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World-Class Flight Training

  • Industry-Leading Instructors
  • State-of-the-Art Facility
  • Technologically Advanced Training and Modern Fleet

Come Fly With Clipper Aviation







Our best-in-class instructor staff have extensive experience. We are confident that we will meet all your training objectives.




Clipper Aviation’s state-of-the-art facility offers LA’s most technologically advanced training and aircraft fleet.




Our fleet includes only the most advanced equipment. With aviation technology continuing to evolve rapidly, we make sure you are proficient with the safest, latest and greatest.


Let Clipper Aviation’s Discovery Flight introduce you to the world of aviation.

Training Programs

Private Pilot Training
Professional Pilot Training
Certified Flight Instructor
Cirrus Transition Courses
Other Training



Instrument Rating

Continue your aviation journey & get your Instrument Rating with Clipper Aviation.


Multi Engine

Step up to twice the horses and increased redundancy by earning your Multi-Engine Rating.


Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII)

Earn your Certified Flight Instructor - Instrument (CFII) certification with Clipper Aviation to teach students how to fly under instrument flight rules (IFR).


Our Fleet

Piper Archer
Piper Archer
American Champion
American Champion

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Success Stories

Learn more about our graduates
  • After booking several discovery flights with multiple flights schools, I came across Clipper Aviation. The discovery flight for Clippers was by far the best, and I decided from there that Clipper Aviation was going to be the school that I would attend. The fleet that they have is amazing and very well maintained! I want to thank Chris, who is currently my CFI, for being an amazing instructor. He does a great job in explaining the material, and has always answered any questions that I’ve had. Everyone in Clipper Aviation has been very kind and welcoming, and I would recommend this school to anyone wanting to learn how to fly.
    Kenneth Aguilar
  • I am currently a student pilot at Clipper Aviation. Everyone there is amazing. I searched around LA for flight schools and I am very fortunate I found Clipper Aviation. My instructor is very knowledgeable and has made this experience very fun! The aircraft are very well maintained and fun to fly! if anyone is looking for a great transparent flight school I highly recommend these guys. I look forward to furthering my certificates and ratings with them!
    Connor O'Hair
  • For anyone interested in aviation.... THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE! I came across Clipper aviation when I met the chief and assistant chief certified instructors Alexander Gornakov and J.J. Gutowski! Their professionalism, attention to detail, and genuine care for my success and safety in and out of the plane are just a few of the reasons why Clipper aviation surpasses any other flight school in Los Angeles. Clipper is equipped with an incredible state of the art fleet! Including the best looking and best maintained Cirrus aircraft at Van Nuys airport. Join the ONLY community/family oriented flight school in KVNY!
    Aureen Aghajanian
  • I've been through multiple flight schools until I came to clipper. As an ER doc I've had my fair share of instruction in my life. Hard to believe that the instruction I've received at clipper is up there with the top instruction I've received in my career. You can find cheaper instruction. But you get what you pay for. Hands down no question there place to learn how to fly. Aside from the instruction, the facilities and equipment are top of the line.
    Eric Snyder
  • Clipper Aviation is a fantastic place to fly. I completed my Instrument rating with CFIIs JJ and Asher. Both are A++ instructors. Jessica and Emma, who run the office are always a pleasure to work with and provide excellent service. The fleet of aircraft is beautiful. From upgraded glass panel Archers, to a sharp looking C-172, to great fleet of G6 Cirrus SRx and more, there is a vast choice of aircraft to rent and train in. I’m all in on Cirrus at the moment – they are amazing machines to fly.
    One of the things I love most about Clipper is the community. Its clear the team at Clipper is passionate about aviation, has an unrelenting commitment to safety, and is focused on creating a best-in-class environment for people to pursue and grow their interests in aviation. For sure I recommend taking advantage of the seminars and sim.
    Dirk Sanders
  • I’ve been a student at Clipper since June and am currently finishing up my requirements for private pilot. I did a few discovery flights and tours with different schools around the LA area and was having a hard time deciding where to go until I did a tour with Clipper. I could tell almost immediately that they were a major cut above anything else I had seen. Now that I’ve been here for 6 months I can say my instructors Supreet and Chris have been awesome, the fleet is incredible and well maintained, and everyone is the community has been so nice and helpful every step of the way. I’m on a commercial path and know for sure that I’ll be staying with clipper to complete all of my ratings. I really can’t recommend them enough to any student or prospective student in LA.
    Zachary Skie

Frequently Asked Questions

We'd like to invite you to book a FREE meet and greet to understand everything that goes into the cost of a Private Pilots license. And the price varies based on the number of hours it takes you to meet all of the requirements set forth by the FAA.

While costs vary, a studious and committed student can expect to spend between $19,000 to $30,000 to get their Private Pilot’s License. To better understand how much it will cost click here to use our cost calculator.

Although there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ Discovery flight, for those considering training, an introductory ride in the airplane you’ll specifically want to train in will provide you with the best understanding of how it will feel. The PA28 Archer and the Cessna 172 offers excellent value while still having all the latest avionics upgrades. And those people seeking the ultimate flying experience should fly in the Cirrus SR20.

If you’re still unsure about which airplane is right for you, please refer to our Fleet page here and reach out to us so we can pair you with an instructor that can provide you with additional insight!

For a full-time student (three to four days a week), you can be on track to receive a Private Pilot’s License in two-three months. In fact, with our dedicated team of instructors, only weather and your schedule will limit how quickly you can earn your first license. Our instructors will work with you to build a custom-tailored schedule to fit your lifestyle and needs! We understand what it is like to be a full-time aviation student or a full-time working professional with a very limited schedule.
When looking for a flight school you want to find a school dedicated to safety and quality of instruction. Clipper Aviation is comprised of educators who are dedicated to your success and ensuring you are always ready to fly and handle every possible scenario when you are out flying alone with your friends and family. As a premier flight school, we pride ourselves on teaching you flight training with the most up-to-date equipment, techniques, and aircraft. Each of our instructors is deeply passionate about sharing their love for aviation and ensuring that you are mentored into the sharpest and safest aviator possible. We are meticulous in both our facilities and our fleet maintenance. We encourage you to book a FREE meet and greet to understand the Clipper Aviation difference.
Clipper Aviation can provide your training for every license needed from your Private Pilot’s License all the way to your Airline Transportation Pilot’s Rating. We also offer a whole host of specialized training including Tailwheel Training, Cirrus Transition Courses, Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT), and high-performance and complex endorsements.
It is like being in a community of great friends. While we certainly take training and flying seriously, we also love to have fun. We know that without your support we couldn’t have built such an incredible establishment. That’s why, at Clipper Aviation, you’re not just a student but you’re a valued member of our aviation, an integral part of our community.
In short, to earn your Private Pilot’s License, an applicant must be at least 17 years old, must have 40 hours of flight time, and must have passed a written and practical test. For the entire breakdown of requirements, time, and cost, we urge you to reach out to us so we can connect you with a Certified Flight Instructor who can expertly guide you through it all!
If you are NOT a US Citizen, it is still possible to train for your US FAA Pilots License. Contact Clipper Aviation today to learn more about the simple 6 steps required to apply for TSA approval.