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Discovery Flight in San Diego

Take Your First Introductory Flight for $300 in Southern California

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

Are you ready to embark on a thrilling aviation adventure over the stunning skies of San Diego? SOCAL Flight Training offers the perfect opportunity for aviation enthusiasts and aspiring pilots with our Discovery Flights in San Diego. Our flight school is dedicated to providing a remarkable and safe introduction to the world of aviation, ensuring an unforgettable experience.

What is a Discovery Flight in San Diego?

A Discovery Flight, also known as an introductory flight or demo flight, are for those interested to pursue a Private Pilot License. In the Discovery Flight, your FAA-certified instructor will lead you through the same steps that every pilot takes before they take to the sky. Whether you've always dreamt of becoming a pilot or simply want to enjoy the scenic beauty of San Diego from above, a Discovery Flight is the best choice.


First, you’ll start with a preflight brief in which your instructor will brief you about the flight process. Next, you’ll step out to the airplane where your instructor will give you an introduction to the airplane.


After the introduction, you’ll strap into the left seat, where you’ll have panoramic views 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 and away — it’ll be your time to fly.


You’ll be able to bank, turn, climb, and descend while piloting the plane. Your instructor will give you some pointers on what to do and where to go, but the flight is yours.


Once you’ve had a chance to experience the thrill of flying on your own, your instructor 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.

Discovery Flight Package Details:

Our comprehensive Discovery Flight in San Diego entails the following:

  • 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

  • A Discovery Flight Class cost $300

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Safety Assurance Before Your Introductory Flight in San Diego: 

Safety is key while learning to fly. Therefore, 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: I ensure that our aircraft 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: I verify that the weather conditions are within safe limits. If, for any reason, the weather is not within these limits, we reschedule your flight to ensure your safety.

4. Weight & Balance Checks: Weight and balance checks are carried out to ensure that the aircraft is loaded in a way that maintains stability and control throughout the flight.

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

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1. Experienced Flight Instructors:

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 for future pilots in San Diego for over four years. With over 10 students finishing their flight training and becoming certified pilots, Ivan focuses on the success of his students.

2. State-of-the-Art Aircraft:

You'll take to the skies in our modern, well-maintained aircraft. Safety is our top priority, and our fleet is 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 for introductory flights.

3. Hands-On Experience:

During your Discovery Flight, you'll have the opportunity to take the controls and experience the joy of flying for yourself. While flying high above San Diego, you can feel safe and secure sitting next to Ivan as he guides you while operating the aircraft.

4. Flexible Scheduling:

We offer flexible scheduling to fit your busy life. Whether you prefer to fly on weekends, weekdays, or evenings, we can accommodate your needs. You can book your discovery flight in San Diego through the form below, or by calling me directly.

5. No Experience Necessary:

The best part of our introductory flights is that you need no prior flight experience! Our 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. Additionally, Ivan has worked with countless students, and is skilled in adapting to everyone’s unique learning style. This means you can feel comfortable throughout your discovery flight training.

FAQs: Discovery Flight in San Diego

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

  • 1. What types of aircraft are used in the accelerated pilot training programs?
    We typically use a Cessna 172 Skyhawk for our accelerated training course.
  • 3. Does the training program provide assistance with job placement after completion?
    San Diego has a vibrant flight community with access to a large network of pilots. We can connect you with pilots, flight companies and fellow student pilots to help you with finding a job as a pilot after your course.
  • 2. How qualified are the flight instructors in the accelerated training programs?
    Ivan Cibrian will be your flight instructor. He has been flying for five years and has over 850 hours of flight time! You can learn more about your flight instructor Ivan from SOCAL.
  • 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.
  • 2. Can you make money with a private pilot license?
    Yes you can earn money with a private pilot license! While a PPL itself does not guarantee an income, it does open up doors to money-making activities in the aviation industry. Private pilots can offer services such as flight instruction, aerial photography, or banner towing. Some pilots also choose to pursue careers as commercial pilots or use their skills for activities like air tours. However, it's essential to note that financial returns vary, and the primary motivation for obtaining a private pilot license is often the joy of flying rather than immediate monetary gains.
  • 1. How much does it cost to get a pilot's license in San Diego?
    The cost to get a private pilot license differs based on the extent of self-study and the total hours required to satisfactorily pilot the plane. On average, obtaining a private pilot license in San Diego costs between $15,000 and $20,000.
  • 3. How long does it take to get a private pilot license?
    People typically get their Private Pilot License (PPL) after 60 hours of flight time. The timeframe can vary based on factors such as the frequency of your flying sessions, personal proficiency, and potential weather-related delays. Out of the total 45 flight hours required, a minimum of 25 hours involves dual instruction, while at least 10 hours is dedicated to supervised solo flying.

Book Your Introductory Flight in San Diego Today!

Whether you're interested in giving this unforgettable experience 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 below to schedule your Discovery Flight, and let your dreams take flight.

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