Welcome to Take Flight San Diego
Dave Simpson has been flying for 15 years and has ratings as a Certified Flight Instructor, Certified Instrument Flight Instructor, Advanced Ground Instructor and Instrument Ground Instructor. Dave's business experience as an executive and trainer for a national organization has given him the presentation skills and organized approach expected by busy professionals seeking personalized flight instruction. Dave has trained pilots at all levels including private, instrument, commercial and CFI and offers both traditional and accelerated programs using the latest FAA approved simulators, saving time and money.
100% 1st Time Checkride Pass Rate!
Dave's professional and organized approach has resulted in a perfect record of 100% first time checkride success with all private, instrument and commercial students.
Learning to Fly
There's really nothing quite like learning to fly. It provides a sense of freedom, accomplishment, and mastery. Flight training challenges your mind as you learn the basics of aerodynamics, weather, weight and balance, flight planning, regulations and the national airspace system.
Flying will also challenge your coordination skills as you learn to control your aircraft in three dimensions and make perfect landings while correcting for winds. Learning to fly imparts a new appreciation for geography as you begin to navigate by pilotage, dead reckoning, and instruments.
Your perception of the world changes forever as you view the terrain features from above. Flying can be rapid and direct transportation to a remote vacation or distant jobsite. It can be taking your friends for some sightseeing and photography, or taking an important client to check out a parcel of real estate from the air. You might take off to do some exciting aerobatics or just to enjoy a sunny day in the sky. Ask any pilot about their first solo flight and you are likely to get a smile and an earful of enthusiasm.
Five Reasons To Choose Take Flight San Diego
Dave Simpson and his staff are full time professionals who aren't going to leave you for an airline job. You will finish with the same instructor you started with. That almost never happens at other FBOs and Flight Schools.
In the flight training business, it's really all about the instructor. It doesn't take a student pilot long to discover that the quality and professionalism of instructors is a very mixed bag. Finding competent and dedicated instructors is one of the most difficult challenges in achieving your aviation goals. Out of 91,000 flight instructors in the U.S.A., Dave Simpson is one of only 200 CFIs who posses both Gold Seal and Master CFI accreditation, making him one of the most sought after instructors.
3. Track Record
Dave Simpson has a checkride pass rate of 100%. To achieve the FAA Gold Seal distinction, an instructor must endorse 10 students in two years, 80% who pass on the first attempt. In 2008 alone, Dave endorsed 18 students, all of whom passed.
4. Choice of Airplanes
Through association with the non profit corporation Plus One Flyers, over 50 airplanes are available at rates that are 25% below those of most FBOs or flight schools.
5. Choice of Airports
Instruction is available at three airports in the San Diego area, KSEE, KMYF, and KRNM, making it possible to choose an airport that suits your preference.
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