Services

Flight Lessons

Become a licensed private pilot or commercial pilot. Flight lessons are in the beautiful skies over San Diego county. 

If you have any issues that might prevent you from passing the medical exam, talk to me about the sport pilot certification.

Instrument and multi-engine training will be coming soon.

Flight Reviews

If you fly with one of our local flying clubs, both Pacific Coast Flyers and Plus One require an annual flight review in order to rent aircraft.  Otherwise it is the FAA mandated two year requirement that you have to meet to be legal.

The FAA requires at least 1 hour of ground and 1 hour of flight time for a flight review.  Flight reviews should be a fun learning or practice experience. It is not a pass or fail situation, there are no failures.

If you’re proficient, the flight review can be completed in one reservation.  If it has been awhile since you have flown, it could take a few flights to get the rust off.  Either way, we will get you current as efficiently as possible.

Checkouts & Endorsements

Do you want to move from a training aircraft to something a little more capable, or fun?  We can get you that high-performance or complex endorsement so you can fly that plane that is over 200 horsepower with retractable landing gear.

How about some fun destinations, like Catalina or Big Bear.  Depending on where you are getting your aircraft, there may be checkout requirements to fly to specific places.  Pacific Coast Flyers, for example, requires training before taking their aircraft to Catalina, Fallbrook, Borego Valley, or any high-elevation airport.

If you want to keep it simple and checkout a different type of plane, we can do that too.  For example, transitioning from a Cessna 172 to a Piper Cherokee.

F.A.Q.

If your question is not answered here, send it to us through the contact page.

The FAA requires a minimum of 40 hours flight time to qualify for the practical test for the private pilot certificate.  While this can be accomplished in that time, the average is closer to 65 hours.  The issue is that you must be able to complete all of the required maneuvers within the published standards.  The more frequently you can fly, the more proficient you will become within a shorter time period.

Yes. We can schedule you for a discovery flight.  After a short introduction we will go for a flight.  You will be at the controls, in the pilot seat, and fly the airplane with the guidance of a qualified flight instructor.

Discovery flights are only out of the Palomar and Oceanside airports.

The typical training aircraft are the Cessna 172 and the Piper PA-28 (Cherokee & Archer) for the Private Pilot certificate.  If you are looking for the Sport Pilot certificate, we fly an Evektor SportStar Max.  If you prefer the classic skills of flying a “taildragger” we use a Citabria.

The training aircraft is part of a flying club.  You will have to become a member of the club in order to schedule and rent the airplanes but this will give you access to an entire fleet of different airplanes that you can use throughout your entire flying lifetime.  The monthly dues are low and it adds you to the club insurance for the fleet of aircraft.

Some students want to learn in their own aircraft.  That is fine too.

There are a lot of variables to consider when determining the cost of becoming a pilot. For example, how much self-studying will you do vs. how much ground school time will you require.  How quickly you pickup the new skills and become proficient.  How many total flight hours will you require.

We can work with you to create a training plan that is the most efficient use of your time and resources.  A typical estimate is between $12,000 to $15,000 from zero time to licensed pilot.

No.  The FAA has very specific rules concerning different types of flight.  Flight training is in a category of its own. Taking passengers, or property, for hire falls under the different regulations regarding charter services.