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Do FAA licences have any value outside of the US?

Old 20th Jun 2013, 16:07
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Do FAA licences have any value outside of the US?

Just carrying on with my research on which training route I should take. At this point I'm pretty determined to start my CPL training in the US. But because there is only a little chance of getting a work permit in the US after the training I'm considering looking for jobs in other places. So if I take this path I'm gonna have an FAA CPL with some 200+ hours as well as IR and ME ratings. What options would I have? I don't mind some bush flying as my pre-airline experience, that's why I'm looking towards Africa, PNG, other Southest Asian countries, I heard they don't require too much hours, they just don't specify which type of licence authority they're looking for... Is FAA okay for those places? What are the other options for FAA holders overseas? Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 20th Jun 2013, 16:43
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Yes with companies/countries requiring ICAO.
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Old 21st Jun 2013, 03:43
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Well Europe is ICAO but however FAA licence is virtually worthless there. What I'm asking is much more specific, what do I do with my FAA licence and ratings in such places as those above? Because from what I have yet discovered, FAA certificate only allows to fly the N-reg aircraft, so I guess whereever it is I would be looking for a job, I would still have to undergo some kind of local valdation, right?
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Old 21st Jun 2013, 05:03
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There are three main licensing authorities, the FAA, EASA and the Australian/NZ CASAs. If you are going to work for a company based in any of those areas, you will need a pilot licence issued by the "home" CAA. In other parts of the world, the local CAA will convert or validate an ICAO member licence into a local licence.
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Old 21st Jun 2013, 06:32
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FAA lic is best one for Asia and the most simple to convert to. I did my FAA ATP back in 2002 , best investment I ever made, it's got me jobs in the Caribean , Dubai and Taiwan.
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Old 21st Jun 2013, 11:12
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Thanks, exactly what I was looking for. Was it much of a hassle to convert your license to what they needed in Taiwan? I guess Africa shouldnt be a problem at all in this case...
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Old 21st Jun 2013, 13:06
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FAA lic is best one for Asia and the most simple to convert to
I think the future is going to be EASA in Asia....

The European Commission gave the Agency the leadership of a consortium composed of Eurocontrol, the UK CAA and DGAC France to manage the ASEAN Air Transportation Integration Project which aims at supporting the ASEAN region (10 countries of South East Asia) to develop a Single Aviation Market. The consortium met in Cologne on 7 May 2013.
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