First Steps

A Sling Pilot Academy staff member will assist you through this entire process.  You don’t necessarily have to take each of the steps in this order but this guide will give you an idea of most everything you need to do to get started.  For any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us anytime.



  • 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 (see Step 1)
  • Current Passport
  • Must be able to fluently speak, read, write and understand the English language


Step 1

Apply for a First Class Airman’s 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.


Step 2

Apply for Financing (skip to Step 3 if not required)

If you require financial assistance it’s best to begin the process early.  You must be able to demonstrate financial independence or have a Guarontor (co-signer) for the loan.  Sling Pilot Academy is partnered with AOPA for flight training finance. You can apply for for a loan to cover some or all of the costs involved in our program. Covering all costs can include other direct expenses such as*:

Examiners’ fees $6,600
iPad cellular 128G $650
Foreflight Pro $160
Headset $500 to $1,100
Log book $15
Flight computer E6B $25
Flight computer electronic $110
Sectional plotter $15
Flight bag $80
Kneeboard (must be narrow see below) $30
Foggles $17
FAA Chart LA Sectional $10
FAA Chart LA TAC $10
Accomodation    – 9 months $9,000 (or $6,000 if you have your Private Pilot – 6 months)
Living expense Stipend  – 9 months $7,200 (or $4,800 if you have your Private Pilot – 6 months)

*The above pricing is estimated only

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Step 3

Complete the online Sling Pilot Academy Enrollment Form
(Requires $1,000 deposit to secure position).

Step 4

Attend an interview in person or via Skype.
After completion of our online enrollment form one of our staff will contact you to schedule an interview.


Step 5

Place a $1,000 deposit to secure your place.  The balance will paid in thirds, ⅓ prior to starting and then in advance for each third of the training (every 2 months for the 6 month course or every 3 months for the 9 month course).  If you are using financing we will work with your finance company to co-ordinate.


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