HOW TO CONVERT A CPL TO EASA

Below is a partial segment of the requirements for conversion of a licence issued by or on behalf of a third country according to EASA Commission Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011 Annex III

BEGIN WITH THE CONDITIONS ACCORDING TO LICENCE AND FLIGHT HOURS - THEN SCROLL DOWN
PIC - Pilot in Command     FCL - Flight Crew Licencing  MPA - Multi Pilot Aeroplane   SPA - Single Pilot Aeroplane    COPI - Co Pilot
Licence Held
CPL/IR (A) & ICAO ATPL Theory 
Licence Held
CPL/IR (A) 
> 500 Hours on MPA, SPA in Multi-Pilot Operations CS-23 commuter... 
Licence Held
CPL/IR (A) 
> 500 as PIC on single-pilot aeroplanes

FURTHER REQUIREMENTS

(i)

demonstrate knowledge of flight planning and performance as required by FCL.310 and FCL.615(b)

(ii)

meet remaining requirements of FCL.720.A(c)

Part FCL licence and conditions

CPL/IR(A) with ATPL theory credit

Removal of Conditions

NOT APPLICABLE

FURTHER REQUIREMENTS

(i)

pass an examination for ATPL(A) knowledge in the Member State of licence issue (1)

(ii)

meet remaining requirements of FCL.720.A(c)

Part FCL licence and conditions

CPL/IR(A) with ATPL theory credit

Removal of Conditions

NOT APPLICABLE

FURTHER REQUIREMENTS

NONE

Part FCL licence and conditions

CPL/IR(A) with type/class ratings restricted to single-pilot aeroplanes

Removal of Conditions

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Licence Held
   CPL (A) 
> 500 as PIC on single-pilot aeroplanes

FURTHER REQUIREMENTS

Night rating, if applicable

Part FCL licence and conditions

CPL/IR(A) with type/class ratings restricted to single-pilot aeroplanes

Removal of Conditions

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Licence Held
   CPL (A) 
< 500 as PIC on single-pilot aeroplanes

FURTHER REQUIREMENTS

(i)

Night rating, if applicable;

(ii)

demonstrate knowledge of flight performance and planning as required by FCL.310

Part FCL licence and conditions

CPL/IR(A) with type/class ratings restricted to single-pilot aeroplanes

Removal of Conditions

This section is intentionally left blank

Licence Held
CPL/IR (A) 
< 500 as PIC on single-pilot aeroplanes

FURTHER REQUIREMENTS

Demonstrate knowledge of flight planning and flight performance for CPL/IR level

Part FCL licence and conditions

CPL/IR(A) with type/class ratings restricted to single-pilot aeroplanes

Removal of Conditions

Obtain multi-pilot type rating in accordance with Part-FCL

PART FCL CAN BE FOUND BY CLICKING
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So if you meet the flight requirements - what else do you need?

  • Must have right to live and work in the EU un-restricted.

  • Must not have a criminal record.

  • Must have/be able to pass a Language Proficiency of 4 or higher before the issue of an EASA licence.

  • Must  be able to pass a medical relevant to the level of  licence you wish to obtain.

Take Note 

1)  Your Medical dictates where your licence is issued.

 

The State (Country) with which you complete your EASA Class 1 Medical, is the state in which your licence will be issued. Not where you write your exams or conduct your EASA Skills Test.

2) You must prepare for your 14 EASA exams.

 

Each individual EASA authority deals with these differently from country to country. It is important you research this before starting as you can't write one exam in lets say Austria and the next exam in the Netherlands just because they are both part of EASA. You must decide which EASA authority suits you and stick to it for the duration of your exams.

 

More detailed exam information for each specific EASA authority and how they handle each exam can be found at the link/button below.

3) Do you have 500 hours on an aircraft type?  

i.e c208, B200, L410, B737, B777, A320,  E145, E190 etc.

This will be required if you want to add a type to your licence once it is converted.

4) Do you have 100 hours on class of aircraft?  

i.e Single Engine Piston (SEP),  Multi Engine Piston (MEP), Single Engine Turbine (SET) etc.

This will be required if you want to add a class to your licence once it is converted.

5) Distance Learning Schools

As a CPL/MPL Pilot, you will be required to undergo ground school training before you will be eligible to write any ATPL exams. 

If you wish to take part in Distance Learning, click on the button below to find a comprehensive list of Distance / E-Learning options available in Europe. 

5) Use Facebook ATPL groups.

When it comes to writing ATPL exams, forums are an extremely valuable resource, and are sometimes moderated /monitored by various EASA examiners themselves

One group in particular stood out for us a Pilot Jobs Europe, and we feel without it, we might not have done as well as we did when we ourselves, converted our ATPL licence. 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

What question bank should I study?

There are many question banks to consider, the majority are very good. Personally, we used the question banks below.

Aviation Exam - This is excellent for learning and Avex offers an offline application.

 

CLICK HERE TO VISIT AVIATION EXAM

How can one book an EASA exam date?

As a Commercial Pilot Licence holder, you will be required to have a letter of approval to write exams by an ATO (Training Organisation) prior to booking/writing any exams. Most, if not all, ATO's will be required to book the exam for you, at your request. You can find a list of over 500 ATOs (Flight Schools) in Europe HERE

Do I have to sit Ground School Theory?

 Yes, as a Commercial Pilot Licence Holder, you must sit ground school. It can be done via online distance learning which might save you some money.

Here is a list of the Distance / E-Learning Options available to you in Europe.

What are the 14 EASA ATPL Theory Exam subjects?

010 - Air Law

021 - Airframe, Systems, Electrics, Power Plant

022 - Instrumentation

031 - Mass & Balance

032 + 034 - Performance (Airplane OR Helicopter)

033 - Flight Planning & Monitoring

040 - Human Performance & Limitations

050 - Meteorology

061 - General Navigation

062 - Radio Navigation

070 - Operational Procedures

081 + 082 - Principles of Flight (Airplane OR Helicopter)

091 - VFR Communications

092 - IFR Communications

Are all the EASA exams handled the same in each country?

NO !!!

Each EASA state (Country) handles the exams differently. Although maximum sittings are always 6, the number of failures allowed are the same, there are some big differences.

The following differs from country to country:

1) Days given for 1 sitting.

2) Hours given per sitting.

3) Electronic or Hand Written

4) Time in which you receive your results

5) Some offer remarks and others don't

6) Some offer 1 day for a sitting and others offer several days.

7) The price differs from country to country

8) Some have a single exam venue and others several

It is for this reason that we have created a detailed list of what each country offers for exams and it can be found HERE

What is a sitting?

A sitting is a defined period within which one can write exams. EASA provides students with a maximum of 6 sittings. The length of time given for each sitting depends on what each individual EASA country decides is necessary.

Click HERE to see a list of how long/how many sitting are provided per country

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