicant meets the "Conditions for Conversion – Night Rating – PPL -Aeroplane"

(ii) All applicants applying for an Instrument rating must also meet the conditions for Instrument Rating conversion

FAA CPL TO TCCA CONVERSION REQUIREMENTS

Must hold a FAA Commercial airman certificate with airplane category and class rating(s) or Hold a FAA ATP airman certificate with airplane, single-engine land (ASEL) or sea (ASES) class rating only and:

(1) Age: Must be at least 18 years of age

(2) Medical fitness: Must hold a TCCA Category 1 medical certificate

(3) Knowledge: Must pass the Conversion - Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane, (FAACA) written examination on air laws and communications. Must be able to read, write and communicate in English or French

(4) Experience: Must provide proof of a minimum of 200 hours pilot flight time

(5) Skill: No additional practical flight test is required

FAA AIRLINE TRANSPORT TO TCCA CONVERSION REQUIREMENTS

Must hold a FAA Airline Transport airman certificate with airplane category and airplane, multi-engine land (AMEL) or airplane, multi-engine sea (AMES) class rating

Note: FAA ATP airman certificate holders with an airplane, single-engine land (ASEL) or an airplane, single-engine sea (ASES) class rating, are not eligible for a TCCA ATPL. The conditions for this section will not apply. These holders may be issued a TCCA commercial pilot licence in the aeroplane category with the appropriate class / type ratings if they meet the conditions for CPL conversion.

(1) Age: Must be at least 21 years of age

(2) Medical fitness: Must hold a TCCA Category 1 medical certificate

(3) Knowledge: Must pass the Conversion – Airline Transport Pilot Licence – Aeroplane, (FAAAA) written examination on air laws and communications. Must be able to read, write and communicate in English or French. Study and Reference guides may be found at the following Internet web site: Airline Transport Licence

(4) Experience: Must have a minimum total of 900 hours flight time in aeroplanes. Note: Flight Engineer time may not be credited

(5) Skill: Must have passed a FAA Instrument Proficiency Check in accordance with 14 CFR §61.57(d)(1) and (2) in an airplane or airplane FSTD in the past 24 months prior to application

FAA INSTRUMENT RATING TO TCCA CONVERSION REQUIREMENTS

Must hold at least a FAA Private airman certificate with airplane category and class rating(s) that include airplane instrument privileges and:

(1) Age: Not applicable

(1) Medical fitness: Must hold either a TCCA Category 1 or Category 3 medical certificate

(2) Knowledge: Must pass the Conversion – Instrument Rating – Aeroplane, (FAAIA) written examination on air laws and communications. Must be able to read, write and communicate in English or French

(3) Experience: No additional experience is required

(4) Skill: Must have passed a FAA Instrument Proficiency Check in accordance with 14 CFR §61.57(d)(1) and (2) in an airplane or airplane FSTD in the past 24 months prior to application

FAA NIGHT RATING TO TCCA CONVERSION REQUIREMENT

Must hold a FAA Private airman certificate with airplane category and class rating(s)

(1) Age: Not applicable

(2) Medical fitness: Must hold either a TCCA Category 1 or Category 3 medical certificate

(3) Knowledge: No written examination is required

(4) Experience: The applicant:

(i) Must have 10 hours of night experience (dual, solo or PIC) in airplanes

and

(ii) Must have 10 hours of instrument flight time (dual or PIC) in airplanes

(A) A maximum of 5 hours instrument time may be credited using an approved FSTD

(5) Skill: No practical flight test is required

APPLICATION PROCESS

Please refer to Advisory Circular 401-001