International Students FAQ

International Students and TSA

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires registration of all alien flight students at flightschoolcandidates.gov. The TSA’s website will guide you through the necessary steps to be approved for training. There are fees charged by TSA for registration of each certificate or rating sought.

You may contact the Daytona Beach International Airport to make arrangements to have your electronic fingerprints taken.

You may contact Jaime Cox (coxj@erau.edu 386-226-6383), Brian Herget (hergetb@erau.edu 386-226-6979), or Tami MacLean (shamba0a@erau.edu386-226-7660).

Foreign Certificates

You must complete and submit a Verification of Authenticity of Foreign License, Rating, and Medical Certification form (AC Form 8060-71). This is the form is needed to verify a foreign license, rating, or certificate. See the FAA's Foreign License Verification website.

You will then receive an AFS 760 — Letter of Verification. The Letter of Verification is required for issuance of a pilot’s certificate. It may take up to three months for the Letter of Verification to be processed. Once processed, it is valid for six months, usually requiring resubmission if the flight course has not been completed in the six-month timeframe.

You may contact the Flight Data and Certification Department for guidance and questions at 386-226-7660.

A Verification of Authenticity of Foreign License, Rating, and Medical Certification form (AC Form 8060-71) must be submitted to the FAA.

Once the FAA verifies that the foreign license is valid (with no revocations or suspensions) they will issue a letter of verification. Once the letter is received, the FSDO can issue an FAA private pilot’s license SEL based on a foreign pilot's license (with any appropriate restrictions). The student must then satisfactorily complete the instrument written and practical exam within the expiration period in the verification letter (usually six months).

Once the practical exam is satisfactorily completed, the FAA examiner can issue an FAA private pilot's license SEL with an instrument rating based on a foreign pilot's private license (with any appropriate restrictions).

NOTE: Once you have an FAA private pilot’s license SEL with an instrument rating based on a foreign pilot's private license and you wish to obtain a commercial license, you must have a valid letter of verification (unexpired) before taking the practical exam.

What is required to convert a foreign pilot's license to an FAA license?

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A Verification of Authenticity of Foreign License, Rating, and Medical Certification form (AC Form 8060-71) must be submitted to the FAA.

Once the FAA verifies that the foreign license is valid (with no revocations or suspensions), it will issue a letter of verification.

Once the letter is received, the FSDO can issue an FAA private pilot’s license SEL based on a foreign pilot's license (with any appropriate restrictions).

A Verification of Authenticity of Foreign License, Rating, and Medical Certification form (AC Form 8060-71) must be submitted to the FAA.

Once the FAA verifies that the foreign license is valid (with no revocations or suspensions), it will issue a letter of verification.

Once the letter is received the FSDO can issue an FAA private pilot’s license MEL/SEL based on a foreign pilot's license (with any appropriate restrictions).

A Verification of Authenticity of Foreign License, Rating, and Medical Certification form (AC Form 8060-71) must be submitted to the FAA.

Once the FAA verifies that the foreign license is valid (with no revocations or suspensions), it will issue a letter of verification.

The applicant must then take the Instrument Rating Foreign Pilot (IFP) FAA written exam.

Once the verification letter is received and the applicant passes the IFP written exam, the FSDO can issue an FAA private pilot’s license MEL/SEL with an instrument rating based on a foreign pilot's license (with any appropriate restrictions).

A Verification of Authenticity of Foreign License, Rating, and Medical Certification form (AC Form 8060-71) must be submitted to the FAA.

Once the FAA verifies that the foreign license is valid (with no revocations or suspensions), it will issue a letter of verification.

The applicant must then take the Instrument Rating Foreign Pilot (IFP) FAA written exam.

Once the verification letter is received and the applicant passes the IFP written exam, the FSDO can issue an FAA private pilot’s license SEL with and instrument rating based on a foreign pilots license (with any appropriate restrictions).

The applicant must then take and pass the FAA commercial pilot written exam.

Assuming that the applicant meets a FAA commercial pilot Part 61 minimums (250 total hours, 50 PIC cross-country, etc.), or has completed the appropriate 142 or 141 flight course, the applicant must complete the FAA commercial license practical exam with an FAA examiner.

Upon completion of the practical exam an FAA commercial pilot’s license SEL will be issued.

A Verification of Authenticity of Foreign License, Rating, and Medical Certification form (AC Form 8060-71) must be submitted to the FAA.

Once the FAA verifies that the foreign license is valid (with no revocations or suspensions) they will issue a letter of verification.

The applicant must then take the Instrument Rating Foreign Pilot (IFP) FAA written exam.

Once the verification letter is received and the applicant passes the IFP written exam, the FSDO can issue an FAA private pilot’s license SEL with an instrument rating based on a foreign pilot's license (with any appropriate restrictions).

The applicant must then take and pass the FAA commercial pilot written exam.

Assuming that the applicant meets FAA commercial pilot Part 61 minimums (250 total hours, 50 PIC cross-country, etc.), or has completed the appropriate 142 or 141 flight course, the applicant must complete the FAA commercial license practical exam with an FAA examiner.

Upon completion of the practical exam, an FAA commercial pilot’s license MEL will be issued.

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