FAA IFR to EASA IR Conversion

FAA IFR with Conversion to EASA IR

Looking to get your EASA Instrument Rating in the easiest possible way?

Simplify Your EASA Instrument Rating Journey with IFR Flight Training in the USA! Transition from FAA to EASA Regulations with Effortless IFR Conversion Process.

Who Should Enroll?

  • For pilots concerned about their budget – Flying in the United States saves you money during training as there are no landing and communication fees, and lower aircraft rates when compared to Europe.
  • For pilots concerned about their time – the theoretical training is conducted through live online classes that help you to start immediately!
  • For pilots who wish to obtain their EASA Instrument Rating, but want to get the benefit of completing the majority of their training in Florida or California.
  • At the end of the course, you will be both EASA and FAA license holders, expanding your career opportunities! 

Save Your Time

Complete your theoretical portion of the course with LIVE online classes from the comfort of your home and save valuable time! Get access to our eLearning Platform.

Convenient Training

Take the easiest and most uncomplicated path to adding the EASA instrument rating to your license! Seamless conversion process and accelerated training!

Fast-Track Course

Finish your flight training with no delay. Take advantage of the beautiful weather conditions in Miami & LA to accelerate your training!

Course Overview

FAA Instrument rating – IFR(A) is a qualification that extends the privileges of PPL(A) and allows a pilot to fly according to Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) with a minimum decision height for a landing of 200 feet. Once you complete your Instrument Rating training, you will get your IR/SE(A) qualification added to your FAA Private Pilot License – PPL(A). You will further have the option of time-building IFR to fulfill further requirements for a smooth conversion process from FAA IFR to EASA IR.


With the addition of this rating, excel and extend your journey in Aviation to fly through cloudy skies in both USA and Europe!

Course Benefits!

  • You will achieve both FAA and EASA  Licenses.
  • Get your complete theoretical courses online to maximize your time and save money.
  • Best weather all year round in Florida and Los Angeles for more flying hours and faster progress through the training. 
  • Gain more experience in various busy airspaces
  • Best infrastructure with no landing fees, and no communication fees in the USA.
  • Tower airports, paved runways, and instrument lights.
  • Incredible prices on aircraft rentals and an extensive fleet.
  • Experienced international flight instructors.  
  • Constant support throughout the course of your training in both the USA and Europe
  • Tailored specifically to simplify the conversion process to EASA.
  • Extensive VISA support and accommodation facilities.

Steps To Earn Your Instrument Rating

Meet Minimum Requirements

  • Must be at least 17 years old. 
  • Must be an EASA or FAA PPL Holder. (In the case of an EASA license holder, please follow this process, additionally, you will undergo 3 examinations under FAA PPL).
  • Must have a valid class 2 or 3 medical certificate. 
  • Must be able to speak, write, and understand English fluently. 

Complete Ground Training

You will have a variety of topics and subjects to cover under FAA IFR before you start your flight training. With the help of our LIVE online theoretical classes, you can complete the ground training from wherever you are with no delay!

  • 30 hours of live online theory.
  • 3 stages of theoretical training.
  • 1 final examination at an FAA-approved testing center (in-house), with at least 70% to successfully pass prior to check-ride. 

Complete Flight Training

Train with qualified, experienced, and certified pilot instructors. Meet the minimum required flight hours by the FAA, where you will learn how to fly under various conditions, solo flights, and cross-country flight training.

  • 40 flight hours under Part 141. 
  • Oral preparation and examination.
  • Briefing and Debriefing. 
  • Final check ride.
  • 50 hours IFR Time Building (optional) – recommended.

Conversion Process

You will come to Europe and begin your conversion process from FAA IFR to EASA IR. There are a few requirements to meet to easily convert your rating. 

  • Must obtain an ICAO English certificate. 
  • Radiotelephony (RT) card. 
  • Must have a valid class 2 medical certificate with an audiogram.
  • 2 hours Familiarization Flight 

If you did not do IFR Time Building (50 hours) under FAA, you will further need:

  • Acclimatization Flights
  • 3 written examinations 

VISA Support

Once you enroll and begin your remote theoretical training, our dedicated team of flight training consultants will assist you in the visa procedure for your flight training in the United States. 

What’s Included?

You have the unique opportunity to complete your entire theoretical training from the comfort of your home, with our LIVE online classes. Afterward, you shall come to the school to carry out the flight training portion of your course.

This organization of training will decrease the costs of the training, providing you with high-quality theoretical training following the current trends, while allowing you to save on the living costs. Our virtual classroom is set up with the latest technological advancements to ensure a prime level of learning. Students can attend lectures, go through the reading materials, complete assignments, and fulfill their theoretical requirements. 

Flight Training Aircraft Options

Cessna 172 Classic

Cessna 172 G1000

Accommodation Facilities

Whether you have moved to the United States to fulfill your pilot training or to build your required flight hours, Flying Academy offers accommodation provisions. 

  • Our accommodation services cater to both local and international students.
  • We offer comfortable and affordable housing options for our students.
  • Our accommodation services provide a home away from home for international students.
  • Our priority is to ensure that students have a safe and welcoming place to stay.
  • We understand the unique needs of international students and provide tailored accommodation services to meet them.

Press Release: New Product ‘EASA ATPL with US Experience’

New Product Launch: EASA ATPL with US Experience

Flying Academy, a leading provider of pilot training, is excited to announce the launch of our newest product, EASA ATPL with US Experience. This innovative offering is designed to meet the needs of aspiring pilots looking to gain their EASA Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) while also gaining valuable experience in sunny Miami, Florida & Los Angeles, California- United States.

EASA ATPL with US Experience offers a unique opportunity for pilots to combine their training and experience, allowing them to gain the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the global aviation industry. This program is designed to give students a complete understanding of EASA regulations and standards. It also exposes them to the FAA aviation market, including its regulations, procedures, and practices.

We are thrilled to launch EASA ATPL with US Experience, a groundbreaking program that offers the best of both worlds for aspiring pilots,” said Flying Academy CEO Radim Olbrecht. “By providing our students with the opportunity to gain both FAA and EASA certification with US and European experience, we are setting them up for success in a rapidly evolving industry.”

The EASA ATPL with US Experience program is designed for pilots who wish to maximize their time and save money by completing the majority of their flight training in Miami, Florida or Los Angeles, California while simultaneously fulfilling their theoretical courses online. After which, they will gain valuable experience in Europe by completing their Commercial Pilot License (CPL) training and ATPL theoretical examinations. The program includes live online theoretical training, flight simulation training, and hands-on experience in a variety of aircraft.


To learn more about EASA ATPL with US Experience and how it can help you achieve your aviation goals, visit www.0toatpl.com or contact [email protected].

How to choose between EASA and FAA licenses

Choosing between a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) or Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) license can be a challenging decision for aspiring pilots. Both certifications are recognized worldwide and have their unique advantages and disadvantages. In this blog post, we will discuss how to choose between an EASA and FAA license.

Understanding the Differences Between EASA and FAA Licenses

The first step in choosing between an EASA and FAA license is to understand the differences between the two. EASA licenses are issued by the European Union and are recognized in all European Union member states, as well as in many other countries worldwide. On the other hand, FAA licenses are issued by the United States government and are recognized worldwide.

The training requirements for EASA and FAA licenses are also different. EASA requires a minimum of 200 flight hours, while FAA requires a minimum of 250 flight hours. Additionally, EASA licenses have stricter medical requirements than FAA licenses, and EASA requires pilots to pass an additional language proficiency exam.

Choosing Based on Career Goals

One of the most critical factors in choosing between an EASA and FAA license is to consider your career goals. If you plan to work for a European airline or in a European Union member state, an EASA license may be the better choice. However, if you plan to work for a US airline or in the United States, an FAA license may be more advantageous.

Additionally, some countries have specific licensing requirements. For example, if you plan to work as a pilot in China, you will need to have an FAA license. Conversely, if you plan to work in the United Arab Emirates, you will need to have an EASA license.

Consider Your Budget

Another essential factor to consider when choosing between an EASA and FAA license is your budget. The cost of obtaining a license can vary significantly depending on the location and training provider. Generally, EASA licenses tend to be more expensive than FAA licenses due to the higher training requirements and stricter medical requirements.

Additionally, if you plan to work in the United States, you will need to obtain an FAA license, which may require additional training and expenses. On the other hand, if you plan to work in Europe, you may need to obtain an EASA license, which could also be costly.

In conclusion, choosing between an EASA and FAA license requires careful consideration of several factors, including your career goals, budget, and location. Both certifications are recognized worldwide, and each has its unique advantages and disadvantages. By understanding the differences between the two and considering your individual circumstances, you can make an informed decision on which license is right for you.

EASA vs FAA: Understanding the Key Differences

The aviation industry is highly regulated to ensure the safety of passengers and crew members. Two of the most prominent regulatory bodies are the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). While both organizations have a similar objective, they have different approaches, rules, and regulations. In this article, we will take a closer look at the key differences between EASA and FAA.

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PPL/ATPL Renewal & Recommendation

Online Part-Time ATPL (A) theory course covers all the subjects required by the EASA and is an essential step towards becoming a professional pilot. Utilize our live lectures, consultations and interactive online e-learning to ensure you pass your exams without any hurdles.

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About Us

About Flying Academy

Flying Academy is an International Flight Training Institute approved by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Established in 1984 in Miami, FA has over 37 years in the United States of America, and 18 years in Europe. FA’s mission is to create professional, safety-conscious flight crew members who function effectively and are thoroughly equipped for the challenges of employment opportunities as corporate pilots or first officers and captains of airlines around the world. Customer satisfaction is of our highest value. An institute that is established by airline pilots for aspiring pilots, where continuous innovation keeps us from the competition not only by global presence but also by technology. Flying Academy aims to create a safe learning environment for all pilots, provide opportunities to make pilot students into experienced, confident, professional pilots, and expand our international community by providing pilot training regardless of geographical restrictions.

Our Bases

Established a global presence with bases strategically located around the world, with 6 bases and 7 offices, making Flying Academy a trusted and sustainable institution.

Our bases are located in Prague & Brezi, CZ; Vienna, Austria; Van Nuys & Corona, LA; and Miami, FL, additionally, an administrative office in Gurugram, India.

Prague, Czech Republic

The Prague base is the headquarters of Flying Academy s.r.o. located close to Prague Letnany Airport (LKLT), where we provide practical and theoretical flight training. This location also serves as an administrative base housing our accounting, marketing, and the majority of our sales department. Our state-of-the-art recording studio enables us to provide high-quality online theoretical training for customers worldwide. Prague base also houses a theoretical exam center, where we regularly conduct PPL and ATPL theoretical exams under the authority of Austro Control.

Brezi, Czech Republic

The Brezi base is located west of Brno city and is located at Falcon Field Airport and is used to provide practical and theoretical flight training and also houses the majority of our AMO, as well as CAMO operations.

Vienna, Austria

The Vienna base was fully established directly at Bad Voslau Airport and is able to provide practical and theoretical training. The airport is equipped with 2 Runways, VFR/IFR communication, it is an international airport that provides air traffic, and we have our own maintenance crew on stand-by, which enhances the student’s pilot experience and proficiency.

Los Angeles - Corona, US

Corona Municipal Airport is the location of one of our west coast bases in California, where we provide practical and theoretical training under both FAA Part 141 and Part 61. This location also includes a repair station that takes care of the maintenance of both west coast bases.

Los Angeles - Van Nuys, US

The base at Van Nuys Airport is our newest addition and is able to provide practical and theoretical training under FAA Part 61. The Southern California climate makes it possible to fly year-round, you can expect mild winters and hot summers, allowing all-year-round flying. Van Nuys Airport ranks as one of the world’s busiest general aviation airports.

Miami, Florida USA

Miami base is located directly at Miami Executive Airport and offers practical and theoretical training both under FAA Part-141 and Part 61 regulations. Miami also houses a repair station to be able to conduct fleet maintenance. The world-famous Miami Executive airport provides modern, efficient, and professionally staffed facilities, and offers which serve best for the professional pilot training.

Gurugram, India

Our base in India is an administrative support office where we also provide the opportunity for students to attend live online theoretical training classes for those who wish to complete their pilot training under the Indian DGCA Regulations.

Our Team

Our Team of Flight Training Consultants (FTC) and Customer Support are always available to assist, furthermore, visa support is provided for international students in both the USA and EU for the duration of their training with the possibility of payment for training in installments.

Our dedicated team of consultants is ready and available to help students through the complete training processes and during the full training period, in a variety of languages.

The Academy has experienced, talented, certified professional pilot instructors from around the world making Aviation training an international learning experience with in-depth consultations regarding any matters related to pilot training. Our team follows an individual and customized approach to each and every student according to their needs and requirements for their pilot training. 

Our Fleet

Additionally, a top-of-the-line fleet with over 40 aircraft, both single and multi-engine aircraft, an impeccable safety record, and our own maintenance crew of the highest excellence in the field.

Cessna 152

  • The Cessna 152 is a two-seat, fixed tricycle gear, general aviation airplane, used for primary flight training, time building, and personal flying. The Cessna 152 is the most popular two-seat trainer.
  • Features: 
    • Speed: 90 knots
    • Max Weight: 1670 lbs
    • Length: 24 ft 1 in
    • Engine: single
    • Range: 415 nm
    • Seats: 2

Cessna 172

  • The Cessna 172 is a four-seater, single-engine, high-wing airplane. The Cessna 172 is used for PPL, IR, and CPL training. It’s also used as one of the primary pilot training aircraft due to its effective equipment.
  • Features: 
    • Speed: 110 kn
    • Max Weight: 2,450 lb
    • Length: 27 ft 2 in
    • Engine: Single
    • Range: 696 nm
    • Seats: 4

Cessna 172 SP G1000

  • The Cessna 172 SP is a single-engine high-wing and fixed gear four-seater aircraft. The 172 SP Glass Cockpit is perfect for instrument training and is a favorite. The flight deck is powered by the Garmin G1000 avionics suite. 
  • Features:
    • Speed: 110 kn
    • Max Weight: 2755.77 lb
    • Length: 27.62 ft
    • Engine: Single
    • Range: 610 NM
    • Seats: 4

Cessna 172 RG

  • The Cessna 172 RG with its retractable gear is faster, more aerodynamic than other models, and capable of reaching up to 130 KIAS. Its constant-speed prop allows the engine to run at a slower RPM, resulting in a quieter flight.
  • Features: 
    • Speed: 130 kn
    • Max Weight: 2650 lb
    • Length: 27 nm
    • Engine: single
    • Range: 720 nm
    • Seats: 4

Piper PA-28 Warrior

  • The Piper Warrior is a single-engine low-wing, fixed-gear, four-seater airplane. Provides better clearance between the wingtips and the ground, the dihedral angle, and great stability in the roll axis. A sturdy frame and excellent performance make it perfect for training purposes.
  • Features: 
    • Speed: 110 nm
    • Max Weight: 2323.6 lb
    • Length: 23.5 ft
    • Engine: Single
    • Range: 524.83
    • Seats: 4

Piper Arrow

  • This normally aspirated 200-HP Piper Arrow is a true cross-country machine. At 144 KTS you will cover a lot of ground in a shorter time. Ideal for long cross-country flights.
  • Features: 
    • Engine: 1x Lycoming IO 360 C1C6 Piston
    • Power:   200 horsepower
    • Max Cruise Speed:   148 knots – 274 Km/h
    • Approach Speed (Vref):   47 knots
    • Travel range:  880 Nautical Miles – 1,630 Kilometers
    • Fuel Economy:   28.74 nautical mile / gallon – 14.061 kilometres / litre
    • Service Ceiling:   15,000 feet
    • Rate of Climb:   1000 feet / minute – 5.08 metre / second
    • Take Off Distance:   488 metre – 1,601.03 feet
    • Landing Distance:   463 metre – 1,519.01 feet

Piper Seminole

  • The Pa-44 Seminole is a four-seater multi-engine low-wing airplane used mainly for MEP/IR training. It is the perfect option for both personal and flight training use.
  • Features: 
    • Speed: 160 kn
    • Max Weight: 3,800 lb 
    • Length: 27 ft 7 1⁄4 in
    • Engine: twin
    • Range: 915 nm
    • Seats: 6

FNPT II Flight Simulator Piper Seneca

Flying Academy offers all pilots the possibility to fly on our new Generic Multi-Engine Piston Airplane simulator in our base close to the Prague Letnany Airport. You have an opportunity to practice any situation which may occur during the flight. An engine or instrument failure, as well as bad weather conditions. The simulator is certified for flying under IR SEP or MEP aircraft. Come to fly the simulator and save money. The simulator is perfect to renew or revalidate your instrument rating, IRI training, or building up hours in instrument conditions issued by PART FCL.

Maintenance Crew

Our fleet maintenance team is responsible for preventive maintenance, planned maintenance, predictive maintenance, and condition-based maintenance. Tasks performed by them range from inspection, replacement or repair, compliance with AD´s, SB, SL, or SEL. We can implement STC´s and/or SCs. Our maintenance crew is fully licensed and all maintenance tasks are being completed in our Part-145 organization. Some of our personnel are holders of Inspection Authorisation (IA) that allows them to perform and verify structural repairs. Our aircraft maintenance personnel in the EU are certified by EASA and their licenses are issued in compliance with Part 66. We have a full range of B1 / B2 / C licensed personnel. All works are being performed in EASA approved Part-145 facility. Maintenance tasks are being planned in our own EASA approved CAMO (Continuous Airworthiness Management Organisation).

Online Ground Training

Our “virtual classroom” platform has helped us to reach out and instruct our students from all corners of the world while continuing to provide top-quality pilot training without any delay. This way, students can complete their theoretical courses through live online lectures from the comfort and safety of their homes. 

Our brilliantly talented instructors are focused on the needs of each and every student and provide any kind of assistance they require on an individual level. All course work, interactive exercises, and study materials are provided on our interactive LMS platform where students can access them in advance to prepare for their upcoming classes and exams, using the device of their choice, whenever, and wherever they may be. Once enrolled in the pilot training program, students receive instant access to our Learning Management System; Computer Based Training; Live Tutorials and Demonstrations; Applied Skills & Group Work Processes; Progress tests; Monitored Progress Checks; and Course Completion Certificate once completed, prior to the exams under the respective authority. Students are required to start their practical/flight training- once they are able to and are in proper physical health. All of our practical training facilities including the school, aircraft, and maintenance facilities are cleaned and disinfected at least twice a day on a regular basis. We make sure that our students get the best education possible through our motivation, innovative technologies, and our highly dedicated staff members.

Learning Management System

With Flying Academy’s new and updated features and unique teaching methods, we are able to provide quality theoretical pilot training from base to home. We have shifted our theoretical portion of the training to live online lectures, with a structured schedule and syllabus, taught by professional pilot instructors where students can communicate and interact with no geographical restrictions. Our newly improved Learning Management System (LMS) has been developed to cater to the needs of our international students. Flying Academy’s eLearning portal is filled with everything a student-pilot requires for their aviation training and more. Our LMS consists of all study material and tools required to successfully complete the pilot training course, ranging from interactive quizzes, worksheets and homework assignments, tutorials, educational videos, to pre-recorded sessions of live online lectures, to engage students with aviation knowledge and fun educational activities during the self-study portion of their training. Our testing portal consists of mock exams, stage-check examinations (written and oral), progress tests, and a question bank with over 30,000 questions. The LMS is specially designed for students to be able to navigate their own training progress and be up-to-date with all the appropriate knowledge and course materials regarding their training, with ease. All schedules are systematically updated and the option of creating one’s own schedule according to their own availability and preference is easily feasible. The schedule for each term is prepared and published prior to the class with set reminders to keep students up-to-date and informed.

Training Programs

Flying Academy offers a variety of pilot training programs and courses. We mainly focus on our ab-Initio pilot training programs, which are designed for students with zero experience. Additionally, we offer professional pilot training programs specially designed for aspiring pilots who wish to pursue a professional career in the field of aviation. Our training programs are offered under both EASA and FAA regulations, moreover, we are certified to provide DGCA courses and conversion of licenses, with the ability to continue flight training in one of our bases in Europe or the USA.

Time Building

Build your required hours with Flying Academy at one of our beautiful bases in the historic cities of Prague and Brezi, the Czech Republic, over the evergreen fields of Vienna, Austria, across the Hollywood capital, Los Angeles, or in the warm sunny state of Florida, Miami! Aspiring pilots can indulge themselves in exquisite views and fly over remarkable landmarks while building flight hours! Choosing from our wide variety of fleet, you also have the opportunity to create your individualized schedule.

Piper PA-28

The Piper Warrior is a single-engine low-wing, fixed-gear, four-seater airplane. Provides better clearance between the wingtips and the ground, the dihedral angle, and great stability in the roll axis.

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EASA ICAO English Preparation Course

The ICAO English Refresh Online course is designed to improve the level of language proficiency and review the areas you may encounter during your ICAO English Language Proficiency Exam. Classes are conducted online via our virtual platform with professional pilot instructors.

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How To Save Money In Pilot Training

Well, saving money does not necessarily mean you buy cheap or inexpensive items. In the world of aviation and pilot training, it is necessary to be the best and the most proficient. Flying Academy has found the perfect solution for you to save some funds while becoming the best pilot you aspire to be!

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Piper Arrow

This normally aspirated 200-HP Piper Arrow is a true cross-country machine. At 144 KTS you will cover a lot of ground in a shorter time. Ideal for long cross country flights.

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