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      • Printable forms and procedure - Foreign PPL licence endorsement here...
      • Printable forms and procedure - Thai PPL licence renewal here...
      • Printable form - Student Pilot's Licence (SPL) application here...
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      • Thai Air Navigation Act - 2009 (English translation)

     


 

Aviation activities requiring a licence

ICAO has developed international licensing Standards for the following aviation activities:

 

Flight crew licences:

 

  1. Licence for pilot (Annex 1, Chapter 2);
    • Private pilot (aeroplane and helicopter);
    • Commercial pilot (aeroplane and helicopter);
    • Airline transport pilot (aeroplane and helicopter);
    • Glider pilot; and
    • Free balloon pilot.

     

  2. Licences for flight crew members other than pilot (Annex 1, Chapter 3)
    • Flight engineer; and
    • Flight navigator.

     

Annex 1 also provides for a series of ratings (class, type, instrument and instructor) that complement the flight crew licences.

 

International recognition of flight crew licences

 

The Convention on International Civil Aviation, often called the Chicago Convention, provides for worldwide recognition of flight crew licences issued by any member State of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) provided that:

 

  1. the licence meets or exceeds the ICAO licensing Standards of Annex 1 Personnel Licensing to the Convention on International Civil Aviation; and
  2. the licence is used on an aircraft which is registered in the State which has issued or validated the licence.

 

If the licence is to be used on an aircraft which is not registered in the issuing State, the licence holder must obtain a validation of the licence from the State of Registry or alternatively obtain a new licence issued by the State of Registry .

 

licence requirements

 

Use of flight crew licences on foreign-registered aircraft

Any pilot who wishes to fly on an aircraft registered in a State other than the one that has issued the licence, needs to obtain an authorization from the State of Registry . This authorization is generally given by the State of Registry through a validation or a conversion of the foreign licence. In general, the validation process is used for short-term authorization while the conversion process is used for longer-term authorization.

 

Validation of a foreign licence

When a State validates a foreign licence, it recognizes it as valid for use on aircraft on its own registry. The Convention on International Civil Aviation and its Annex 1 do not contain specific requirements for the validation of licences beyond establishing the principle and the fact that the validity of a validation, cannot be extended beyond the validity of the supporting licence. As a result, conditions under which validation is granted vary from State to State. It depends on the level of privileges required and on the origin of the licence. It is generally easy to obtain a validation for VFR private flights, but more stringent rules may exist for professional licences. The applicant may be required to get additional training and/or to take new exams.

 

Conversion of a foreign licence

As an alternative to validate a foreign licence, a State may issue a licence that is based on the foreign licence held by the applicant. In doing so, the Licensing Authority accepts the fact that holding a foreign licence is an acceptable way to demonstrate compliance with its own national licensing regulation. The conditions for the conversion are generally similar to that of a validation.

 

How to obtain a validation or a conversion?

The decision to validate or convert a foreign licence is left to the discretion of each Licensing Authority. ICAO is unfortunately not in a position to provide information on the details of the validation and conversion policy and procedures established by each of its Contracting States. The most reliable source of information is the Licensing Authority of the State in which the licence is to be validated or converted, and at times Consulates and Embassies may be helpful.

 

New requirement from 11th May 2008

All pilot applying for Thai Validation must pass the Paper test at DCA: "Thai Air Law and Human Performance."
1. New PPL pilot : must have the test before submit application
2. Pilot holding PPL validation : Attend the test before 11th of May 2008 to keep current
3. Pilot on Validation process : attend the test as soon as possible to continue the process

 

For more information on validation of a foreign licence, please refer to Annex 1, Chapter 1, paragraph 1.2.2.

 

Glider and free balloon pilots and flight engineers: There is no language proficiency Standard applicable to these categories of personnel. However, Annex 1, Chapter 1, paragraph 1.2.9.3 contains a Recommendation that reads: "Flight engineers, glider and free balloon pilots should have the ability to speak and understand the language used for radiotelephony communications." .

ts/ICAO/licencing/feb09

 

      • Printable forms and procedure - Foreign PPL licence endorsement here...
      • Printable forms and procedure - Thai PPL licence renewal here...
      • Printable form - Student Pilot's Licence (SPL) application here...
      • Printable form - NOK Flying Club membership application here...
      • Medical information here
      • Thai Air Navigation Act - 2009 (English transl;ation)