Welcome from the President

Kent Parrish | CFA President

Welcome to California Flight Academy, San Diego’s best Private Pilot, Commercial Multi-Engine and Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) flight school.  As an FAA approved school under part 141 and part 61, and an authorized Cessna Pilot Center, we assure you the highest standards of safety, comfort and quality education that you expect from a professional flight academy.  Our fleet of meticulously maintained aircraft is serviced by our own dedicated and certified maintenance personnel, which has resulted in over 80,000 hours of flight time and no student injuries.

California Flight Academy focuses on student-centered learning delivered through dedicated career oriented staff, who offer you detailed, professional training in all phases of your aviation education and who genuinely care about your success.

We have programs that cater specifically to international students, including those who either already have a license from a different country or need to convert their license, or those students who have zero flight hours.  For example, we provide an India-specific training program that meets the compliance requirements of the Directorate General Civil Aviation (DGCA) for students wishing to start their career in India.  We also provide country-specific training to students from Taiwan, Mongolia, Indonesia, Turkey and the Middle East, Central and South America, various African countries, the U.S. and Canada, and many more.  Feel free to contact us with your individual and country-specific needs and we’ll help you determine what is required.

We will do everything in our power to help you make a smooth transition to the beautiful city of San Diego for your flight training as many students will be far from home.  We will provide housing, forms for visas and all the help that you need to feel comfortable in the USA. The city of San Diego has beautiful beaches, wonderful weather, and many great attractions: Balboa Park, Coronado Island, Legoland, Midway Museum (Aircraft carrier), San Diego Air & Space Museum, San Diego Animal Park, San Diego Zoo, Sea World and many more attractions.  It is not only a great place to live, but a near-perfect place to complete flight training due to the ideal climate and flying conditions.

We live in a challenging time, but believe the opportunities in aviation are great. At California Flight Academy, we’ve done our homework to streamline our programs so they are tightly focused, selective and targeted.  California Flight Academy opens a whole new world of discovery, innovation and opportunity for graduates as they are prepared with the knowledge and practical skills that lead to a successful career as a pilot.

We invite you to experience California Flight Academy today.  Start by exploring our Programs and Ratings.


Kent Parrish, President
California Flight Academy

Kent’s flight from Chandler to San Diego. The video was taken with a GoPro camera.