Information for International Students

Learn To Fly San Diego is an FAA Certified flight school operating under Part 61 of the FAA code of federal regulations. We are not a 141 school nor are we approved by SEVIS to issue immigration documents. If you need immigration documents you will need to attend a 141 school that is also approved by SEVIS.

We can only train international students who are already in the USA with a valid visa or Green Card and only after receiving TSA approval for Private Pilot training, Instrument Rating training, or Multi-Engine flight training.


If you already have the FAA Private and Instrument, TSA approval is not required for the Commercial single engine training (but you must already have the FAA Private and Instrument). TSA approval is required for the Commercial Multi-Engine training.


For all flight training, you must be in the USA on a valid visa (for which we can not provide any assistance).


TSA approval is not required for Instructor (CFI) training. However, to work in the USA as a CFI you must have a valid work visa (for which we can not provide any assistance).


Our chief instructor is registered with the TSA as a provider for the training of international students.

If you are legally in the USA with a valid unexpired passport & visa that allows for flight training, we can assist you.


The TSA charges a non-refundable $130 fee for their application process.

Begin application and select:


Provider: Christopher Sluka (* Do NOT select Learn To Fly San Diego)


Training Request Course ID: Initial Private (or Instrument or Multi Engine)


Training Request Aircraft Type: C172 and PA28 (or PA34 for Multi-Engine)


Training Request Category: 3


Estimated Training Request Date: One year (the maximum allowed)

Visitors to the USA who already have a Pilot Certificate can rent aircraft for time-building as part of an enrolled course, but only with an instructor. We also do flight reviews, and currency. Be advised we are a flight training operation and not an aircraft rental business. 


We are not a Part 141 School that participates in the SEVIS program. We strongly suggest you contact the US Embassy or consulate in your country to get further information and seek an immigration attorney for immigration advice.

Housing: We are unable to assist visiting students in need of accommodation.

• We can not issue I-20 forms.

• We can not assist in obtaining a visa.

• We can not assist in making extensions to a current visa.

• We can not assist or advise in any way with regard to immigration law.

• International students are solely responsible for having the proper visa/legal status in the USA.