Learning to fly takes commitment, both mentally and financially. However, learning to fly outside the U.S. can be prohibitively expensive. Flight training costs in other parts of the world are at least double what they are in the U.S. This is true at all levels of training, whether you’re going for a Light Sport License or an Air Transport Pilot rating.
The solution for many foreign want-to-be aviators is to come to the U.S for training. This, however, requires more than a passport and a visa. Today, foreign students must be vetted by the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) and The Office of U.S. Home Land Security. After 9/11, the reasons are obvious – the U.S. doesn’t want anyone with ill-intentions learning to fly here.
That said, most who seek flight training in the U.S. are simply looking to launch their flying careers. The good news for overseas students is that there are many flight schools in the U.S., like 424 Aviation, that train foreign students and can help them negotiate the forms, regulations and fees associated with attaining an FAA issued pilot’s license.
You’re going to need an M-1 Visa
The first step for any foreign student is to get an M-1 visa. This is a student visa reserved for vocational and technical schools. To obtain one, a student must present a signed Form I-20 at a United States Embassy or Consulate in his or her home country. The U.S. will also want the student to fill out an I-901form and pay the associated fee.
Checking in with the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) is mandatory.
Title 49 of the United States Code of Federal Regulations, Part 1552 prohibits flight schools from giving instruction to anyone without TSA approval. The TSA is charged with determining whether a foreign national is safe to learn or is a threat to aviation or to national security. To get TSA approval a foreign student must set up and maintain a TSA account at www.flightschoolcandidates.gov. There are four categories of TSA approvals depending on the kinds of aircraft you will be training in.
The other benefit to U.S. Training.
Besides cost savings, there is another tangible benefit to learning to fly here. Your airman’s license will be issued by the FAA. This alone carries tremendous weight with air carriers around the world, making your FAA issued license a ticket to greater success.
The 424 Difference.
Many foreign students choose 424 Aviation for their U.S. flight training. They cite many good reasons. We’re a Part 141 flight school equipped to take you from private license to multi-engine rating, instrument rating, even transition to jets. We’re located in Miami where the weather is great for flying so you can advance your training rapidly and economically. We’ve got top-notch, certified flight instructors and a fleet of advanced aircraft with state-of-the-art avionics to give you the up-to-date training you need to compete in today’s aviation market.
Perhaps the best reason so many choose us is our people. Everyone at 424 is committed to helping you learn to fly. Our instructors and staff will guide you through every step, including the ones it takes just to gain entrance into the U.S. to earn your win