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Ascent Aviation Academy
Ascent Aviation Academy

#1 Rated Flight School Van Nuys

At Ascent Aviation Flight School Van Nuys, you come first. A solid foundation with world-class airplanes, from world-class instructors at a world-class airport. Being able to fly for fun and professionally too. All while making your dreams take flight. Sounds too good to be true? Well, so did flying before the Wright brothers came along. And now it's your turn to touch the skies at Ascent Aviation Academy, Van Nuys, California.
Ascent Aviation Flight School of Los Angeles uses state-of-the-art, modern aircraft with touch-screen navigation. We are proudly recognized as a Van Nuys school that has the most advanced equipment and technology around! In addition to this, all planes are regularly maintained by our professional service technicians. With new equipment, terrain alerts and so much more, you can feel safe when you fly one of our planes!

We Are LA's #1 Path To The Airlines!

Private Pilot

Fly family and friends or begin your aviation career. The Private Pilot program is your first step.

Instrument Rating Training

Head in the clouds? No problem. Our instrument training program with modern equipment will have you flying in any weather.

Commercial Rating

As a commercial pilot, you will have a world of options. It's a great time to get a commercial rating and invest in your future with Ascent Aviation Flight School.


Are you interested in beginning a rewarding career in flying and teaching others to fly too? Choosing Ascent Aviation Flight Academy is your first step!
  • Financing for affordable training
  • Guaranteed job upon completion of career program
  • Top-rated fleet with a 100% safety record
  • Go from zero to commercial pilot in as little as 9 months
  • Gold Seal instructors with 100% pass rates
  • Partnerships with SkyWest, JetSuiteX, Ameriflight & More for Guaranteed Job Placement

Flight school courses at VNY

All training and discovery flights are lead out of Van Nuys Airport

What our students say

I started with ascent this month and have been extremely happy with my training. Andy my instructor is extremely knowledgeable and a captain at jetsuite. All of the staff at ascent have been very helpful and out of the 3 schools I’ve been too since starting my training this is definitely the most professional.

Nate Carmine

Seth is an EXCELLENT instructor. Having two instructors before him I can confidently say I wish I had him all along from the beginning. This man knows how to fly. He will teach you stick & rudder skills. Today I really required a lot of extra work on my steep turns and he never once got fed up or had a temper. I’m truly grateful to have even found him. I will continue to train with him for the rest of my ratings because he is competent and encouraging. I definitely recommend him.

Krista Shawn

Working with Seth at Van Nuys’s Ascent Aviation Academy I was able to achieve my childhood dream of becoming a licensed pilot. Seth’s honesty, devotion to his students, and passion for flying resulted in a successful check ride on the first attempt.Thanks to this awesome course, I am now a certified pilot and so happy that I went through Ascent Aviation Academy flight school! I appreciate the hard work that your team does for the trainees – the course went smoothly with tons of useful information. You are great!

Robert Joseph

Los Angeles

A Member of the Van Nuys community for over 7 years.

VNY Community Veteran,

This flight school, has established itself as one of the premier flight schools at their airfield. Whereas flight schools are required to do inspections on their planes once every 100 hours of use, this flight school does them every 50 hours. They have developed what they call the “phase training method”, a style of teaching that is designed to get students through the flight training program in a highly structured manner. As a result of this method, all of the past and present 4000 students trained by this flight school have succeeded when tested for their certifications for Private Pilot’s License, Instrument Flight Rules, Commercial Pilot’s License, and Certified Flight Instructor. All aircraft belonging to this flight school feature state-of-the-art ADS-B IN and OUT to ensure they stay clear of the terrain and any other aircraft in Southern California’s crowded airspace. Before a student does their first solo or cross-country flight the chief pilot does a stage check to offer a second opinion on what to do, thereby filling in any gaps in the student’s training. The chief flight instructor and owner of this school has over 7,000 hours of dual training given within socal,  is a gold seal Certified Flight Instructor and also has combat aerobatic experience. I have come to respect this operation and recommend them to many new aviators wanting to learn to fly. Other people have taken note of the quality of this flight school and, as result, they have grown approximately 3400% over the last year (2021-2022).  With the high volume of training done by this flight school, the fact that they have maintained a 100% safety record (no accidents or incidents) speaks volumes on how well they prepare their students to fly. Having a large number of well trained pilots in the sky can only serve to make the National Airspace System a safer place to operate.

Our Fleet

Ascent Aviation Flight School of Los Angeles uses state-of-the-art, modern aircraft with touch-screen navigation. We are proudly recognized as a Van Nuys school that has the most advanced equipment and technology around! In addition to this, all planes are regularly maintained by our professional service technicians. With new equipment, terrain alerts and so much more, you can feel safe when you fly one of our planes!
Our fleet is absolutely the best- just check it out below and reach out with any questions!

Why Ascent Aviation Academy?

Are you wondering why Ascent Aviation Flight School over any of our competitors? Well, read on below to learn why our academy is the best!

This means we have the highest standard in maintenance on the field, We have to! Where other flight schools do bare minimum to keep their fleet alive, you will find it difficult to find one thing on our airplanes that is inoperable.  Learn more about our location at Van Nuys airport here.  Learn more about getting your PPL here and how you can set off and learn to fly.

Theres a big problem in the flight training industry and at VNY.  In many situations, an aviation school may have a ton of airplanes but only 30% of them actually are in operation at any given time.

Ascent Aviation Academy is different from other pilot aviation schools. We Guarantee you a Safe, Updated, Airplane to fly 7 days a week whether you’re getting a PPL or doing something else. We are what flight training should be!  Get your PPL license or anything else with us!

Ascent Aviation Academy guarantees the most up-to-date flight training and fleet kept at VNY airport in all of SoCal.  All of our planes are equipped with the latest and greatest in GPS systems. Each plane has full ADS-B in and out. This means you have traffic alerts just like the guys in the jets do, along with terrain avoidance, in air FIS-B weather and much more. This is great as you learn to fly and feel more confident in a plane.

Ascent Aviation Academy LA follows the Gold Standard in Maintenance. Along with the FAA mandated 100 hour inspections all of our airplanes also receive 50 hour inspections, we go above and beyond to provide the safest atmosphere possible for our students and renters.  With that being said we have been able to maintain a flawless safety record and have had zero incidents or accidents.  Learn to fly with Ascent Aviation Academy.

All of our flight school and flight training instructors are handpicked and former students at Ascent.
Whats that mean for you? It means instructors that are extremely familiar with not only the airplanes that they train you in but also the area you will be training in as well. I myself the Owner keep a close eye on each instructor and their students progress and if I don’t personally train you will be doing stage checks to make sure you are making the progress that you should be here at Ascent.
There’s a reason that 80% of all pilot applicants drop out before they even solo and finish their flight training…The instructors don’t care! At Ascent were in the training environment because we want to be not because were trying to build 1500 hours and then go to the airline and leave you hanging.

That’s right, If you decide this isn’t for you…Its your money, Take it back.  We believe in our company and fleet enough that we don’t have to lock you in through some no refund policy so you’re forced to stay here.

We offer you a job the day you graduate from our student pilot program. Along with one of the highest starting pays in our region.

For CFI’s the reach the airline minimum of 1500 hours, you will have enormous opportunity when you choose Ascent Aviation Academy of Van Nuys, California.

We work very closely with several recruiters at Skywest, Jetsuite X, Piedmont, and many more. Once you’ve hit your hours we can help you land that first airline job.

Ascent Aviation uses a phase training method that has helped many pilots get their licenses done quickly and for much less money than other programs. From day one we show you the finish line and we have a NO WASTED FLLIGHTS policy. Every flight is directly in relation to the current goal that the student is trying to accomplish. You can read more about our phase training method on the Private Pilot page.

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(323) 893-6655

Hours:Monday — Sunday: 9:00AM - 9:00PM

Van Nuys Airport

16425 Hart St Suite 101, Van Nuys, CA 91406

Ascent Aviation Academy is a top-rated flight school in Van Nuys known for comprehensive training, licensing and discovery flights.  Located conveniently at Van Nuys Airport (VNY) we have world-renowned flight instructors, top of the line aircraft and different options for financing.

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