FAQs

Q.1. I have met the experience requirements for the grant of an ATPL, and am ready to take the ATPL skill test. What do I have to do?

A. The application form to apply for the grant of an ATPL can be downloaded here. Original logbook(s) must be submitted for inspection for the grant of the ATPL Licence. If you have a PART-FCL compliant computerised logbook, a full print out must be submitted and each page must be certified by you as a true record. The current licence issue fee can be found here. When submitting your ATPL LST paperwork, please ensure that you enclose the original ATPL LST Form.

Q.2. I have passed my ATPL skill test, how do I apply for the issue of the ATPL?

A. The application form to apply for the grant of an ATPL can be downloaded here. Original logbook(s) must be submitted for inspection for the grant of the ATPL Licence. If you have a JAR-FCL compliant computerised logbook, a full print out must be submitted and each page must be certified by you as a true record. The current licence issue fee can be found here. When submitting your ATPL LST paperwork, please ensure that you enclose the original ATPL LST Form.

Q.3 .What are the costs of each exam (PPL/CPL/IR/ATPL)?

A. A summary of the fees for theoretical knowledge examinations can be found here. Full details of the current fees charged by the TMCAD are published in the Air Navigation Order, 1990 (S.I. No. 499.09), and can be viewed and/or downloaded here.

Q.4. When, and where, are the PPL/CPL/IR/ATPL exams held?

A. The dates for all levels of theoretical knowledge examinations for the current year can be found here.

Examinations at PPL level are held at set times during the course of two days.

Examinations at ATPL level (14 papers), CPL level (13 papers) and IR level (7 papers) are held at set times over the course of the year. A timetable showing the daily timings of each examination subject can be found here.

Q.5. How long do I have to pass the examinations?

A. For all examination levels, an applicant will be deemed to have successfully completed the theoretical knowledge examinations for the appropriate licence or rating when awarded a pass in all of the required subjects within a period of 18 months, counted from the end of the calendar month when the applicant first attempted an examination.

Q.6. How long are the examination results valid for?

A. At PPL level, a pass in the theoretical knowledge examinations will be accepted for the grant of a PPL for a period of 24 months from the date of gaining a pass in all required examination papers. At IR level, a pass in the theoretical knowledge examinations will be accepted for the grant of an Instrument Rating for a period of 36 months, counted from the end of the calendar month when a pass in all required examination papers was achieved. At CPL level, a pass in the theoretical knowledge examinations will be accepted for the grant of a CPL for a period of 36 months, counted from the end of the calendar month when a pass in all required examination papers was achieved. At ATPL level, a pass in the theoretical knowledge examinations will be accepted for the grant of a CPL and/or an Instrument rating (IR) for a period of 36 months, counted from the end of the calendar month when a pass in all required examination papers was achieved. Provided that both a CPL and IR are granted within the aforementioned 36 month period, ATPL level examination results will be accepted for the grant of an ATPL for a period of seven years from the most recent validity date of the IR entered in the CPL.

Q.7. Will the TMCAD accept my PART-FCL exams if I complete them in another EASA Member State?

A. The TMCAD will accept a full set of exams completed in one member state (subject to verification from the state where the exams were taken

Q.8. Can I choose my own Flight Examiner?

A. No, skill tests are assigned to examiners by TMCAD. The Differences Document published on the EASA website and the latest version of PEL notice 49 available on TMCAD website has the procedure and should be followed.

Q.9. Once I have passed the Skill Test, how long will I have to wait for the issue of licence?

A. The licence should be issued within a period of 5 working days from the date of receipt, by TMCAD, of the skill test report from the Examiner. This assumes that any outstanding fees associated with the licence application have been paid.


Transfer of licence

The holder of a PART-FCL flight crew licence issued by an EASA Member State who wishes to transfer the State of Licence Issue to Malta, will find the Licence Transfer Process detailed below:

Q.1 .I want to transfer State of Licence Issue of my PART-FCL licence to Malta. Am I eligible, and if so, how much does it cost, how do I pay and where do I send it to?

A: The criteria which must be fulfilled in order to be eligible to transfer the State of Licence Issue to Malta:
You must hold an EASA PART-FCL licence issued by and EASA Member State or a JAR-FCL flight crew licence issued by a JAA Member State that has been recommended for mutual recognition by EASA or, if you hold a JAR-FCL flight crew licence issued by a JAA State that is NOT on the EASA list, please contact the Personnel Licensing Office (cadpel.tm@transport.gov.mt) to discuss the requirements for licence validation.

B. The transfer of State of licence issue process is started by completing the application form and sending it together with a full copy of your existing PART-FCL licence, copies of the last 3 pages of your logbook, a copy of your passport and the current licence issue fee.

The complete application should be sent to:

Civil Aviation Directorate
Transport Malta
Malta Transport Centre
Pantar Road
Lija LJA 2021
Malta

You should note that the transfer process can take several months to complete.

Q.2 How do I start the process?

In order to change the state of licence issue to Malta, please note that all medical records must be transferred from your current Competent Authority to the Maltese Aeromedical Unit before we are able to issue a TM CAD EASA Part-FCL Licence. You may wish to liaise with the Aeromedical Section on - paul.sciriha@transport.gov.mt.

Once the medical requirements have been met, the following documents should be submitted to the Personnel Licensing Department:

• Latest issue of Application Form TM/CAD/0035
• Current Fee as per Malta ANO Schedule of Fees Chapter 16
• Certified true copy in colour of existing licence
• Certified true copy in colour of existing Part-MED Medical Certificate
• Certified true copy in colour of photographic ID (passport or valid EEA/EU National Identity Card)
• Certified true copy of Part-FCL/JAR ATPL exam results (if applicable)
• Certified true copy of the last 3 log book pages

Phase one of licence Transfer Process
Send a complete application to cadpel.tm@transport.gov.mt.

Phase two of licence Transfer Process
Your application will be assessed within our standard turnaround time. Once we have reviewed your paperwork, we will request confirmation of the licences and privileges you hold from your current Competent Authority. We do this by requesting a Doc 155 (a standard template used throughout Europe).


Phase three of licence Transfer Process
Once we receive the Doc 155, your application will be reassessed again within our standard turnaround time. If there are any discrepancies between your application and the Doc 155, we may seek further clarification from your Competent Authority, which may delay the process. When we are satisfied, we will email you asking you to surrender your current licence. This is because a pilot may only hold one EASA licence at a time and therefore you must give up your current licence before we can issue your new TMCAD EASA licence.

Phase four of licence Transfer Process
Once we have received your surrendered licence, we will be able to issue your new TM-CAD EASA licence, this again is subject to our standard turnaround time. You may choose to send your original licence in with your application, which will significantly speed up the process, however you will not be able to fly during this time.


Processing time of licence Transfer Process
Given that there are several steps to this type of application and given that we rely on the cooperation and turnaround times of other authorities, Change of State applications can take several months to be completed. Please factor this in when you make your application, as we are not normally able to speed up the process.

Q.3. I have applied for a transfer of State of licence issue to Malta. Is it ready yet?

A. In order to issue a PART-FCL licence under the transfer of State of licence issue process, TMCAD must have received the licence and medical information forms (commonly referred to as Doc. 155 forms), including any required medical reports, from your current State of Licence Issue.

The TMCAD Aeromedical Section will issue a replacement PART-MED Medical certificate upon receipt of the medical information form (and any required medical reports), and will then pass that medical certificate to the Personnel Licensing Office. Note:- the issue of the Malta Medical Certificate does not mean that your licence is ready to be issued!

As soon as the Personnel Licensing Office is in receipt of the TMCAD medical certificate and the licence information form (Doc. 155) from your current State of licence issue, you will be contacted to make arrangements for the surrender of your existing PART-FCL licence and the hand-over of the PART-FCL licence (Note: under PART-FCL rules, you shall hold only one PART-FCL licence at any time, so the TMCAD must be in receipt of your existing PART-FCL licence before it can handover the replacement licence). Contact is via e-mail, please ensure a valid e-mail address was provided with the application for licence transfer.

If you wish to enquire about the progress of a licence transfer application, we would prefer you to e-mail your enquiry to cadpel.tm@transport.gov.mt, if at all possible. However, you should note that the transfer process can take several months to complete, so we would respectfully request that you only make an enquiry if you have not been contacted by the TMCAD after this period has elapsed.

Q.4 Which ratings will transfer to my Malta issued PART-FCL licence?

A: Valid PART-FCL Ratings
All valid PART-FCL Type, Class, Night, Instrument and/or Instructor ratings certified on the Licence Doc. 155 form received from your current State of Licence Issue.
If you hold a Flight Instructor rating, additional verification may be required from your current State of Licence Issue regarding:

- the stage of the 6-year revalidation cycle of the FI rating - i.e., if, at the next revalidation, the FI Proficiency Check is mandatory;
- specific FI privileges, e.g. Restricted, IRI, CRI or FII privileges.

If additional verification is required, it may be necessary to add the FI rating to your Malta-issued PART-FCL licence at a later date.

 ATPL theoretical knowledge credit (CPL holders only)
PART-FCL CPL holders who hold a valid PART-FCL ATPL Theoretical Knowledge credit will have this credit endorsed on their licence.

Q.5 Which ratings will NOT be transferred to my Malta-issued PART-FCL licence?

A: Expired Ratings
Expired ratings will not be endorsed on the Malta-issued PART-FCL licence, but details of any such ratings certified on the Licence Doc. 155 form will be retained on file in case you wish to renew any such rating in the future. In the event that details of expired ratings are not supplied on the Licence Doc. 155, the renewal of such ratings can be facilitated by subsequent certification from the Licensing Authority that issued your original PART-FCL licence that the rating was originally obtained and held in accordance with PART-FCL.

National Ratings
National ratings rating cannot be transferred to a Malta-issued PART-FCL licence, as no rating is established in Maltese law.


Automatic Validation of Part-FCL Licences

In response to several ramp inspections outside the territory of the European Union Member States, when the flight crew members were found operating aircraft registered in a Member State other than the one that had issued their pilot licences, ICAO has proposed to amend the Annex 1 to the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation to cater for automatic validation of licences through Regional Safety Oversight Organizations (RSOOs) agreements.

The ICAO Amendment 174 to Annex 1 -Personnel Licensing- enables, within a group of States, the automatic validation of licences issued by any State of the group when those States are party to a formal agreement under common licensing regulations. Such formal agreements can be implemented in various regions and improve the mobility of licensed personnel. It can be introduced with the support of a regional safety oversight organization, as appropriate. The amendment to Annex 1 is applicable by 9 November 2017.

Based on the above description the Competent Authority shall issue the licence with the remark on the licence item XIII: ‘This licence is automatically rendered valid as per the ICAO attachment to this licence’, and provide the holder of the licence with the ICAO attachment.

In this context ‘‘automatically validated’ means the acceptance without formalities, by an ICAO contracting State listed in the ICAO attachment, of a flight crew licence issued by a State in accordance with Annex I to the Chicago Convention.

EASA has made the specified attachment available on its website.

Access to Aeronautical Agreement - ICAO Registration Number 5950, can be obtained on the ICAO website. Enter 5950 in the number search field.


Others

Changes to licence paper
Over the next few months we will begin issuing licences on new security paper.

Please note that:
- existing licences will remain valid
- approvals and certificates will remain valid until expiration


Certificate of Validation of a specific tasks and limited duration

For a Certificate of Validation of a specific tasks and limited duration the pilot must be employed, directly or indirectly, by an aircraft manufacturer or by an aviation authority and assigned by the manufacturer to conduct one or more of the following tasks:
- Flight instruction for the initial issue of the type rating;
- Tests for the initial issue of the type rating;
- Delivery flights;
- Ferry flights;
- Flight demonstrations;
- Test Flights;
- Supervision of initial line flying by the operator`s pilots;
- Initial line flying.

Note: If the pilot will be engaged in Supervision of initial line flying by the operator`s pilots or Initial line flying the pilot must also meet the following requirements
- 1500Hours as PIC on multi-pilot aeroplanes + ATPL (A)
- Class 1 Medical Examination under Part-MED
- Demonstrate knowledge of Part-OPS and Part-FCL(Certificate required)
- TM CAD Language Proficiency Assessment

Documents Required together with the application form:

- Passport Copy;
- Proof that applicant is directly or indirectly employed by the aircraft manufacturer or by an aviation authority;
- Copy of Third Country Licence;
- Copy of Third Country Medical Certificate;
- Copy of Instructor`s Certificate (if applicable);
- Copy of Examiner`s Certificate (if applicable);
- Verification of licence (for Commercial Air Transport)
- Application form can be downloaded from the following here
- Current Fee as per Malta ANO Schedule of Fees Chapter 16

Process takes about 5 working days upon receipt of the requested documentation.


Certificate of Validation for professional pilot licences for commercial air transport activities and other commercial activities

PEL notice No 53 is intended to provide information on the validation of third country professional pilot licences for commercial air transport activities and other commercial activities , please find the requested information here.

A pilot licence issued in accordance with the requirements of Annex I to the Chicago Convention by a third country may be validated by the competent authority of a Member State.

The period of validation of the licence shall not exceed 1 year, provided that the basic licence remains valid. This period may only be extended once by the competent authority that issued the validation when, during the validation period, the pilot has applied, or is undergoing training for the issuance of a licence in accordance with Part-FCL. The extension shall cover the period of time necessary for the licence to be issued in accordance with Part-FCL.

Note: If a certificate of validation has already been issued by an EU Member State, another certificate of validation cannot be issued by Transport Malta.

Applicant must hold a valid ICAO licence together with:
- A valid type rating on the ICAO licence
- A valid IR on the ICAO licence
- A valid ICAO medical certificate
- A valid English Language Proficiency endorsement (at least level 4)

(The basic third country licence, including the aircraft class or type ratings and the third country medical certificate have to remain valid for the certificate of validation to remain valid.)

Experience Requirements for Commercial Air Transport in multi-pilot aeroplanes as co-pilot
- Applicant to hold an ATPL or CPL(A)/IR and demonstrated ICAO ATPL(A) level knowledge
- Applicant to have at least 1500 hours as PIC or co-pilot on multi-pilot aeroplanes according to operational requirements

Experience Requirements for Commercial Air Transport in multi-pilot aeroplanes as PIC
- Applicant to hold an ATPL
- Applicant to have at least 1500 hours as PIC on multi-pilot aeroplanes

Prior to the issue of the Validation certificate the applicant would be required to complete the following:
- Part-MED Class 1 medical certificate. (Note: The medical records must be held by the Malta Aero medical Section) - Please find link with contact information here.
- Verification of the licence from the State of Licence Issue – This must be obtained prior to the issue of the certificate of validation
- Complete an English Language Proficiency check in Malta. – Please contact TM CAD inspecting officer Mr Farrugia for an appointment by email.
- Complete a course and passed and examination in EU-OPS and Part-FCL – You may wish to contact Air Malta, or Bizav Head of training, or directly with TMCAD inspecting officer Mr Farrugia for an appointment by email.
- Complete as a skill test, the type or class rating revalidation of Part-FCL relevant to the privileges of the licence held. TMCAD may appoint a Transport Malta Inspector or a Senior Examiner appointed by TMCAD to observe the check.
- Application form can be downloaded from the following here.
- Current Fee as per Malta ANO Schedule of Fees Chapter 16

As for the skill test The Differences Document published on the EASA website and the latest version of PEL notice 49 available on TMCAD website has the procedure and should be followed.