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Flying Clubs offer the most affordable way to learn to fly; as well as providing greater availability, affordability, and choice in aircraft type than flight schools. They are also the most economical source of aircraft for certified pilots. The quality of the aircraft, as with flight schools, varies from club to club and aircraft to aircraft, but is generally very good. All of the clubs listed below  perform annual inspections as well as other required inspections. Information on the various clubs available in the San Diego area are provided below. FAA Certified Flight Instructors (CFI) are available through these clubs. Some clubs require that their instructors be club members, others do not. In either case, instruction fees charged by independent flight instructors are generally less than flight schools. All CFI's must meet the same FAA standards, regardless of whether they are associated with a flight school or choose to teach independently.  Clubs are listed alphabetically. 

Note:  Some aircraft  owners  and instructors may give students/pilots a block rate in the form of  a partial refund of costs when  the block of time is completed - usually at least 10 hours.

Flying Clubs

Armed Forces Aero Club

Coastal Flyers

Consair Flyers

Plus One Flyers

Pacific Coast Flyers


Contact the Author: Bruce J. Elig CFII/MEI/ATP