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6th Sep 2015, 06:15
Hi Guys and Girls
I have a European ATP (EASA ATPL). I took the FAA ATP ground exam last year so it expires next year in May.
My plan was to put a G650 on it and use this initial course for the issue of the ATP but that is now delayed until after next May.
So, here's the question! Can I go and do a single engine seaplane rating in Florida, have some fun and get an FAA ATP issued on the basis of that and my written exam?
My intention would be to have either the G650 or my current types G550 & GLEX added later.
Thanks for your advise

6th Sep 2015, 07:38
There's no reason it couldn't be done as an initial, though usually it's an add on.

I'd check with these guys ATP Single Engine Sea (http://www.ryanseaplanes.com/atpses.htm)

6th Sep 2015, 07:46
No, you can't. Have a look at the applicable FAA regulations under 14 CFR 61.151 et seq.

61.153 Eligibility requirements: General.

To be eligible for an airline transport pilot certificate, a person must:

(3)(f) Meet the aeronautical experience requirements of this subpart that apply to the aircraft category and class rating sought before applying for the practical test;

61.159 Aeronautical experience: Airplane category rating.

(a) Except as provided in paragraphs (b), (c), and (d) of this section, a person who is applying for an airline transport pilot certificate with an airplane category and class rating must have at least 1,500 hours of total time as a pilot that includes at least:

(3) 50 hours of flight time in the class of airplane for the rating sought.

Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (http://www.ecfr.gov)


7th Sep 2015, 11:22
I assume he has the hours incl 50 ses?