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Discovery Flight in San Diego

Take Your First Introductory Flight for $300 in Southern California

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Fly for the first time with SOCAL’s Discovery Flight in San Diego

A Discovery Flight, also known as an introductory flight or demo flight, are for those interested in flying for the first time and pilots pursuing a Private Pilot License. In the Discovery Flight, FAA-certified instructor (Ivan Cibrian) will lead you through the pre-flight, flight and post-flight steps every pilot takes. The Discovery Flight in San Diego consists of a pre-flight briefing of 30 minutes, one hour of flight time and a post-flight discussion. The demo flight takes off from Gillespie Field or Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport in San Diego and cost $300 per session.

Discovery Flight Package Details:

  • Pre-flight briefing of about 30 minutes will be given

  • The flight duration is one hour

  • Post-flight discussion and training

  • Passengers allowed 

  • One-on-one training with FAA-Certified Instructor Ivan Cibrian

  • Discovery Flight class cost $300

  • Fly from Gillespie Field or Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport.

Introductory Flight in San Diego Inquiry

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What to Expect During Your Introductory Flight in San Diego?

Accompanied by your FAA-certified instructor (Ivan Cibrian) the Discovery Flight will lead you through the same steps every pilot takes before during and after flying.


The introductory class begins with a preflight briefing from CFI-I flight instructor Ivan. Next, you’ll step out to the airplane where your will be given an introduction to the airplane - typically a Cessna 172.


After the introduction, you’ll strap into the left seat of the plane, where you’ll have panoramic views of San Diego and your own stick, rudder pedals, and throttle — which you’ll soon get to use!


Your instructor will demonstrate standard ground operations and a picture-perfect takeoff. Once safely airborne over El Cajon and the East Miramar Ridge — it’ll be your time to fly.


You’ll be able to bank, turn, climb, and descend while piloting the plane. Ivan will instruct you and give pointers on how to fly and where to go, but the flight is yours. 90% of the time you will be flying, giving you the chance to soar over the Pacific ocean, head eastward towards El Capitan Reservoir, or fly northward to explore the beauty of Lake Hodges.


Once you have flown for about an hour Ivan will lead you back to the airport where he’ll land the plane. Your total time in the air will be approximately 60 minutes.


At that point, you’ve done it!  You’re now among the ranks of those training to be pilots.

Book an Introductory Discovery Flight

Contact Ivan By Email or Phone to Sign-Up for Your First Discovery Flight in San Diego!

Safety Assurance Before Your Discovery Flight in San Diego: 

Safety is key while learning to fly. Before you take to the skies with SOCAL Flight Training we check and ensure aircraft, weather, and airplane systems are safe and reliable. Here's how we guarantee your safety:


1. FAA Compliance: We adhere rigorously to all Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, providing you with the peace of mind that your flight meets the highest standards of safety and legality.


2. Aircraft Maintenance: CFI-I Ivan Cibrian ensures the aircraft used are maintained to the highest safety standards. Each aircraft is meticulously inspected and maintained, giving you the assurance of a safe and reliable flying experience.


3. Weather Verification: Ivan verifies weather conditions, making sure they are within safe limits. If, for any reason, the weather is not safe to fly, we reschedule your discovery flight to ensure your safety.

4. Weight & Balance Checks: Weight and balance checks are carried out to ensure the aircraft is loaded correctly to maintain stability and control throughout the flight.

Why Choose SOCAL Flight Training for Your Discovery Flight in San Diego?

Introductory flight student with Instructor Ivan

1. Experienced Flight Instructor:

Ivan Cibrian is a highly skilled and FAA-certified flight instructor who is passionate about aviation and dedicated to providing the best learning experience. He has been providing discovery flights in San Diego for over four years. He has had more than 10 students finish their flight training and become certified pilots after taking Introductory Flights.

2. State-of-the-Art Aircraft:

You will fly in our modern, well-maintained aircraft. We typically fly in Cessna 172s for discovery flights in San Diego. Safety is our top priority, and our airplanes are regularly inspected and maintained to the highest standards. Ivan personally checks the aircraft before every flight to ensure that they meet FAA standards and are safe to fly.

3. Hands-On Experience:

During your Discovery Flight, you'll take the controls and experience the joy of flying for 90% of the flight. You will have 100% control over the airplane with your own stick, rudder, pedals, and throttle! You can feel safe and secure while flying as Ivan guides you while operating the aircraft.

4. Flexible Scheduling:

Fly Socal offers flexible scheduling to fit your busy life. Whether you prefer to fly on weekends, weekdays, or evenings, we can accommodate your needs. We are open Monday to Sunday from 7am to 6pm. You can book your discovery flight in San Diego through the form above, or by calling Ivan directly at 619 494 8989.

5. No Experience Necessary:

For introductory flights no prior flight experience is needed! Discovery Flights are perfect for everyone, from complete beginners to aviation enthusiasts. With pre-flight discussions and instructions, you will be prepared before you even step into the airplane. Ivan has worked with countless student pilots, and is skilled in adapting to everyone’s unique learning style, meaning you will feel comfortable flying no matter your previous flight experience.

Experience Your First Discovery Flight 

FAQs: Discovery Flight in San Diego

Below are the most frequently asked questions by our introductory flight students.

  • 2. What happens during a discovery flight?
    Discovery Flights are short introductory flying lessons for individuals who want to learn how to fly. Each student is paired with a certified pilot instructor, who provides them with pre-flight training as well as flight training. The pilot guides the student through the step-by-step process of safely operating an aircraft.
  • 4. Do I need to bring anything for my introductory flight?
    Nope! You do not need to bring anything special for your introductory flight. Your flight instructor will have all the equipment needed for you first flight!
  • 1. How much does a Discovery Flight cost?
    Our Discovery Flights cost $300 per lesson. The class includes preflight training of 30 minutes as well as an hour of flight time.
  • 3. How long is a discovery flight?
    Our discovery flights are 30 minutes of pre-flight on the ground training, followed by an hour of training in the sky.

Book Your Introductory Flight in San Diego Today!

Whether you're interested in giving  a demo flight to someone special or to fulfill your own aviation dreams, we can help make it happen!


Fly Socal's Discovery Flight offers a safe, low-stress way to realize your dream of flying for $300. Don't miss the opportunity to explore the skies above San Diego and embark on your aviation journey with SOCAL Flight Training. Contact us today or fill out the form above to schedule your Discovery Flight in San Diego today!

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