Sierra Charlie Aviation

Best Flight Schools Near Phoenix, AZ 2019-01-10T08:23:53+00:00

Best Flight Schools Near Phoenix, AZ

Do you live or work near Phoenix, AZ and need a convenient place to earn your wings? Sierra Charlie Aviation is one of the best flight schools in Southwest Arizona. We will teach you to be a safe, knowledgeable, confident pilot who can successfully navigate the skies!

About Us

Sierra Charlie Aviation is a certified Cessna Pilot Center (CPC), a specially selected flight school that represents top-quality, professional flight training. More pilots earn their wings at Cessna Pilot Centers than at any other flight school.

Our growing training fleet includes three Cessna 172 Skyhawks, one round gauge and two that are G1000 equipped and coupled with GFC700 autopilot. The fleet also includes a Cirrus SR22T, a high-performance aircraft equipped with Garmin Perspective Avionics, GFC700 Autopilot, and air conditioning.

We are proud to have been selected in 2018 in the top 4% of flight schools in the country by AOPA, the world’s largest aviation association, as evidence of our high standard of accomplishment in flight training. Owner and Senior Flight Instructor Scott Campbell (CFI, MEI) and Senior Flight Instructor Tom DeYoung (CFI CFII) also scored in the top 1% of AOPA’s Distinguished Flight Instructors.

Sierra Charlie’s home base is located at Scottsdale Airport (SDL), a tower-controlled airport with an 8,249-foot runway that serves corporate aircraft. This location offers quick and safe access to local practice areas and nearby airports and is convenient for students in Phoenix, Tempe, Glendale, Mesa, Chandler, and beyond.

Part 61 vs. Part 141: Which is Right for You?

“FAR Part 61” and “FAR Part 141” refer to different parts of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) that set the minimum standards for flight training.

Part 61 is the simpler system. In general, Part 61 schools, such as Sierra Charlie Aviation, train students on a one-on-one, customized basis, and are not necessarily career-oriented flight schools. Part 141 schools are typically larger, more rigidly structured programs that often emphasize professional pilot training for students interested in aviation careers.

Part 61 regulations requires minimum logged flight time of 40 hours for the Private Pilot Certificate, while Part 141 requires 35 hours. On the surface Part 61 appears to require more hours, but the difference is minor for most students because the national average for earning a Private Pilot Certificate is 60 to 75 hours. It is unusual for any student to be ready for a checkride in 35 or 40 hours.

The curriculum of Part 141 schools is more rigid. Federal regulations require certain subjects to be taught and expect identical performance standards, but a Part 61 instructor has the flexibility to rearrange the lesson content and sequence of the program to allow students to complete their training faster.

Unless you are a veteran using GI Bill benefits (which requires Part 141 training), a Part 61 flight school is often your most cost-effective option. No matter which program you choose, your pilot’s certificate will be the same once you complete your training.

When you are looking for the best flight schools near Phoenix, AZ, Sierra Charlie Aviation would be delighted to create a program that meets your needs. Call us today at (480) 474-4115 to schedule a Discovery Flight and get started!