Based at Hawthorne Airport (KHHR), CalAir has the only all-Cirrus fleet available in Southern California. We specialize in initial flight training, advanced certificates, instrument, and Commercial training using Cirrus standardized training materials and curricula. We offer a supportive, friendly, and passionate staff of professional instructors who are dedicated to students’ successful achievement of their goals.
CalAir Discovery Experience

Introductory Flight Lessons

Ready to finally make that life-long dream a reality but a little gun shy or shaky on what you’re in for? Don’t sweat it! Our Introductory package is a great way to test the waters without overly committing financially.

For only $1,325, you’ll begin your flying experience in a new Cirrus SR20—one of the most modern, technologically advanced aircraft in the sky today! You’ll be guided every step of the way by our professional instructors who care about one thing: making you a safe and confident Private Pilot.

In two individual sessions you will able to log the following:

  • 2 hours of simulator training time
  • 2.5 hours of ground instruction
  • 1.5 hours of flight time in a Cirrus SR20
  • 2.5 hours of flight instruction

So, stop dreaming and start flying! We’re ready to help make your dream your reality.

Terms: Only available to first time Student Pilots. Limit one course per Student Pilot. Not applicable to student pilots who have taken their first lesson at CalAir in the Private Pilot Course.

CalAir Discovery Experience

Private Pilot License

With a Private Pilot certificate, you’ll be able to fly any appropriate aircraft within the US, day or night and with or without passengers.

Our Cirrus Standardized training features interactive instructional materials that ensure you’ll acquire the same critical decision-making skills and proficiency as taught in major professional pilot programs.

Our program generally includes 150 hours of hands-on training to ensure your safety and success.

What's so special about Cirrus Standardized training?

Our structured Cirrus scenario-based syllabi and modern, interactive instructional materials ensure that you’ll acquire the same critical decision-making skills and proficiency that professional airline pilots have.

That said, some of the most prestigious pilot training programs including the Air Force Academy, UND, Purdue, and some legacy airlines, all start their zero time cadets in Cirrus’s. If they’ve taken to the Cirrus platform for initial training, why shouldn’t you?

So how long will it take?

The national average to earn a Private License is from 65-70 hours of flight time with an additional 20 hours of dedicated ground instruction though most schools quote the unrealistic FAA minimums of 40 hours. Through CalAir’s structured, scenario-based training, your dedicated Training Center Instructor Pilot will work alongside you to achieve your goal within this time frame. While there are extenuating factors that may impact this duration, the averages tend to hold true when the student pilot makes the appropriate effort.

How much will I need to invest?

An approximate price breakdown to earn a Private License in our state of the art, technically-advanced Cirrus SR20 looks like the following:

55 hours of Flight Time: $17,875
10 hours of Sim time: $1,250
65 hours of Dual Flight (with Instructor): $7,800
20 hours of Ground Instruction: $2,400
Pilot Supplies/Online Courses: $1,550
Approximate Total: $30,875

CalAir Discovery Experience

Advanced Certification

Commercial, instrument, etc. With the addition of an Instrument Rating to your Private Pilot license, you’ll be able to take to the skies during periods of inclement weather, clouds, rain, or even Southern California’s ‘marine layer’ that affects our coast from time to time. CalAir’s Cirrus-designed, scenario-based training, and interactive learning modules, will allow you to develop the required skills to plan and fly an IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) flight whenever the elements deem necessary. An IFR-rated pilot is a statistically safer pilot, even in clear weather. Importantly, you’ll create a foundation toward a Commercial Pilot’s license, which could provide even more utility to your flying—or flying career.

CalAir’s professional instructors will guide you through the FAA requirements to successfully secure your Instrument Rating, which every student completes at their own pace.

How much will I need to invest?

While the students’ active and consistent participation is generally the most important factor to completion, normal approximate costs for an Instrument ‘add-on’ rating are as follows:

15 hours of Flight Time in Cirrus SR20 Aircraft: $4,875
10 hours Sim time: $1,250
25 hours of Dual Flight Instruction: $3,000
20 hours of Dual Ground Instruction: $2,400
Approximate Total: $11,525

CalAir Transition and Currency Courses

Transition and Currency Courses

Get advanced certifications for everything from inclement weather, fog or rain and SoCal’s infamous “Marine Layer.”

As a Cirrus Certified Platinum Training Center, CalAir offers factory certified transition training courses from Initial to Advanced Transition certification and everything in between such as Avionics Differences training.

How does renting work after a transition (or completing a license)?

All aircraft on CalAir’s flight line are available for rent once the pilot completes a Cirrus approved transition course. Approved renters are allowed to rent aircraft utilizing the online scheduler and are able to self dispatch. There is a 3hr daily minimum per every 24hr period that the renter takes the aircraft that may be waived upon prior approval.

How does CalAir’s rental prices compare to other Cirrus’s for rent?

CalAir’s pricing structure is as simple as it can be; all students and pilots are offered absolute best set pricing on a pay as you go basis. We do not employ any gimmicks or “money grabbers” in offering block rates or requiring membership fees. Our rates are highly competitive for offering only the newest available from Cirrus both in the local and national markets. Contact us for a detailed price comparison.

Is renters insurance required?

Yes. CalAir is a fully insured rental and flight training facility to the extent possible. However, what similar business’s generally withhold from the renter (or solo’ing student) is that in the event of an accident the company’s insurance policy is allowed to subrogate. We make sure that all our pilots are fully protected. 

CalAir Discovery Experience

Flight Lessons & Training

Achieve your aviation dreams with flight lessons and packages from CalAir, including Private Pilot Licenses. Learn in SoCal’s most advanced fleet of Gen 6 Cirrus Aircraft including our all-new G6 SR22T Carbon.

We also have SoCal’s only G6 Perspective + & FAA approved ATD (Aviation Training Device) Flight Simulator to help you efficiently take to the skies.

    Call now to schedule your flight today!

    CalAir Transition and Currency Courses

    Rentals & Management

    In need of an aircraft? CalAir has you covered.

    We offer rentals, along with sales and management services. We even offer destination-based flight training and lessons – you can log flight time all while heading to your favorite vacation spot or ski resort.

    Exclusive Offer


    Join our CalAir Loyalty Rewards Program and for every friend you refer to CalAir who completes 10 hours of flight training or aircraft rental, you’ll be credited with:

    1 full hour of flight time at the current price of any SR20 model

    2 free hours of simulator time

    That’s a nearly $500 value!  It’s also another great way to share your flying passion with friends and family—and fly with a buddy, too!*

    *Terms: Not transferable or assignable to anyone but recipient. Cannot be exchanged for cash. You must have a completed referral form on file with CalAir. Earned credits will be applied to any current balance due or the following billing cycle. Offer only available to current or previously active pilots registered with CalAir.