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Pilot Career Outlook

The demand for well-qualified pilots continues to expand.  According to the Boeing Company, “To operate and maintain the airplanes that will be added to the fleet over the next 20 years, the world’s airlines will need an additional 466,650 trained pilots and 596,500 maintenance personnel.”   Furthermore, “North America will need 97,350 pilots; Europe will need 94,800 pilots; Africa will need 13,200 pilots; the Middle East will need 32,700 pilots; Latin America will need 37,000 pilots; and the CIS will need 11,000 pilots.”

Career Opportunities as a CFA Graduate

As a licensed pilot and California Flight Academy (CFA) graduate, you’ll have the ability to pilot different types of aircraft and work in a variety of settings and occupations.  Examples include:

  • Commercial Airline Pilot
  • Regional Airline Pilot
  • Charter Pilot
  • Cargo/Freight Pilot
  • Military & Armed Forces Pilot
  • Flight Instructor
  • Bush Pilot
  • Banner Tow Pilot
  • Crop Dusting Pilot

The pay is also impressive! Senior captains flying large airplanes such as a Boeing 747 can earn as much as $300,000 per year with excellent benefits. Other airline captains with ten years of experience make in the range of $150,000 annually at major airlines and $80,000 per year at regional airlines. Excellent benefits packages are also typically included.

We invite you to start your pilot pathway at CFA today by completing the Request Information Form above, calling us directly at (619) 448-2212, or exploring our proven pathway to becoming a Professional Pilot.


Chehadeh Alchikh

Hired by Airlines

Alchikh is a proud California Flight Academy graduate. As one of our youngest flight instructors, Alchikh has already earned 5 flight certificates, and is working on more. Alchikh’s love for aviation began at age 15 and was fueled by his brother’s interest in flight. Alchikh was born and raised in Damascus, Syria. After graduating high school, he started pilot training here at C.F.A. His ambition and motivation makes him a wonderful role model for his students. When not flying, you can find Alchikh on the basketball court. Someday, he hopes to fly for Emirate Airlines.
“Live to fly, fly to live”

David Tittle

Hired by Airlines

David’s passion for flight began watching a Blue Angel airshow as a small boy, it was then he knew aviation was his future. He grew up in Prescott Arizona where his father taught aviation and is proud to continue with the family tradition of taking to the skies.
“I have always wanted to be an educator. Having the ability to combine that with aviation is dream come true.”

Mohammad Al Masarwa


CFI Mohammad Al Masarwa was born and raised in Syria and he speaks both Arabic and English. His free time is spent scuba diving and driving high performance autos. Mohammad obtained his education at Royal Jordanian Air Academy in Jordan and here at California Flight Academy.
“Teaching aviation has given me a deep and detailed understanding of what it takes to be a pilot, and I love communicating that to my students.”

Mohamed Elserihi


CFI Mohamed Elserihi is from Cairo, Egypt and speaks Arabic and English. In his spare time he enjoys muscle cars, rally racing and fishing. He studied Architecture and Design at Cairo University but like all of our CFIs, chose to pursue a career in Aviation.
“Being a CFI you get a lot of experience flying with students that will help you and them in your career.”

Andrew Aldrich


CFI Andrew Aldrich grew up in beautiful Evergreen, Colorado and enjoys everything outdoors as well as drawing and painting. He studied Political Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder but rather than a path into politics he took to the skies with a career in Aviation.
“If you can teach it you know it, so working as a Flight Instructor gives me a chance to refine my own skills and help others reach their goals.”

Rio Jasso


CFI Rio Jasso is a California native raised in Moorpark. He studied Aviation Flight Technology in college with a goal to become Captain for a major airline. Rio loves spending time with his family camping and playing basketball.
“I want to help others reach their goals in aviation as I continue to reach for my own.”

Louai Khafaai


CFI Louai Khafagi was raised in both Ann Arbor, Michigan and Cairo, Egypt and speaks English and Arabic. Louai studied aviation in Greece, Qatar and Dallas, Texas making him one of the most international of our CFI’s. In his spare time he enjoys playing chess and surfing.
“Having the opportunity to teach others to fly lets me share an incredible sense of accomplishment.”

Alessandro Gonzalez


CFI Alex Gonzalez is from Seal Beach, California and is just as comfortable in the water as he is in the skies. He studied Graphic Design at Cal State Long Beach, but then his love of aviation took him into flight training and eventually a Commercial Pilot license.
“I love everything about aviation and flying and I hope to communicate that to my students.”

Brennan Gray


Brennan Gray grew up in Evergreen, Colorado and attended the University of Colorado-Boulder. There she studied Pre-Med but moved on to Aviation because of her passion for flying. She derives a great amount of satisfaction from the success of her students. When not flying she is watching football, or participating in one of the many sports she pursues.
“I love helping students achieve and even raise their goals in aviation.”

Jeff Dillard


Jeff is a Southern California native having grown up in Escondido, California. He studied Business at Palomar College and then went on to earn his Flight Instructor rating. On his off time, Jeff trades the skies for the ocean while scuba diving. 
“I have a great time teaching my students how great aviation is.”

Mohamed Hamdi


Hama is from Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia and speaks Arabic, French, English and German. He has trained in both Florida and California and is enthusiastic about his career as a Flight Instructor. Hama is an avid reader and loves to cook for friends and family in his free time.
“Teaching flying provides me the opportunity to become a better pilot every day.”

Ryan Decker


Originally from Indiana, Ryan acquired his aviation training in Sacramento, California. Captured by the beauty of California, Ryan decided to teach here as a CFI to bring up the next generation of pilots as he himself continues to realize his dreams of eventually becoming a corporate pilot. In his spare time Ryan also enjoys camping, hiking and skiing.
“I enjoy the process of teaching and watching my students gain the skills that will take them to a rewarding career.”

Kent Parrish


Parrish has his bachelor’s in Business and Psychology. He previously owned a flight school offering Citation Type Ratings and owned a banner towing business. His love for aviation came from his father who is a retired TWA pilot. He likes fitness, hiking, reading and travel.
“There is nothing more rewarding than when a CFA graduate realizes their dream by getting a job with an airline.”


“Encontré todo lo que estaba buscando en CFA. ¡Me emocioné mucho!

–Luis Manuel Gómez Hernández, CFA Graduado, Mexico

“Mi tiempo en CFA fue bueno, a veces un poco difícil, pero realmente disfruté esta experiencia con mis amigos y el personal de CFA”.

–Juan Carlos Munoz Cardenas, Graduado CFA

“Solo quiero agradecerles por toda mi experiencia de entrenamiento de piloto privado. ¡Hace dos meses pasé mi último viaje de revisión de lanzamiento y ahora soy un primer oficial de Airbus 319!”

–Alberto Porras Lozano, Graduado de CFA

“CFA has the best weather to fly with good training facilities. The airport is located between mountains so that you learn the instruments and different approaches, which helped me become a great pilot. Now I’m a Boeing 737 First Officer at Miat Mongolian Airlines!”

–Tuguldur Boldbaatar, CFA Graduate

“My time at CFA was good – sometimes a bit hard – but I really enjoyed this experience with my friends and the CFA staff.”

–Juan Carlos Munoz Cardenas, CFA Graduate, Colombia

“My CFA experience was amazing. The instructors are so loving and caring – the best I could have asked for.”

–Mitchell Ross, CFA Graduate - Zambia

“I’m glad I chose CFA, because all of the staff and instructors are very humble and kind. All the students here are very friendly, and I have made friends from all over the world. This makes CFA my home away from home.”

–Irfan Asif, CFA Graduate, Saudi Arabia/Pakistan

“CFA was my choice from the moment I heard about the school. It’s the experience I got here that was very valuable.”

–Joseph Obgunbambi, CFA Graduate - Nigeria

“CFA was a great experience for me. I had everything to take my first steps in aviation. I’m now a Boeing 737 First Officer!”

–Galina Marakhovskaya, CFA Graduate, Ukraine

“I just want to say thank you for my whole private pilot training experience. Two months ago I passed my final release check ride and now I’m an Airbus 319 First Officer!”

–Alberto Porras Lozano, CFA Graduate

“After much research I chose CFA. The friends I made here and the knowledgeable instructors have made it very easy for me to secure my future in the skies. In my opinion, this is the best place to study and to get your license.”

–Maharshi Patel, CFA Graduate - India

“I was looking for very good customer service, good location, plenty of airplanes to train in, and good weather. I found everything I was looking for in CFA. When I emailed the school, I received an immediate response from a Captain who was flying in Volaris Airlines. I got very excited!”

–Luis Manuel Gómez Hernández, CFA Graduate, Mexico

Start Your Pilot Training at One of the Safest Environments!

All CFA Staff and Instructors Now Vaccinated

We are pleased to announce that all CFA staff and instructors have received the Covid-19 vaccine as of March 26, 2021. We also have vaccines available for students if needed. This means you can rest assured you are training in one of the safest environments in the U.S. We also maintain the highest standards of safety for all our aircraft at or above FAA standards. To learn more about taking that first step into the cockpit in sunny San Diego, please call +1 619 448 2212.