Foreign Pilot Flight Training

Note: Visa May Be Required, TSA Registration Required For Certain Ratings

Air America does not issue I-20's

Unlike most schools, Air America Flight Center does not require foreign pilots to pay in advance for their flight training.  Instead, you pay as you learn.  We provide year-round training for foreign pilots wishing to fly from the "first-solo" to the Private Pilot Certificate (PPL) up through the Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (ATPL).


Air America cannot issue visas. To receive your flight training at Air America you must have either a green card, or an F-1 (Student) visa. If you have a J-1 (Exchange Visitor) or M-1 (Student) visa you may be able to receive your flight training here if you get permission from the issuer of your visa. Please note that if you are traveling with a B-1/2 visa, on the visa waiver program, or with a Libyan passport you cannot flight train at Air America Flight Center.

Transport Security Administrion (TSA)

Foreign pilots must register with the TSA for the following Certificates and Ratings:

  • Private, Recreational, or Sport Pilot Certificate
  • Commerical Certificate (only if this is the candidate's initial FAA license)
  • Instrument Rating and Multi-Engine Rating

Foreign pilots do not have to register with the TSA for the following Certificates and Endorsements:

  • Flight Instructor and ATP Certificates
  • Flight Reviews and Instrument Proficiency Checks
  • Complex and High Performance Endorsement
  • Aircraft Rental Checkouts

To register with the TSA please go to

Notes about the TSA registration process:

  • You must have a passport and visa.
  • You are a category 3 student.
  • Under course number please enter the name of your course. For example: "Private"
  • You will have to pay a $130 application fee.
  • Please enter any and all aircraft that you wish to fly during the course of your training.
  • Once approved you will notified via email.  You must then get fingerprinted.
  • Once fingerprinted Air America will take your photo.
  • Once your photo is sent to the TSA your flight training can begin!
  • If, at any time, the TSA determintes you are security threat they will notify us and training will be stopped immediately.
  • If flight training does not begin with 180 days of TSA approval the candidate must resubmit their application and re-pay the $130 application fee however new fingerprints will not be required.
  • When asked for course number and course ID please enter the name of the certificate for which you are applying, for example "private."
  • When asked for the aircraft you will be training in please enter any and all aircraft you intend to fly, you can enter in more then once aircraft make and model. Please keep in mind that once it is approved you will be limited to the aircraft or aircrafts you selected.