Existing Licence Conversions

 

Australian Private Aeroplane PPL(A) to Private Helicopter Licence PPL(H)

To convert your Private aeroplane licence to a Private helicopter licence you need to meet the following requirements:

  • Is at least 17 years of age
  • Holds a valid Australian PPL(A) which is not suspended, cancelled or restricted
  • Holds a current Australian Class 2 or 1 Medical Certificate
  • Holds a Flight Operator Radiotelephone Licence (FROL).
  • Holds, or is in the process of applying for issue of an, Australian ASIC or AVID (Click here for form)
  • Must pass the PPL(H) theory examination (Theory instruction is available at V2 helicopters)
  • Must pass a PPL(H) Flight Test
  • Must meet the minimum aeronautical experience requirements as listed in Civil Aviation Regulation (1988) (CAR):
    • General Handling Dual & solo – 35 Hours
    • Navigation Training Dual & solo – 3 Hours
    • Total minimum 38 Hours helicopter training

Australian Private Aeroplane PPL(A) to Commercial Helicopter Licence CPL(H)

To convert your Private aeroplane licence to a Commercial helicopter licence you need to meet the following requirements:

  • Is at least 18 years of age
  • Holds a valid Australian PPL(A) which is not suspended, cancelled or restricted
  • Holds a current Australian Class 1 Medical Certificate
  • Holds a Flight Operator Radiotelephone Licence (FROL).
  • Holds, or is in the process of applying for issue of an, Australian ASIC or AVID.(Click here for form)
  • Must pass all 7 CPL(H) theory examinations (Theory instruction is available at V2 helicopters)
  • Must pass a CPL(H) Flight Test
  • Must meet the minimum aeronautical experience requirements as listed in Civil Aviation Regulation (1988) (CAR):
    • General Handling Dual – 30 Hours
    • General Handling Solo – 20 Hours
    • Navigation Training Dual – 10 Hours
    • Navigation Training Solo – 5 Hours
    • Additional to be allocated– 5 Hours
    • Total Minimum 70 Hours helicopter training

Australian Commercial Aeroplane CPL(A) to Commercial Helicopter Licence CPL(H)

To convert your Commercial aeroplane licence to a Commercial helicopter licence you need to meet the following requirements:

  • Is at least 18 years of age.
  • Holds a valid Australian CPL(A) which is not suspended, cancelled or restricted
  • Holds a current Australian Class 1 Medical Certificate
  • Holds a Flight Operator Radiotelephone Licence (FROL).
  • Holds, or is in the process of applying for issue of an, Australian ASIC or AVID.(Click here for form)
  • Must pass the following 4 CPL(H) theory examinations (Theory instruction is available at V2 helicopters):
  • Aircraft general Knowledge
  • Aerodynamics
  • Air Law
  • Operations Performance and Planning
  • Must pass a CPL(H) Flight Test
  • Must meet the minimum aeronautical experience requirements as listed in Civil Aviation Regulation (1988) (CAR):
    • General Handling Dual – 30 Hours
    • General Handling Solo – 20 Hours
    • Navigation Training Dual – 2 Hours
    • Navigation Training Solo – 3 Hours
    • Additional to be allocated– 5 Hours
    • Total Minimum 60 Hours helicopter training

Overseas PPL(H) to Australian PPL(H) Requirements:

To convert your Overseas Private helicopter licence PPL(H) to an Australian private helicopter licence PPL(H) you need to meet the following requirements:

  • Is at least 17 years of age.
  • Holds, or have held, an overseas civilian PPL(H) issued by an ICAO contracting state, that is equivalent to the Australian PPL(H), and which is not suspended, cancelled or restricted. (For a list of ICAO contracting states click here)
  • Holds a current Australian Class 2 or 1 Medical Certificate
  • Holds an Aviation Reference Number (ARN)
  • Holds a Flight Operator Radiotelephone Licence
  • Holds a minimum of Level 4 English Language Proficiency (ELP) rating in accordance with the ICAO Standard on language proficiency for flight crew. If you do not have the minimum acceptable ELP on your foreign licence, you may undertake an assessment in Australia to obtain one – for more information, see the CASA webpage
  • Holds, or is in the process of applying for issue of an, Australian ASIC or AVID. (Click here for form)
  • Score a pass in the Australian PPL(H)L Overseas Conversion theory examination (PHOS) (Theory instruction is available at V2 helicopters)
  • Meets aeronautical experience requirements as listed in Civil Aviation Regulation (1988) (CAR) Clause 5.93 which are as follows:
    • (1) at least 50 hours of flight time as a pilot of a helicopter that includes:
    • (i) at least 35 hours of general flight time; and
    • (ii) at least 15 hours of cross-country flight time.
    • (2) For the purposes of CAR 5.93 (1)(b)(i), the 35 hours of general flight time must include:
    • (a) at least 20 hours of flight time in dual flying; and v 09/2013 Page 2 of 5
    • (b) at least 10 hours of flight time as pilot in command.
    • (3) For the purposes of CAR 5.93 (1)(b)( ii), the 15 hours of cross-country flight time must
    • include at least 6 hours of flight time as pilot in command.
    • (4) For the purposes of CAR 5.93 (4), the 6 hours of flight time as pilot in command must
    • include at least 1 flight:
    • (a) to a destination that is at least 70 miles from the place from which the flight
    • commenced; and
    • (b) that includes at least 1 landing at, and 1 take-off from, that destination.
    • (5) Each period of flight time flown by a person as a pilot, but not flown:
    • (a) as pilot in command; or
    • (b) in dual flying;
    • must be halved in calculating the person’s flight time for the purposes of this regulation.

Step by step Guide to converting your overseas PPL(H) to an Australian PPL(H):

First step: To start the process

  • Lodge Form 1162 for the issue of an Aviation Reference Number (ARN) including identification, e.g. birth certificate or current passport or Australian Citizenship Certificate. If you already have an ARN, you do not need to submit another Form 1162.

Second step: What you need to achieve

  • Pass the PHOS examination (this can be attempted at most helicopter flying schools or at any of the 29 ASL exam centres around Australia).
  • Meet the aeronautical experience described earlier and hold a PPL(H) and FROL issued by an ICAO contracting state.
  • Have an ICAO ELP assessment of Level 4 or higher on the foreign licence or undertake an ELP assessment in Australia and achieve level 4 or higher.
  • Obtain either a Class 1 or Class 2 Australian medical certificate (Call 0061 7 3274 6666 to book)
  • Pass the Australian PPL(H) flight test with an approved testing officer (ATO) or CASA FOI.

Third step: What you need to submit to CASA

  • Complete and lodge the CASA PPL helicopter application Form 521 including the flight test report section completed by the testing officer.
  • If required, complete CASA Form 642 for results of ELP assessment taken in Australia.
  • Lodge certified copies of overseas licence (both sides if applicable), current medical certificate and copies of logbook pages of the last 3 months or last 3 full page openings (whichever is the lesser) of your current logbook. Evidence (licence or logbook) of aircraft endorsement should also be included, if applicable.

Certification of documents can only be made by a Notary Public or a CASA DAME in your home country. Alternatively, an Australian official at any Australian Embassy or High Commission can certify your documents. If you are in Australia, your documents can be certified by any of the persons identified by the Australian Attorney-General’s Department as authorised witnesses

If no current Australian security check held – Complete and lodge CASA Form 498 (ASIC) or Form 499 (AVID) for mandatory security checks, including “certified true copies of identity documents”.

More information on overseas licence conversions can be found by clicking here

More information on overseas licence conversion examinations can be found by clicking here

Converting your existing New Zealand Licence to an Australian Licence

This information only applies to professional flight crew who hold qualifications issued by the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand.

The New Zealand and Australian Governments have entered into a Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition Act, 1997 (TTMRA) which allows for each others regulatory standards relating to occupations to be recognised. What this means in aviation terms is that NZ professional flight crew, aircraft maintenance engineer and air traffic control licences may be considered under the terms of the TTMRA, and not under the Civil Aviation Regulations.

For full instructions on how to convert your NZ licence to an Australian licence click here