Sierra Charlie Aviation is among the very best Cessna flight training schools in the nation. When you receive your flight training in our award-winning program, you will be learning from the best!
Sierra Charlie Aviation is a certified Cessna Pilot Center (CPC) located in Scottsdale, AZ, a specially selected flight school that represents top-quality, professional flight training in brand new Cessna 172 Skyhawks that are G1000 equipped and coupled with GFC700 autopilot.
Our Certified Flight Instructors (CFIs) have a wide range of piloting experience—from corporate, to World War II aircraft demonstration, to Alaska bush piloting – which gives them an exceptional ability to teach and to diversify your training based on your individual needs.
How to Choose the Right Flight School
The flight school and instructors you choose will play an important role in your training. Here are some tips to help you find a flight training program to meet your goals:
- Visit schools that interest you to discuss their training programs and the syllabuses they use. As a certified Cessna Pilot Center (CPC), Sierra Charlie Aviation utilizes the highly rated CPC-approved syllabus.
- Decide whether a FAR Part 61 or FAR Part 141 flight school will best meet your needs. Part 61 schools like ours are ideal for students who cannot commit to full-time flight training, or need a more flexible and customizable program to help them reach their goals.
- Learn about the flight instructors and their training and experience. Owner and Senior Flight Instructor, Scott Campbell, has been named as AOPA’s Best Flight Instructor in the Southwest Region, and Senior Flight Instructor Tom DeYoung was one of three instructors in the region to be recognized as a Distinguished Flight Instructor.
- Look for a certificated flight instructor (CFI). (Meet the Sierra Charlie Aviation team.)
- Consider each flight instructor’s personality. You’ll spend a lot of time in a small cockpit with this person, so you’ll want to be compatible.
- If you plan to pursue an instrument rating, be sure the instructor has an instrument instructor rating (CFII).
- Talk to other students about their experiences at the flight school.
- Take a discovery flight to get acquainted with the instructor. This will give you first-hand experience in the pilot’s seat and count toward the minimum requirements for your license.
What Can You Do with a Pilot’s License?
With your Private Pilot License in hand, you will be able to fly any single-engine, piston driven aircraft anywhere in the US. You can fly day or night in any conditions acceptable to Visual Flight Rules (VFR; minimum of 3 miles of visibility). You can fly with friends and family or on personal business without compensation (although expenses like fuel, oil and rental charges may be shared).
Many private pilots decide to put in more time to gain more confidence and practical skills. The more hours you fly, the more experience you get. You will be able to obtain other certificates and ratings that can open the door to a variety of career opportunities, such as corporate jet pilot, airline pilot, cargo pilot, military pilot, agricultural pilot, bush pilot, flight instructor, and even astronaut.
When you’re ready to start your Cessna training, give Sierra Charlie Aviation a call at (480) 474-4115. We love to get new pilots in the air!