ICAO to EASA transfer in general
If you are seeking to obtain full EASA ATPL(A) based on your current so-called third country (non-EASA) license - e.g. ATPL(A) issued by FAA, you need to meet two main requirements:
- requirements for obtain of EASA ATPL(A) flight crew license
- requirements for obtain of EASA type rating on Cessna 525
It is important to mention that EASA license shall be issued only if endorsed with respective type rating or class rating. Due to this reason, the ICAO to EASA ATPL(A) mandates to transfer not only the ATPL license itself, but also the transfer of the respective typerating.
The very last step in the ICAO to EASA ATPL(A) transfer is the checkride with an EASA Examiner - TRE C525. Two checkrides, namely EASA ATPL(A) skill test and EASA typerating skill test are merged together in case of multi-pilot aeroplanes. This is however not possible in case of aeroplanes and variants constituted into the Cessna 525 typerating. Due to this reason, it is necessary to attend two separate EASA skill tests. One for EASA ATPL(A) and another for obtain of EASA C525 typerating.
EASA ATPL(A) pre-requisites
Requirements for issue of ATPL(A) - airline pilot are to be found in FCL.510 and FCL.510.A as follows:
Minimum total time of 1 500 hours in aeroplanes, including at least:
- 500 hours in multi-pilot operations on aeroplanes;
- 500 hours as PIC under supervision; or
- 250 hours as PIC; or
- 250 hours, including at least 70 hours as PIC, and the remaining as PIC under supervision;
- 200 hours of cross-country flight time of which at least 100 hours shall be as PIC or as PIC under supervision;
- 75 hours of instrument time of which not more than 30 hours may be instrument ground time; and
- 100 hours of night flight as PIC or co-pilot.
Of the 1500 hours of flight time, up to 100 hours of flight time may have been completed in an FFS and FNPT. Of these 100 hours, only a maximum of 25 hours may be completed in an FNPT.
An important prerequisite for obtaining an EASA ATPL(A) is passing an ATPL(A) theoretical examination consisting of 14 subjects.
EASA typerating pre-requisites
A valid Cessna 525 type rating contained in a licence issued by a third country may be inserted in a licence issued in accordance with Annex I (Part-FCL) to Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011. In case of ICAO to EASA typerating transfer, you need to meet the requirements of Section 4, Article 10 of Part FCL and meet following:
- complies with the experience requirements and the prerequisites for the issue of the Cessna 525 typerating in accordance with Part-FCL;
- passes the relevant skill test for the issue of the Cessna 525 typerating in accordance with Part-FCL;
- is in current flying practice;
- as no less than 500 hours of flight experience as a pilot in variants representing Cessna 525.
ICAO to EASA ATPL(A) is not possible on Cessne 525
In accordance with AMC1 FCL.520.A the EASA ATPL(A) skill test can be merged into the EASA typerating skill test or EASA typerating proficiency check for multi-pilot aeroplanes. Due that reason - if Cessna 525 is your only typerating endorsed in your ICAO ATPL license the ICAO to EASA transfer can only be done by issuing the CPL(A) license with endorsed Cessna 525 typerating. Should you are interested in full EASA ATPL(A) it is necessary to meet the abovementioned requirements in multi-pilot aeroplanes llisted in EASA typeratings endorsment list. This can be for example Boeing 737 or Bombardier CRJ.