Why choose Spitfire Aviation for your flight training?

At Spitfire Aviation, we have been teaching people to fly for over 15 years. With this experience, we have launched more pilots into the world of aviation than any other school in the area. We pride ourselves on training safe, proficient, and skilled pilots.

We believe that every student is unique. We create a course itinerary that fits your goals, your schedule and your learning style.  With our method, we’ve successfully taught students from all walks of life, ranging in age from 16 to 75 years old, both men and women, with goals as diverse as taking on a new challenge, to becoming a professional pilot. We know how to create a flying curriculum that will support you in reaching your aviation dreams.

We believe in putting people first, teaching is our top priority. Learning to fly should be fun, challenging and rewarding!  That’s why our lessons are not in a traditional classroom style. They are interactive, creating a partnership between you and your instructor.  Lessons start with ground school, in which you discuss the lesson plan with your Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) before you go out to the plane. You have a chance to ask questions so that you have a clear understanding of what to expect in the air. Out on the ramp, you conduct the pre-flight inspection together with your CFI. Then the fun really starts!! During your 70 minute training flight, you take the controls and learn how to do maneuvers like takeoffs, turns, navigation, emergency procedures, stalls, landings and much more. Once back on the ground, you’ll wrap up the lesson with a Q&A session, reviewing what you learned, and prepare for your next flight.

Many flight schools have a chief pilot that is moving into a career as an airline or charter pilot. Not at Spitfire. Our chief pilot, founder and President of the company is a career Flight Instructor whose main focus is teaching people to fly. This gives you a continuity of leadership at Spitfire that no other school in Santa Barbara has. With over 20 years of flying time, Andrea Read brings experience, expertise, skill, and the ability to answer all of your aviation questions. Her daily hands on involvement guarantees that the planes are in top condition, and that you are receiving the best training possible. She is fully invested in making your learning experience uniquely yours with a focus on quality, safety, and integrity.

Thanks for visiting our website. Take a look around, and then call us to set up an appointment to see how we can help you reach your aviation dreams.