FAR part 61.75 makes provision for licensed foreign pilots of any ICAO member state to apply for an FAA (US) Private Pilot License, issued on the basis of your foreignlicense. Here are the steps to follow to apply for and activate your FAA PPL.
1. Go to this website and download the PDF form: http://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates/airmen_certification/foreign_license_verification/
2. Fill out the form and send it to the FAA along with copies of your foreign license, an English transcript of your license (if necessary) and a copy of your medicalcertificate or endorsement (make sure all documents are current according to your Civil Aviation Authority rules). Send to: Airmen Certification Branch, AFS-760, PO BOX 25082, Oklahoma City, OK 73125-0082or fax the form and documents to (405) 954-9922.
3. Please put the Orlando Flight Standards District Office, FSDO-15 as the location where you intend to make application for your FAA PPL.
4. Allow 60 days for processing the above form, once the FAA has received it either via postal mail or fax. NOTE TO UK PILOTS: The Data Protection Act now requires your permission for the CAA to releaseany information to the FAA. Please check with the appropriate authorities (CAA) before submitting your 61-75 form to the FAA.
5. After the FAA has processed your request, they will send you a letterof authorization. You must bring this letter of authorization with you when you arrive to Florida. Please make sure you also bring all other pilot documentation with you as well (ie: foreign PPL,English transcript, medical certificate or endorsement, logbook) and a picture ID (ie: Driver's License, passport).
6. You will need to register for an IACRA account before seeing the FAA inspectorhere in Florida to get your new FAA Private Pilot License (don't worry it's free and easy). IACRA stands for Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application and is the system the FAA now uses...