Tuition-based, Part 141 Training
100% Financing Available
Zero Flight Experience Needed

Because all students excel at varying rates, most flight training programs are advertised at the FAA minimums, which don’t factor in additional flight hours or expenses such as books and check rides. The Sterling Flight Training Career Pilot Pathway is tuition-based, giving you a price, you can trust by taking the guesswork out of planning and allowing you to budget your training experience accordingly. With this plan check rides, online courses, testing fees, and many other training-related costs are all included (please note medical exams are not included as that cost is paid directly to your medical provider. Housing is optional and therefore billed additionally at a rate of $250/week including utilities).

Training commences on the first of each month. Students wishing to enroll must have completed the following before their desired start date:

  • Obtained financing through Meritize or Stratus Financial
  • Obtained a first-class medical certificate
  • Applied for a student pilot certificate
  • Completed Sterling Flight Training Enrollment agreement and supplied all required identification documents

This program is intended for students beginning from zero experience and cannot be utilized by students enrolled with a university partner. Students enrolled in this program are expected to maintain full-time status, meaning have a minimum of 3 lessons per week (flight or ground) in pursuit of either

  • private pilot certificate to certified flight instructor OR (estimated 16 month timeline)
  • private pilot certificate to multi-engine instructor (estimated 24 month timeline)

Students that already possess a pilot certificate and/or ratings may be admitted to the program after review of their application. All Career Pilot Program graduates are **guaranteed a CFI interview upon successful completion of the program.

Inclusive Tuition Pricing

Zero Experience to Certified Flight Instructor

  • Private Pilot Certificate (PPL)
  • Instrument Flight Rating (IFR)
  • Commercial License, Single Engine (CSEL)
  • Certified Flight Instructor License (CFI)
  • All Required Knowledge Exams
  • All Required Ground School Course Keys
  • All Required Checkrides
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Zero Experience to Multi-Engine Instructor

  • Private Pilot Certificate (PPL)
  • Instrument Flight Rating (IFR)
  • Commercial License, Single Engine (CSEL)
  • Certified Flight Instructor License (CFI)
  • Certified Instrument Instructor License (CFII)
  • Multi-Engine Instructor License (MEI)
  • All Required Knowledge Exams
  • All Required Ground School Course Keys
  • All Required Checkrides
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*Price is estimated based on typical student graduation times, in line with national averages. Contact admissions for more information. ** Our career pilot pathway program is an hours-based tuition fee. Check rides, books, supplies, testing fees, and many other training-related costs are all included. This allows you to budget properly and get the right amount of financing for you. To avoid exceeding the set tuition cost, students must adhere to the training eligibility requirements, simulator time and must complete their private pilot certificate in a Cessna 172. 

Training Eligibility Requirements

To maintain eligibility in the tuition training package, the following conditions must be met:

  • Must maintain the full-time training schedule of 3 lessons per week (flight or ground)
  • Must adhere to all school policies and codes of conduct
  • No more than two no shows (cancellations adhering to the 24-hour notice policy or weather do not apply)
  • No more than five stage-check failures for the duration of the program
  • If a check ride is failed, the subsequent attempts will be paid for by the student outside of the tuition pricing
  • Must reach your first solo within 20 hours, or your participation in the Part 141 program will be reassessed by an advisor/CFI
  • All vacations/breaks in training must be scheduled with your instructor in advance and may not exceed 10 consecutive days
  • There may not be more than a 10-day break between a passed checkride and the start of the next rating/certificate
  • FAA Knowledge Exams must be scheduled and completed at Sterling Flight Training
Apply for Full Financing Through Our Trusted Partners

Sterling Flight Training has teamed up with the Meritize platform* to offer our student’s a unique financing option. Meritize works with students, educators, and employers to help people excel in skills based careers.

Meritize knows you are more than your credit score, and that is why they look at your past achievements
to potentially enhance your loan options. A few reasons why the Meritize Platform is a great option for students include:

  • Fixed and variable interest rates available**
  • Flexible payment options, including deferring full principal and interest payments until 3 months after you complete your training
  • Customer support available 6 days a week
  • 0.25% interest rate deduction if you sign up for autopay***

Stratus Financial
Stratus Financial was founded by FAA Certificated Flight and Ground Instructors passionate about helping others achieve their aviation dreams. They know it’s not just about achieving your dreams but funding your family’s dreams as well. That’s why Stratus was created, because with Stratus, the sky is no longer the limit.

You’re not just a number, and it shows with Stratus, who looks beyond the typical FICO scores and looks at you as a whole aviator. We want to set you up for success before you even apply with us! Stratus offers exceptional lending packages, including:

  • The best rate you’ll get anywhere to go from zero to hero
  • Full financing for your entire flight training and more
  • Affordable payment options, including deferment for 12 months while you complete your training AND find a job.
  • Pay your loan off any time you want with no consequences or penalties whatsoever.

Ready to Soar?

Ready to be a Professional Pilot? Want to experience our Redbird FMX Simulator, or join our ranks via your university’s aviation program? Let’s get you in the air.

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