Why choose St. Pete Air to build your flight hours? Affordable rental rates, experienced staff, beautiful beaches and a lively downtown are just a few reasons!
Albert Whitted Airport

The city of St. Pete is nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay and is known for its warm weather and delightful breezes.

Recognized as a cultural center and family favorite, St. Petersburg offers an array of interactive, art, science and natural attractions to spark your group’s curiosity, while its beaches – some of America’s best – offer major fun in the sun.

When you’re not flying through our beautiful skies, plan a visit to the Salvador Dali Museum, Fort De Soto Park and one of our many museums. Take a bike ride along the 38 mile Pinellas Trail and enjoy the beautiful waterfront parks, dining and shopping.
At St. Pete Air, our knowledgeable staff is pleased to assist you in the process of obtaining flight privileges in the U.S.

Please feel free to contact us directly with any questions you may have.

Steps To Obtain A U.S. Equivalency License

To operate N-numbered airplanes in the USA, foreign pilots must obtain a US FAA Restricted Pilot Certificate. The Restricted certificate will only be issued at the Private Pilot level. If the foreign pilot is Instrument rated, authorization to operate in IFR conditions in the USA may be approved if the US Instrument Pilot Knowledge Test is taken and passed with a minimum score of 70%.

The first step in obtaining the US Restricted Pilot Certificate is to register with the FAA’s Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application (IACRA) at Be sure to keep a copy of the FAA Tracking Number (FTN) created by your registration, your username, and password. The IACRA system is the preferred method to make application for the US Restricted Pilot License.

Login to IACRA and start a new application by selecting “Start Foreign License Verification Process.” Follow the instructions and provide the requested information. You will be requesting a FAA Private Pilot certificate. In the box for selecting a FSDO, put “Tampa FL.” The processing of the Verification of Authenticity of Foreign License, Rating, and Medical Certification form takes approximately 45 to 90 days to complete, so do not plan on travel to the USA until you receive your copy of the verification. It is valid for 6 months. Despite what the FAA websites might tell you, the FSDOs do not conduct any issuance of the final certification paperwork. That process will be completed by a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE). St. Pete Air can recommend several Tampa Bay area DPEs. There is no flight test required. You can expect to pay the DPE fee of $100-$200 USD.

You will need to have these required documents for your appointment:

  1. Foreign License
  2. Foreign Medical
  3. Passport
  4. Verification letter from FAA
  5. FTN #: Provided during IACRA registration

Contact St. Pete Air if you would like our assistance in completing the verification process. For more information visit the FAA website.

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