WE’RE PASSIONATE ABOUT SHARING THE JOY OF FLIGHT!
CalAir Aviation is Los Angeles’ debut Cirrus Training Center and Cirrus rental facility
Staff and Services
Jonathan Lucas, CEO
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.
Once I recognized my passion to help others experience the joy of flight, I dedicated myself to creating a different type of flight school: one that was committed to providing a superlative training experience by combining exceptional and passionate instructors, the most capable, meticulously maintained aircraft, and our spectacular Southern California weather.
Whether you’re pursuing your dream to fly, or are ready to step up to try out a spectacular new Cirrus aircraft, my team and I will do everything possible to make CalAir feel like home.
MEET OUR FLIGHT INSTRUCTORS
At CalAir, our instructors aren’t your run-of-the-mill CFI.
Every Instructor pilot must successfully complete a Cirrus Standardized course designed explicitly for Instructors known as a TCI Course or Training Center Instructor. TCI’s must also comply with 6-month recurrence checks in order to teach and fly at CalAir. All TCI training is overseen and signed off by the training center’s designated CSIP.
What does this mean for you?
This ensures that all CFI’s that you fly with at CalAir are well aware of and fly by Cirrus factory standards and operating procedures. So, although not CSIP’s per se, all TCI’s are properly trained and can endorse and sign off your Cirrus transition courses or comply with any insurance training requirements.