Before signing up with Sling Pilot Academy, make sure you meet the following prerequisites:


Age and Legal Status

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a First Class Airman’s Medical Certificate
  • Current Passport
  • Must be ready to apply for an obtain an M1 Visa after the issuance of an I-20 from Sling Pilot Academy
  • Must be able to pass a TSA background check
  • Note that a criminal record can reduce your chances of being hired by an airline


Height and Weight

Due to aircraft limitations, students taller than 6’3″ or weighing more than 220 lbs may not be able to train at SPA.


Medical Certificate

Make sure you can qualify for a First Class Airman’s Medical Certificate. You can take an FAA Medical near our location and receive your Medical Certificate.

If you are serious about a career as a commercial pilot, you must first make sure that you are in a position to pass a first class medical.  The medical is performed by an Aeromedical Examiner (AME). You can find an AME near you at . Once you have found an AME you can complete the initial portion of the application at (FAA MedXpress).  Note: Please ensure your name on your medical certificate matches your drivers license exactly.

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

English is the language used Internationally in aviation. All prospective Students must be able to fluently speak, read, write and understand the English language. This will be evaluated via telephone or video conversation.


Have Funding Secured

In order to receive an I-20 from Sling Pilot Academy you must be able to demonstrate financial independence or have a Sponsor who can show proof of funds for your tuition and living expenses.  Sling Pilot Academy is unfortunately unable to offer financing for International Students.


If you meet these prerequisites, continue to First Steps