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Deer Valley Flight School

Offering Diverse Aviation Degree Pathways, CAU Phoenix Welcomes Deer Valley Residents to Our Nearby Campus.

Live in Deer Valley and interested in pursuing an aviation degree at a local flight school? Imagine training to become a pilot in an area where the sky is clear and visibility is high nearly all the time. This is what you can find at CAU Phoenix.

In 2021, California Aeronautical University (CAU) opened its Phoenix training center to serve the communities of Deer Valley and beyond. Aside from having consistent flight conditions, CAU offers flight training degree programs where you can earn an aviation degree while also earning up to 6 certificates and ratings. This can give you what you need to kick off your career as a pilot.

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CAU Locations

California Aeronautical University goes beyond its home base location in Bakersfield, CA. Those interested in Deer Valley flight training will find the Phoenix campus conveniently located at Falcon Field Airport (FFZ).

There is a lot to see, experience, and learn at this location since Falcon Field is the fifth-busiest general aviation airport in the nation with 300,000 take-offs and landings each year.

You can find the CAU Phoenix campus at 4517 E Mallory Circle, Suite 115, in Mesa, AZ.

Advantages of Choosing CAU Phoenix as Your Deer Valley Flight School Alternative

If you have always dreamed of a life in aviation, now is a great time to turn your passion into a career. With a variety of schools to choose from, what sets CAU Phoenix apart from other flight schools and universities in the Valley?


Accelerated degree programs with fast-paced, year-round, structured courses.

University Degree

Earn an aviation degree along with up to 6 certificates and ratings - at the same time.

FAA Part 141

Eligible CAU graduates can benefit from a 500 flight-hour reduction towards an R-ATP, a crucial career time-saving benefit.

Federal Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Veteran Benefits

Veteran educational benefits are accepted for eligible students, including the Post-9/11 GI Bill®.


Our programs are career-focused and prepare students for specific career outcomes, like an airline pilot.

Direct Path to Airlines

CAU has partnerships with several airlines, providing opportunities for aviation students through a designated cadet program. These partnerships include (but are not limited to):

University Support

CAU is actively invested in our students and their success. The University offers direct, one-on-one academic support through the Office of Student Success.

Graduate Services

Job-placement assistance is available to each graduate, including help with resume writing and interview preparation.

Consistent Weather

CAU Phoenix offers near-perfect weather year-round, providing the opportunity for more flight lessons.

Flight Programs

Fixed-wing or helicopter flight training programs available. Online courses with hands-on flight training.

With our partnerships, a degree from CAU Phoenix allows you to become a part of a large aviation network of airlines, aviation organizations, and leaders in the community.

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Programs Offered at CAU

There are multiple degree programs offered at CAU Phoenix that Deer Valley residents can choose from, though each is slightly different. These programs include:

Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics

  • Bachelor’s degree flight training program
  • Includes earning 6 certificates/ratings
  • Fast-paced, year-round courses
  • Duration: 3 years (approximate)
  • 255 flight hours
  • 188 quarter credits
  • Eligible students receive a 500-hour reduction towards a restricted airline transport pilot certificate (R-ATP)


Associate of Science in Aviation Studies

The A.S. in Aviation Studies program is offered in either fixed-wing and rotorcraft. Below is an overview of each:

The fixed-wing associate’s degree flight training program offers:

  • The ability to earn 4 certificates/ratings
  • Fast-paced, year-round courses
  • Duration: 1.8 years (approximate)
  • 221 flight hours
  • 111 quarter credits
  • Eligible students receive a 250-hour reduction towards a restricted airline transport pilot certificate (R-ATP)
  • Ideal for those already holding an undergraduate degree

The rotorcraft associate’s degree helicopter flight training program offers:

  • The ability to earn 4 certificates/ratings
  • Fast-paced, year-round courses
  • Duration: 1.8 years (approximate)
  • 178 flight hours (min)
  • 111 quarter credits

All classes and flight training are taught by certified instructors from the CAU faculty. And all hands-on training utilizes CAU’s own fleet of aircraft.

If there are other areas of aviation you are interested in, consider looking into the main campus of California Aeronautical University.

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Why FAA Part 141 Approval Matters

There is much excitement around getting FAA Part 141 approval for CAU Phoenix, but why? What is it all about — and what does it mean for you?

In order to receive this approval, CAU had to meet strict regulations which signify that our university has a structured flight training curriculum, training facility, and flight instructors. Students can count on receiving high-quality instruction at every turn.

How FAA Part 141 benefits our students: 

Fixed-wing pilot students without a bachelor’s degree generally need 1,500 flight hours and must be at least 23 years old to be eligible for an airline transport pilot (ATP) certificate. However, thanks to Part 141 approval, eligible CAU graduates can qualify for a restricted ATP (R-ATP) with only 1,000 flight hours and a lower age of 21 years old.

As a result, CAU graduates can move forward with their aviation careers much sooner.

Deer Valley Residents: Your Future in Aviation Begins at CAU Phoenix Flight School

Thousands of flights take off every single day around the globe. Are you ready to be piloting one of them?

Learn side-by-side with other students who have the same interests as you. With the guidance of experienced and knowledgeable instructors, you can discover so much about how to be a pilot — using tools both on the ground and in the air.

Ready for your career to take off? Start with fueling your education at CAU Phoenix. Learn more today by contacting our admissions team.

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