California Flight Academy

Introduction

Our Mission

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.

SEVP Approved

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.

Military/VA Approved

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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Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Flight Training

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA El Cajon

The demand for well-qualified pilots continues to expand. According to the Boeing Company, “To operate and maintain the airplanes that will be added to the fleet over the next 20 years, the world’s airlines will need an additional 466,650 trained pilots and 596,500 maintenance personnel.” [+]

Demand Is Growing For Professional Pilots The demand for well-qualified pilots continues to expand. According to the Boeing Company, “To operate and maintain the airplanes that will be added to the fleet over the next 20 years, the world’s airlines will need an additional 466,650 trained pilots and 596,500 maintenance personnel.” Furthermore: “North America will need 97,350 pilots; Europe will need 94,800 pilots; Africa will need 13,200 pilots; the Middle East will need 32,700 pilots; Latin America will need 37,000 pilots; and the CIS will need 11,000 pilots.”1 Career Opportunities As A CFA Graduate As a licensed pilot and California Flight Academy (CFA) graduate, you’ll have the ability to pilot different types of aircraft and work in a variety of settings and occupations. Examples include: Commercial Airline Pilot Regional Airline Pilot Charter Pilot Cargo/Freight Pilot Military & Armed Forces Pilot Flight Instructor Bush Pilot Banner Tow Pilot Crop Dusting Pilot Top Pilots Start At California Flight Academy CFA 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. Advantages of a CFA education include the following: Reputation of Excellence – With over 80,000 flight hours completed, successful graduates all over the world, and zero student injuries, our track record soars. Credentialed, Experienced Flight Instructors - CFA flight instructors are carefully selected with the right certifications, credentials and experience. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Approved and Cessna Certified - CFA is approved by the United States FAA for both part 61 and 141 training. This means that our training facilities, curriculum, Chief Flight Instructors and aircraft are inspected and approved by the FAA. Above-Standard Flight Hours – All courses are designed to give you more than the FAA minimum number of dual and solo flight hours, in addition to simulation hours, ground instruction and interactive computer-based instruction. World-Class Airport & Facility – The CFA air strip is located at Gillespie Field in San Diego County. Gillespie supports a well-maintained, controlled environment that also includes a FAA control tower. Exceptional Climate Ideal for Flying – CFA is located in sunny San Diego, California, in the United States of America. 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 with 320 sunny days per year. Optimally Maintained Aircraft Fleet – The CFA fleet consists of various aircraft that are meticulously maintained above industry standards. Each is cared for by our on-site FAA-certified mechanics and safety is our number-one priority. The CFA fleet includes the following planes: Cessna 152 Cessna 162 Skycatcher Cessna 172N Cessna 172SP Piper Warrior Beech Duchess Piper Seneca Other aircraft are leased as needed to meet student requirements International Student Information Obtaining a U.S. Visa At CFA, we are here to ensure your transition to the U.S. is simple and comfortable. We have many years of experience bringing students to the U.S. and will assist you with every step of the Visa process. Please complete and submit the form above for assistance. Transfer of CFA Flight Hours and FAA Certifications to Other Countries With extensive experience working with international students from all parts of the globe, CFA will help you convert your U.S. licenses and ratings to your home country based upon your individual needs. English Language Courses For those students needing assistance with the English language, we offer English courses taught by talented instructors. CFI, CFII, MEI California Flight Academy believes in not only helping students get started on their way to becoming a successful professional pilot, but also in offering advanced courses to assist career pilots in obtaining their desired flight training requirements. These advanced courses include: Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) CFI Instrument (CFII) Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI) Air Traffic Control Communication Class CFA students also complete an extensive Air Traffic Control (ATC) course that is designed to give them proficient ATC language skills, along with the control tower communication skills required by government safety regulations. [-]

Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) Programs

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA El Cajon

The demand for well-qualified pilots continues to expand. According to the Boeing Company, “To operate and maintain the airplanes that will be added to the fleet over the next 20 years, the world’s airlines will need an additional 466,650 trained pilots and 596,500 maintenance personnel.” [+]

Demand Is Growing For Professional Pilots The demand for well-qualified pilots continues to expand. According to the Boeing Company, “To operate and maintain the airplanes that will be added to the fleet over the next 20 years, the world’s airlines will need an additional 466,650 trained pilots and 596,500 maintenance personnel.” Furthermore: “North America will need 97,350 pilots; Europe will need 94,800 pilots; Africa will need 13,200 pilots; the Middle East will need 32,700 pilots; Latin America will need 37,000 pilots; and the CIS will need 11,000 pilots.”1 Career Opportunities As A CFA Graduate As a licensed pilot and California Flight Academy (CFA) graduate, you’ll have the ability to pilot different types of aircraft and work in a variety of settings and occupations. Examples include: Commercial Airline Pilot Regional Airline Pilot Charter Pilot Cargo/Freight Pilot Military & Armed Forces Pilot Flight Instructor Bush Pilot Banner Tow Pilot Crop Dusting Pilot Courses And Ratings Offered As an FAA-approved school under parts 61 and 141, we are pleased to offer the following: Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) CFI – Instrument (CFII) Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI) Top Pilots Start At California Flight Academy CFA 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. Advantages of a CFA education include the following: Reputation of Excellence – With over 80,000 flight hours completed, successful graduates all over the world, and zero student injuries, our track record soars. Credentialed, Experienced Flight Instructors - CFA flight instructors are carefully selected with the right certifications, credentials and experience. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Approved and Cessna Certified - CFA is approved by the United States FAA for both part 61 and 141 training. This means that our training facilities, curriculum, Chief Flight Instructors and aircraft are inspected and approved by the FAA. Above-Standard Flight Hours – All courses are designed to give you more than the FAA minimum number of dual and solo flight hours, in addition to simulation hours, ground instruction and interactive computer-based instruction. World-Class Airport & Facility – The CFA air strip is located at Gillespie Field in San Diego County. Gillespie supports a well-maintained, controlled environment that also includes a FAA control tower. Exceptional Climate Ideal for Flying – CFA is located in sunny San Diego, California, in the United States of America. 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 with 320 sunny days per year. Optimally Maintained Aircraft Fleet – The CFA fleet consists of various aircraft that are meticulously maintained above industry standards. Each is cared for by our on-site FAA-certified mechanics and safety is our number-one priority. The CFA fleet includes the following planes: Cessna 152 Cessna 162 Skycatcher Cessna 172N Cessna 172SP Piper Warrior Beech Duchess Piper Seneca Other aircraft are leased as needed to meet student requirements International Student Information Obtaining a U.S. Visa At CFA, we are here to ensure your transition to the U.S. is simple and comfortable. We have many years of experience bringing students to the U.S. and will assist you with every step of the Visa process. Please complete and submit the form above for assistance. Transfer of CFA Flight Hours and FAA Certifications to Other Countries With extensive experience working with international students from all parts of the globe, CFA will help you convert your U.S. licenses and ratings to your home country based upon your individual needs. English Language Courses For those students needing assistance with the English language, we offer English courses taught by talented instructors. CFI, CFII, MEI California Flight Academy believes in not only helping students get started on their way to becoming a successful professional pilot, but also in offering advanced courses to assist career pilots in obtaining their desired flight training requirements. These advanced courses include: Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) CFI Instrument (CFII) Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI) Air Traffic Control Communication Class CFA students also complete an extensive Air Traffic Control (ATC) course that is designed to give them proficient ATC language skills, along with the control tower communication skills required by government safety regulations. [-]

Commercial Multi-Engine Flight Training

Campus Full time Open Enrollment USA El Cajon

The completion of a Commercial Multi-Engine Rating permits the holder to act as the Pilot-In-Command of a multi-engine aircraft. This license also permits pilots to be paid for his or her work. The ability to operate [+]

The completion of a Commercial Multi-Engine Rating permits the holder to act as the Pilot-In-Command of a multi-engine aircraft. This license also permits pilots to be paid for his or her work. The ability to operate an aircraft with multiple engines can open professional pilots to a host of additional employment opportunities. And for those who plan to pursue a career as an Airline Transport Pilot, the Commercial Multi-Engine Rating is essential. Students must first complete Phase III – Pre-Commercial requirements below: - 5 Dual Flight Hours* - 54 Solo Flight Hours* - 16 Redbird Simulator - Commercial Ground School Students then complete Phase IV – Commercial Multi-Engine course requirements: - 20 Dual Flight Hours* - 10 Hours Redbird Simulator* - Ground Instruction (Pre/Post) - 2 Check Ride Hours* We invite you to start your pilot pathway at CFA today. *This represents the average number of hours for a CFA student. Individual hours may vary and more hours may be required depending upon skill level. [-]

Pilot Instrument Rating Program

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA El Cajon

After completion of the PPL, students may begin their Instrument Rating training. The Instrument Rating course trains pilots to fly an aircraft solely by reference to instruments in conditions of low visibility. For instance, pilots can fly in cloud cover or at night. [+]

After completion of the PPL, students may begin their Instrument Rating training. The Instrument Rating course trains pilots to fly an aircraft solely by reference to instruments in conditions of low visibility. For instance, pilots can fly in cloud cover or at night. The Instrument Rating course includes the following elements: 34 Dual Flight Hours* 14 Redbird Simulator hours* Ground Instruction (Pre/Post) Cessna Computer Instruction Air Traffic Control Communications 2 Check Ride Hours* *This represents the average number of hours for a CFA student. Individual hours may vary and more hours may be required depending upon skill level. [-]

Private Pilot License program

Campus Open Enrollment USA El Cajon

Earning a Private Pilot License is the first step in any aviation career. The PPL permits the holder to pilot a single-engine [+]

Earning a Private Pilot License is the first step in any aviation career. The PPL permits the holder to pilot a single-engine aircraft privately (not for pay). Whether for personal or professional purposes, earning your PPL will start you down your desired aviation pathway. The PPL course includes the following elements: - 38 Dual Flight Hours* - 5 Solo Flight Hours* - 5 Redbird Simulator Hours - Ground Instruction (Pre/Post) - Cessna Computer Instruction - Air Traffic Control Communications - 2 Check Ride Hours* We invite you to start your pilot pathway at CFA today. *This represents the average number of hours for a CFA student. National averages are significantly higher. Individual hours may vary. [-]

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