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Old 12th Oct 2022, 10:19
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FAA Standalone PPL

For various stupidly complicated reasons, I need to get an FAA standalone.

Do I need to do this through a Part 141 school and get an M1 visa and do the TSA nonsense?

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Old 12th Oct 2022, 11:16
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You can do it part 61 or part 141. If you do it in the US, you need an M1, F1, or other appropriate visa (not a B1/B2). You will need TSA, regardless of where in the world you do it.
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Old 12th Oct 2022, 14:39
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By "stand alone" do you mean not based on a foreign license ?

If you need it for recreational flying, you can easily get an FAA PPL in accordance with FAR 61.75:

https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/14/61.75
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Old 13th Oct 2022, 20:57
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Another option is to obtain an EU PPL which can be easily converted to a standard US private without doing a practical test with a US examiner. The abbreviated PEP knowledge test, as well as a flight review with a US instructor, must both be done before applying. That will avoid needing to apply for a US student visa. If no training needs to be done with a US instructor before the flight review, then you needn't apply for a TSA security threat assessment either.
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Why is it necessary to get an EASA PPL? Will a UK PPL not do?
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Old 13th Oct 2022, 23:32
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No, only EASA licences issued by an EU state are covered by the EU-US bilateral agreement. A UK licence holder would need to pass a practical test with a US examiner for a standard US private.
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No, only EASA licences issued by an EU state are covered by the EU-US bilateral agreement.
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