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International Program


Premier Flight Academy specializes in training pilots from all over the globe. From China to Russia; from Argentina to Kenya - we can support all of your flight training needs. Our US FAA approved flight training courses are accepted and approved by many Civil Aviation Authorities around the world.

Premier Flight Academy will also be happy to assist in the travel arrangements to the United States as well as any Transportation Security Administration (TSA) clearances that are required.

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Upon arrival, trainees attend approximately two weeks of ground school in preparation for flight training. Subjects include Aviation English, Weather, Federal Aviation Regulations, ATC Communications, Flight Procedures and Aircraft Systems.

Our typical pilot training program consists of approximately 230 hours of flight training conducted over a period of 14 months. Major milestones in this training include the first solo at around 22 hours, a US Private Certificate at 80 hours, a Commercial Single Engine Certificate with intrument rating at 215 hours, and finally a Commercial Multiengine Instrument Certificate at 230 hours.

Trainees are exposed to a variety of weather conditions, airspace and airports, ranging from local non-controlled fields to major metropolitan airports.

Customized training programs are available. Contact Us for additional information.


Conveniently Located - at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, Ohio - in the heart of downtown, with access to the Lake Erie shoreline.

Technologically Advanced Aircraft (TAA) - Premier Flight Academy trains in the most reliable, safe and technologically advanced aircraft around.

First Class Accommodations - Premier Flight Academy has contracted student rates at
the  Marriott Residence Inn, in Downtown Cleveland. The Marriott Residence Inn is a great location, close to Burke Lakefront Airport and downtown Cleveland restaurants and activities.

DGCA-Compliant Proram - Premier Flight Academy has worked with industry experts to bring you the most comprehensive and value based program designed to be DGCA compatible.

Application Information

For additional information and application instructions, please click to download our International Student Application:


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Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP)

The Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP) is a program operated by the US Transporation Safety Administration to screen prospective flight students who are not citizens of the United States. This program was created in response the September 11, 2001 attacks, in recognition of the fact that the individuals who piloted the hijacked aircraft first learned to fly in US flight schools. The mission of the AFSP is to ensure that foreign students seeking training at US flight schools do not pose a threat to aviation or US national security.

All non US citizens must complete the AFSP application requirements before beginning flight training in the United States:

  • Complete our  PFA International Student Application, and send it to us. The AFSP will contact us to confirm your enrollment status.
  • Register for an AFSP account: go to, and click the "Create New Student Account" link at the top of the page.
  • Follow the instructions on the AFSP website to complete the online application process.
  • Help is available. The AFSP website contains an  Application Guide to walk you through the process. They also offer email and telephone support. Details are available on their  Contact page.

Premier Flight Academy
Burke Lakefront Airport
Wadsworth Municipal Airport
Phone: (216) 333-1537
Phone: (888) 365-6010

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