Flying is freedom – the freedom to go where you want, when you want. How does flying up to Lake Tahoe to go skiing sound? A weekend in Las Vegas without the hassle of the airlines? Lunch with friends in Palm Springs? A flight to Catalina for a world-famous Buffalo Burger? A romantic dinner in San Diego? Or just jumping in the plane and flying simply for the fun of being aloft? These are just a few of the countless adventures waiting to be discovered for any pilot flying out of Van Nuys.

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“I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things.”

— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


Flying is one of the most challenging activities you’ll ever experience, and that’s what makes it so rewarding. For many of us, flying has been a dream since we were children. Others see it as a fun hobby to add a new dimension to their life.

Becoming a Pilot gives you a new sense of adventure and freedom, an alternative to airline travel and long trips by car, and a fantastic way to leave the day’s stress behind you. It’s easier than you think to start your journey towards being a pilot, and we look forward to showing you how. Primary flight training in Single-Engine Aircraft is the first step that most pilots make. If you want to fly for fun or fly for a living, this is where it all starts. Early in your training we will match you to the instructor best suited to your style of learning. Your instructor will work with you to accommodate your schedule and will give you feedback and encouragement as you progress toward becoming a Licensed Pilot.

Learning to fly is a process that requires some dedication. Ideally, students should take a lesson twice a week, three times if possible. This keeps your skills sharp and prevents you from having to relearn things that you’ll end up forgetting if your lesson are spaced too far apart. But if you need to interrupt your training for whatever reason, it will only take a few refresher lessons to regain your proficiency.

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Andre, our Captain, was awesome! He guided us through our flight over L.A. He was quick to ease any anxiety and make it a comfortable, safe, fun and informative experience. 5 stars all the way. Great customer service, great experience, definitely a must do in L.A. After flying all around the world in commercial planes this was the first time I actually felt I was "flying". Cannot wait to do it again!
Rene A.
My boyfriend has been taking flying lessons at Encore Flight School and he absolutely loves their program; he is almost done with completing the course to get his license. Last month , my boyfriend flew us to Catalina Island with Alex's ( the instructor) supervision and it was one of the best experiences I have ever had . FYI , I am absolutely terrified of flying and I would refuse traveling because I am so scared of heights and flying ; however , I couldn't believe how comfortable and safe I felt during the flight . Alex , the instructor , appeared very experienced . He is so knowledgable and he makes you feel very comfortable . A true professional ... If you are looking for taking flying lessons whether for pleasure or possibly as a career , I would HIGHLY recommend Encore Flight School . They have very reasonable prices for different packages ; They definitely would exceed your expectations.
Sarah K.
Alex is absolutely amazing! Highly recommended. They have really great airplanes, and flight simulators. I have been a customer my here for while now and I have nothing but good things to say about them. I signed up for the private pilot course, I got the full package, it came with all the books and the reading materials. I think I have total of 50 hours of flight time in my program. They have excellent customer service, place give them a visit and ask for Alex, he will give you a your and really take care of you.
Evelina C.