FAA to TCCA License Conversion: Medical

The first step to obtain a Canadian pilot license is getting a medical. You need to find an AME (Aeromedical Examiner) in your area here and make an appointment.

I decided to get both TCCA and FAA medicals, and it turned out that there are not so many options for that. I found only two AMEs in Toronto area – Dr. Gillmore and Dr. Kapoor. The closest date was in about a month from my call, and I made an appointment for today.

The medical examination is very similar to the one in the US or Europe. It takes less than an hour and it is fairly easy for a healthy person.

The complications started where I did not expect them at all. In the US or EU I used to getting my medical on the spot, but in Canada it is a totally different story. The first medical is mailed to you, and currently (March 2022) it takes… Nobody knows how long. Maybe 4 or 5 months. Maybe more. Nobody answers the phone. Nobody responds to emails.

Actually it was not that bad, and I got my certificate in about 2 months, which is not really fast, but it is not extremely slow as well. Hm, it looks like I am getting used to Canadian lifestyle 🙂


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Milestones

04/09/2017: My First Flight
04/25/2017: EASA PPL written exam (6 exams passed)
05/21/2017: Radio Operator Certificate (Europe VFR)
05/22/2017: EASA PPL written exam (all passed)
05/26/2017: The First Solo!
05/28/2017: Solo cross-country >270 km
05/31/2017: EASA PPL check-ride
07/22/2017: EASA IFR English
08/03/2017: 100 hours TT
12/04/2017: The first IFR flight
12/28/2017: FAA IR written
02/16/2018: FAA IR check-ride
05/28/2018: FAA Tailwheel endorsement
06/04/2018: FAA CPL long cross-country
06/07/2018: FAA CPL written
07/16/2018: FAA CPL check-ride
07/28/2018: FAA CPL ME rating
08/03/2018: FAA HP endorsement
06/03/2019: EASA ATPL theory (6/14)
07/03/2019: EASA ATPL theory (11/14)
07/15/2019: FAA IR IPC
07/18/2019: FAA CPL SES rating
08/07/2019: EASA ATPL theory (done)
10/10/2019: EASA NVFR
10/13/2019: EASA IR/PBN SE
11/19/2019: Solo XC > 540 km
12/06/2019: EASA CPL
12/10/2019: EASA AMEL
02/20/2020: Cessna 210 endorsement
08/30/2021: FAVT validation
05/27/2022: TCCA CPL/IR written
05/31/2022: Radio Operator Certificate Canada