International Students – Commercial / Airline Pilot Training

Sling Pilot Academy is pleased to offer FAA Part 141 flight training to International Students.  Through our location in San Diego, CA (KSEE) we are able to issue I-20’s to International Students in order to obtain M-1 Student Visas.

Full-time Course

Our International Courses are full-time programs, 5-days a week, designed to help you reach your aviation goal of being a Commercial / Airline Pilot.

The International Courses we offer are:

  • Private Pilot Course (M1 Visa)
  • Instrument Pilot Course (M1 Visa)
  • Commercial Pilot SEL Course (M1 Visa)
  • Commercial Pilot MEL Course (M1 Visa)
  • Flight Instructor CFI Course (M1 Visa)

These courses are all bundled together into our Professional Pilot Course:

Accelerated Airline Pilot Program

Current Course Pricing:

Starting From...Cost (Los Angeles Locations)Cost (San Diego Location)Time Frame
...Zero Time:$80,995* >$77,995*9 months, full time, week days**
...Private Pilot (and 80 hrs TT):$63,595* >$61,595*6 months, full time, week days**

Note: Starting June 28, 2024 our prices are going up. You can still lock in current prices by enrolling (before June 28!) in any of our 6-month or 9-month courses, valid if your start date is in 2024 (August or November start dates). You can enroll with just a $1,000 deposit. Our new prices are still around 20% less than our competitors thanks to our modern fuel-efficient aircraft.

Course Pricing from June 28, 2024:

Starting From...Cost (Los Angeles Locations)Cost (San Diego Location)Time Frame
...Zero Time:$89,995* >$86,995*9 months, full time, week days**
...Private Pilot (and 80 hrs TT):$68,995* >$66,995*6 months, full time, week days**


* Course Fee does not include FAA Knowledge Test Fees and Examiner/Checkride Fees and some required equipment.

> Los Angeles area location surcharge includes all landing fees at KTOA and KSMO during course hours.

** While these timelines can be achieved with full time commitment, dedication and hard work, this fast-paced accelerated course is not for everyone. External factors such as bad weather and examiner availability can cause delays. A student’s natural ability, ability to assimilate new knowledge quickly and meet study goals can impact the duration of training. While we don’t guarantee any course completion time, our entire team is dedicated to your success and safe completion of the course within the time frame.

Note: Many flight schools out there quote BARE MINIMUM FAA time to achieve ratings. Once you’re enrolled you learn than almost no-one finishes at the FAA minimums and you are in for a surprise with extra hours and fees required. We don’t do that. We quote more realistic times to achieve ratings and then we work hard to help Students finish on time and on budget. Our school and about 20% less than other competitors!


Certifications Achieved:

Private Pilot (PPL)
Instrument Rating (IR)
Commercial Single (CPLSE)
Commercial Multi Engine (CPLME)
Certified Flight Instructor Single Engine (CFISE) – (optional)
Certified Flight Instructor Multi Engine (MEI) – (optional)
Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII) – (optional)
FAA Knowledge Tests: PAR, IRA, CAX, FIA, FII, FOI


Flight Time (Full 9-Month Course Starting from Zero):

Single Engine up to 200 hours
Multi Engine up to 30 hours
AATD Simulator Time up to 50 hours*

*Unlimited BATD Simulator Solo/Mentor time


Flight Time (6-Month Course Starting from at least Private and 80hrs):

Single Engine up to 120 hours
Multi Engine up to 30 hours
AATD Simulator Time up to 50 hours*

*Unlimited BATD Simulator Solo/Mentor time

Note: If student goes over the maximum included course hours listed above, additional hours will be charged at regular hourly aircraft/instructor rates.

Tailwheel/Aerobatic Training we offer:

  • Tailwheel Training
  • Spin Training
  • Upset Recovery Training
  • Basic Aerobatics


Why Sling Pilot Academy?

  • Hands down the most cost effective full time program that gets you ready to start your career as a commercial pilot
  • Glass panel in all Sling trainers and Tecnam P2006T Twins
  • Learn in a modern Sling aircraft that’s fun to fly  We encourage you to Fly a Sling, Cessna and/or Archer so you can compare!  To use a car analogy it would be like comparing driving a ’60s VW to a modern sports car.
  • We build aircraft onsite so you will gain some building and servicing experience during your training.  Learning and understanding more about aircraft construction will make you a better pilot!
  • Accommodation available at $225 per week (shared room) or $425 per week (own room)
  • We use the full, and well proven, Kings Schools curriculum



Our Airplanes

Sling NGT

  • The Sling’s flying characteristics make for a perfectly coordinated, highly responsive control setup. This gives her the distinct qualities of a fighter jet aircraft, while not being overly sensitive.
  • The Sliding Bubble Canopy offers great visibility and cool taxiing in summer. The wide cockpit, excellent all around view and substantial luggage capacity make the Sling a very comfortable, yet versatile aircraft.
  • The Sling’s airframe strength and durability means that she won’t break and stands up to the rigors of flight training. Its aluminum construction makes for ease and consistency of construction, while offering proven strength and a longer lifespan than some of our composite rivals.
  • The Sling’s performance matches and outdoes almost every aircraft in its class, while being highly economical and fun to fly.


Tecnam P2006T Twin

  • The Tecnam is a multi-engine, Rotax powered plane with modern & sleek Garmin G1000 avionics.
  • It has 2 Rotax engines so there’s no mixture controls in the cockpit because the carburetors are altitude compensating.
  • The Tecnam has retractable gear & flaps and constant speed props. Overall, it’s a pretty docile flying airplane, it’s comfortable & roomy, and handles really nicely.



Accommodation available close to Gillespie Field (KSEE).


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