Why Fly CalAir
We’re passionate about sharing the joy of flight! Our Cirrus Standardized Instructors are dedicated to your success and we have the newest, best maintained fleet of Cirrus aircraft.
B.A., Professional Aeronautics,
Cirrus CSIP, CFI, CFII
My passion for flying developed long before I can remember. My grandfather, a retired bird colonel from the U.S. Air Force, would take me flying on weekends in his 1940’s Navion. I have fond memories departing Van Nuys with him to get breakfast at airfields all across California, and so I had the honor of learning to fly from a 40,000 hour combat pilot! I'm sure this was highly influential in my decision in joining the California Air National Guard, serving 6 years as an Air Transport Journeymen, with the 146th Airlift Wing based at Point Mugu.
I concurrently attended Embry-Riddle University where I received a Bachelor’s in Professional Aviation, graduating on the Dean’s list and Honor roll. Shortly after I attended the Delta Connection Academy in Florida. I was among the first students to receive training under the newly implemented ‘scenario-based’ FAA FITS Private-Instrument and Commercial training programs. This form of training syllabus forms the backbone of all Cirrus Standardized Training today. Read more...
Flying at Cal-Air is a dream. Most importantly, I know that I can trust the airplanes and the maintenance schedule. I know that the facility is top-notch and will make any client of mine feel comfortable and confident as they walk in the door of the FBO. There is every variety of Cirrus a renter could want, and easy scheduling with Jonathan or the online scheduler. Communication is great at Cal-Air, and there's always a friendly face to wave to over at KHHR. Cal-Air has a great facility and location, and I am happy to bring pilots to the school and also rent their aircraft myself! Thanks, Cal-Air!
I've had the pleasure of flying with CalAir for many years. You will be hard pressed to find a better aviation program with the same caliber of instruction, emphasizing on safety and incorporating the latest, cutting edge technology in their new fleet of Cirrus airplanes. When it comes to Cirrus and Southern California, there is only one choice.
I fly with CalAir because they have the largest fleet of Cirrus aircraft in Southern California that are readily accessible, maintained to the highest level, and are affordable. I have done my private pilot, my instrument rating and now I am working toward my commercial license, all with CalAir. Jonathan Lucas and his instructors are top notch and make the challenging process of flight training safe, enjoyable and highly rewarding. I frequently rent CalAir’s planes to fly missions of mercy for a non-profit organization to and from various places in California and Nevada. The training I have received from CalAir allows me to confidently fly persons in need to their destinations, all the while in airplanes that are safe and comfortable with modern avionics and up to date software. Hawthorne is a great airport to be based at with the team at the FBO that is friendly and professional. And, since the arrival into HHR is adjacent to LAX, where else can you fly a parallel approach with an A380? I highly recommend CalAir for all who want to learn what it’s like to fly the best general aviation airplane out there as well as to those who are licensed and want to rent from a solid fleet of aircraft.