Airborne Aviation Information for Pilots Visiting Australia

Pilots visiting AustraliaAt Airborne Aviation we regularly assist pilots visiting Australia with temporary licence validation or full licence conversion.

As an alternative to licence validation a qualified flight instructor can be arranged to accompany you on short trips to help with local procedures.

One of our staff can help plan your dream trip around our beautiful country in approximately 25-40 flight hours - just ask us how!

Flying in Australia with a Foreign Pilot Licence

One of the most exciting ways to see our vast country is from the air. Great distances separating breath-taking locations can be covered in a reasonably short flying time in a mostly unrestricted airspace. If you already have a pilot licence issued by one of the ICAO member countries and wish to fly in Australia you have two options depending on your intentions.

The two options for licence conversion are summarised below:

  • Obtain a Certificate of Validation (valid for 12 months)
  • Convert your licence to the Australian equivalent (Residence in Australia)

Certificate of Validation (COV)

If you wish to fly in Australia for twelve months or less CASA will normally issue you with a "Certificate of Validation." This licence permits you to fly in Australia for a period of twelve months (day VFR only).

A medical examination check is not required, however you will require certified copies of your overseas license, medical certificate and a copy of the latest opening of your logbook for submission to CASA. We will conduct a Check Flight (see below) prior to letting you hire one of our aircraft. Additionally, you will need to apply for an Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC).

Allow 4-6 weeks for validation process and make sure you submit all the documents required by CASA as listed on their website. You should plan to spend at least half a day with us to discuss local procedures, operations at un-towered aerodromes, maps, documentation and any other navigational and operational matters.

The essential documentation required for flying in Australia includes:

  • AIP - Aeronautical Information Publication
  • ERSA En-Route Supplement Australia
  • Charts for the areas in which you want to fly

You can purchase these documents on line at

Another excellent set of documents can be found on CASA website in the Pilot Guides and Information section. The Sydney Basin Visual Pilot Guide has detailed procedures for Camden airport and surrounding area.

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Full Licence Conversion

To convert your licence you need to supply your original licence, medical certificate, and logbook. For logbooks in languages other than English you will need to bring a certified translation.

Generally, to convert a foreign license to an Australian flight crew license you must:

  • Pass written conversion exams:
    • CPL - Flight Rules and Procedures, Air Law, Human Factors
  • Obtain an Australian medical certificate
  • Possess or pass an ICAO oral English language proficiency assessment
  • Complete a flight test

For a Instrument Rating conversion:

  • You must first convert your licence to an Australian licence
  • You must pass the written Instrument Rating examination
  • You must train to reach the IFR flight test standard
  • You must pass the full Australian CIR flight test

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If you have any questions regarding a full licence conversion please contact us! 

The Check Flight

The purpose of the check flight is to check your general aircraft handling ability, navigation skills and understanding of Australian airspace and procedures.

Depending on your preparedness level a check flight will take about two hours and will include a short navigational exercise with emphasis on visual navigation. You may also require some familiarisation flights to acquaint yourself with the local procedures.

General Information

Australian continent is sparsely populated and great distances separate most areas of interest. As a result, the
direct navigation between the navigation aids (VORs and NDBs) is just not practical, hence the emphasis on visual

Australian weather varies considerably from region to region and ranges from the wintery snow in the mountains
to scorching heat in the central parts of the continent with temperatures reaching 50 degrees Celsius. The Northern
regions have distinct wet and dry seasons that can limit VFR flying.

For an excellent overview of Australian climate and detailed weather information including the Aviation Weather
Services explore the Australian Bureau of Meteorology website at . Also see “Australian Weather and the Seasons” section on Australian Government website with detailed descriptions of regional weather season by season.