International Students

Learn to Fly in Jacksonville, Florida

COVID-19 Resources & Information 

During the pandemic, please check with your local government officials to find out the latest travel restrictions, visa processing times and information specific to your country. U.S. government entities including the CDC and DHS have put together some resources to assist potential international students in researching the latest requirements.

Learn to Fly at Sterling Flight Training 

Sterling Flight Training is home to students from all over the world. If you are interested in getting your pilot’s license in the US, then returning to your home country to pursue a career there, we can help.

We proudly offer FAA-approved training programs to help you get the instruction and cockpit time needed to get qualified and certified in your country of choice.

International Admissions Requirements

The first step is to make sure you meet the necessary immigration requirements mandated for training in the US. We are approved by the U.S. Government to enroll international students that qualify, and can assist you in obtaining your visa which is required before flight training begins. 

  1. U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, Form I-20
  2. U.S. Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP)
  3. Housing in the Greater Jacksonville Area
  4. Flight School Application

Why International Students Choose Sterling


A Safe Training Environment: At Sterling, safety is a top priority. As an FAA part 141 flight school, we hold our students and instructors to a high standard and abide by exceptionally high safety procedures. Our strong safety culture means we put you first and take pride in our fleet.
Individualized Training: We make it easy to earn your certificate at a speed that works for you. Our one-on-one training provides direct attention from your instructor, making it easy to identify where you excel, where you need assistance and how best to help you reach your goals.
High-Quality Fleet: We offer a wide array of Piper and Cessna models for training, boasting modern technology and an in-house maintenance team. In addition to our fleet of aircraft, we offer flight simulators which can help keep training costs down and be used if weather conditions permit us from flying.
Weather & Flight Conditions: Jacksonville, Florida offers ideal training conditions and weather that allows flight year-round. Average temperatures range from 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit. When you are not flying, you are only minutes away from our beautiful beaches and fun in the sun.
Student & Immigration Support: Our admissions team is highly trained to help you throughout your application and enrollment process. They will work with you to ensure you meet the minimum visa and FAA training requirements, and pair you with the program and instructor best suited to meet your needs.
Industry Connections & Expertise: With more than 100 years of combined aviation experience, our staff understands the industry inside and out. We have trained thousands of pilots over the last three decades, incorporating many airline best-practices into our curriculum. Our experience also means we know the right people, in the right places, to help connect you for future job placement.

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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