3501 N Lakewood Blvd, Long Beach CA 90808

Foreign pilot certificate conversion

Non-US private pilot holder time building / rental

If you are coming to build time or rent from another country, there are a few steps you need to follow.


It still remains very simple and easy to complete as we are very experienced in the process and have had numerous pilots come from all over the world to fly with us.


Below is a step-by-step guide as to what is required. Please email management at admin@aceshighaviation.com before coming to arrange details.

How to convert your foreign pilot certificate:

Step 1 – Complete the form at https://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates/airmen_certification/foreign_license_verification/ 


Then, send the FAA the completed form along with a copy of your medical and foreign certificate.


You can find out how to send this information to the FAA on the website linked above.


Step 2 – Wait for the verification letter the Airmen Certification Branch will send you once the foreign certificate verification process has been completed.


Step 3 – Schedule an appointment with the DPE. The least expensive DPE we have found so far is Tim Tucker. You can email him at pilottucker@earthlink.net. He charges around $150.00 to perform this.


Before arrival in the US, schedule a date ahead of time for when you arrive. The appointment is usually 30 minutes in length.


Step 4 – Once you arrive in the US with your documents, head to your scheduled meeting with the DPE.


They will provide you with temporary documents required for flying.


Step 5 – Complete a flight review with us to validate your US Private pilot certificate.


FSDO Details: 5001 Airport Plaza Dr # 100, Long Beach, CA 90815 – Telephone: +001 562 420-1755


You can email them via their contact page located here.


Before you arrive, they will provide you with all the details of what you need to bring, depending on the country that you hold your Private Pilot in. This includes a few documents from the agency that governs the flight in your country. We also have contacts for great places to stay and can provide suggestions on how to easily commute to and from the airport if you need a place to stay.


There are no membership fees and the only additional costs is that we require renters insurance, which is around $200.00 to $250.00 for the year.


Please email management at admin@aceshighaviation.com if you plan on taking advantage of this.


Looking to time build with your new FAA Private pilot? Check out our time building information page here.