Welcome to Maryland's Premier Flight School - Washington International Flight Academy! One of the busiest and largest schools in Maryland. Training 1,000s of international students from all over the globe.
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For our students and renters at the Washington International Flight Academy Harry has created a Facebook page just to share flights, time build together, etc. It can be found at https://www.facebook.com/IflyWIFA/.

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Click here for our FAA Approved Part 141 Programs

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Located at:
7940 Airpark Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Office phone - 240-246-7529
Fax - 240-246-7546
email - info@learntoflydc.com

To study and prepare for the FAA Knowledge test Harry recommends the following two products offered by Gleim

Gleim FAA Knowledge Test Prep Book

Private Pilot Online Knowledge Test Prep

Click on the link below for the Special Flight Rules Area training course. This is a required course for all pilots flying with 60 miles of DC

SFRA Training Link

TSA Training Link

Click here to print the required TSA training signature form

Click here for our Private Pilot brochure and local medical examiner list

Click here for the WIFA forum

Click here for an estimate on Private to Commercial training cost

Below are examples of checkrides collected over the years by Harry Kraemer. You can use these to prepare your applicants for their checkride. The actual examiner is not listed however for most of them knowing where the checkride took place will tell you who the examiner is/was. If you have some checkride notes that you would like to share you can email them to harry@flymall.org

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Click here for examples of Instrument Checkrides

Click here for examples of Commercial Pilot Checkrides

Click here for examples of CFI Checkrides

Click here for examples of CFII Checkrides

Our weekly "Best of YouTube" video

Private, Instrument, and Multi students need to complete the TSA process if you are not a US citizen.

Click here for step by step instructions for the TSA process

1.Determine applicability. The requirements for determining citizenship status for any student, whether U.S. or alien, applies only to flight training towards an initial pilot certificate, including a recreational pilot, sport pilot, or private pilot certificate; instrument rating; or multiengine rating.
2.Proof of citizenship. Student must show evidence of U.S. citizenship to instructor with one of the following:
a. Valid, unexpired U.S. passport
b. Original or government-issued birth certificate of the U.S., American Samoa, or Swains Island AND a government-issued picture ID
c. Original certificate of birth abroad with raised seal (Form FS-545 or DS-1350) AND a government-issued picture ID
d.Original certificate of U.S. citizenship with raised seal (Form N-560 or N-561) or a Certificate of Repatriation (Form N-581) AND government-issued pictured ID
e.Original U.S. Naturalization Certificate with raised seal (Form N-550 or N-570) AND a government-issued picture ID
3.Logbook or record-keeping requirements. An instructor must do one of the following:
a.Keep a copy of the documents used to provide proof of citizenship for five years
b.Make an endorsement in both instructor’s logbook, or other record used by the instructor to record flight student endorsements, and the student’s logbook with the following:
"I certify that [insert student's name] has presented me a [insert type of document presented, such as a U.S. birth certificate or U.S. passport, and the relevant control or sequential number on the document, if any] establishing that [he or she] is a U.S. citizen or national in accordance with 49 CFR 1552.3(h). [Insert date and instructor's signature and CFI number.]"
4.Students who change flight schools and/or locations will be required to prove citizenship and receive a logbook endorsement. Recurring logbook endorsements are required when students change flight schools or instructors (if the instructor did not know the student when the student received the initial logbook endorsement).

Click here for instructions on converting a foreign license to a US license

Click here for WIFA training links for WIFA employees

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At WIFA we are pleased to offer several FAA approved Part 141 training programs. Enrollment in an FAA-approved pilot school usually ensures a high quality of training. Approved schools must meet prescribed standards with respect to equipment, facilities, personnel, and curricula. However, individual flight instructors and training companies that are not certificated by the FAA as "pilot schools" may also offer high quality training, but find it impractical to qualify for FAA certification. Another difference between training provided by FAA-approved pilot schools and other providers is that fewer flight hours are required to be eligible for a pilot certificate when the training is received through an approved school. The flight hour requirement for a private pilot certificate is normally 40 hours, but may be reduced to 35 hours when training with an approved school.
Gaithersburg, Maryland
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