International Enrollee Requirements
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Below is a list of requirements and policies for SPA International Enrollees
When you arrive at Sling Pilot Academy on your first day, please bring the following documents:
Important Medical Note: certain medical conditions and medications are disqualifying. Please educate yourself to ensure you do not have a medical condition, psychiatric disorder, or take medication that could render you unable to earn a First Class Medical (required to be an airline pilot). Ref: FAA Disqualifying Conditions; FAA Disqualifying Medications; AOPA Medical Resources.
English Language Proficiency Check
Contact us to Schedule an interview to evaluate your English Language proficiency. If you do not meet the standards we will provide solutions to improve your English or refund your Enrollment Fee fully.
Schedule after enrolling in an International Course.
I-20 Receipt and M1 Visa Interview:
Our International Student Advisor and SEVIS DSO will assist you with any questions and will issue an I-20. You will use this to schedule an appointment at a US Embassy to interview for your M1 Student Visa.
This can take weeks or months. You will be required to show that you have the financial ability to pay for the course as well as living expenses for the duration.
Sling Pilot Academy charges a $395 Fee to issue an I-20.
TSA Background Check:
Non-US Citizens are required to go through the TSA Background check process for Initial, Instrument and Multi-Engine Ratings. The TSA Background Check is a brief background check that verifies no criminal record or contact with terrorist elements. TSA Instructions here: Los Angeles, CA (KTOA) Instructions, San Diego, CA (KSEE) Instructions.
This process can take 2-3 weeks before initial approval. It requires some government fees and fingerprinting.
FAA Validation of a Foreign Pilot License:
If you have a Pilot Certificate from another country you may be able to get an FAA Validation at the Private Pilot level with no tests or checkrides. This can take some months, but can be useful if you already hold a Pilot License. Instructions here: FAA Validation
For Students starting with the Private Pilot Course we require King Schools Private Pilot CBT to be complete (watch all videos and take all quizzes) before the course start date. We have found that this allows for the best progress through our fast-paced program, and the best benefit from our daily Group Ground sessions, which then solidify and expand the Student’s knowledge. Students who do not complete these CBT modules before the course start date have a harder time staying ahead of the material during the Private Pilot portion of the Course.
For Students starting with the Instrument Rating, completion of the King Schools Instrument Rating CBT modules is only optional since Students are rated pilots at this point and have an easier time moving forward with the new knowledge (versus the initial exposure to aviation, the FAA, aviation knowledge that an ab initio pilot experiences).
When you arrive on your first day, please bring the following required equipment.
Note: This equipment is required and is not supplied by SPA.
Please see below for links to products we recommend that can be purchased online.
The payment schedule for each course is shown below:
|Due 1 Week Prior to Class
|Due at 3 Months||$22,865.00|
|Due at 6 Months||$22,865.00|
|Total Course Cost||$69,595.00|
|Due 1 Week Prior to Class||$16,865.00|
|Due at 2 Months||$16,865.00|
|Due at 4 Months||$16,865.00|
|Total Course Cost||$51,595.00|
*Course Fee does not include FAA Knowledge Test Fees and Examiner/Checkride Fees and some required equipment
Sling Pilot Academy charges a $395 Fee to issue an I-20.
For courses shorter than our 6 and 9-month courses payments will be made in advance, via wire transfer, in several payments.
Payment method is via wire transfer or check.
Make check out to Sling Pilot Academy and mail to (for all locations):
Sling Pilot Academy
3401 Airport Dr, Ste E
Torrance, CA 90505
Send Wire Transfers as follows:
Account name: Sling Pilot Academy
Account number (Los Angeles, CA (KTOA) Location): 325012240562
Account number (San Diego, CA (KSEE) Location): 325175312706
Routing number for wire transfers: 026009593
SWIFT Code for wire transfers: BOFAUS3N
Bank: Bank of America
Sling Pilot Academy Uses the following Applications:
SPA is a full-time program. Students are expected to be on SPA premises from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. Some lessons will begin at 7am and some will go beyond 5pm. In the event that a student requires additional instruction, cross-country practice, or night-time instruction, student schedules may be modified (and in the event of weather). Late shows or no shows for lessons will be charged an additional 1.5 hours of flight time.
International Students are required to be on premises engaged in flight training, simulator training, ground school, self-study or in mentor sessions at least 22 hours per week to maintain legal M1 Student status.
SPA students must maintain a professional appearance and conduct themselves in a respectable manner.
All SPA students and instructors must maintain good hygiene since pilots and CFI’s occupy the same close space in the aircraft and simulators. Please take care of body odors and oral hygiene
All Academy Students will be provided 2 Sling Checklists upon arrival to be maintained by the Student and used in the airplane. Any additional checklists required can be purchased at Dispatch.
Aircraft Renters Insurance (also known as non-owned aviation insurance) is recommended. All Sling Pilot Academy airplanes are fully insured (with liability insurance), but there are instances where having additional liability insurance can be beneficial to the pilot/student/instructor. We recommend you get at least the minimum liability insurance and some hull insurance as well. Get as much as you can afford.
Who do we recommend for Aircraft Renters Insurance?
We recommend SkyWatch.ai for Aircraft Renters Insurance. With SkyWatch.ai you can customize your policy according to your needs – more than any other insurer. For example, annual premiums for student pilots with no experience can be as low as $71 for minimum liability coverage. Add $20,000 in hull coverage and the rate rises to $286. With greater experience and additional ratings, the cost of coverage can decrease.
Another great advantage to SkyWatch.ai is how easy to use it is. You can get to their portal from any device and get coverage in 3 minutes. They also have 5 stars rated customer support and are coverage partners with Global Aerospace – a well-known insurer that has been around since 1924.
Sling Pilot Academy offers several accommodation options 5 minutes away from Torrance Airport.
Student housing apartments and houses come fully-furnished and each student will be provided with a twin size bed, mattress and mattress cover. Students will be responsible for providing their own bedding. Washing of bedding will be the responsibility of the student. Billing for housing will be weekly in advance.
Price is $225 per week, for a shared room.
Price is $375 per week, for own room.
A $250 security deposit will be collected at start.
Note: Some housing requires Renters Insurance, which we will handle for a fee.
Los Angeles, CA (KTOA) Accommodation Map:
San Diego, CA (KSEE) Accommodation Map:
We understand that sometimes plans change and sometimes things don’t work out. Both you and SPA reserve the right to terminate your training at any time. With our satisfaction guarantee, if this occurs within 1 month of starting, you will receive a refund of the pro-rated unused amount in a timely manner. After the first month, you will receive a refund of the pro-rated unused amount less a $2,500 administrative fee.