Don’t waste time and money on your way to becoming a pilot!
Why spend so much time and money in Australia when you can do it all in the USA at half the price and 1/10 of the time.
Instead of wasting months, sometimes years, tens of thousands of dollars (even hundreds), go from 0 flight time to be an Instructor in 6-8 months and then work with us or return to Australia as a skilled commercial pilot ready to integrate into the Aviation market, debt free and without time wasting.
Why learn to fly in the USA?
The Washington International Flight Academy (WIFA) is the premiere flight school in the greater Washington-DC metro area. We have been operating out of the Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg, MD since 1989 and have trained thousands of pilots from hobbyists to 777 Captains.
Whether you’re a student with plans to become a commercial pilot or an individual that wants to take up flying for fun, we have the staff and instructors ready to take your dreams to new heights!
Flying in the USA can be up to 50% cheaper than in Australia due the following reasons:
1. lower operational costs
2. lower fuel prices
3. shortened training schedules
4. less “red tape”
Facilities – On the ground:
Ground servicing facilities called Fixed Base Operations (FBO) are top of the range. They serve all of the nation’s aviation industry and authorities, including the military, government agencies etc. most facilities are available 24/7 and offer fuelling, pilots lounges and resting rooms, restaurants and complimentary hot/cold drinks and beverages, service cars for close proximity trips for dining or shopping, planning and briefing rooms including computer and free internet/Wi-Fi.
Facilities – In the Air:
Air Traffic Control (ATC) and navigational equipment like VOR’s, VORTAC’s and GPS are widely available across all the USA (unlike Australia) which makes your flight much safer and easier for planning and flying. ATC is available 24/7 and will be very helpful on request including providing “Flight Fallowing” services that will give you additional safety measurement to your flights.
An FAA licenses is much more widely used, only in the USA there are over 600,00 active certificated pilots (compare to 30,000 in Australia) other than the USA there are countries that recognise or using FAA license as part of their aviation regulatory systems.
The FAA is by far the most influential and leading aviation regulatory body in the world, especially since the scope of its activity spreads anywhere from gliders to space shuttle. In addition, all the USA aviation industries, manufacturing, research and development is based on the FAA’s regulatory system, therefore most regulation and standards introduced by the FAA may eventually be adopted by the rest of the world sooner or later.
In addition to all other advantages, more potential employers prefer an FAA licence pilot, which allows you to fly in North America, South America, Asia, Oceania and the Middle East.
The FAA in doing an effort to keep the sky safe but also to get people flying more, as part of this organisation culture they design a system that allow pilots to self maintain their licenses current without a periodic validity tests that creates more bureaucracy and additional costs to the pilots.
To maintain your FAA licence, you need only perform a bi-annual flight review with a flight instructor. All other requirements can be completed privately.
In the USA, you can fly at night without additional training and licencing requirements, unlike Australia.
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