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Conversion Program from ICAO to EASA

If you are planning to convert your pilot license from ICAO to EASA you will need to meet special requirements. Our conversion program is designed for this purpose. With our training and support we got you covered.

Here we have provided the most current and comprehensive overview to help you in the process. We do, however, strongly urge you to contact a country’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) directly to make sure they have not altered their requirements. 

Below you can read more information for better understanding.


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What is EASA?

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is an agency of the European Union. EASA holds responsibility for all civil aviation safety. This means they oversee certification, regulation, and standardisation of pilot credentials and aircraft airworthiness. They also conduct investigations and monitor safety procedures and regulations.

Which countries require an EASA conversion?

The 27 member states in the European Union (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cypress, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden) and the 4 member states of the European Free Trade Association (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland) abide by EASAs standards require pilots to meet EASAs standards. The CAAs in these countries accept your ICAO training, but there are a few requirements you must meet. 

These include the following:

All CPL licenses are required to have an EASA Class 1 Medical issued by the country where they wish to convert. So, if you do your training in the U.S. for example but plan to fly in France, you will need to get a Class 1 Medical issued in France. You must have a valid EASA Medical.

Although you passed the ATPL theory in your ICAO state, EASA requires you to follow an approved course to study for the 13 EASA ATPL theory exams. This must be completed before you can do any practical training. You can do this on site in full-time classes or by distance learning from home. You will be glad to know that the material EASA covers in the theoretical exams may be very similar to what you have already learned. 

To be eligible for the ICAO to EASA Conversion Program you need to have a valid ICAO license and the following:

– 150 hours total time
– 80 hours of dual instruction
– 70 hours PIC if you did your training as a part of an integrated program or 100 hours PIC if you did your training as a part of a modular program
– 50 hours of cross-country flight as PIC
– Night Rating
– Valid ICAO ME/IR ratings
– 55 hours IFR ME or 40 hours FNPT II and 15 hours IFR ME
– CPL Conversion

Converting your CPL will vary slightly depending on the country, but it should average approximately 15 flight hours of standard manoeuvres. Your skill test must be taken with a CAA examiner in a complex piston aircraft. This lasts approximately 2 hours. Note that navigation and communications may pose a challenge if you are unfamiliar with the area. If you speak English as a second language, you will likely be required to have your English skills assessed. This is to make sure you meet the ICAO LPE (language proficiency endorsement) minimum standard of Level 4 (on a scale of 1 to 6).

Most pilots obtain their Multi-Engine in a multi-engine piston aircraft. If you do not have 100 hours experience in an MEP aircraft, the CAA may deny your current class rating and require you to complete a conversion in this class rating by taking a course that includes approximately 7 or 8 flight hours. This course will include a skill test and written exam. The written exam is overseen by the Approved Training Organization (ATO) where you are taking your course.

This is the final step to complete the last area of your EASA conversion. You are required by law to complete a 15-hour course, 10 of which can be done in an approved flight simulator (based on ATO). The other 5 hours will be done in a multi-engine aircraft. Once you are ready, you’ll take your last test. The CAA examiner will oversee this, and it will include 1 to 2 hours of flight time.

We encourage you to do your research ahead of time, before beginning the EASA conversion process. Learn about specific airline hiring requirements. Find out more about the country where you want to fly. Read online reviews from other pilots experiences and ask other pilots. Take your time to research ahead. It can save you time, money and a lot of trouble. Brics Aviation wishes you many happy hours flying in the country of your choice! Please do contact us for any additional information regarding the ICAO to EASA conversion.

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