We Don’t Just Train Pilots, We Create Aviators
Aviation is not just about flying, it's is about leadership, safety, and embracing a sense of adventure. Aviation is hours of study, maintaining your health at a high level, and joining a community of professionals that author the pages of history. It isn’t easy, and the price can be high, but if you want a rewarding career that you will never regret then it's well worth the journey. Be part of the next generation of aviation professionals and begin your career as a pilot with USATS.
How do you judge aviation training quality? Expensive aircraft and nice training facilities? Or, do you look at success, safety, and experience?
USATS has over 30 years of history in training thousands of pilots (and 2 astronauts, Bolden and Knudsen!) from over 120 different countries. Our graduates fly in every sector of the aviation industry throughout the world, so no matter which of the hundreds of career paths you choose you'll find that at least one of our graduates has blazed a path for you.
World-Class Training Programs
Challenge our training professionals to create a training path that meets your personal career goals!
Our training professionals will evaluate your needs from every possible angle, including considerations like aircraft type, special flight requirements, host country regulatory requirements, instrument training, and certifications all the way to an instructor rating. (We often hire our graduates as instructors to help build quality hours and experience.)
ICAO to FAA Conversion
Since we have been training pilots on the FAA side for over 20 years, we have extensive knowledge of the regulations and have helped many fellow pilots convert their ICAO licenses to FAA certificates.
There are multiple reasons that conversion is the right move. Aside from the obvious, you are looking to apply for a job in the USA, the most compelling is simply for expanding your horizon. Believe it or not, there are some major regions of the world where not having an FAA certificate means not even being considered for an interview!
Usually, identifying the required hours to qualify for an FAA Commercial, Instrument rating or an ATP certificate is not a straightforward answer. We will need to look at your ICAO license, your flight experience and your logbook to provide you with a training plan. Fill out and Email us a completed USATS assessment form and we will get right back to you.
Other steps are listed below:
Foreign license verification: Your ICAO license needs to be authenticated by the FAA before you can use it toward an FAA certificate or rating. Go to the FAA Foreign License Verification Page and follow the instructions. Once the process is successfully completed, the FAA will email you a letter, valid for 6 months, that you will need to present on the day of your FAA checkride (skill test).
Note 1: It can take up to 90 days to have the process completed.
Note 2: Be aware there are additional requirements if your license has been issued by the UK, Ireland, Cyprus, Malaysia, New Zealand or Australia.
Transportation Security Administration (TSA): If you do not already hold an FAA certificate and/or instrument rating, the TSA has issued a regulation that requires flight schools to verify students' proof of US citizenship or ensure that TSA approval to train is received prior to beginning training (if training is required).
Visa: If you are not a US citizen, you will need a student visa to receive training in the USA. Please have a look at our foreign student visa page.
Simply contact us if you have any questions. We are here to help!