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Flight crew licensing FAQs
The Part 61 pilot licensing regulations came into effect on 1 September 2014.
The following contains the frequently asked questions relating to flight crew licensing. Additional information can be found in the Flight Crew Licensing Information Sheets.
- I have not yet transitioned my CAR 5 flight crew licence to Part 61, can I still operate an aircraft?
No, you must first transition your CAR 5 licence to Part 61 before you can operate an aircraft. To apply to transition your licence to Part 61 you will need to complete and submit a Form 61-9TX.
- My flight crew licence has just been reissued but it's missing a licence, an endorsement or rating. How can I fix this?
Flight Crew Licences issued by CASA only show authorisations that are currently issued by CASA. Some licences, ratings and endorsements are no longer issued and are therefore not included when a licence is reissued. For example, a Senior Commercial Pilot Licence is no longer printed on a licence. This also applies to aircraft endorsements that are no longer listed in the Civil Aviation Orders or where a previous model has been included in a class endorsement.
If you hold a licence, rating or endorsement that you think should be included on your licence, please complete and submit a Form 61-9LR with any required supporting documentation.
- I've applied for a job overseas. How do I get a letter of verification for my FCL?
We can send your employer a letter that verifies your licence details. This letter costs $50 and will include information we hold about you such as:
- your licence details, including endorsements, ratings and approvals
- your aviation reference number
- your aviation medical details
- details of any suspensions, cancellations or any action taken by CASA.
Complete Flight crew licence verification Flight crew licence verification form 452 (pdf 137.88 KB).
- I've applied for a job overseas and the overseas organisation wants a letter confirming that I haven't had any accidents or incidents. Can CASA provide that information?
No, CASA does not hold that information. You can apply to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau for this information by completing an Aviation Incident Reporting Summary request form. The request must be made by the licence holder.
- Who can certify documents?
Anyone who is entitled to witness a Commonwealth Statutory Declaration is acceptable. There are other people who CASA will accept for this purpose such as a CASA delegate, Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME)
Please refer to the list of acceptable persons on the CASA website.
- Who can sign a statutory declaration when I'm overseas?
NB: A Statutory Declaration may be made outside of Australia before any of the prescribed people listed in Part 1 or Part 2 of the Statutory Declarations Act 1959 as amended who are authorised to practise under a law in force in a State or Territory of Australia.
Please note that Statutory Declarations made outside of Australia may also be made before an Australian Consular Officer or Australian Diplomatic Officer (within the meaning of the Australian "Consular Fees Act 1985." )
- What is the typical processing time for a licence and other applications?
Information relating to service delivery timeframes for licensing applications can be found on the Service Delivery Statistics page.
You can also follow the progress of your application through your CASA Self Service account. If you do not have a CASA Self Service account, click the “New user – register here” link to register.
- How can I obtain a new copy of my FCL?
You will need to apply to CASA for a licence reprint.
- I haven't flown for a long time. Is my Part 61 licence still valid and what do I need to do to fly now?
Flight crew licences issued by CASA remain valid unless suspended or cancelled.
Before you fly you must have a current medical certificate, have a current security check status and undergo a flight review with a suitably qualified instructor. You should contact your local flying school to discuss your requirements.
- I'm having trouble filling in my form - who can help me?
In the first instance contact your flying school. Otherwise call or email CASA's Client Services Centre.
- Where can I find a particular FCL form?
FCL forms are available on the CASA website under 'Forms and templates'.