Sierra Charlie Aviation

Cessna Pilot Center Near Phoenix, AZ 2019-03-06T17:13:15+00:00

Cessna Pilot Center Near Phoenix, AZ

As an approved Cessna Pilot Center (CPC) near Phoenix, AZ, Sierra Charlie Aviation provides one of the finest learning experiences for prospective pilots. Take advantage of Cessna’s 75 years of experience in training most of the world’s pilots to fly!

Sierra Charlie Aviation is conveniently located at Scottsdale Airport (SDL), where we enjoy 300 days per year of aviation-perfect weather. Our program is value-driven and designed to get you in the air faster.

Why Choose a Cessna Pilot Center?

      • Learn to fly with highly trained, professional flight instructors in less time than other flight training programs.
      • Follow the Cessna-approved computer-based curriculum that stresses safety. 
      • Learn the most up-to-date concepts in state-of-the-art training facilities.
      • Train in new Cessna Skyhawk 172 aircraft that have strict maintenance requirements.
      • Cover each task that will be tested by an FAA examiner.
      • Enjoy exceptional customer services and aviation insurance to protect you throughout your training.

The Sierra Charlie Aviation flight training team is composed of highly experienced Certified Flight Instructors (CFIs) who have trained everyone from Sport Pilots to Flight Instructors and recreational flyers to airline pilots. Our students enjoy flying with pilots who have handled every situation one could possibly encounter in the air.

Our high-caliber flight training program has been honored with AOPA Flight Training Experience Survey Awards for the past several years. Survey participants include everyone from new students to experienced pilots earning advanced ratings or taking a flight review.

Sierra Charlie scored among the top 4% of flight schools in the country (out of 954 schools and 1,849 instructors reviewed in 2018), and owner and Senior Flight Instructor Scott Campbell (CFI, MEI) and Senior Flight Instructor Tom DeYoung (CFI CFII) scored in the top 1% of AOPA’s Distinguished Flight Schools and Instructors.

What Can You Expect from Your Flight Lessons?

To be successful pilots, students need a thorough base of knowledge.

In ground school, you will learn about weather, aerodynamics, aircraft systems, flight planning, and federal regulations. We provide group ground school quarterly to help you save on the cost of training. Our 8-week program offers classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Flight training includes takeoffs and landings, night flight training, and cross-country flight training. Students learn how to perform normal takeoffs, crosswind takeoffs, soft field takeoffs and short field takeoffs. In terms of landings, students learn how to land on soft, grass fields and on short runways. This training will equip you for flying into and out of different types of airfields.

You will practice performance maneuvers like steep turns – a 360-degree turn at a steep bank angle – to get a feel for the plane’s handling characteristics. You will also practice stalls and stall recovery procedures so you will know how to recover properly if you inadvertently stall the aircraft during flight.

As you evaluate flight schools near Phoenix, AZ, consider Sierra Charlie Aviation and our Cessna Pilot Center for accelerated private training. Call us today at (480) 474-4115 to schedule a discovery flight and get started!