Is Flight Training Right For You?


Foreign Training Security Program (FTSP)

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires that as a prerequisite to flight training, non-US citizens must provide personal information, documentation and specific training requests prior to beginning flight training. Training may only commence following approval of your application, completion of fingerprinting and a payment of $130 to FTSP. This process may be may be started prior to arriving in the States or if you are already in the country.

Before beginning the FTSP process, please contact our offices to discuss your training intentions. You may call 727-461-5229 or email: office@tampabayaviation.com

Foreign Authenticity

If you currently possess a foreign pilot certificate, please follow the below link to begin the process for the verification of authenticity.
FAA Foreign Authenticity


  • Be at least 17 years old.
  • Be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language.
  • Pass a required knowledge test.
  • Pass a required oral and practical flight test administered by a FAA designated examiner.
  • Hold either a student or sport pilot certificate.
  • Get a Third Class Medical Certificate.

IN THE AIR – The FAA  requires a minimum of 35 Hours Total Flight Time with 20 Hours Flight Instruction. However, many students require more time. There’s no rush and we won’t push you to complete your training until you’re ready. Our students average around 60 total hours of training.

ON THE GROUND – 35 Hours Ground Instruction

TIMELINE- The more frequently you fly, the faster you will complete your training. Our schedule is flexible and is one on one with an instructor. This means that you are able to build your own schedule and go at your own pace. We suggest flying 2-3 times per week which averages about 4-6 months of training. 

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