Why Classic Air?
Affordable Flight Training
Classic Air has a fully staffed, in-house maintenance department that handles all required FAA inspections to keep our fleet in the air. We have our own fueling facility and trucks to provide our customers with lower-cost aircraft rental options. With our proven training method and syllabus, we keep our students close to the FAA minimum required hours while training in one of the busiest airspaces in the United States. We offer cash back rewards program for active students and pilots, as well as discounts to active and retired military members. We give our customers flexible payment options: cash, check, or card, and we can assist them in signing up for financing. Most importantly, we don’t require our students to pay for programs up front; they can pay for their individual lessons as they go.
Comprehensive Training Programs
Classic Air offers self-paced and fast-track programs for private pilot, instrument, commercial pilot, and certified flight instructor (CFI) ratings. Unlike most large schools, we also offer add-ons such as AZ tailwheel endorsements and complex aircraft endorsements. We take pride in training our students the traditional “old school” way, teaching skills such as navigation utilizing charts and maps, keeping navigation logs, E6B, and plotter alongside new technology like GPS, moving maps, and glass-cockpit transition. We provide military aviation prep courses for those interested in joining the armed forces as a pilot, courses for family members, solo courses, ground-school classes, and simulator training. Our FBO and maintenance services are equally comprehensive.
Programs Designed By Pilots, For Pilots
Classic Air Aviation has meticulously designed every aspect of the flight training process starting with the training environment incorporating actual processes and procedures perfectly aligned with Airline and Corporate Flight Department Standard Operating Procedures. The training procedures and facility has been designed to mimic what would be expected while operating within Airline Training Departments and Corporate Flight Departments that have the highest standards in the industry. We have designed aircraft dispatch procedures, online scheduling procedures, and maintenance reporting so they are exactly what our flight students will expect within the professional pilot industry when obtaining their first pilot position outside the school house. Classic Air training classrooms are equipped with the technology that a pilot would experience at the professional pilot level or a Part 142 simulator facility that the Airlines use to train their pilots. Flight training programs are tracked electronically by Classic Air Student Advisors so each student knows exactly what stage of the program has been completed and what is expected while moving through the course towards graduation.
Optimized For Productivity
Classic Air Aviation is a “mid-sized” flight school and fixed base operator (FBO). We are small enough to know all our students and customers by their first names, which enables us to provide a friendly, personal experience to each customer. Unlike some of the larger flight schools in the United States, we treat each student as an individual and tailor their training to meet their specific needs and flight goals. On the other hand, Classic Air Aviation is big enough to offer a full range of certification and rating courses to flight students. We have spacious, professional-grade training rooms, a fully equipped maintenance facility, and a large enough fleet of aircraft to keep our students advancing through their programs.
Take A Tour Of Our Facilities
Take a virtual tour of our flight training facility in Mesa! At Classic Air Aviation, we have a high quality, comfortable facility as well as hangars and other pilot resources to ensure that you have access to everything you need to start your journey in the sky. Contact us today to schedule an introductory flight!
Who We Are
School Culture At CAA
We know that every new student walks through our door with their own aviation aspirations, background, and scheduling availability. Some of our students attend school or work full-time jobs and fly on their days off, while others fly in from other states in order to achieve their certifications quickly in our perfect Arizona flying weather. Likewise, a portion of our students just want to achieve their private pilot license to enjoy local fly-ins or take their families on vacation; others are striving to make aviation their career, whether that be flying a charter jet for a part 135 company or serving as a captain for a legacy airline.
One of the things we love most about aviation and convey to our customers is the general aviation community, which is traditional, small and tight-knit. Classic Air even keeps up the old tradition of cutting off a student’s shirt-tail after they solo for the first time, a ritual signifying that they have metaphorically left the nest. (This happens at as little as 10-15 hours of flight time.) Our instructors include retired college professors, retired military officers, airline pilots, and charter and cargo pilots, plus some new flight instructors who are building time to go to into the airlines or other areas of aviation. So we’re tight-knit, but diverse. We hope you’ll join us.
History Of CAA
Classic Air Aviation was opened in 2005 when a group of ASU students needed to pass some time in between classes. In 2007, Classic Air Aviation moved into a 500 square foot office off of Falcon Drive, and our main purpose at Falcon Field was to provide aircraft management packages for single engine airplanes. While the economy and market were rapidly changing — so was Classic Air Aviation. The company added wash and detailing services to the list and continued to expand.
Today, Classic Air Aviation still calls the historic Falcon Field its home and operates primarily as a flight school for private and commercial pilots. CAA has also added a variety of aviation services, including scenic air tours, aircraft rental, aircraft management and cleaning packages, aircraft sales, plane leasing packages, and even a flying club!