Foreign License Convalidation

The procedure for acquiring an American FAA Certification based on your current foreign certification is called Convalidation. Having an FAA Certificate allows you to fly US registered aircraft worldwide with registrations beginning with the letter N (November). The FAA Certificate is respected worldwide.
The Convalidation process is simple. First you must obtain a Private Pilot Certificate based on your current foreign certificate. Then you must pass both the Instrument Rating written and practical exams as well as the Commercial Pilot written and practical exams.

* Note: ATP Convalidation is no longer available unless you have completed the written exam before 1 August 2014 ATP.

1) Complete and submit the form Alien Verification Pilot (AC 8060-71) to the FAA.
Note: in box 11 of the form type:
South Florida FSDO
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Miramar, Florida 33027

2) Complete the appropriate examinations for the Instrument and Commercial Multi-Engine (CME)
Come prepared to take the Instrument and Commercial written exams on the first day of arrival in Miami. Study materials can be ordered from or at Wayman Pilot Supplies.

Most students can become familiar with the airspace and local approaches with 5 to 10 hours of preparation in our Piper Seneca. Some students may require more time in the aircraft. Students complete the oral preparations with our instructors typically in 2 to 4 hours.

The practical and oral exams last 2 hours on average. The flight portion is completed in our planes. Students must pay approximately $500 directly to the examiner for their examination fees.

Pilots who fly regularly usually need 15 hours of preparation in our aircraft for Instrument Rating and 10 hours for Multi-Engine. Come prepared for both written tests, the IRA and CAX. Visit Wayman Pilot Supplies in store or online at for your study materials.