Would I have to convert my license to FAA or just do the flying and do the flight test and written in Canada ?
If you want to fly a N reg aircraft, you generally need a FAA Certificate (Licence). You get the FAA to verify your Canadian licence and rating with AFS760 (Form AC 8060-71).
Then, if you're after private privileges, you can get a certificate based on your Canadian licence and medical. If you want your instrument rating on it, you'll have to write the US IFR conversion test (not sure if there's a flight test component for the IFR rating conversion - don't think there is.).
Alternately, you could convert to a full FAA Private Certificate. Pretty much all the above plus a US Medical and then it doesn't depend on your Canadian licence.
For commercial, you must do a full conversion + medical + test + fllight test.
For ATPL, you must do more tests and a special course (that I know little about - search for it).
The other approach would be a full conversion to a FAA CPL, then train for and get a FAA IR. Then convert the FAA IR to a TC IFR (which I believe still requires the INRAT and a TC flight test for the conversion). All you really save here is the requirement for doing your training with a TC flight instructor.
Cornwall Aviation has a good reputation for purposeful training (though I haven't been there): http://www.cornwallaviation.com/en/serv ... t-off.html
Once you complete training in US
Flight test not required on return
INRAT not required either
A simple 20 or 30 question exam
I did this and it was a lot more cost efficient
ipauli wrote:When I convert to FAA do I still keep my Canadian CPL or it becomes US license ?
If so than I'd have to convert back to Canadian CPL upon return ?
You keep your Canadian licenses. It's not like with Driver's Licenses- you are issued an additional US Pilot Certificate, which is a legal requirement to fly N-registered aircraft.
-President Ronald Reagan