Santa Monica Flyers: The best flight school Los Angeles has to offer! Get started in aviation today!

At Santa Monica Flyers, we provide an abundance of flight training programs with amazing people for all levels of experience. See how we can help you get in the air today!

Come fly the finest, most affordable aircrafts in Santa Monica.

Welcome to Santa Monica Flyers: home of Southern California’s premier flight academy and aircraft rental center. Our fleet includes the most advanced aircraft available to provide world class flight training that’s safe, fuel efficient, ultra modern and downright sexy. Our friendly and professional flight instructors will guide you through the entire process of learning to fly, making the process easy, fun and safe. Santa Monica Flyers is the perfect place for all levels of experience from first time flyers to experienced pilots.

We’re also the only aviation school at Santa Monica offering pilot licenses in 20 hours, not 40.

We are proud to be a Cirrus Training Center

Santa Monica Flyers is part of a world-class Cirrus Training Center, which is a Cirrus global network of elite flight schools that specialize in flight instruction. These training centers provide Cirrus rentals for pilots and are required to have CSIP-certified instructors who have gone above and beyond to complete their flight training to a degree that exceeds industry standards.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide the highest quality of flight training in a community-driven and dynamic learning environment, using aircraft that are safe, modern, and reliable.

While air travel is a remarkably safe mode of transportation–far fewer aviation fatalities than automobile fatalities occur each year, both in terms of actual numbers and per vehicle-miles traveled–the safety of such travel is inextricably linked to the safety of the aircraft and its operators. (1


Whether you already have your pilots license and want to become an airline career pilot, if you are a first-time flyer looking for instruction, or you just want to fly for fun we can cater to all your needs.

Our Fleet

We are proud to provide our flyers with an exceptional fleet of aircraft that allows you to fly in style, and in a budget-friendly way. Depending on the type of license you are in training for, planes range from lightweight 2-seater sport cruisers to premium Cirrus aircraft for pilots looking to maximize their time in the sky. Our full range of aircrafts are available to trainees looking to complete flight hours, as well as licensed renters who want to take a joyride in the sky.

Light Sport Aircraft in Los Angeles CA

Santa Monica Flyers was founded to bring the finest light sport aircraft (LSA) available on the market to the Los Angeles basin. 

Light sport aircrafts (LSA) like our SportCruisers are a great way to take to the sky without having to spend hours in flight training.

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Cessnas are reliable, roomy and powerful. Cessna 172S’s are available for new pilots or renters looking for something more basic, while Cessna 172RG’s offer the power of a 200-horsepower engine with the comfort of leather seats. Cessna 182RG’s have all the features you need in this sleek executive aircraft.

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Our Cirrus aircrafts are elite, high-performance planes that provide the ultimate level of comfort, style, and security in the sky. While initially more technically challenging, Cirrus planes are adaptable and made to suit all levels of experience.

The Cirrus motto has always been “Pursuing Aviation’s Frontier.”

Our Certified Flight Instructors

Whoever said the sky was the limit had never been in the sky before. Through world-class instruction and hands-on training programs, our instructors help you reach your aviation goals. No matter which aircraft you’re looking to take off in, we will help you fly in style and choose the right learning path for your needs.

Training Programs

At Santa Monica Flyers, we understand that not every flyer is after the same goal, which is why we offer an abundant range of certifications and trainings with different aircrafts. With a certified flight instructor, it’s never too late to pursue your dreams. Browse our different types of certificates or get in touch with one of our support staff to book your intro flight with us today.

A sport pilot certificate allows you to fly light-sport aircraft without the need for an FAA medical certificate, and only requires that the pilot pass basic training and testing knowledge.

Private Pilot Certificate

The most common certificate, a private pilot license allow you to fly most single-engine airplanes, day or night. Whether you just want to take solo joyrides, or if you’re looking to move up the ranks to commercial or transport pilot, a private pilot license is a necessity for basic training.

Instrument Rating

An instrument rating allows pilots to fly properly equipped aircraft under IMC conditions, relying solely on their instruments, rather than visually indicators.

Trainees must at least hold a private pilot certificate to be eligible.

A commercial rating, or CPL, is perfect for private pilot certificate holders who want to take their love of aircraft to the next level, making it into a new career path. A commercial rating allows pilots to operate an aircraft for compensation

Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (Single Engine)

Those certified as Airline Transport Pilots (ATP) are authorized to act as pilot in command on scheduled air carrier aircraft under the FAA’s General Operating and Flight Rules

Certificated Flight Instructor Certificate with a Sport Pilot Rating

For individuals who hold a sport pilot certificate and have logged enough flight hours, a CFIS is the perfect next step in your career to instruct new sports pilots.

For individuals who hold a commercial pilot certificate and an instrument rating, the certificated flight instructor certificate, or CFI, is for pilots who want to take their career to the next level and become an instructor.

Do You Need a Degree to Be a Pilot?

No, it is not required that anyone holds a degree in another field – related or otherwise – to become a pilot, no matter if you are looking to become a private, sport, or commercial airline pilot. It is, however, not uncommon for potential employers to make holding a degree a standard part of the hiring process.

How Long Does It Take to Get 1500 Flight Hours?

It typically takes about two years to gain the 1,500 flight hours required to receive your commercial airline pilot flight time. 

Sport pilots and private pilots, however, are not typically subject to as many hours to receive their license. At Santa Monica Flyers, we offer pilot licenses in only 20 hours through world-class instruction and hands-on training.

Book Your Intro Flight Today

Are you ready to book your intro flight with us and learn to fly with some of the best
flight instructors in and around Los Angeles?

Get in touch with our support staff today to get started and get ready to take your first flight.

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