CFA operates a fleet of aircraft that are meticulously maintained above FAA industry standards. Each is cared for by on-site FAA-certified mechanics. CFA takes pride in its aircraft, and the safety of its students and staff is its number-one priority. In addition to safety inspections before and after every flight, CFA mechanics perform detailed mechanical inspections every 50 and 100 hours to ensure each aircraft is safe and reliable to fly.
The CFA fleet includes the following planes:
- Redbird LD Flight Simulator
- Cessna 152
- Cessna 172N
- Cessna 172SP
- Piper Warrior
- Beech Duchess
Redbird LD Flight Simulator
The redbird LD logs more hours than any other craft in our fleet. It is reconfigurable, so it allows our students to train for single or mulit-engine and offers a multitude of aircraft choices. The Redbird LD has +200° wrap-around visuals, realistic flight controls, interchangeable cockpits, a user defined missions database, a complete terrain and airport database, and is an FAA Certified Advanced Aviation Training Device.
This device will soon be your favorite for efficiency and quality of training. It is significantly less expensive than flying the plane and further saves you money by accelerating the learning curve.
Light, safe, extremely reliable and inexpensive to maintain and fly, the Cessna 152 continues to be the single most popular aircraft in flight schools around the world. Cessna first began production of its two-seat 150 series in 1957 culminating with the release of the 110 HP Lycoming-powered 152 in 1978.
More pilots have flown Cessna 150s and 152s than any other single model of airplane in the world. The last 152 rolled off the production line in 1985. Well over 75 percent of all original 152s are still flying today.
Cessna 162 Skycatcher
Extreme fly-ability, unprecedented affordability, and the very latest technology make this our most popular trainer for the Private Pilot License. The Cessna 162 Skycatcher was singled out by Popular Science Magazine as being among the most exciting developments of 2007 in the Aviation and Space category.
The Skycatcher has been called the best starter-plane for an entirely new generation of pilots. Few flight schools offer a plane of this caliber to its student pilots. This plane will win your heart on the very first flight.
Since its first flight in 1955, the Cessna 172 virtually cornered the market on flexible, affordable, four-seat, light aircraft and remains one of the most sought-after light aircraft on the market today.
Designed as an affordable alternative to the Piper Warrior, its inherent stability, high visibility and Cessna reliability has made it one of the most popular VFR and IFR training aircraft in the world, second only to Cessna’s own 152. Its popularity and positive four-seat design has not been lost to flight schools.
More interior room, higher gross weight, higher load and fuel capacity make the 172 a nearly perfect training vehicle for cross-country and IFR pilots, or any pilot too tall or heavy to comfortably fly the 152.
Newest in the 172 line, the SP builds on the knowledge and experience Cessna has gained from over 50 years of producing single-engine, light aircraft. Boasting advanced avionics, more horsepower and a host of technical innovations, the SP could almost be considered a new design.
Nevertheless, the SP retains the rock-solid reliability and inherent stability of the entire Cessna line and is one of the most outstanding examples of a touring-class aircraft on the market today.
Boasting a KMD multi function display, dual KX 155 Nav/Coms, a KLN 94 IFR certified color GPS and a KAP 140 autopilot with altitude hold and altitude pre-select, CFA’s 172SP is capable of flying a precision approach to minimums while you eat lunch. With its 180 HP, fuel injected engine, the 172SP is also one of the most comfortable aircraft in the world to fly.
The Piper Warrior is a four-seat, light plane, powered by 160 HP Lycoming piston engine. With a max speed of 160 knots, and a cruise speed of 115 knots, it is a favorite to train in. Docile and predictable stalls, steep turns, and other maneuvers make flying look easy in this plane.
The low wing provides great visibility and safety when looking for and avoiding other traffic in congested areas. The Warrior is a stable platform for instrument approaches, making even the novice fly like a pro. If you prefer low winged airplanes you will enjoy training in this plane.
The Beechcraft Duchess BE 76 is a four-seat, light, twin-engine aircraft that makes an ideal trainer. With its 180 HP engines, constant speed propeller and retractable gear, it cruises at 150 knots and is ideal for those long navigational flights. The Duchess has been a solid and reliable trainer since introduction.
Many refer to Beechcraft aircraft as being the Cadillac of the sky, and the Beechcraft Duchess is no exception. CFA utilizes its Duchess for Private and Commercial Multi-Engine endorsements, as well as Multi-Engine Instrument and ATP ratings.
We invite you to start your pilot pathway at CFA today by completing the Request Information Form above, or calling us directly at (619) 448-2212. Or, explore our Programs and Ratings.