Basic Questions Non U.S. Citizens Flight Training in the United States

Sep 14, 2018

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Hello, I'm Kenny Keller, the creator of Helicopter Online Ground School and I want to answer a couple of basic questions about non-US citizens coming to the United States to train. Just got a question in from a young man named Adam. He's 19 years old, his dream is to become a helicopter pilot and he says he's in Italy and from talking to pilots, they're telling him that it's really expensive in Italy compared to coming to the US to train. I've been hearing that for the last 15 years, that people do come from outside the US to train in the United States because it's cheaper in the United States than in most other countries.

 Basic Questions Non U.S. Citizens Flight Training in the United States 

It may not be the case for every country, but in general, that is kind of the industry theme or what we hear is that it's a lot cheaper for students to come here to the United States. Even with housing, it's still cheaper to come here and train in the US. He says, now my question is, how much would it cost me for the commercial license? I've done several videos on this. The commercial license is going to be, I'm going to throw rough figures out there of somewhere between 50 to $100,000. Maybe 75,000 might be more of a good figure but it depends on whether you're going to go to just CFI or double I, depends on which helicopter you train in, depends on how you handle your ground school. There are a lot of different factors.

Somewhere between 50,000, that's pretty on the cheap side, 100,000 would be something that I've heard of. I know people that have spent 95 to 100,000 going all the way through double I, flying a more expensive aircraft for their commercial and instrument training. Then he says in his email, you may notice that my English is very bad, but I'm still working on it and that will become better and better. Which it's actually pretty good, I don't think it's as bad as what he thinks it is. He said, so I don't think this would be a big problem.

Basic Questions Non U.S. Citizens Flight Training in the United States

I could actually tell you that a lot of our Helicopter Online Ground School members have actually told me that using our Helicopter Online Ground School before they come to the US to learn, not only learn the helicopter information but it's also helped them learn the English language, which I think is pretty cool. I know I have several instructors that I had early in my training that came from other countries. My first instructor came from Germany and he told me he was learning helicopters as he was learning the English language. I know people do come over and they're working on learning English as they're training. I know that that's a fact.

He ends with best regards from Italy, Adam. Another thing I want to add is for non-US citizens to come to the US to train, you need to go to what they call a Part 141 Flight School. Not all flight schools are Part 141. In able for the flight school to help you with the proper paperwork, TSA clearances and the different things that you have to do before coming to the US to train, you have to be enrolled in a 141 helicopter flight school. When you're doing your search, your Google search or however you're looking, search for a 141 flight school in order to get the proper school that can help you with the paperwork to come to the US to train.

To recap, yes people come to the US to train, to save money. You must go to a Part 141 flight school. You can use our Helicopter Online Ground School to help yourself prepare with the information and also maybe help you a little bit with the English language preparing to come to the US. Please give us a like and a share. Put your comments down in the box below. If you'd like to learn more about our Helicopter Online Ground School, go to That link is in the description box below, or you can simply type in your browser to go to our site and learn more about our online helicopter training. Like, share and comment and we'll see you in the next video.

Basic Questions Non U.S. Citizens Flight Training in the United States

Helicopter Online Ground School was founded by Kenny Keller in 2012. He is the author of "Helicopter Check-Ride", which made Amazon #1 best seller upon release. His online video courses include Private Pilot, Commercial Pilot, Certified Flight Instructor, and Instrument Pilot. Kenny recognized a lack of quality ground training within the industry and has created a video learning platform to compliment any part 61 or 141 flight school program.

All four of these courses are FAA approved for WINGS and appear on the FAA safety website as approved online courses.

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