We have experience in training pilots from all over the world. If you are not an American citizen or Green Card holder, you will need a Student Visa and a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) clearance to start your training in the United States. Helipro is authorized to issue the M1 Visa for all of our FAA Part 141 approved courses.

Please be aware that you have to complete the Visa application in person at the American Embassy responsible in your home country. The entire process will take about 3 to 6 weeks from the time of the Visa application until you are able to enter the USA. For more information about the Visa process, please refer to this article. For more information about the Student Visa, please visit this website.

If you are already the holder of a "standalone" FAA Pilot License, you don't need a Student Visa or TSA clearance to enter the United States and continue your training (your additional training will be conducted under FAA Part 61). The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of participating countries to travel to the United States without a Visa for stays of maximum 90 days. If you are planning to stay for more than 90 days, you have to apply for an B-2 Visa at the American Embassy in your home country. Please be aware that if you are seeking an Instrument Rating in the United States you have to go through the whole Visa process again and also receive a TSA clearance (Transportation Security Administration) before you can start your training. For more information about the Visa Waiver Program, visit this website.  For more information about the B-2 Visa, please refer to the following website.

If you are the holder of a "based-on" FAA Pilot License, you will need an M-1 Visa and a TSA Clearance to continue your training in the United States. Please be aware that your "based on" FAA License is only valid in combination with a valid license in your home country. That means, if your Type Rating or your Medical Certificate in your home country have expired, your "based on" FAA Pilot License also won't be valid. Please refer to the following document for the foreign license certification process.

Please Contact Us if you have any question about the correct Visa for your training or to discuss the necessary steps for the issuance of a Visa. 

CALL +1 (805) 543 2713

Student Visa

We know flight training is a major investment and we often get questions regarding student loans for flight schools. Helipro does not offer financial aid through the school directly, but we have partnered with Pilot Finance Inc. to help our students to fund their training.


Pilot finance is a financial aid program that provides part-time students (defined as 1-5 lessons per week) with the opportunity to earn their wings with affordable, level monthly payments. The typical approval process takes just 24 hours and can accommodate almost all part-time training. The maximum amount financed is limited only by the applicant's income, debts, and credit record. The maximum repayment term (number of payments) is determined by the number of lessons per week in the student's training schedule.

Whether you are working toward a private license or are advancing into a career in aviation, we hope this partner helps meet your flight school loan needs.

Pilot Finance Inc.

AOPA is announcing the availability of flight training financing through an innovative new program developed by the AOPA Aviation Finance Co.

The funds can be used for everything from starting and finishing primary training to advanced training, such as instrument training or obtaining a commercial certificate. It can even be used for the kind of fun flying that so many AOPA members enjoy, such as earning a tail wheel endorsement or seaplane rating.

Unique features of AOPA flight training financing include the ability to borrow up to $100,000 over a 24- to 84-month period with no money down, no loan minimum, and minimal paperwork. When compared to other flight training loans, these interest rates are very competitive at 7.74 to 12.99 percent.

For more information, visit the AOPA website or call 1-800-62-PLANE (75263).

AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association)

We have different possibilities for your accommodations. Most of our students tend to live with a host family, who offer rooms in their private homes. Such an accomodation will cost between 700 and 750$ per month. If you prefer, we can also book you a room in a hotel or motel. The prices in hotels and motels might be much more expensive though.

Please Note

If you need help with accommodations or a rental car, please let us know as soon as possible so we can have everything prepared for you.

Student Housing

We have been working together with a local car rental company for many years, and therefore we are able to help you get a car for a very cheap rate. The monthly rate for a rental car (including insurance) is about USD 6‍‍‍00,-.

Rental Car

Getting here / Getting around

San Luis Obispo has a Mediterranean climate with dry warm summers and mild winters. On average, there are 287 sunny days per year. Summers are generally warm and sunny, often with morning fog from the Pacific coast. Winters are generally mild, though below freezing lows may be expected 4 nights per year. Temperatures do, however, vary widely at any time of the year, with 80 °F (27 °C) readings in January and February not uncommon. Check out the weather in SLO here.



San Luis Obispo Regional Airport
The airport offers convenient access to and from the Central Coast. Residents and visitors have the choice of two commercial airlines with flights to Los Angeles, Phoenix, and San Francisco. The airport is also home to full service general aviation and corporate facilities.


San Luis Obispo Tourist Information

Find out more about "things to do" or "places to stay" in one of the most beautiful places in the United States. 



Check out the current weather in San Luis Obispo. 

I am a helicopter

Explore the process of learning to fly a helicopter. One of our former students has created this website, which documents his daily experiences on becoming a helicopter pilot. 

Robinson Helicopter Company

Get more information about the helicopters we use for flight training.

Robinson Awareness Training

A useful link for every Robinson pilot and everyone who wants to become a Robinson pilot.

Charter College

Helipro is partnered with Charter College to provide our students with an associate degree of applied science in aviation. The program combines an online curriculum provided by Charter College with ground school and flight hours from Helipro.

Live ATC

Listen live to the air traffic of San Luis Obispo regional airport. This is a good practice for future students to become familiar with professional pilot radio communication.

City / County: San Luis Obispo

State: California

Elevation: 233 feet

Population: 45.000

Time Zone: Pacific (UTC-8)


San Luis Obispo is one of the most beautiful places in the United States and was once voted to be the "Happiest city in the United States". In your free time you can enjoy the beautiful and fascinating landscapes of the Central Coast or take a trip over the weekend to San Francisco (along Highway 1) or Los Angeles.

Only 10 minutes away from the city you can soak your feet in the Pacific Ocean or lounge on the beach and watch the surfers, dolphins, whales or other marine animals.

Your time in San Luis Obispo will be almost as interesting as flying itself. 

For more information about "things to do" or places to stay, visit this website.

Your basic training will take place in San Luis Obispo, located roughly midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the Central Coast. 

Founded in 1772, San Luis Obispo (Spanish for St. Louis, the Bishop of Toulouse) is one of California's oldest communities. The city, locally referred to as SLO lies directly on the famous Highway 1, which stretches from Orange County up to Mendocino County. San Luis Obispo was also a popular stop with the rise of car culture. Due to its popularity as a stop, it was the location of the first motel in history, the Milestone Mo-Tel.

The highway is famous for running along some of the most beautiful coastlines in the USA, including the amazing Big Sur coastline.

Life in San Luis Obispo

Information from Pilot Finance Inc.

For the most updated information about student loans from Pilot Finance, click here.


You won’t have to come up with a fortune to begin training. You won’t watch your credit card balance climb after each lesson. You won’t have to consider dropping out because the costs are building up.


The entire application and approval process takes just 24 hours. They have streamlined each step. You just apply, sign, and fly!


Pilot Finance has created a number of programs to fit your exact needs.


Pilot Finance lets you earn the certificate or rating you want, with no financial shocks along the way. Everything is clearly spelled out up front.

The city is home to San Luis Obispo County Regional Airportwhich offers private air service and non-stop commercial air service to San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Phoenix.

The Amtrak train goes north to Salinas, San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco, Sacramento, Portland, and Seattle, and south to Los Angeles.

Public Transport includes the city-wide SLO Transit bus lines as well as the county-wide SLO Regional Transit system. Rideshare encourages the use of the local public transit, as well as carpooling and cycling. Riders for the SLO Transit system are now able to plan their trips using Google Transit.

Student Services

Language Training

One of the most important factors of being a pilot is the ability to speak and understand the English language. The communications between pilots and the controllers are very important aspects in flight safety, and it's crucial that one can understand the other. If your English is not very good, we can provide an English teacher for one-to-one or group instruction.

Please contact us for more information and availability.

+1 (805) 543 2713


945B Airport Drive
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401


4349 Old Santa Fe Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Student Housing & Rental Car

San Luis Obispo