Converting an FAA PPL into a JAA PPL

Why you would want to turn your fashionable credit card license into a turd brown JAA book is beyond me – perhaps you want to fly in Europe or something. Whatever the reason; here’s how to do it:

Mr/Ms American, there is good and bad news about converting your license from FAA to JAA. I’ll give you the bad news first; it’s a bit of a kerfuffle. After all, this is Europe & there is nothing we find more exciting and thrilling than a good bit of bureaucracy.

This is classed as pornography in some parts of Europe

This is classed as pornography in some parts of Europe.

The good news is that we are far more awesome than America.




There are basically two categories that you will fall into: Less than 100 hours total time and more than 100 hours total time.

  • If you have less than 100 hours, you need to pass all seven of the JAA PPL theory exams.
  • If you have more than 100 hours, you only(!) need to pass theĀ  human performance, air law and radio telephony theory exams.

On top of that, regardless of the number of hours you have, you will need to:

  1. Pass a JAR class 2 medical
  2. Pass the Radiotelephony practical exam
  3. Pass the PPL Skills Test

That should keep you pretty occupied, and will boost the ailing European Economy! Thanks very much!

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4 Responses to “Converting an FAA PPL into a JAA PPL”

  1. James says:

    Actually we are far more awesome than far more awesome.

  2. profpilot says:

    Comment wholeheartedly approved.

  3. Fly November says:

    I am converting an FAA PPL into a JAA PPL. Oh my God, what was I thinking!!Anyway, I want to thank you for this very funny and informative site! You can fly AND you can write! Are you female and if yes: are you married ;-) ?

  4. profpilot says:

    A female aviator?! That is a scary thought indeed.

    Glad you like the site. I’m not a male chauvinist by the way – but if any ladies want to make me a sandwich they are more than welcome. Preferably something involving mayonnaise. I am in a greasy mood.

    Sam.

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