Im a UK citizen and have looked into how to convert all of my stuff to JAA. Its a huge pain in the ass.My wife and I have been looking at international gigs as a way to live overseas for a couple years. I have just barely 30 hours of TT towards a PPL so I dont know much but how are JAA regulations and flying in europe compared to the US?
These are some schools I have found that can aid in conversions:ATPL Conversions
If you are converting a non-JAA ATPL the number of ground and flight tests you need to complete depends on your experience. High Time Pilots
If you are very experienced you should you should apply to the CAA for a formal assessment using Form SRG 1103.
The qualifying criteria are:
When you have completed the assessment form you need to send it or take it to the CAA with your original licences and log books. The CAA will tell you that you need to pass two written exams, Human Performance and Aviation Law, and pass a flight test on the aircraft you are rated on. The flight test is referred to as a skills test, it is part handling check and part IR renewal check.
- more than 3000 hours total time on aircraft of more than 30,000kg AUW
- more than 1500 hours pilot in command on aircraft of more than 30,000kg AUW
- type rated on an aircraft of more than 30,000kg AUW
- more than 500 hours total time on the aircraft above
- able to complete a flight test on the same aircraft
Experienced In Two Pilot Operations
If you don't meet the criteria above but have
you need to pass all 14 ground exams but don't need to attend a formal groundschool course. You may take a skills test on the aircraft you are rated on or you may choose to take two separate tests, a skills test for license issue and an IR conversion.
- more than 1500 hours on two-pilot aircraft,
- are type rated already and
- have more than 500 hours on type
None of the Above If you fall into neither category above for whatever reason but still hold an ATPL you must complete an approved course of ground training and get your application form signed by your training provider before you sit the full set of ATPL exams. The length of the course can be reduced at the discretion of the Head of Training.
You need to complete two separate flight tests.
The skills test is a handling check flown on a complex aircraft, defined as an aircraft with retractable gear and a variable pitch prop. There is no formal training requirement before the test but you should anticipate 5 to 10 hours to get used to the profile and the aircraft.
- A Skills Test
- An Instrument Rating
If you hold an ATPL you must, by definition, also hold an ICAO IR. This needs to be converted to a JAA IR. The training requirement to convert is a minimum of fifteen hours, up to ten of which can be flown in a simulator.
Under some circumstances the CAA will allow ATPL holders who are currently flying a two-pilot aircraft and type rated but without 500 hours on type to take a single flight test on type.