Building flight time in the United States can help you become a pilot anywhere in the world. The U.S. has affordable fuel, plenty of open airspace, temperate climates, and no aviation user fees.
Our goal is for you to build your hours in the safest and shortest amount of time. Get quality flying hours in the ideal conditions.
International pilots holding a valid pilot certificate from their country or from the United States may enter the U.S. under a tourist visa to build flight time providing the aircraft weighs less than 12,500 pounds and does not require a type rating. These pilots do not have to register with TSA or FAA if they have already converted to an FAA pilot certificate and are not training for additional ratings
The Airmen Certification Branch must have the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) verify the validity and currency of the foreign license and medical certificate or endorsement before you apply for an FAA certificate or authorization. The processing of the Verification of Authenticity of Foreign License and Medical Certification takes approximately 45 to 90 days to complete.
Note: Do not schedule any travel and/or checkrides, etc. until a valid Verification Letter has been obtained from Airmen Certification Branch.
Please include a copy of your foreign license. A copy of the foreign medical is only required if you would like a verification of both the foreign license and medical certificate.
The primary purpose for aircraft checkout requirements is to insure that a pilot renting an aircraft at Top Flight Aviation can operate the aircraft safely. It is an assessment of the pilot’s skills, with the sole objective to determine if the pilot is safe in the operations he/she usually conduct. The pilot must operate the aircraft in compliance with current Federal Aviation Regulations and procedures contained in the respective Pilot’s Operating Handbook/Flight Manual.
When possible, the Instructor will call the pilot prior to the flight to prebrief requirements, criteria and possible outcomes of the flight checkout.
The flight will consist of maneuvers as determined by the Flight Instructor but will include at a minimum the following:
After completion of the flight, the Flight Instructor will debrief the pilot on assessment results and either endorses the pilot’s logbook or recommends additional flight training prior to aircraft rental.
The Flight Instructor’s assessment of the pilot’s ability to do this will be based on FAA Practical Test Standards for the type certificate that the pilot holds.
Whether you’re learning to fly for the first time, building time, or working towards an advanced endorsement, we offer numerous amenities that will help prepare you for success.
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