I just heard back from the authorities so at least I know the ball is rolling regarding the states!
172, live in the UK and not an Aussie. With the exchange rate at Aus$1.7:1 GBP flying down under no longer attractive. Just a few years ago I think it was 2.7:1 GBP which makes it similar to US prices. Otherwise I would gladly fly about down under. Now I'm looking at UK/Europe/States. It would be brilliant if the GBP appreciated in value
Zonda-Racing/Others: Thanks for your contribution-am not too keen on paying for more flight tests for non P1 hours or paper exams. I did however come across an interesting contribution, from '07, although It relates to FAA licenses in Spain which suggests otherwise (i.e one can fly with an ICAO license). If anyone else is interested I have researched from multiple sources day VFR ICAO CASA PPL is acceptable in France (will need to confirm with French CAA) so it makes sense, CASA being a tougher license than the FAA and both are ICAO, that day VFR may also be acceptable in Spain. I'll try again to get in touch with the Spanish CAA to confirm & let you all know what I find out.
Meanwhile if there is anyone out there from a CASA/(Spanish) CAA background, your thoughts will be valued, thanks.
Yes, you can. BUT - you will have to get a 'certificate of recognition' from the Spanish authorities. To this end you will need:
- a copy of your log book certified by public notary
- a copy of your license and medical certified by pubilc notary
- various forms
- patience: it takes anything from 2-6 weeks
The way to proceed is:
- find a place where you want to rent from, e.g. Aerodynamics in Malaga
- contact them
- send them the above docs
- hope your cert arrives in time
Thereafter, flying in Spain is great
PS: your post doesn't state which license you hold, I am assuming FAA. Should it be a national European (especially German or Austrian), there are a few other options, as some FTO/FBOs have D-reg a/c