Why Choose SDFTI?
Because SDFTI Offers World Class Training & is Proven Successful.... We've Been Training Pilots Here in The San Diego Area for Well Over 20 Years.
We give you the type of structured training that every airline desires when picking the best people for the most coveted positions on an aircraft flightdeck. We offer training under both Part 61 and Part 141 with examination authority as prescribed by the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR).
Each student is given the job interview and preparation skills to land a job with the widest number of airlines available in the industry. It is more than JUST an interview; it is a career you want … we get you there quickly, effectively, and safely.
It is more than days a year you can fly, it is the total number of hours and the comfort in which you can safely experience them. AT SDFTI you benefit from the Southern California Flying Experience which gives you the greatest opportunity to log hours day after day.
Diversity of Terrain
In a single flight you can easily go from 70 miles of ocean-front beaches to inland valleys to mile-high mountain peaks to the desert parks of the Anza-Borrego to an agriculturally rich Imperial Valley and Salton Sea. You have the opportunity to experience more here than anywhere else.
Variety Of Airspace And Airports
There is more variety within 20 miles of SDFTI than any other school on the planet. From multiple Class Bravo commercial and military operations to class 8 controlled civil aviation runways to small uncontrolled strips. Here you have the opportunity to be exposed to virtually anything you will find in your career. We also have one of two "tower enroute" corridors available in the United States.
SDFTI owns, operates, and maintains a 15 aircraft fleet. This includes twin and single engine complex aircraft, and the newest collection of Cessna 172s in the region including the Garmin G1000 equipped glass flightdeck.
The campus is situated directly across Aero Drive from Montgomery Field Municipal Airport in Southern California where our flight line of 17 aircraft and maintenance hangers are located.
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Courses & Certifications
At SDFTI many students choose to flexibility to begin their training at any time and work one-on-one with our pool of staff instructors, all of whom were trained here and have earned every certification through CFII or MEI. Below is a brief description of the FAA certificates and ratings (licenses) you can earn. Additional information is linked to each course description.
Private Pilot Certificate
Learn to fly, start the adventure of a lifetime. The Private Pilot Certification Course will be the student's first introduction to modern aviation.
The Instrument Rating certification course is designed to prepare the applicant to operate safely in the Air Traffic Control (ATC) system anywhere in the world. Airlines throughout the world indicate that during the hiring process, instrument flying skills are rated above everything else.
Commercial Pilot Certificate
The Commercial Pilot Certification Course - Single Engine is for those students who require commercial pilot privileges in single engine aircraft only.
Commercial Multi Engine Certificate
The Commercial Certification Course - Mingle-Engine is for those students who require commercial pilot privileges in multi-engine aircraft only.
Trends in aviation show that the multi engine pilot is in ever increasing demand. Our Multi-Engine Certification Course is designed to make you a competent multi-engine pilot with major emphasis on proficiency and flying a multi engine aircraft safely.
CFI – Certified Flight Instructor
The Certified Flight Instructor Certification Course qualifies you to instruct in single engine aircraft. This course of training is a highly structured and comprehensively designed to prepare commercial pilots for their role as flight instructors. SDFTI hires over 90% of it's instructors from this program.
CFII – Certified Flight Instructor Instrument
The Instrument Flight Instructor Certification Course is the ultimate asset as an instructor. It offers another source of income and increases your professionalism. Development of the skills and other tools are necessary to effectively instruct students seeking an instrument rating.
MEI – Multi Engine Instructor
The Additional Flight Instructor Certification Course Multiengine is the ultimate asset as an instructor. It offers another source of income and increases your professionalism.
ATP – Airline Transport Pilot
The Airline Transport Pilot Certification Course emphasizes instrument operations and knowledge of aircraft systems. Aside from the airlines, the ATP is required by most Air Taxi and Corporate operators.
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