Frequently Asked Questions

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We welcome any questions you may have regarding our flight school, our curriculum, accommodations, or enrollment procedures.Review the list of most frequently asked questions below for useful information that may help answer some of your questions. If you still need assistance, download the Additional Detailed FAQ or Contact Us.

Common Questions

Pan Am Career Pilot Academy currently does not offer scholarships. Many aviation-related organizations do, but opportunities are limited. The following links may be of use to gather information regarding financial aid. Please note that financial aid is available to those who qualify.

 

Title 14 of the Code of Federal Aviation Regulations outlines the laws and requirements for aviation in the U.S. General Aviation pilot training falls under two parts – Part 61 and Part 141. The main difference is the requirement for minimum flight hours to obtain Private Pilot and Commercial Pilot Certificates.

Part 61:

  • Minimum hours required before Private Pilot Certification Check-ride: 40 flight hours
  • Minimum hours required before Commercial Pilot License Check-ride: 250 flight hours

Part 141:

  • Minimum hours required before Private Pilot Certification Check-ride: 35 flight hours
  • Minimum hours required before Commercial Pilot License Check-ride: 125 flight hours


Note: how long it takes individual students depends on the frequency of flights, dedication, and ability to learn.

Another factor that differentiates a Part 61 flight school from a Part 141 school is accountability. Part 141 schools are systematically audited by the FAA and are required to have detailed Training Course Outlines (TCO) and meet specific student pass rates. Flight schools operating under Part 61 do not have the same accountability requirements by the FAA. These Part 61 schools do offer flexibility in training to move around lesson objectives. More information can be found at the FAA Regulations webpage.

Application requirements for students in the U.S.:

  • At least 17 years of age. Applicant must turn 18 within 6 months after enrollment.
  • Complete application form sent from Pan Am Academy.
  • Make payment of $150 USD registration fee.
  • Have a High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) in English
  • Have a FAA medical certificate
  • Have U.S. passport or U.S. birth certificate and driver’s license.
  • Send photocopy of any pilot certificate(s) you may already hold.

Application requirements for international students:

  • At least 17 years of age. Applicant must turn 18 within 6 months after enrollment.
  • Make payment of $150 USD registration fee.
  • Have a High School Diploma or equivalent with an official English translation from an official U.S. validation authority.
  • Complete application form sent from Pan Am Academy.
  • Have a FAA medical certificate.
  • Have a valid passport.
  • Submit proof of English competency.
  • Have Health Insurance Affidavit.
  • Proof of funding declaring adequate funds to cover the cost of tuition, living expenses, and all other expenses associated with your stay in the U.S.
  • Complete Alien Flight Students Program (AFSP) Registration with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) online.

Once the application has been reviewed and the student is accepted for the training program, the I-20 for the M-1 visa forms are issued by the Academy.

You should first visit our website and complete a request for information, click here to fill out form. A Pan Am Account Executive will be in touch with you and provide you with details of our training program and the steps for enrollment.

Yes, all non-U.S. Citizens are required to have an M-1 student training visa to enter the U.S. and fly. Pan Am processes all of the necessary paperwork for you to take to the U.S. Embassy and obtain this visa. The entire visa process can take 30 days or more to complete, ultimately depending on appointment schedules at the U.S. Embassy.

You’re referring to the TSA’s alien flight training and citizenship validation rule. The effects of this depend on whether you are a U.S. Citizen or an alien. All alien students must register with TSA prior to arrival. This process will take a couple of weeks to process and be approved. This must be initiated prior to your arrival to the academy. Before getting into an aircraft at Pan Am Academy, you must have an email from TSA that gives you permission to initiate your flight training.

Yes, all of our aircraft are insured for authorized flights. We also offer an optional collision damage waiver (CDW) policy, which waives the insurance deductible should any damages occur while you act as Pilot-In-Command. This CDW policy is $50 per month and available for purchase on your first day only.

  • Pants - Navy color (no cuffs, jeans, cotton blend-“Dockers”, pin-stripes, patterned material)
  • Pilot Shirt (Students – Blue). Shirts are to be unwrinkled and tucked in.
  • Tie - Blue 
  • Belt - Black, Silver Hardware (no large buckles, no gold)
  • Shoes - Dress shoes (closed toe, neatly polished, no fabric-type or sandals permitted), and socks
  • Epaulets-  (Students – Blue with Gray Stripes)
  • School identification badge