The method taken to obtain a EASA license will depend on your current license(s) held, the license you are trying to obtain, and the hours or types of aircraft you have experience on have been set forth in the regulations of JAR‐FCL 1.
Converting an ICAO Private Pilots License to a EASA Private Pilot
If you have fewer than 100 hours of flight time and wish to convert your ICAO Private Pilots License to EASA , you must complete the full approved PPL Course and 45 hour flight training.
If you have more than 100 hours of flying time and wish to convert your ICAO Private Pilots License to EASA, you are given a few exemptions at the discretion of the local authority, but still required to complete the following:
• Obtain a EASA class two medical exam (this can be completed in the Malta)
• Pass 3 of the EASA PPL theoretical examinations (Human Performance & Limitations, Air Law and
• Pass the radio telephony operators practical test
• Complete flight training as required with a flying instructor to prepare for the flight test
• Pass the PPL skills test with a EASA flight examiner
( We Provide all the necessary training required to pass any theory exams or Radiotelephony exam. )
Converting an ICAO License to EASA ATPL
All license conversions to EASA ATPL require you to obtain a EASA Class 1 medical for the EASA license. This initial medical must be done in Europe. If you hold an expired UK EASA Class 1 medical, you can renew it in Malta.
For Holders of an ICAO PPL/CPL & Want to Convert to a EASA ATP
To convert your license as an ICAO PPL holder, you will be required to complete an approved ATPL ground school program with a EASA training provider. The ground school can be either a full‐time residential program or a distance learning program. Our ground school is divided into 3 modules, covering all 14 ATPL subjects. The residential class will take six months to complete and our distance learning program is designed to be completed within 12 months.
For the ICAO PPL Holder:
On completion of passing all 14 ATPL theoretical exams, you will need to complete an EASA Approved course for the commercial pilots license. This is a 25 hour program, followed by a skills test with a EASA examiner. This training and testing is completed in Malta. Before commencing the EASA CPL training, you must have at least 150 hours total time and you will be required to have 5 hours of night (3 hours dual, 1 hour cross‐country and 5 takeoffs and landings). For license issue, you will require 200 hours total time, 100 hours PIC, a 300NM cross‐country flight and a radio telephony license already achieved.
For the ICAO CPL Holder:
On completion of passing all 14 ATPL theoretical exams, you will need to complete a EASA conversion course for the commercial pilots license. Before beginning the training, you must have at least 100 hours PIC. This training is “as required,” and once you have demonstrated satisfactory standards to the chief flight instructor, then you will be able to complete the skills test with a EASA examiner. On completion of the CPL, you will need to pass the EASA instrument rating. It is a 55 hour training program, however if you hold an ICAO instrument rating, you are given a 40 hour exemption from the course, leaving you with a minimum 15 hour conversion, training and preparation for the IR skill test.
For Holders of an ICAO ATPL & Want to Convert to an Unrestricted EASA ATPL
If you hold a EASA Class 1 medical, R/T license, more than 1,500 hours on multi‐pilot aircraft, are type rated already, and have more than 500 hours on type: You are still required to pass all of the 14 EASA ATPL theoretical exams under the direction of an approved training organisation; however you are not required to attend a formal ground school. On completion of passing the examinations, you may complete the training as required in the simulator of which you have more than 500 hours on type, and on which an ATPL skills test will be conducted by an EASA flight ops inspector.
Click here for the ICAO to EASA Conversion Form.