Arizona Pilot School Reviews

Real Students with Classic Air Aviation

Hello, just to give you my feedback about my Introductory Flight that I had this past Friday 10/04 with the instructor Jon and your Cessna 172P. The flight was great, the instructor was very nice to let me “have fun” flying part of the climb, the whole cruise and descent phase with safety, and giving me the right advices to fly better. Of course I felt very quiet and safe. The weather was beautiful, just some turbulence which made the flight more funny! Of course I’ll see you next time for more flights.

★★★★★
, Milan, Italy

So, my family bought me a Groupon for flight lessons from Classic Air. I was extremely excited about going. I finally called and spoke with John about making my flight reservation for a Saturday morning. If you are unfamiliar with the way hangers work, it can be a little weird when you first drive up to one. Even though they open the gate for you to drive through, you still can feel a little out of place as you drive up to the open hanger. Like you’re walking into a highly restricted area, but no one is stopping you.

I finally parked and walked over to where some people were working on a couple planes. For as much attention anyone paid me I could have popped a beer, had a seat and propped my feet up. I got the feeling that once everyone knew you, it was a pretty cool place to work, until then…

Fast-forwarding, John introduced me to Will my instructor for the morning. Will was very knowledgeable and very nice. He talked to me about air flow and all the sweet ass cool things that make planes, well, sweet ass. After we ran through the preflight check ( I touched the Cessna 172i as much as I could without looking obsessed because…I like planes.) Will had me get in the pilots seat. I begrudgingly need to say that I am a rather plump individual. The realization that the dated seat belt barely kissed as I tried to put it on came quickly. This is a fact that I would rather have overlooked in this review, but, I wanted to mention it because of the way Will and the gentleman he got to fix the belt was IMPECCABLE. Like a typical butterball, I knee-jerked an apology for the belt not being able to fit around me. They were totally cool! They just switched out the belt for a different one like it was no big thing. THANK YOU!!

We finally got on our way and Will was awesome at explaining what all the dials and switches were for as we took an amazing ride over Saguaro Lake. Being able to actually FLY and feel the plane in my hands was FREAKING AMAZING!!!!! After we landed and taxied back to the hanger, I met a super cool lady named Cassandra. She used to do allot of aerial acrobatics. Sweeet.

All in all….It was a great experience and I definitely recommend Classic Air.
Oh… and Duncan was CUTE!!!!!!!


★★★★★
, Phoenix, Arizona

Great place to fly! Highly recommended!

I wanted to rent a plane to fly from Mesa, AZ to Durango, CO for New Year’s (2013) and Classic Air Aviation got my business! Couldn’t have been happier with them! Every other aircraft rental company and flight school I called wanted to bill me two to three hrs for EACH DAY that I didn’t fly the plane. Given that we’d be skiing for three full days, the extra “fees” would have added $600-$900 to the final bill…for NOTHING! Apparently, CAA is the only flight school in the valley that knows that their customers aren’t made of money and Jon (the owner) agreed to waive any sort of daily fee as long as we were back by our planned arrival date (weather permitting, of course)!

The staff topped the fuel off and placed the charts, keys, and dispatch paperwork in the plane the night before so everything would be ready to go for us when we arrived! We didn’t have to talk to anybody…just loaded the plane and left! When we landed back in Mesa, we just parked the plane, noted the time, and went home. They called to settle the bill later that week. EASY! Renting from CAA is the next best thing to owning your own plane!

Can’t wait for New Year’s 2014!! Maybe we’ll rent the Mooney this year…

★★★★★
, Mesa, Arizona

I’ve flown planes with Classic Air for the last few years. They have a great maintenance record and are very knowledgeable instructors. Jon and his staff run a solid operation in the Valley of the Sun.

I can’t tell you how many folks I’ve sent their way for their initial flight lesson. They take the time to introduce you to the entire experience.

Highly recommended – I’d take my mom flying here any day of the week!

★★★★★
, Gilbert, Arizona

As a pilot myself it’s nice to be able to go somewhere with people who love aviation and flying almost as much as I do. I rent aircraft from Classic Air Aviation on a regular basis and even brought them my personal aircraft to manage and fly. Jon has helped me sell both of my aircraft and is always willing to go the extra mile to take care of me. I now rent their SR-22 on a semi regular basis and can always trust that the aircraft is safe to fly and always clean. I enjoy the fact that they are small enough to have a personal relationship with me. Other flight schools tend to get so large that they don’t care about you, not the case here.

★★★★★
, Phoenix, Arizona

I’ve been flying with classic air for over two years now! Jon was my flight instructor and he shared his love for flying with me! I bought a flight experience from Groupon for both of my parents and my sisters boyfriend! The loved it! I’m always pleased with their online scheduling and the quality of the airplanes that I fly! If you’re looking into getting your license or just taking a joy ride don’t hesitate to contact Classic Air!

★★★★★
, Mesa, Arizona

Jon and the staff at CAA are very good at building a program that works best for you. Planes are always clean and ready to go….can’t imagine if I didn’t go to this school!!!!!

★★★★★

Jon at Classic air is a top notch instructor, brought me from zero to Private Pilot in just over three months! Great rental rates, I would highly recommend both Jon and Classic Air for aircraft rental and flight instruction.

★★★★★

The office is a very nice environment to learn in. Each classroom was well equipped with books and props. The program is structured very clearly and I had a good idea on what I needed to do on day one of my training. The CFIs I worked with, Bob and Rick, are very knowledgeable and helped me greatly throughout my time there. The procedures manual was very well put together and was easy to read. It is easily accessible on the website after getting the simple password and I would only suggest e-mailing it to students when they enroll in the program so they have multiple places they can download it from if they need it. The fleet of aircraft was a nice change from the homogeneous fleet we have at Lewis. While each aircraft is the same model they all had a few things different about them that I enjoyed learning and having to keep in mind. The checklist inside the aircraft was very convenient and was very consistent with the procedures manual. One thing I noticed was missing from the checklist after Prits had mentioned it was the hot magneto check in the shutdown procedures.

The check ride was also a great experience. It was convenient not having to schedule the ride with the examiner myself, but I do think it is a good experience for students to schedule a check ride themselves at least once. The ground portion of the ride was great. Again, the rooms in the office are nice and were all furnished with books and props that are very helpful for teaching. Prits is a great examiner and I am very happy with the check ride I received from him. Prits is very easy to talk to and is very good at relieving tension in the air that check rides often incur on students. Prits was great at playing the role of the student and listening to the presentations. He also gave me very valuable feedback that helped me improve my presentations. The flying portion was mostly the same experience. Prits was great at being the student and making common mistakes students may do during maneuvers. I thought his advice of performing the post-flight debrief in the aircraft after we parked but before heading back inside was a great idea. It definitely helps the student retain more knowledge of the flight instead of going inside and getting distracted before debriefing.

All in all my experience at Classic Air Aviation was a great one. I don’t really have any complaints about the program and think it was fantastic. I was able to do everything in my time frame and didn’t have any problem with scheduling with an instructor or aircraft. I hope to fly with Classic Air when I’m in Phoenix again. I also hope the virus isn’t affecting your business as much as it is affecting businesses here and for everyone there to stay safe.

Thank you for the wonderful flying experience.

★★★★★

I was a student at Classic Air for my CFI training and I wanted to send an email with some feedback. I want to start off by saying how great of an instructor Bob Feugate was. I came from ATP to get my CFI here and the difference in training was crucial to me passing my checkride, if it wasn't for that, I would have been very discouraged after taking a checkride. As someone who started my training straight out of high school, I learned a lot about how one is supposed to teach students. I now have a lot more respect for teaching and the importance of students learning.

I took my checkride with Prits Tailor, but I ended up not passing my first try. While it definitely isn't something I am proud to say, I can say that it might have been one of the best learning experiences of my life. I had never failed a checkride before so it was a big reality check to me and it got me more invested in really learning the material. After the bust, Prits and I sat and talked for hours, something I wouldn't expect any DPE to do, and he went in-depth on what I did wrong and suggestions on what to do better for the next time. When I did finally pass my checkride he gave me helpful hints and tips on what to do to become the best and safest instructor for my students. I truly walked away from the experience feeling that he did really care for not only me but the future students I was going to teach.

I want to thank Classic Air Aviation and everyone involved for helping me through the hardest part of my training, I have become a better Instructor and overall person because of it.

Thanks.

★★★★★

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