A person who holds a current and valid pilot license issued by another Contracting State in accordance with International Civil Aviation Organization Annex 1 may apply for a validation of such license for use on an aircraft registered in Kenya
This validation certificate allows a pilot to fly for remuneration for short term commercial activities, using their foreign license.
Who needs to apply?
The Authority may grant a certificate of validation with PPL, PPL/IR, CPL, CPL/IR, ATPL or Flight Engineer privileges to an individual, based on a foreign license of an ICAO Contracting State. A certificate of validation is a means of recognizing a foreign license and giving authority to the holder to use the foreign license to fly Kenyan registered aircraft, for the following purposes
- PPL, CPL, ATPL and Flight Engineer privileges;
- To qualify other pilots on a new type of aircraft introduced in the country’s register; and
- For short term commercial activities such as:
- Demonstration flights
- Ferry flights
- Test flights
You must hold:
- A current and valid foreign license (including a radio license) and medical certificate.
- Any class or type ratings you intend to fly with this validation must also be current and valid.
- Proof of the English language proficiency
- Results of a passed validation exam
- The required flying experience as substantiated by the flying logbook
The Authority may issue a validation certificate which shall be valid for one year, provided the foreign license, ratings and the medical certificate remain valid.
What else do I need to know?
- Any limitations on the foreign license will apply on the Validation certificate as appropriate;
- Please read Order on Validation and conversion of foreign licenses for more information.
What do I need to include with my application?
- Validation certificate application form
- Summary Form
- Copy of the foreign license and medical certificate
- Logbook and copies of its last two pages for the licensing file.
- ID (certified copy of passport)
- Letter of verification from the issuing authority of the pilot’s license (PEL will contact the issuing authority to get this)
- Logbook evidence, which must be sent either as: original logbooks (preferred), and copies of your logbook pages.
- Validation exam results' slip.
How to apply
Visit the PEL office to an eligibility check, before being allowed to book and sit the validation exam.