Steps to Becoming a Pilot - International Students

1. DECIDE IF YOU WILL USE AN EDUCATIONAL AGENCY:  Educational agencies promote and recruit students to attend academic institutions around the world. For additional fees, these agencies may assist you in completing the required forms and some may offer additional placement services upon graduation from American Winds. American Winds has many students from around the world who did not use an agency. In these cases, we walk the students through the entry process. The student and their parents will work closely with the American Winds' President and Director of Academic Affairs.

2. COMPLETE AMERICAN WINDS ENROLLMENT APPLICATION: Contact us to complete the Enrollment Application. Our office is open 7 days a week. You may work with our President & Chief Pilot Denise Hobart or Jason Edwards, Assistant Chief Pilot & Director of Academic Affairs.

3. SUBMIT TSA APPLICATION: The U.S. government requires all international students to complete a TSA application prior to entering the United States and beginning flight training. Please review the "Admissions" tab or our International Academic Catalog for further details before visiting the TSA site for flight students.

4. E­MAIL SCANNED DOCUMENTATION TO AMERICAN WINDS: It is very important that each student send a complete and accurate set of scanned documents to If there are any errors, incomplete documents, or misspelling then there will be a delay in the issuance of an I­20 or denial of a visa.

5. RECEIVE I­20 FOR VISA INTERVIEW: Once a student receives their I­20, Review it for accuracy then start preparing documents for your visa Interview.

6. SCHEDULE VISA INTERVIEW: Make your visa appointment. Confirm your bank loan documents are accurate and certified. You are encouraged to get your FAA medical before your visa interview, if available.

7. TRAVEL TO U.S.A.: Make your dreams come true of becoming a Commercial Pilot.