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Old 12th Feb 2014, 06:19
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Flying in the US with AUS PPL

Hi

I'm about to head to the US and planned to do some flying. There was a post on PPRuNe

http://www.pprune.org/pacific-genera...alian-ppl.html

but it's a bit old and it seems there was a change in procedures.

I already sent the application form to the FAA and got the Licence/Medical Verification from CASA (this seems to be the new part) but I can't figure out what to do with the documents from CASA. Keep it and show that to the FAA district office or mail/fax it?

Anybody who recently went through the process?

Thanks!
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Old 12th Feb 2014, 06:26
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Here are the links to the most recent information on the FAA web site

http://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/m.../ac8060-71.pdf

Airmen Certification - Verify the Authenticity of a Foreign License, Rating, or Medical Certification
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Old 12th Feb 2014, 07:43
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Check your PM's.
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Old 12th Feb 2014, 07:45
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Contact the FAA in Oklahoma and ask them.
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Old 12th Feb 2014, 14:26
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Tankengine - I agree and so I did.

I found their phone number and have them a call. They even have an option in their phone menu for foreign licence validation.

I spoke with a representative and she was able to get my application on the screen an it's currently processed. They are waiting for CASA. So CASA and FAA talkt to each other and I have to do nothing at the moment.


Well that sorted out.

Thanks for your help!
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Old 12th Feb 2014, 23:57
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Yep, it all takes time. Once you have the temporary paperwork you can front a US flying school for a check flight. I got my actual Licence in the mail back in Oz a few months later!
Enjoy!
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You shouldn't even need a check flight for the licence issue. It is issued at the office based on viewing your licence etc. As for renting a plane different story obviously. I think you will need an FAA medical to be able to exercise the privileges of the licence. It's been a while since I converted mine and also got a CPL at the same time (had to do flight test for that) so could be wrong on the finer details. Have fun over there!
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You get the licence from the FAA on the basis of your Aussie one.
You need a check flight (like our biennial flight review) to exercise the privileges of the licence (license over there) If you get a glider license you can do the check in a glider, it also covers you for anything else on the license (I got SE land and ME land)
Aussie (ICAO) class 2 medical OK.
To get an Instrument rating added you need to do an online exam.
I am unlikely to bother doing that, prefer VFR for joy flights.
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Oz medical *or* an FAA medical is acceptable. The 61.75 certificate is valid based on the validity of the foreign licence. A 61.75 cert is limited to any limitations the foreign licence has, even if an FAA PPL would not normally be so limited. If the foreign licence has greater than FAA PPL privileges then the FAA PPL limitations are controlling.

A flight review within the last two years is required for any certificate to be used. A flight review has to be with an authorised instructor - and the only instructors authorised to conduct those reviews are FAA certificated instructors. End result is that a foreign flight review doesn't count, even if it was done yesterday.

You will receive a letter that will state you need to go to a FSDO to have the 61.75 issued. You will usually need to give at least 24 hours notice for an appointment. After the cert. is issued find an instructor to give the flight review. Minimum 1hr of ground work, 1 hour flight. Bring your log book so the instructor can sign off the review.

Compared to Oz, flying here is very easy *but* procedures can be rather different. Buy a copy of the FAR/AIM & study it. You can also download the equivalent for free from the FAA's website.
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