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Note: Whenever it is mentioned in the following FAQs that you must submit an application form; ensure that the payment details are complete and valid, otherwise the application cannot be processed and may be returned.

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EUQ.1. I have applied for a transfer of State of licence issue to Ireland. Is it ready yet?

A. 

In order to issue a PART-FCL licence under the transfer of State of licence issue process, the IAA must have received the licence and medical information forms (commonly referred to as Doc. 155 forms), including any required medical reports, from your current State of Licence Issue. 

The IAA Aeromedical Section will issue a replacement PART-MED Medical certificate upon receipt of the medical information form (and any required medical reports), and will then pass that medical certificate to the Personnel Licensing Office. A copy of the replacement medical certificate will also be e-mailed to you, if an e-mail address was provided with the application for licence transfer – Note:- the issue of the IAA Medical Certificate does not mean that your licence is ready to be issued!   

As soon as the Personnel Licensing Office is in receipt of the IAA medical certificate and the licence information form (Doc. 155) from your current State of licence issue, you will be contacted to make arrangements for the surrender of your existing PART-FCL licence and the hand-over of the Irish PART-FCL licence (Note: under PART-FCL rules, you shall hold only one PART-FCL licence at any time, so the IAA must be in receipt of your existing PART-FCL licence before it can handover the replacement licence).  Contact is via e-mail, please ensure a valid e-mail address was provided with the application for licence transfer. 

If you wish to enquire about the progress of a licence transfer application, we would prefer you to e-mail your enquiry to licensing@iaa.ie, if at all possible. However, you should note that the transfer process can take up to 12 weeks to complete, so we would respectfully request that you only make an enquiry if you have not been contacted by the IAA after this period has elapsed.

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EUQ.2. I have met the experience requirements for the grant of an ATPL and am ready to take the ATPL skill test.  What do I have to do?

A.

The application form to apply for the grant of an ATPL can be downloaded here.  Original logbook(s) must be submitted for inspection for the grant of the ATPL Licence.  If you have a PART-FCL compliant computerised logbook, a full print out must be submitted, and each page must be certified by you as a true record.  The current licence issue fee can be found is available from the latest edition of the IAA Fees Order.  When submitting your ATPL LST paperwork, please ensure that you enclose the original Part 1 (application form) and Part 2 (examiner test schedule) of the ATPL LST Form.

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EUQ.3. I have passed my ATPL skill test, how do I apply for the issue of the ATPL?

A. The application form to apply for the grant of an ATPL can be downloaded here.  Original logbook(s) must be submitted for inspection for the grant of the ATPL Licence.  If you have a PART-FCL compliant computerised logbook, a full print out must be submitted and each page must be certified by you as a true record.  The current licence issue fee can be found here.  When submitting your ATPL LST paperwork, please ensure that you enclose the original Part 1 (application form) and Part 2 (examiner test schedule) of the ATPL LST Form. The applicant shall pass the skill test within a period of of 6 months preceding the application.

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EUQ.4.           My pilot’s licence is up for renewal shortly.  How do I apply for the renewal?

A. 

You can apply for the renewal of a licence by calling in person to the Personnel Licensing Office counter or by e-mail with the relevant application form attached - RPPL.F.119 to (licensing@iaa.ie). If the licence to be renewed is a national licence (e.g. not an EASA licence) you must also submit two signed & dated passport size photographs.  Please also inform us on the form if the address on your licence has changed.

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EUQ.5.           I am training for a LAPL. Can I fly unsupervised?

A. 

No. The provisions of Article 4(7) or Regulation 1178/2011 are not applied in Ireland.

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EUQ.6.           Does the IAA provide a letter of no accident / incident?

A. 

No. The IAA cannot provide such a statement / letter.

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 EUQ.7.          Will the IAA stamp my logbook to verify my hours?

A. 

No. The IAA cannot stamp a logbook to verify hours. Such verifications should be sought from the airline in which the hours were built.

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EUQ.8.           How do I apply for a Licence Verification?

A.

You must fill in the Licence Verification form and pay the associated fee. The form releases the IAA to contact the relevant parties that are nominated on the form. The IAA also requires  a written request from either an Aviation Authority/Airline/Recruitment Agency.

Attach good quality copies of your licence and rating pages, ensuring the most up to date information for all your rating/s is included.

The fee for processing the verification of a licence is currently €75 Euros (subject to change as per the Fees Order amendments) and is paid for by the pilot directly to the Irish Aviation Authority. 

Send the completed form to licensing@iaa.ie and it will be processed once payment has been received.

Please also include a copy of your ratings page with the most up to date information for all your ratings.

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EUQ.9. What do I need to do to add a new Type Rating to my Licence?

A.

An applicant for a type rating shall complete a training course at an ATO. The type rating training course shall include the mandatory training elements for the relevant type as defined in the operational suitability data established in accordance with Annex I (Part-21) to Commission Regulation (EU) No 748/2012.

An applicant for a type rating shall pass a skill test in accordance with Appendix 9 to this Part to demonstrate the skill required for the safe operation of the applicable type of aircraft.

The applicant shall pass the skill test within a period of 6 months after commencement of the class rating training course and within a period of 6 months preceding the application for the issue of the type rating.

The following outlines the application form and documents needed to process your application.

Ensure that the Examiner and the applicant sign the form. The Examiner shall be an EASA Member State authorised examiner, and the examiner shall complete the notification of test on the IAA website under the Flight Standardisation section, which is mentioned below.

Upon completion the LST/LPC, submit the following documents;

  1. Course Completion Certificate (in respect of the training completed), signed by Head of Training or authorised signatory to support the information provided on page 2, section 4 of the application form.
  1. Copy of the EASA FSTD Qualification Certificate of the Simulator used for the skill test.
  1. Copy of the EASA ATO Approval Certificate
  1. Completed IAA Skill Test/Proficiency Check Report Form (IAA form RPPL.F.147).
  1. Copy of the EASA Examiner’s valid Part-FCL Examiner Certificate, and pilot licence and medical or SFI certificate & SFE Authorisation if held.
  1. Notification of test signed by the applicant and the examiner.
    1. www.iaa.ie, minimum 5 days before the test (may be longer depending on location of test).
  1. Certificate of landings completion (base training) with an EASA TRI (if not included in the Course Completion Certificate at (2)above – Not applicable if ZFTT course
  1. Copy of the TRI’s complete Part-FCL pilot licence & Medical Cert – not applicable if ZFTT course
  1. Type rating issue fee of €300.00 (subject to change as per the Fees Order amendments) and is paid for by the pilot directly to the Irish Aviation Authority. 

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EUQ.10.         What documentation do I need to renew my MEP/SEP?

A.

If the ratings have expired, submit the following documents;

  1. Complete flight test report including refresher training details
  2. Copy of EASA Examiners licence, Authorisation and medical
  3. Copy of EASA ATO certificate
  4. If a simulator is used on the course a copy of the simulator qualification
  5. Copy of the logbook pages showing the related training
  6. Notification of test signed by the applicant and the examiner.
  1. The examiner receives the notification response once he registers the test on www.iaa.ie, minimum 5 days before the test (may be longer depending on location of test).

 

The Examiner cannot sign an expired rating on your licence – only the IAA can.

On completion, all can be emailed to licensing@iaa.ie

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EUQ.11. I am flying in a 3rd Country. What is required to add PBN privileges to my Part-FCL Licence?

A.

EU Aircrew Regulation (Commission Regulation (EU) No. 1178/2011 was amended by Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/539 to include the requirement for pilots to hold IR PBN privileges as an endorsement to their instrument rating (“IR”).

This amendment means pilots are required to complete a course of theoretical knowledge and flying training, including PBN and complete a skill test/Proficiency Check i.a.w. Appendix 9, including an RNP APCH.

There is provision for granting credit against the PBN theoretical knowledge and flying training requirements where training or familiarity with PBN operations is considered to be equivalent, and the applicant demonstrates such competence to the satisfaction of the examiner during the skill test or proficiency check.

As a pilot flying for a 3rd country operator (an AOC holder) you may request that credit against the PBN theoretical knowledge and flying training requirements base on your current experience. The granting of credits will be considered upon production, by the applicant, of;

  • a copy of the Operator’s Air Operator Certificate (AOC)
  • a copy of the Operations Specifications (Ops Spec) identifying the approved Navigation Specifications for PBN Operations,
  • a copy of a course completion certificate or equivalent document showing completion of PBN training with the operator. 
  • evidence of an RNP APCH during your most recent skill test (most recent 3rd Country LST/LPC), will qualify you for EASA IR PBN privileges.

Following a skill test (most recent 3rd Country LST/LPC) submit the following documents;

  1. Completed IAA PBN application form (RPPL-F-159
  2. Copy of the non-EU operator’s Air Operator Certificate (AOC)
  3. Copy of the non-EU operator’s Operations Specifications (Ops Spec) identifying the approved Navigation Specifications for PBN Operations.
  4. Course completion certificate or equivalent document showing completion of PBN training with the 3rd country operator.
  5. Completed Skill Test/Proficiency Check Report Form including an RNP APCH.

 

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EUQ.12. What is required to remove a 3rd Country restriction from my Type Rating?

A.

In order to remove the 3rd country restriction from your type rating issued in accordance with Article 3 of COMMISSION DELEGATED REGULATION (EU) 2020/723, amending EU Aircrew Regulation (Commission Regulation (EU) No. 1178/2011, an applicant shall meet the conditions as prescribed in Article 10 of COMMISSION DELEGATED REGULATION (EU) 2020/723 whereby the applicant;

  1. complies with the experience requirements and the prerequisites for the issue of the applicable type or class rating in accordance with Part-FCL;
  2. passes the relevant skill test for the issue of the applicable type or class rating in accordance with Part-FCL;
  3. is in current flying practice;
  4. has no less than:
  1. for aeroplane class ratings, 100 hours of flight experience as a pilot in that class;
  2. for aeroplane type ratings, 500 hours of flight experience as a pilot in that type;
  3. for single-engine helicopters with a maximum certificated take-off mass of up to 3 175 kg, 100 hours of flight experience as a pilot in that type;
  4. for all other helicopters, 350 hours of flight experience as a pilot in that type.

 Upon completion the LST/LPC, submit the following documents;

  1. Copy of the EASA FSTD Qualification Certificate of the Simulator used for the skill test.
  2. Copy of the EASA ATO Approval Certificate
  3. Completed IAA Skill Test/Proficiency Check Report Form (IAA form RPPL.F.147).
  4. Copy of the EASA Examiner’s valid Part-FCL Examiner Certificate, and pilot licence and medical or SFI certificate & SFE Authorisation if held.
  5. Notification of test signed by the applicant and the examiner.
  6. www.iaa.ie, minimum 5 days before the test (may be longer depending on location of test).
  7. Copy of your valid Part-MED Class 1 or 2 Medical Certificate
  8. Copies of your FCL.050 compliant log book pages showing the flight hours on the specific type.
  9. Fees for a variation, alteration, endorsement of, or removal of a restriction on any licence or rating shall be a fee of €75.00 (subject to change as per the Fees Order amendments) and is paid for by the pilot directly to the Irish Aviation Authority. 
  10. Copy of your 3rd country licence.
  11. Copy of your latest LPC for the equivalent 3rd country type rating.
  12. Completed form RPPL-F-120 Application for Verification of Licence

Please note that expired ratings cannot be transferred from your 3rd country Licence.

If the above is combined with the PBN requirements, then PBN privileges may be added to the licence.

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EUQ.13. What do I need to do to add an SEP to my Licence?

A.

An applicant for a class rating shall complete a training course at an ATO. An applicant for a non-high-performance single-engine piston class rating, a TMG class rating or a single-engine type rating for helicopters referred to in point DTO.GEN.110(a)(2)(c) of Annex VIII (Part-DTO) may complete the training course at a DTO.

An applicant for a class rating shall pass a skill test in accordance with Appendix 9 to this Part to demonstrate the skill required for the safe operation of the applicable class of aircraft.

The applicant shall pass the skill test within a period of 6 months after commencement of the class rating training course and within a period of 6 months preceding the application for the issue of the class rating.

The following outlines the application form and documents needed to process your application.

Ensure that the Examiner and the applicant sign the form. The Examiner shall be an EASA Member State authorised examiner, and the examiner shall complete the notification of test on the IAA website under the Flight Standardisation section, which is mentioned below.

On completion of the LST, submit the following documents;

  1. Complete flight test report (RPPL 147A)
  2. Copy of EASA Examiners licence, Authorisation and valid medical
  3. Copy of EASA ATO certificate
  4. If a simulator is used on the course a copy of the simulator qualification
  5. Notification of test signed by the applicant and the examiner.
  6. The fee to add an SEP (Land) is €300 (subject to change as per the Fees Order amendments) and is paid for by the pilot directly to the Irish Aviation Authority.

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EUQ.14.         What do I need to do to add a Class Rating to my Licence?

A.

An applicant for a class rating shall complete a training course at an ATO or at a DTO. In addition to practical training the applicant for a class rating shall pass a theoretical knowledge examination organised by the ATO or the DTO to demonstrate the level of theoretical knowledge required for the safe operation of the applicable aircraft class.

Further detailed information is contained in Annex I part-FCL Subpart H

 

Following successful completion of the training course an applicant for a class rating shall pass a skill test in accordance with Appendix 9 to Annex I Part-FCL to demonstrate the skill required for the safe operation of the applicable class of aircraft.

 

The applicant shall pass the skill test within a period of 6 months after commencement of the class rating training course and within a period of 6 months preceding the application for the issue of the class or type rating.

 

The following outlines the application form and documents needed to process your application.

 

Upon completion of the training and the LST, submit the following documents;

  1. Course Completion Certificate (in respect of the training completed), signed by Head of Training or authorised signatory to support the information provided on page 2, section 4 of the application form.

     

  2. RPPL-F-147A - Application and Report Form for Single-Pilot Aeroplanes Except for High-Performance Complex Aeroplanes

     

  3. If a simulator is used: A copy of the EASA FSTD Qualification Certificate of the Simulator used during the course or for the skill test.

     

  4. Copy of the EASA ATO Approval Certificate

     

  5. Copies of FCL.050 compliant logbook pages showing the related training.
    1. see PLAM 24 for further guidance and information regarding compliant log books.

       

  6. A copy of your current licence with all ratings pages

     

  7. Copy of the EASA Examiner’s valid Part-FCL Examiner Certificate, pilot licence,  medical and instructor certificate held.

     

  8. Notification of test signed by the applicant and the examiner.
    1. www.iaa.ie, minimum 5 days before the test (may be longer depending on location of test).

Class rating issue fee of €300.00 (subject to change as per the Fees Order amendments) and is paid for by the pilot directly to the Irish Aviation Authority. 

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EUQ.15.         How do I renew my Type rating?

A.

For the renewal of a type rating the applicant shall comply with all of the following:

  1. Complete a refresher training at an ATO if deemed necessary by the ATO to reach the level of proficiency to safely operate the relevant class or type of aircraft, except if the applicant holds a valid rating for the same class or type of aircraft on a pilot licence issued by a third country in accordance with Annex 1 to the Chicago Convention and if the applicant is entitled to exercise the privileges of that rating.
    1. After having determined the needs of the applicant, the ATO, should develop an individual training programme based on the initial training for the rating, focusing on the aspects where the applicant has shown the greatest needs. Or

       

    2. The ATO may decide that the applicant already possesses the required level of proficiency and that no refresher training is necessary. In such a case, the certificate or the document specified by the IAA should contain a respective statement including sufficient reasoning.

       

  2. After successful completion of the training, the ATO,  should issue the applicant with a training completion certificate or complete the document specified by the IAA, describing the training received, and a statement that the training has been successfully completed.

     

    Before the Proficiency Check.

    The training completion certificate should be presented to the examiner prior to the proficiency check. Following the successful renewal of the rating, the training completion certificate or the document specified by the IAA and the examiner report form should be submitted to the IAA.

    Failure to be assessed by an ATO prior to a proficiency check will result in your application being rejected.

  3. Complete a proficiency check in accordance with Annex I Part-FCL Appendix 9;

Pilots holding a flight test rating issued in accordance with point FCL.820 who were involved in the development, certification or production flight tests for an aircraft type and have completed either 50 hours of total flight time or 10 hours of flight time as PIC in test flights in that type during the year prior to the date of their application, shall be entitled to apply for the revalidation or renewal of the relevant type rating in accordance with Annex I Part-FCL Subpart H.

Upon completion the LST/LPC, submit the following documents;

  • Copy of the EASA FSTD Qualification Certificate of the Simulator used for the skill test.
  • Copy of the EASA ATO Approval Certificate
  • Copy of the EASA Examiner’s valid Part-FCL Examiner Certificate, and pilot licence and medical or SFI certificate & SFE Authorisation if held.
  • Notification of test signed by the applicant and the examiner.
    • www.iaa.ie, minimum 5 days before the test (may be longer depending on location of test).

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EUQ.16.         How do I apply for a new ratings page when my page is full?

 

A.

 

In an email, send a copy of your rating page to licensing@iaa.ie with a request for a new rating page to be issued with the following content (or similar);

 

Subject: Requesting a new rating page

 

Dear FCL

 

My name is (insert your name here):

My licence number is (insert your licence number here):

My date of birth is (insert your date of birth here):

 

My Certificate or Revalidation for my (enter Class or Type Rating here) is due to expire within 6 months, please issue me a new page.

 

Do not request a new page until all lines are full, and you have 6 months left on the expiry date of the last LPC.

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EUQ.17. How do I get an FCL.900.c or an FCL.1000.c issued by the IAA?

A.

The issue of an FCL.900.c.2 Instructor Certificate and an FCL.1000.c.2 Examiner Authorisation is limited to individuals providing flight instruction during a training course approved by EASA in accordance with the Part-FCL Annex I and where the training is provided outside the territory for which Member States are responsible under the Chicago Convention.

Applications may be accepted from instructors or examiners who are nominated by an EASA Approved Training Organisation (ATO) and listed as being subjected to the conditions of  ORA.GEN.200 under the management system of the nominating ATO.

Nominating ATOs shall provide a list of instructors or examiners that they are supporting for the application and agree to oversight access to the ATO management system by the IAA should it be deemed necessary by the IAA to conduct an oversight audit of the management system.

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EUQ.18.         I hold an FCL.900.c or an FCL.1000.c issued by an EU member State, will the IAA accept training or testing completed on the basis of my certificates?

A.

All instruction or examining conducted on the basis of your FCL.900.c and/or FCL.1000.c as applicable shall only be conducted in accordance with Annex I Part-FCL and outside of EU Member States territories. Such training or testing is acceptable to the IAA.

Instruction or examining conducted at a facility or using equipment not EASA approved, or conducted within EU Member States territories will not be accepted as part of an application for the issue, revalidation and renewal of an EU Part-FCL licence, rating or certificate.

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EUQ.19.    I have completed training for my Instrument Rating at an EASA approved ATO in a 3rd Country. Do I need to do anything else or can I just take my IR Skill test in that country, or do part of the skill test in EU27 Member State Airspace?

 A.

It may be necessary for you to complete some additional training with an EU27 Member State ATO to be compliant with ORA.ATO.150 before attempting the IR skill test. When the ATO is approved to provide training for the instrument rating (IR) in third countries:

  1. the training programme shall include acclimatisation flying in one of the Member States before the IR skill test is taken; and
  2. the IR skill test shall be taken in one of the Member States.

Following the acclimatisation flying in one of the Member States; The IR skill test shall be conducted in accordance with Annex I Part-FCL Appendix 7 and completed wholly within one of the Member States shall be acceptable. This means the IR skill test shall commence at an Member State airfield/airport and end at an Member State airfield/airport.

The IAA will not accept IR skill tests commencing, ending or being flown partially outside of EU27 Member State Territory.

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EUQ.20.         I am finishing my training for the initial issue of a CPL licence, what must I submit with my application?

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At least 1 month before you submit an application for the initial issue of a CPL licence, two very important elements must be done and completed;

  1. You must hold a valid EU Part-MED Class 1 medical certificate and your medical records shall be held by the IAA.

    If you have received your Class 1 medical certificate from another EU27 Member State, you will have to transfer your medical records to the IAA. To transfer your records use the RPPL-F-100M form located on the IAA website.

  2. You shall have passed all the theoretical knowledge examinations at either CPL or ATPL level.

 

If you have not sat your theoretical exams with the IAA you shall request verification of the results from the EASA Member State Competent Authority with whom you sat the exams and give permission to the IAA to request verification of the theoretical examinations passed.

 

If your examinations have been sat and passed with another EU27 Member State Aviation Authority send an email with the following content (or similar) to licensing@iaa.ie

 

Subject: Verification of theoretical examinations

 

I (insert your name here) give permission to the Irish Aviation Authority to contact (insert Competent Authority holding your exam results name here) to verify my theoretical examination for the issue of a CPL licence.

 

Attach a copy of the final results you achieved – this is a single page document sent to you by the EU27 Member State Authority you sat the examinations with, do not send the any other pages.

 

You shall also contact the EU27 Member State Authority and follow their process for releasing the information to the IAA and make any payment for the release of that information as applicable.

 

Making your CPL licence application;

Do not send an application until the above is completed. It is very important to ensure the above two items are done first as the delays caused by failing to provide the above may affect the validity of any examinations or skill tests conducted.

Submit the following forms and documents as applicable;

Note: that all the submission instructions are on the back of the applicable form.

  1. Application for the issue of a Part-FCL Commercial Pilot Licence - Modular Course Only
  2. Application for the issue of a PART-FCL Commercial Pilot Licence (Aeroplane) - Integrated Course Only
  3. Application for the Issue of a Part-FCL Commercial Pilot Licence (Helicopter)
  4. PART-FCL INSTRUMENT RATING(AEROPLANE) - APPLICATION & SKILL TEST REPORT FORM
  5. PART-FCL INSTRUMENT RATING(HELICOPTER) - APPLICATION & SKILL TEST REPORT FORM
  6. Copy of EASA Examiners licence, Authorisation and medical
  7. Copy of EASA ATO certificate
  8. If a simulator is used on the course a copy of the simulator qualification
  9. Original FCL.050 compliant logbook showing the related training.
    1. – see PLAM 24 for further guidance and information regarding compliant log books.
  10. Notification of test signed by the applicant and the examiner.
    1. The examiner receives the notification response once he registers the test on www.iaa.ie, minimum 5 days before the test (may be longer depending on location of test).

 

Ensure valid payment details are provided – the fee for issuing is €450 (subject to change as per the Fees Order amendments) and is paid for by the pilot directly to the Irish Aviation Authority.

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EUQ.21.         My A320 type rating is restricted due to ZFTT, what must I do to have an unrestricted type rating?

 

A.

The restriction on the type rating remains in force until the requirements for removal as entered in the remarks section of the licence have been met in accordance with ORO.FC.220(e). As the minimum requirements to have the ZFTT restriction removed have not been met, the additional requirement as described in ORO.FC.220(e)(2) applies.

ORO.FC.220 Operator conversion training and checking

Regulation (EU) No 71/2014

(e) In the case of aeroplanes, pilots that have been issued a type rating based on a zero flight-time training (‘ZFTT’) course shall:

(1) commence line flying under supervision not later than 21 days after the completion of the skill test or after appropriate training provided by the operator. The content of that training shall be described in the operations manual;

(2) complete six take-offs and landings in an FSTD not later than 21 days after the completion of the skill test under the supervision of a type rating instructor for aeroplanes (‘TRI(A)’) occupying the other pilot seat. The number of take-offs and landings may be reduced when credits are defined in the mandatory part of the operational suitability data established in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 748/2012. If those take-offs and landings have not been performed within 21 days, the operator shall provide refresher training the content of which shall be described in the operations manual;

(3) conduct the first four take-offs and landings of the LIFUS in the aeroplane under the supervision of a TRI(A) occupying the other pilot seat. The number of take-offs and landings may be reduced when credits are defined in the mandatory part of the operational suitability data established in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 748/2012.

Alternatively, you may be assessed in accordance with FCL.725 by an ATO and complete a type rating course for the type rating if completing with the Airline named in the ZFTT restriction is not possible.

You are recommended to consult with an ATO of your choosing on what requirements and further training they recommend. Following completion of that training and skills test you may have an unrestricted type rating issued. 

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EUQ.22.         I want to add an instructor certificate to my licence, what must I do?

A.

To add an instructor certificate to your licence you shall have completed a course of theoretical knowledge and flight instruction at an ATO and you need to discuss your suitability to commence an instructor course with your chosen ATO. Reading the requirements beforehand will assist you in understanding what experience you require and what is involved in the course.

The requirements for an instructor certificate are all described in REGULATION (EU) No 1178/2011) Annex I Part-FCL Subpart J.

The exception to this is if you wish to add an instructor certificate for Sailplanes or Balloons, where you may complete a course of theoretical knowledge and flight instruction at a DTO and you need to discuss your suitability to commence an instructor course with your chosen DTO. Reading the requirements beforehand will assist you in understanding what experience you require and what is involved in the course.

The requirements for an instructor certificate for balloons are all described in REGULATION (EU) 2020/357 ANNEX III PART-BFCL: SUBPART FI

The requirements for an instructor certificate for Sailplanes are all described in REGULATION (EU) 2020/358 ANNEX III PART-SFCL: SUBPART FI

Having completed the necessary training, you then need to make application to the IAA using the SUBPART J - INSTRUCTOR APPLICATION & ASSESSMENT FORM RPPL-F-935. Ensure you follow the submission guidance and provide all supporting documentation listed for the type of certificate you wish to add to your licence.

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EUQ.23.          I am flying a microlight and heard I can use the flying hours to revalidate my SEP class rating, how do I do that?

A.

You may revalidate an SEP Class rating using flying hours credits allowed under Annex I Part-FCL AMC1 FCL.140.A; FCL.140.S; FCL.740.A(b)(1)(ii) Recency and Revalidation Requirements whereby the hours flown in a microlight count in full towards fulfilling the hourly requirements of points FCL.140.A, FCL.140.S, and FCL.740.A(b)(1)(ii) when flown in a three axis microlight and in accordance with Aeronautical Notice No. P.24.

The applicant for revalidation of an SEP shall use the RPPL-F-147C form

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EUQ.24.          I want to add a type rating from my 3rd Country ICAO Annex I Compliant Licence to my IAA EU Part-FCL licence, what must I do?

A.

Should  you wish to add your 3rd Country type rating to your IAA EU Part-FCL licence you must provide the following;

1 – a copy of your latest LPC for the applicable type

2 – A copy of your 3rd country licence and medical

3 – Completed RPPL-F-095 Payment form for the fee: this is currently €300 but is subject to change based on the latest fees order.

4 – Completed  RPPL-F-120A Form giving the IAA permission to request verification of your 3rd country licence

Following successful processing of the above, the type rating will be added to your licence, but it will carry a restriction (valid only for aircraft registered in the State of Issue of your 3rd country licence).

Note: An EASA medical is required when you want to have the restriction removed. Removal of the restriction is covered in EUQ.12 above.

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EUQ.25           I do not have PBN endorsed on my licence, what must I do to have a PBN endorsement?

A.

To obtain the PBN endorsement on your licence, you need to complete the necessary training course at an ATO.

Once you have finish the training and successfully completed either a skill test in accordance with Appendix 7 to Annex I (Part-FCL) or a proficiency check in accordance with Appendix 9 of Annex I (Part-FCL) you then submit a completed RPPL-F- 159 form. The RPPL-F-159 form contains a list of documents you are required to submit on the bottom of page 2.

To support your application, you shall submit the following documents:

  • A copy of the ATO / AOC & Ops Spec certificate showing the PBN training approval on it

OR

  • A written confirmation from the applicable Competent Authority stating that the ATO or AOC holder is approved to carry out PBN training.

    AND

  • A course completion certificate for your Theory PBN course
  • Completed Skill Test or Proficiency Check form to include all standard supporting documents listed on the submissions page

OR

  • For Helicopters a completed RPPL-F-148 FORM to include all standard supporting documents listed on the submissions page

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EUQ.26.         How do I transfer a type rating from an ICAO Annex I compliant pilot licence to my IAA EU Part-FCL licence?

A.

You can add a type rating to your licence under the provisions of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/723. Basically, under Article 3(d) the type rating is added but restricted to aircraft registered in the 3rd country. The type rating on the ICAO Annex I compliant licence must be valid.  

When you want to add the type rating as above, send the following to Licensing@iaa.ie;

You may also convert a type rating from an ICAO Annex I compliant pilot licence by applying for the conversion of the type rating under the provisions of Article 10 of the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/723, this will add the type rating but without the 3rd Country restriction. The type rating on the ICAO Annex I compliant licence must be valid This covered under FAQ EUQ.12 above.

Or

If you less than 500 hours flying experience on type, apply for a conversion of a 3rd country type rating under the provisions of Article 3(b) of the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/723 by completing full EASA type rating course at an approved EU ATO. The requirements of course duration, number of lessons and specific training hours may be reduced on the basis of a training recommendation from an EU ATO. The type rating on the ICAO Annex I compliant licence must be valid.

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EUQ.27.          I need to revalidate/renew my English Language Proficiency level, but I cannot travel to an IAA authorised English Language Assessor or an approved Language Assessment Body, will the IAA accept a remotely conducted English Language Assessment?

A.

The IAA does accept remotely conducted English Language Assessments from appropriately approved Language Assessment Bodies subject to verification of security and identification compliance. If you decide to use a remote ELA assessment, please check that the organisation has had its procedures assessed by the IAA to ensure compliance with the security and identification criteria for such tests.  This will ensure acceptance of the test to support the ELP requirements when submitting your application.

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EUQ.28.          I am thinking about getting a sailplane licence, what must I do?

A.

It is recommended that anyone considering a sailplane licence first read Regulation (EU) 2020/358 which explains the basic requirements and training required and can answer many of the frequently asked questions regarding obtaining a sailplane licence.

The minimum age shall be at least 14 years of age to be allowed on solo flights and a licence may be applied for when the applicant reaches at least 16 years old.

Training shall be at an approved ATO or DTO and it is prudent to ensure appropriate provisions are in place should the trainee be a minor.

Application for a Sailplane licence is made using the form RPPL-F-SFCL.145.SPL

When submitting the application ensure the following is included;

Please enclose the following:-

  • Completed form RPPL-F-SFCL.145.SPL
  • All original Flying logbooks
  • Copy of your valid Part-MED LAPL, Class 1 or 2 Medical Certificate
  • Copy of your Passport.
  • Copy of (ATO/DTO) Approval certificate.
  • Copy of your Part-FCL or theoretical knowledge examination results
  • Copy of Part-FCL Examiner's Approval certificate and licence.
  • Original Qualifying Cross-Country Certificate.
  • Completed payment form (if paying by credit / debit card), or cheque / postal order.

Please note that failure to submit all required documentation may result in the return of your application.

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EUQ.29.          Can I fly a sailplane in Ireland with another EU27 Member State Sailplane licence?

A.

An SFCL Sailplane licence is valid for flying EU registered sailplanes within the EU 27 Member States. If the sailplane is not EU registered then you shall have at a minimum a validation from the state of registration of the sailplane, and if applicable comply with Aeronautical Notice No. P.24.

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