Time Building Programs


Be The Best Pilot You Can Be With Us

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

Verify the Authenticity of a Foreign License and Medical Certification

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.

How to apply ?

  • The first step in the EASA/ICAO to FAA verification process is to create an application account with the Integraed Airman Certification and Rating Application (IACRA) and then proceed with filling out the form. 
  • You can either fill out the form electronically (preferred method) or download the application form and send it via mail.
  • Download Application Form and mail it to the address on the form.

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.

International Renter Checkout

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.

  • No passengers may be onboard the aircraft during the checkout.
  • The pilot must have a current Biennial Flight Review endorsement in Category and Class if it is more than two years since initial certificate issue.
  • The pilot must have a current medical certificate.

When possible, the Instructor will call the pilot prior to the flight to prebrief requirements, criteria and possible outcomes of the flight checkout.

  • Aeronautical Decision Making
  • Preflight Preparation/Procedures
  • Checklist Usage
  • Ground Operations
  • Flight Operations
  • Post Flight Procedures

The flight will consist of maneuvers as determined by the Flight Instructor but will include at a minimum the following:

  • Normal Takeoff
  • Power On/Off Stalls Simulated Engine Out Landing
  • No Flap Landing (aircraft with electrically operated flaps)

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.

Get Your FAA License

Top Flight Aviation will provide assistance with through out the all verification process. Please contact us at info@topflightlessons.com or +1 (951) 335-5590

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.

We look forward to putting you in the left seat

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. 

What you’ll need to get through your flight training or time building!