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Phoenix Flight Training Center

Welcome To CAU Phoenix

If you are looking for a fast-paced structured training environment while earning your aviation degree, CAU Phoenix is ideal for those wanting to get their career off the ground! Students will benefit from the convenience of online courses combined with hands-on flight training locally at our Phoenix Aviation School Campus.


California Aeronautical University (CAU) opened its aviation school and flight training center in Phoenix, Arizona to better serve residents of Arizona and the west coast to help them achieve their aviation career aspirations. Designed for those seeking a career as a professional pilot, students can earn their aviation degree while simultaneously earning up to 6 certificates and ratings at the University’s Phoenix campus.

CAU is FAA Part 141 approved and accepts veteran educational benefits for eligible students, including the Post-9/11 GI Bill®.

The city of Phoenix, Arizona is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation. With its mild climate, and year-round clear visibility, Phoenix provides a great location for residents to live, including desirable flying conditions for those who want to learn how to fly.


CAU Degree Program Highlights

Financial Aid & GI Bill

The University offers financial aid to those who qualify and accepts veteran educational benefits for eligible students, including the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

FAA Part 141 Approval

Eligible CAU graduates can qualify for a R-ATP certification, which includes a 500 flight-hour reduction and reduces the minimum age to become a first officer.

Accelerated Degree Programs

With fast-paced, year-round, structured courses, students can earn their aviation degrees in about 3 years. This includes earning both their college degree and up to 6 certificates and ratings.

Direct Pathway to Airlines

CAU has partnered with several regional airlines to create opportunities for their aviation students, many of which include a direct pathway to the airline’s cadet program.

Arizona Campus

For those who want to work as a professional pilot in the aviation industry – whether for the airlines, a private charter air service or a logistics company, you can find the right flight training center with the CAU Arizona Campus.

Located at Falcon Field Airport (FFZ), our Arizona location offers the following degree programs:  Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics, Associate of Science in Aviation Studies, and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Falcon Field is the fifth-busiest general aviation airport in the nation, with 300,000 take-offs and landings per year, providing the ultimate education and aeronautical experience to students.

As a CAU student in Phoenix, you have access to certified instructors and modern and industry-relevant equipment. All instruction, including ground school and flight instruction, is delivered by CAU faculty on the University's own fleet of aircraft. Through the University's airline partnerships, flight training degree students also have access to a direct pathway to airline cadet programs, which are critical to help start your aviation career.

The University offers federal financial aid and scholarships to those who qualify.

We'd Love To Show You What CAU Is All About!

Fixed-Wing Flight Training

California Aeronautical University offers a fixed-wing flight training degree program to help aspiring aviators reach their career goals. Designed for those who want to fly professionally, the Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics degree program offers a year-round, fast-paced schedule that enables students to enter the pipeline for aviation careers in a shorter amount of time.

Students can graduate from this fixed-wing program in about three years. Along with their college degree, students also earn up to six FAA certificates and ratings, including private, instrument, commercial-single, CFI, CFII, and commercial-multi.

CAU's Part 141 approval provides significant benefits to students who earn a bachelor’s degree. While candidates without a bachelor’s degree typically need 1,500 flight hours and must be at least 23 years old to be eligible for their ATP, eligible CAU graduates can qualify for a restricted ATP (R-ATP) with only 1,000 flight hours at the age of 21.

Helicopter Flight Training

California Aeronautical University also offers a helicopter flight training degree program at the Arizona campus at Falcon Field Airport.

As an alternative to CAU's existing fixed-wing curriculum, the helicopter program will be available at the associate's degree level and is intended for those looking to pursue a career as a professional pilot in the aviation sector. Students earn four certificates and ratings, including private, instrument, commercial, and CFI. No flying experience is needed.

After completing the helicopter training and requisite flight hours, graduates may work for tour and charter operators, emergency medical services, farming, and a variety of other positions. Students are also eligible for graduate services and can take advantage of the University's strong industry partnerships.

Programs Offered

Contact Our Admissions Team

Arizona Campus

4517 E. Mallory Circle
Suite 115
Mesa, AZ 85215

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

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