International Flight Training in the U.S. for Mexican Students

International flight student, Ricardo Fernandez of Monterrey, Mexico, soloed his first airplane on Monday, February 20,2012 at Guidance Aviation of Prescott, Arizona, USA.

“I not only wanted to know why the plane flew from an engineering perspective, I wanted to feel the plane and how it flew from a pilot’s perspective. I know that being a pilot will help me become a better engineer,” stated Fernandez, who is also an engineering student at Embry-Riddle. “I would like to work in general aviation, possibly establishing and building a company like Diamond Aircraft in Mexico”.

The paperwork to get cleared to fly as a foreign student in the U.S. with Guidance Aviation was relatively painless according to Fernandez. “I had already acquired my student F1 Visa for my studies at the university, therefore all I needed was the necessary fingerprinting and international authorization from TSA. I did this online and although TSA stated it could take up to one month, I was cleared and ready to fly in only 4 to 5 days at Guidance Aviation,” said Fernandez.

“What’s great about Guidance is that many of the management personnel there are Embry-Riddle graduates so I feel like I am getting trained by the best of what aviation has to provide. Moreover, the airplanes and simulators (Red Bird Motion Simulator) at Guidance are all new. I get the best of both worlds at Guidance Aviation.

Ricardo soloed in the Piper Sport LSA at Guidance. With a wrap-around canopy and unmatched visibility, the PiperSport LSA is equipped with auto-pilot, ballistic parachute, Garmin 696, integrated XM satellite weather and leather seats.

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