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FAA CPL to DGCA License

Old 22nd Aug 2016, 15:24
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Hey Guys
So I am currently finishing my training and in about 2 -3 months, will be getting my FAA CPL. I have done my single engine in a piper Warrior and the multi in a Piper Seminole.

I have approximately 240 hours, approx. 55 hours in the PA44 and 180 in the PA28.

So now my question is, how can i get the license converted to achieve an Indian DGCA CPL.
What are the steps I should follow and how long does the process take?
Really appreciate your help
Thank You
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Old 24th Aug 2016, 13:23
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Here's the flowchart:

Also, are your X-C 50 NM or 100 NM ?
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Old 24th Aug 2016, 21:07
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The flow chart for conversion is nearly 10 years old

The DGCA came out with newer one in 2012

Please refer to this

Conversion is a long hard road . You need to get DGCA medicals out of the way first . Obtain a Computer Number and pass NAV Composite and Air Regs and at the same time obtain an RTR License from the WPC

The RTR exams are very hard and passing is dependent upon the whim and fancy of the examiner taking the exam.

Many FAA CPL holders head over to Canada and obtain a Canadian CPL and RT from Canada which they can convert to Indian RT without having to give any exams. Perhaps you could also look at the same option

Another issue you are going to face is the DGCA will only recognise aircraft that are registered in India and have a valid Certificate of Airworthiness

Unlike the FAA the DGCA does not issue a blanket approval ( i.e open rating ) like the FAA does for Single Engine land and Multi Engine land . Every aircraft that you wish to fly has to be specifically endorsed on the license

The PA 44 and the PA 28 are not recognised in India . While the DGCA will recognise the hours they wont issue a license unless you have the bare minimums ( about 10 hours on type ) on an aircraft recognised by them

In India the commonly recognised multi aircraft are DA 42 , PA 34 and P 68 C

Single Engine are DA 40 , C172 , C152

You will need to pass the DGCA tech specific for the same and have 10 hours Dual on each aircraft type in order to endorse the same.
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Old 24th Aug 2016, 21:54
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After reading your post #3, it would appear your country has thrown every possible obstacle in the way of trained people like rubikscube1348 getting licensed in India and pursuing a career there...maybe even invented some completely nonsensical phantasmagorical obstacles for good measure.

Does your country not want an aviation infrastructure composed of it should be ? It sees many aspiring to be a part of it but meeting discouraging, impossible obstacles.

Are you not concerned ?

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Old 28th Aug 2016, 00:57
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So now my question is, how can i get the license converted to achieve an Indian DGCA CPL
( pulling my hair)
Don't you think you should have looked into this BEFORE you started flight training?
Reason being your hours flown would have been in compliance in a DGCA recognized aircraft.
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