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Coast Flight Training was founded in order to offer prospective pilots a more organized option for flight training.

In 2008, Coast Flight Training opened their first location at Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport, one of the busiest airports for small aircraft in the nation. What began as a boutique Cirrus Training Center, transformed in 2014 into an accomplished flight training academy to address the impending pilot shortage. Not only is San Diego a beautiful city to live in, it’s also the perfect place to learn to fly. Our San Diego flight school consists of an impressive fleet of aircraft, experienced instructors, and all-inclusive programs to prepare you for a career as a pilot.

Programs Offered

  • Coast Academy

    Coast Flight Training has created an all-inclusive, accelerated program that provides a clear pathway to becoming an airline pilot. Designed similarly to a military flight training school, Coast Academy was established to give students the structure and personalized attention to complete their training successfully.

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  • Cirrus Flight Training

    Coast Flight Training in San Diego is proud to be a Platinum Certified Cirrus Training Center. Our students have the unique opportunity to train on premium aircraft made by Cirrus. After completing the Cirrus transition, our students have the ability to rent our SR-20 or SR-22T recreationally. If you're interested in purchasing your own plane, our Cirrus ownership specialist will help you plan for and locate the perfect aircraft for you. Our modern fleet of Cirrus aircraft, state-of-the-art facilities and dedicated staff aim to provide you with the best possible environment for succeeding in your flight training goals.

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  • Recreational & Individual Ratings

    We offer recreational flight training for those seeking a private pilot license or instrument certification. If learning to fly has always been a dream of yours, Coast Flight Training can help you take the first step. Whether you’re interested in flying for fun or aviation as a career, our instructors at Coast will personalize your training to fit your needs.

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  • American Airlines Cadet Program

    Another exciting program is our American Airlines Cadet Academy. Coast has partnered with American Airlines to offer an accelerated flight training program to aspiring pilots. Our American Airlines Cadet Academy first launched at our San Diego location and has quickly seen success among students. Cadets who have been accepted into the program have access to financing, training, mentoring and employment opportunities from American Airlines. The Cadet Academy is an all-inclusive option that allows you to expedite flight training in order to become a commercial airline pilot.

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  • Rotor Transition Program

    The Rotor Transition Program was the first of its kind, created by Coast to provide former helicopter pilots a clear pathway to working for the airlines. Developed by former military helicopter pilots, our Rotor Transition Program is designed to maximize your helicopter experience and streamline your training to get you to the airlines faster. Coast Flight Training has partnered with Envoy, SkyWest and Mesa airlines to provide financing for former helicopter pilots transitioning to fixed-wing aircraft. We collaborated with these airlines to offer a fully funded training option to rotor pilots. Coast has had the pleasure of graduating over 400 pilots in this program and is proud to have served those most deserving.

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  • GI Vocational Flight Training

    Coast Flight Training is proud to be a VA approved flight school. Our Part 141 curriculum allows you to utilize your GI Bill benefits for flight training. Coast is honored to be able to offer veterans a chance to use their VA benefits to become a pilot.

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International students can take advantage of personalized flight training in San Diego, when they learn with Coast Flight Training. We have been approved by the United States government to issue M1 visas to train international students. Our experience and reputation make Coast Flight Training an excellent flight training school to receive the quality education you’re looking for.

Coast is an industry-leading flight training school known for producing high quality pilots. We are proud to maintain a variety of partnerships with airlines across the country in order to give our students easily accessible connections with employers. At Coast, we want to give you every advantage you need to succeed in your career.

By offering a variety of training options from military transition, to recreational, to professional pilot academy training, Coast Flight Training ensures that whatever your goals are, you’ll reach them with excellence. Our innovative pilot training programs have continued to become industry standard among flight schools. If your dream is to become a pilot, there is no better place to learn to fly than San Diego. Our busy air space prepares you to confidently operate your aircraft anywhere in the world. At Coast Flight Training, you can be confident that you will develop the skills necessary to become a pilot and experience the world from above.

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