California Flight Academy graduates are prepared with the knowledge, flight hours and experience that lead directly to high demand pilot careers in aviation domestically and internationally. Employers respect CFA because of our reputation for producing qualified, intelligent and productive pilots. CFA enjoys a position within the airline flight training industry that is respected and worthy of emulation.
Our mission is a commitment to our students, and that commitment is all about students achieving the pilot career of their dreams. To accomplish this, we help each student develop an individual pilot career pathway. Along this pathway, there will be challenges and trials, but the reward is far greater. We work tirelessly to help our students every step of the way.
Our History – A Proven Track Record of Excellence
California Flight Academy is a world-renowned flight school that has trained thousands of students from all parts of the globe. Graduates have successfully become private pilots, flight instructors and commercial airline pilots.
California Flight Academy has occupied a prominent position on the Gillespie Field Airport since 1973 and is located in the main terminal building right off the transient aircraft parking area and a few hundred feet from the control tower. Gillespie supports a well-maintained, controlled environment that also includes an FAA control tower. Unlike many other airports, Gillespie is not hectic or overly-busy. This means more flight time for our students, plus they gain extensive experience with control tower radio communications.
Why Attend CFA
To take your pilot career goals and make them happen, you need industry-leading instructors, diverse flight-time experience, and best-in-class techniques that are solely focused on your success. You need the education of the future—an education delivered by a world-renowned flight school with a proven track record of success.
Top reasons to attend California Flight Academy include:
Reputation of Excellence
Since its inception, CFA has set itself apart as a leader in the pilot training industry. From instructors and ground crew to administrative personnel, CFA is proud of the quality and competence of its employees along with the quality of its aircraft and training curriculum. With over 80,000 flight hours completed, successful graduates all over the world, and zero student injuries, our track record shines.
Credentialed, Experienced Flight Instructors
To ensure you receive the very best education possible, CFA flight instructors are carefully selected with the right certifications, credentials and experience. We expect the highest standards of excellence from each instructor and their success is ultimately measured by your success as a pilot.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Approved and Cessna Certified
CFA is approved by the United States FAA for both part 61 and part 141 training and operates as a Cessna certified facility. This means that our training facilities, curriculum, Chief Flight Instructors and aircraft are inspected and approved by the FAA. You can trust CFA to provide you top-quality training and the best experience possible.
Diverse Flight Experience
CFA offers various courses and ratings ranging from Private Pilot and Commercial Multi-Engine to Airline Transport Pilot. All courses are designed to give you exposure to various types of aircraft, plus there are various aircraft upgrades available. CFA also provides students with more than the FAA minimum number of dual and solo flight hours, in addition to simulation hours, ground instruction and interactive computer-based instruction.
Outstanding Airport & Facilities
The CFA air strip is located at Gillespie Field in San Diego County. Gillespie supports a well-maintained, controlled environment that also includes an FAA control tower. Unlike many other airports, Gillespie is not hectic or overly-busy. This means more flight time for you, plus you’ll gain extensive experience with control tower radio communications.
Exceptional Climate Ideal for Flying
CFA is located in sunny San Diego, California, in the United States of America. The U.S. Weather Bureau describes San Diego’s weather as the most nearly-perfect in America. On average, San Diego experiences 320 sunny days per year, with an average year-round temperature of 21 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit). San Diego’s beautiful climate makes it not only the perfect place to live, but more importantly, one of the most ideal places to fly.
Optimally Maintained Aircraft Fleet
We have a fleet of aircraft that are meticulously maintained above industry standards. Each is cared for by our on-site FAA-certified mechanics. We take pride in our aircraft, and the safety of our students and staff is our number one priority.
Licenses & Approvals
At California Flight Academy, we believe that you deserve the very best flight training experience, and that’s why we hold ourselves to the highest standards in flight training. We prove our dedication to these values by submitting to rigorous industry standards.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Approved
CFA is approved by the United States FAA for both part 61 and 141 training. This means that the training facilities, curriculum, Chief Flight Instructors and aircraft are inspected and approved by the FAA. You can trust CFA to provide you top-quality training and the best experience possible.
CFA is approved as a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) school. This enables CFA to accept international students and can assist students in obtaining the necessary documents to study in the USA. California Flight Academy is very accustomed to helping foreign students obtain an M-1 Visa.
Authorized Cessna Pilot Center
CFA is an authorized Cessna Pilot Center, assuring you of the very highest standards of safety, comfort and quality pilot education that you would expect from a professional flight academy.
Directorate General Civil Aviation (D.G.C.A.) Compliant
California Flight Academy conceived and developed a Directorate General Civil Aviation (D.G.C.A.) compliant training program, specifically tailored for citizens of India. This program is designed for the Indian pilot to obtain a Private Pilot License through Commercial Pilots License with Instrument and Multi-Engine Ratings. We also provide country-specific training to students from Taiwan, Mongolia, Indonesia, Turkey and the Middle East, Central and South America, various African countries, the U.S. and Canada, and many more. Feel free to contact us with your individual and country-specific needs and we’ll help you determine what is required.
As an active duty personnel or veteran of the U.S. Military, California Flight Academy is honored to assist you and your family in achieving your educational and career goals. All CFA programs are approved for active duty and veteran military personnel who qualify for G.I. Bill benefits. With U.S. military approval, we make it easy for you to fund your dreams using your military benefits.
Approved LaserGrade Computer Testing Center
LaserGrade Computer Testing, Inc. is an international computer-based testing company with 700+ secure and supervised test centers worldwide. California Flight Academy is proud to be one of them. We can administer all required FAA knowledge tests in our own facility. We can also accommodate students from other flight schools or independent instructors who need to take one or more required exams.
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