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Sierra Charlie Aviation is committed to providing the best equipment and expert flight instructors to make it happen. Our integrated Cessna flight training program includes all training materials, ground school, and the flight time needed to prepare you for your check ride.

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Sierra Charlie Purchases Second AL172 Flight Simulator
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Sierra Charlie Purchases Second AL172 Flight Simulator

The ALSIM AL172, built to FAA FTD Level 5 standards and already certified as an AATD, is an…

Garmin G1000 Glass Cockpit
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Garmin G1000 Glass Cockpit

The pilot training fleet at Sierra Charlie Aviation in Scottsdale, AZ includes Cessna 172 Skyhawks equipped with the…

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A CERTIFIED FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR (CFI)?
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HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A CERTIFIED FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR (CFI)?

Do you want to become a certified flight instructor (CFI) but are wary of how long it may…

Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI) Training in the USA
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Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI) Training in the USA

The main reason for enrolling for multi-engine (MEI) training in the USA is to add privileges to your current certificate.…

How Old Do You Have to Be to Get a Pilot’s License in Arizona?
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How Old Do You Have to Be to Get a Pilot’s License in Arizona?

Are you interested in getting a private pilot’s license in Arizona? Perhaps you have questions: How old do…

Different Types of Pilot Licenses
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Different Types of Pilot Licenses

There are several different types of U.S. pilot licenses a person can earn, and Sierra Charlie Aviation can…

Cost of Getting a Pilot License in Arizona
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Cost of Getting a Pilot License in Arizona

If you have dreamed of becoming a pilot in Arizona, you may have wondered about the cost of…

CFI Training Requirements
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CFI Training Requirements

f you already hold your commercial pilot’s license, then you may know that the next step is CFI…

Best Accelerated Multi Engine Training
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Best Accelerated Multi Engine Training

When you dream of entering the cockpit of an airliner and taking your seat at the commands as…

Accelerated CFI Training Arizona
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Accelerated CFI Training Arizona

Sierra Charlie Aviation offers accelerated CFI training in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona. If you are looking to become a…

Part 61 Flight School Near Me
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Part 61 Flight School Near Me

If you’ve asked, “Is there a Part 61 flight school near me?” and you live in or near…

Average Cost of Flight School
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Average Cost of Flight School

The average cost of flight school can be between $8,000 and $15,000, depending on the type of school,…

Two Years in a Row Sierra Charlie Aviation is Recognized by AOPA
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Two Years in a Row Sierra Charlie Aviation is Recognized by AOPA

Annually, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) honors the best flight schools and the best instructors in…

2019 FSANA Conference Takeaways
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2019 FSANA Conference Takeaways

The 10th Annual Flight School Operators Conference presented by FSANA was held February 13-15, 2019. There were numerous…

Sierra Charlie Aviation Attends the Annual FSANA Flight School Operators Conference
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Sierra Charlie Aviation Attends the Annual FSANA Flight School Operators Conference

The Annual Flight School Operators Conference presented by FSANA will be held February 13-15, 2019.  This conference is…

Sierra Charlie Aviation is Growing our Fleet, Again
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Sierra Charlie Aviation is Growing our Fleet, Again

At the beginning of 2019, we had three Cessna 172s, two with G1000 integrated avionics suites (glass cockpits)…

AirVenture 2019 – The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration
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AirVenture 2019 – The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration

Being in Oshkosh for AirVenture 2019 was an amazing experience and a great way to end July! This…

Providing Learning Opportunities for Our Students
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Providing Learning Opportunities for Our Students

Pilots and recruiters from Republic Airways hosted an interview preparation workshop at Sierra Charlie Aviation for our students…

Our First Airline Meet & Greet was a Massive Success!
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Our First Airline Meet & Greet was a Massive Success!

On March 27, 2019, Republic Airways came to Sierra Charlie Aviation to share information about their company and…

Join us in November 2019 for Two Airline Meet & Greets
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Join us in November 2019 for Two Airline Meet & Greets

November 2019 will bring two exciting informational sessions to Sierra Charlie Aviation. First up, join us on November 5th…

JUST LANDED – Check out our Redbird FMX Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD)!
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JUST LANDED – Check out our Redbird FMX Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD)!

What is a Redbird FMX Advanced Aviation Training Device?  It’s a full-motion simulator that allows you to practice…

Meet the Founder of Sierra Charlie Aviation
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Meet the Founder of Sierra Charlie Aviation

With a pilot grandfather and flight attendant mother, one would think Scott Campbell, founder of Sierra Charlie Aviation,…

JUST LANDED – Two Brand New 2019 Cessna 172s
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JUST LANDED – Two Brand New 2019 Cessna 172s

Remember when we announced we were purchasing two factory brand-new 2019 Cessna 172s?  They are here and officially…

Don't Just Take Our Word For It!

Andrew P

Andrew P

Scottsdale, AZ

“The instructors are smart, friendly and patient. The students at the school seem happy to be there and are very positive, which is refreshing. And the aircraft (C172’s) are top-notch. That was one of the big selling points for me. Safe, newer and well-taken care of airplanes.”

An airline training track usually starts with obtaining a Private Pilot’s License (PPL) and moves on to an Instrument Rating and is followed by a Commercial Rating, which allows a pilot to fly for hire. To establish the minimum number of hours needed for an Airline Transport Certificate, pilots will most often train to become a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) and build time by teaching students how to fly. Training usually takes about one year, and time-building can add an additional one to two years beyond that.

This depends on one’s learning style and ability to efficiently translate concepts into flying skills. Students flying three to four times per week can expect to finish in about four months. The FAA requires a minimum of 40 flight hours to obtain a Private Pilot’s License, but the national average is closer to 75 hours.

Yes, about 95% of our instructors are hired from within our own training program. If you’re interested in becoming an instructor, check out our careers page.

We use a combination of our own proprietary materials and those are available for download without cost by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Many students learn best by studying on their own, while others benefit from classroom-style tutorials. Regardless of your style, we offer something for everyone.

Most students self-fund their training as they go. Financing is an option for students in our full-time Aviator Career Program.

The Aviator Career Program is a full-time, structured flight training program that is designed to take students with no past flying experience through all certifications and ratings in 12-14 months. This includes the following:

  1. Private Pilot’s License
  2. Instrument Rating
  3. Commercial Rating
  4. Certified Flight Instructor – Initial
  5. Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument
  6. Commercial Multi-Engine Add-on

Alternatively, students may enter the program if they have already completed their Private Pilot’s License certification with at least 80 hours of flight time.

Our comprehensive flight training program is focused on training the very best pilots. With some of the newest facilities, the most senior flight instructors and advanced Cessna 172SP aircraft — all with Garmin G1000 avionics and mated to GFC700 autopilot functions — our students are provided the best tools to ensure the highest quality education.

While other programs focus on speed and rushing students through a nonstandard curriculum, the Aviator Program follows a structured syllabus that considers different learning styles. We focus on the quality of your training and prepare you to become the best commercial pilot possible.

The Aviator Program is $87,000 including check rides. Financing is available for eligible students.

It’s a great time to enter the field of aviation and we have fantastic relationships with several airlines. Other programs or “guarantees” are often more of a marketing ploy designed to get your business and not designed to provide you the best pilot training.

We believe that the best pilots start out with the best education, the best instructors, and the best training aircrafts. Unlike other schools, we treat all incoming students as if they’re commercial pilots and create a higher standard of training. As a top flight school in Arizona, we continuously challenge the status quo and constantly aim to set the bar higher. This is evident in our 91% first-time pass rate and our average instructor time of over 4,000 hours of dual-flight training given.

14 Cessna 172S-model aircrafts comprise our main training fleet, all featuring Garmin G1000 avionics and averaging just over two years in age. Most are paired to a GFC700 autopilot. In addition, we have a 2020 Piper Seminole, with G1000 avionics and GFC 700 autopilot for multi-engine training.

Yes, we do offer accelerated pilot training. If you’re interested, please speak to one of our instructors to learn more.

We offer scheduled tours several days per week and will be happy to show you our facilities and answer your questions. In addition, we offer a Discovery Flight for $215 that allows you to meet with one of our instructors and take flight to get a feel for what training looks and feels like at Sierra Charlie Aviation.

  • It will be necessary for you to obtain a flight medical certificate, which involves meeting an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) for a physical that is specific to flight students.
  • You’ll need an aviation headset. They all essentially do the same thing, but many pilots prefer something with Active Noise Cancelling (ANC).
  • An iPad with a ForeFlight subscription is recommended. Note that with ADS-B compliance, our aircraft stream GPS data from the plane so you will not need a cellular-equipped iPad.

Non-US citizens are required to obtain a US visa that allows them to train in the US. Additional Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requirements can be found at: https://fts.tsa.dhs.gov/home/candidateregistration.

All our maintenance is done in house. With over 75 years of combined experience, our four full-time A&P technicians keep our fleet running at maximum efficiency.

Currently, we do not have in-house examiners. In the last couple of years, we’ve elected to work with over a dozen of exam proctors on a rotating basis for students to complete their examinations.

Contact us at (480) 474-4115 and we’ll get you scheduled for your first flight.

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DON STANDHARDT

Chief Pilot

Don took his first college course, Private Pilot Ground School, at age 14. He now has over 15,000 flight hours. Read Full Bio

Scott Campbell

SCOTT CAMPBELL

Owner / President

Scott formed Sierra Charlie Aviation to help students reach their dream of becoming pilots. If Scott up in the air flying, you will find him at the Ice Rink playing hockey. Read Full Bio

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WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT

AUTHENTIC SUPPORT

AUTHENTIC SUPPORT

We genuinely care about supporting our students. Students have access to a team of seasoned aviation veterans who give one on one advise and support through the program.

PREPARATION FOR SUCCESS

PREPARATION FOR SUCCESS

We genuinely care about supporting our students. Students have access to a team of seasoned aviation veterans who give one on one advise and support through the program.

TRANSPARENCY

TRANSPARENCY

We genuinely care about supporting our students. Students have access to a team of seasoned aviation veterans who give one on one advise and support through the program.

Premier flight School

We are a Part 61 School here is what that means and why it means SCA is the best out there.

Customizable Program

Customizable Program

Financing  & Funding

Financing & Funding

Top tier Instructors

Top tier Instructors

Aviator career program

What you’ll need to apply

Meet the age requirement of 17

Resume of your work and/or school experience

Valid us drivers license, us passport, or birth certificate

Contact information for 3 references

Premier Flight training For your aviation career

Get certified in all areas to work for an airline

All one type of plane which means more flying

Learn from the best certified flight instructors

Ground school and in flight training