International Students

International flight students coming to the US will be immersed to a completely new culture, new foods, people of many diverse backgrounds, and possibly driving on the “wrong” side of the road that you are used to!

Students at First Landings will also receive a comprehensive flight education focused on training them to become professional Airline Transport Pilots.

It makes no difference where you come from – be it North or South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Pan Pacific, the only requirement is your desire to become a professional airline pilot.

Florida is one of the best locations for training in the US

Many aspiring pilots want to learn to fly and obtain a commercial pilots license in the United States due to the low costs and world recognition of the US FAA license.

The state of Florida is one of the best places in the US to learn to fly, as it is at sea level, has very mild winter weather, and students can train nearly every day all year.

Why First Landings

There are many flight schools in Florida that students can choose to learn to fly – ranging in size from schools with 5 airplanes to schools with 40 plus airplanes.

So, as a prospective student, what do we at First Landings Aviation, offer you that sets us apart?

  1. Longevity in Business
    We have been providing professional flight training since 2009.

  2. Location
    We are located near Orlando in Central Florida at Apopka (X04), at an uncontrolled airfield. Other flight schools are located in large Class C or D airports, which may require 20 minutes-plus to taxi to an active runway before taking off – and then an additional 5 to 10 minutes of flight to travel to the ‘practice area’. Our typical taxi time is less than 3 minutes, and our practice area is 1 minute from the airport.

    Why is important? In a 2 hour lesson, we spend nearly all the time flying, rather than 20% to 25% on the ground – this translates to approximately 50 to 60 hours of additional flight time, which gains the student more flight experience.

  3. Part 141 international students only need 190 hours
    International students can obtain their FAA commercial Single Engine Land in 190 hours, as compared to the typical 250 hours.

  4. Modern Fleet of Aircraft
    First Landings has new Piper PA-28-181 Pilots 100i’s, Technically Advanced Aircraft (TAA), with Garmin G3X digital touch-screens and integrated digital avionics and autopilot, and the Tecnam P2006t multi-engine with duel digital G950’s and autopilots. We also have several Cessna 172’s and Tecnam P92’s.

  5. Experienced Chief Pilot and Check Pilots
    Our Chief Pilot has over 33,000 flight hours, and over 12,000 dual instruction, and all our Check Pilots have over 800 hours minimum to qualify.

  6. Standardized Training with our Certified Flight Instructors
    All new instructors are required to undergo internal training to meet our company standards, which when coupled with our structured training and stage checks, results in the same standards and level of training from all our instructors.

  7. Personalized Training Experience
    Our approach is to develop custom, tailored training schedules for each student. Everybody learns in a different way, and rather than a regimented linear training schedule that requires the student to meet all of the standards or risk failing, we strive to understand what the underlying issues are, and work with students to develop strategies to help them overcome their various training obstacles.

  8. Accelerated Flight Training Program
    For the serious students who want to achieve their single and multi-engine Commercial certificate, our accelerated program can graduate students with no flight experience in as little 4 months.

  9. Standard Flight Training Program
    Our standard single and multi-engine Commercial program typically graduates students in 6 to 8 months.

  10. Cost Effective Programs
    All our programs include the equipment, exams, aircraft rental and instructor costs, and are competitively priced.

Your Roadmap

Aviation pathways can be very overwhelming, don't worry, we'll be with you every step of the way

Private Pilot
Instrument Certificate
Commercial Single Engine
Commercial Multi Engine

Offered Flight Training Programs

We offer the following Flight Training programs:

  • Private Pilot Ground
  • Private Pilot Certificate
  • Instrument Pilot Ground
  • Instrument Pilot Certificate
  • Commercial Single-Engine Land
  • Commercial Multi-Engine Land Add-On
  • Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)
  • Instrument Flight Instructor (CFI-I)
  • Multi-Engine Flight Instructor (MEI)

Re-Current / Bi-Annual Recertification

If you already have a Private Pilot, Instrument Rating or FAA Commercial license, you can recertify yourself in as little as 3 hours. Contact First Landings Aviation for additional details.

Foreign License Conversions

If you already have an existing foreign Private Pilot, Instrument or Commercial license, you can contact First Landings Aviation on how we can help you convert your license and either obtain a certificate of authenticity (FAA equivalent license), or a full FAA license.

12 Easy Steps to Get Started

  1. Complete our Enrollment Application and Checklist

  2. E-mail your passport and government issued photo identification documents to

  3. Demonstrate that you have sufficient funds for your specified course (bank statement or equivalent)

  4. First Landings will create your school account, allowing you to pay the enrollment fees, and then courier your student M1 Visa to your home address

  5. Pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee

  6. Complete the online visa application form DS-160

  7. Schedule your Interview Appointment with the US Embassy or Consulate

  8. Make sure to bring the required interview documents (can differ depending on your country of origin)

  9. Schedule and attend your US Embassy or Consulate interview

  10. Provide your passport to the appropriate US Embassy or Consulate to obtain your M1 Visa

  11. Complete your TSA FTSP application, using course PPL, or INST, or COMM SEL, with Piper PA-28-181 Pilot, or COMM MEL with Tecnam P2006t
    Note: You will need to provide scanned copies of your various documents, and fingerprinting can be done in the US after your arrival

  12. Schedule your expected arrival date with First Landings and confirm with us once you are in the US

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Rental & Service Rates

Hourly Rental Rate
Block Rate (50+ hrs)
Instruction Rate
The Tecnam P92 Eaglet
Plane Model
The Piper Cherokee 140
Plane Model
The Cessna 172
Plane Model
The Piper 100i
Plane Model
The Tecnam P2006t
Plane Model



We offer a 1-hour discovery flight to give you the opportunity to experience taking to the air. A certified flight instructor will demonstrate preflight and flying techniques before you climb aboard, will taxi down the runway and before you know it, you are in the air! During the flight, you will have the opportunity to control the plane through the sky and try out several maneuvers before the pilot takes over again for landing. At the subsequent debriefing, guests pen their first logbook entry and review their performance.


“These group of pilots and trainers are professional and experienced. They have a diverse training staff. So whether it’s age, gender, or personality you are seeking then First Landings may be the place for you. As an executive of this firm my schedule is packed. The team here works with me all the time to ensure I have consistent flight time flying the aircraft I prefer. I am satisfied i choose them for my flight instruction. Come and try a discovery flight.“

- Mark Anderson

“I want to thank everyone on the first landings team for everything that they did for me to get me to my private pilots certification. Everyone was great to work with and be around. The energy they bring is awesome. I want to give a special shout out to Sean. I did most of my training with him. This guy knows his stuff! He has experience, professionalism and most of all patience. Awesome instructor.“

- Ryan Gonzalez

“Started my aviation training here and had an amazing experience. I was able to pass my written test and private pilots check-ride on the first attempt for both, due to the amazing training i received. They have very experienced flight instructors there that want to see you strive. The pricing is very reasonable and the aircraft are well maintained. Any issue I found they addressed it right away and get it safely resolved.“

- Bradley Doss

What Are You Waiting For?



If you have any questions about our school and programs or would like to schedule a tour please give us a call or send us a message. We look forward to helping you realize your dreams of flight.

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Want to start exploring your flight training or career track in aviation? Reach out to us and one of our Training Advisors will address any inquiries you may have. We're are here to provide you with comprehensive insights and guide you through the exciting possibilities that aviation training and careers have to offer. Your aspirations are important to us, and we're committed to assisting you every step of the way.

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