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QUESTION: Dear Laura

What are the eligibility criteria for Pilots to fly Local (Domestic) as well as International flights ?

i.e. Educational Certificate Training qualifications, No of Hours Flight Operations etc

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

ANSWER: For the United States, the only requirement for pilots who wish to fly an international flight is that they hold an FCC restricted radiotelephone operator permit. This is relatively simple to obtain and requires no training or experience. But, each international airline may have its own requirements that may require additional training or qualifications.

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QUESTION: Dear Laura

Thank you.

Pilot will require separate Commercial Aircraft Flying Licenses Permits each for Domestic and International flight operations ?

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

In the United States, the only country where I have any expertise in this matter, there is not a different commercial certificate (flying license/permit) required for international operations. So there is only one commercial pilot certificate to obtain, and it can be used for both domestic (within the United States) and international operations. But, I am not sure if this is the case for any other country.
I hope this answers your question.


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I can help with questions about aviation disasters, aircraft operations especially general aviation and King Air information, aviation safety, and education questions on how to get into an aviation career. I can also answer general aviation questions as I am a commercial multi-engine pilot. I cannot answer questions about flight training or MBA schools in countries other than the USA or provide advice for non-US citizens interested in flight training. I cannot answer questions advising you what school to choose. I have no experience with aeronautical engineering so I cannot answer questions relating to engineering or schooling for aeronautical engineers. PLEASE don't ask me questions about any kind of engineering because it is outside my area of expertise, and I will NOT answer your question. I also cannot help you to choose a master's program for study as I do not have a master's degree in aviation. I cannot help with MBA advice.


I have been studying aviation disasters through doing my own research and a lot of reading since I was 13 or 14 years old. I am very interested in aviation safety and also am a commercial, multi-engine pilot. I am Director of Flight Operations at a private university working in the flight training department. I also have worked as an operations manager at a small charter airline and was involved in getting the airline certificated under Part 121 rules. I was formerly a flight operations division manager for a company operating a large fleet of King Air aircraft (60) and so I have some business aviation experience as well as having flight instructed for one year after college. My operations manager job frequently involved coordinating international projects for aerial survey clients and hiring qualified pilots to fly aerial survey missions.

Bachelor of Science, Aeronautical Science with Flight Management Concentration: LeTourneau University (2004) :: Dispatch Certificate: Sheffield School of Aeronautics (2010) :: Commercial Pilot: Single and Multi Engine Land, Instrument Rating :: Flight Instructor: Single, Multi and Instrument :: Ground Instructor: Basic and Advanced

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