FAA CPL to Canadian CPL

cypilot77

Well-Known Member
Hi all,
I was wondering how can somebody convert his FAA CPL/IR/ME to the Canadian CPL. I know you need a Canadian medical first. But do you need another checkride or any written exams? Can you do the medical in the US(New York maybe) or you have to fly in Canada?
I appreciate any info.
 

Maurus

The Great Gazoo
Why not just grab a radio license for $60 and fly to your heart's content in Canada? Why the need for a Canadian License?
 

cypilot77

Well-Known Member
Says he is living in New York. He could be moving and working there, but I dunno.
I do live in NY, but my g/f is Canadian, and im always thinking ahead of the game. You never know. I have the radio license too, but you can not get a job there with ur FAA license.
 

CDNPilotDave

Well-Known Member
The short answer to your question is that you can find out what is required at http://www.tc.gc.ca/civilaviation/general/personnel/fore.htm. Essentially have all of the required time and meet the requirements for a commercial pilot applicant then take a checkride. However, I have discovered that if one has an ATP then passing a 25 question written test will grant you a Canadian ATPL. If ATP is your goal anyway then one checkride will get you two ATPs.
 

cypilot77

Well-Known Member
The short answer to your question is that you can find out what is required at http://www.tc.gc.ca/civilaviation/general/personnel/fore.htm. Essentially have all of the required time and meet the requirements for a commercial pilot applicant then take a checkride. However, I have discovered that if one has an ATP then passing a 25 question written test will grant you a Canadian ATPL. If ATP is your goal anyway then one checkride will get you two ATPs.
Thank you Dave. The link is very helpful. I just heard that the Canadian authority had some kind of an aggrement with FAA that you can transfer your FAA license to Canadian by getting a canadian medical and some paperwork. I quess i heard BS. thanks anyway.
 

MattyB

Well-Known Member
The short answer to your question is that you can find out what is required at http://www.tc.gc.ca/civilaviation/general/personnel/fore.htm. Essentially have all of the required time and meet the requirements for a commercial pilot applicant then take a checkride. However, I have discovered that if one has an ATP then passing a 25 question written test will grant you a Canadian ATPL. If ATP is your goal anyway then one checkride will get you two ATPs.
Much simpler than that according to this:
http://www.tc.gc.ca/CivilAviation/general/personnel/USConversion/AppendixA.htm

Canada and United States put this new conversion agreement together a couple of years ago to make it simple to go back and forth.

FAA CPL to TCCA CPL all you need is a Canadian CAT 1 Medical, and write a 20 Question Exam on Air Law. No flight test.
 

L00king4traffic

New Member
my 2 cents...

i was talking to a TCC representative the other day and apparently this conversion process can take a while. The medical alone is a few week (4-6 wk) long process. Thereafter you'd submit the application for conversion which would trigger the Transport canada officials inquiring their FAA counterparts about the authencity of your FAA licenses. Be very careful to enter everything as it appears on your FAA licenses, or expect a long processing delay.

Only after the above completes successfully, which by the way can take a few weeks as well, should you schedule an appointment with a TCC inspector and bring along your originals (logbook, FAA certs etc) and also plan on taking the written test. No flight test required as far as i know. Hope this helps a bit.
 

drummerboy

Well-Known Member
Remember that the Canadian aviation industry is quite different than the American one. The last couple years have been good but I still get the feeling that it is more difficult and requires a bit more sacrifice to get a job up here than it does in the USA. I am not sure what your experience is but I recommend taking a close look at what jobs your would qualify for here.

If you have any questions I'd be happy to answer them.
 
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