Santa Monica Flyers

Santa Monica Flyers


Newly published book by Australian pilot author: COLOGNE AND ICE – FLYING THE NIGHT FREIGHT,aps,298&sr=1-1
In the aftermath of a tragic accident involving one of their own, journalist Damien has been tasked with reporting to his bosses on the operation of flying night freight. The ensuing weeks challenge everything he thought he knew, testing him to his limits. He would learn a lot about flying, a lot more about himself. What he thought would be an easy week out of the office, becomes a life-changing journey. Night one, and he meets his pilot … the journey begins.
My curiosity just don't stop, can I become a private pilot. I'm 72 and I'd would like to take lessons.
Guys, thank you so much for my intro flight! Everything was so friendly and informed and it was all very appreciated! Safe flying!!

Happy holidays!!

Guy Albanese
Great flight in the Super Decathlon today with A.J. Larson. What an outstanding instructor! Owns the best looking decathlon i've ever seen and is smart and very patient. Flew through the LAX special use airspace then did two landings at Catalina Island ("airport in the sky" about 20 miles west of LA). Definitely a tricky place to land. Then some aerobatics west of Torrance / Zamperini airport over the ocean. Then back over the top of LAX and Santa Monica for a north to south 500 foot southbound pass down the Santa Monica Beach. Very very cool! Great instructor and an awesome time!
Great place, service and experience
Had a great introductory lesson with AJ. My daughter was interested in maybe starting lessons sometime in the future. After our flight she's accelerating her plans and hoping to start training soon. The instructors and staff are consummate professionals, and dedicated to quality instruction. Overall a high quality experience!
Had a fantastic flight with AJ. Would recommend it to anyone thinking about flying. Also beautiful place to fly!!
Such a great first flying experience for my kids. Thank you Santa Monica Flyers. Joelle
Hello...I am a postal historian and stamp dealer in Brisbane, Australia. I have come across a 1963 Santa Monica Flyers Flight cover which was carried by Betty Miller who was the first woman to fly solo across the Pacific and was involved with your organisation. I can send a pic of both the cover and a photo of Betty being greeted by the then president John F Kennedy by email as Facebook does not seem to let me post the scan (keep getting an error message). This cover is also signed by Betty.

This cover is for sale and I welcome any inquiries. Price is $80AUD plus $6AUD postage to the USA

Thank you and I apologise for the intrusion.....Marius Wytenburg
Hopefully some of your students will find useful information on here -
Always love flying the newest plane in the fleet!
Working as a trooper in the First Order, but dreaming of being a fighter pilot 👩‍✈️. SMF shout out from pcmac tech Toluca Lake 😊👋

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Welcome to Santa Monica Flyers, home of Southern California's premier flight school and aircraft rental center. We use the most advanced aircraft available to provide world class training in aircraft that are safe, fuel efficient, ultra modern and downright sexy. We offer Sport and Private Pilot License training, as well as Instrument Rating. Our friendly and professional flight instructors will g

Operating as usual

Photos from Santa Monica Flyers's post 12/11/2022

We are now accepting applications for our Ground School Series starting in January! Email [email protected] for an application.


Our Group Ground School series will begin in January and is expected to meet once weekly for 16 weeks. Led by Max von Mallinckrodt, a Certified Flight Instructor with over 7 years of flight instruction, more than 10 years of flying experience, and over 3,200 hours flying aircraft from light-sports to commercial airliners. Authorized ground instruction will be logged per 61.105 (Aeronautical Knowledge) by request.

✈️ Enrolled Students: $25/hr ($62.50/session) - $1,000 payment in full required.
✈️ Drop-in students (students who are not formally enrolled) - $50/hr ($125/session)

Photos from Santa Monica Flyers's post 11/28/2022

It was a Waypoint Cafe kind of weekend 😋


Right turn at the shoreline approved ;)


Morning flights 🌅


Say hello to CFI, Daniel! He is currently teaching in the Cessnas, sport cruisers and the decathlon!

Daniel joined us all the way from Nashville, TN 🤠 🎶 🎸 back in November of 2021. “I wanted to work here because the first time I walked in the atmosphere was so inviting and I really wanted to be a part of that, plus working at SMO was really attractive to me especially since it has so much historical significance,” Daniel explains.

His favorite thing about instructing are the students and learning about their different background and stories. “They are from all walks of life and I have made many great friends and learned so much from them, not to mention it’s extremely rewarding to get someone past any plateaus they may be experiencing during training,” said Daniel.

When he’s not instructing, you can find Daniel traveling, biking, cooking, taking his dog to the dogpark, hanging with friends and learning more about flying.

Make sure to say hi next time you see him!


Future pilot, Ryland Williams, enjoys his lesson with CFI Darien


Toyia rocking her lesson in the SR20 with CFI Scotty


Please join us at Santa Monica Flyers for a Memorial service for our beloved friend Christian on Friday, 9/16, at 5pm.
All of us here at SMF are heartbroken, but the process of healing begins with community. Now is the time to come together and grieve our loss.
Thank you to everyone who has written, called and dropped off flowers. Our hearts are with you.


Buckling in for a fun weekend!


Join us on Friday, September 9th at 7pm for our end of summer BBQ!
Food and some drinks will be provided but please BYOB. See you there! 🍔 🌭 ✈️


Please give a warm welcome to Darien, our new CFIS! Darien, an LA local, wanted to become a CFI because he enjoys seeing students progress, and loves meeting new people! As he explains it, “there is no other school like Santa Monica Flyers in all of SoCal”.

When we asked Darien what his favorite lesson to teach is, he said systems. “I am also a car guy and like working on cars and engines, so mechanics and systems really interest me.” Not surprisingly, when he’s not flying, you can find Darien riding motorcycles and playing football.

Book a lesson with Darien today!


Happy National Aviation Day!


If air conditioning isn’t motivation to get your Cirrus checkout, we don’t know what is! ❄️


Santa Monica Flyers is so proud to be awarded the Most Loved Aviation Business in all of Santa Monica! We were recognized across 40 categories and 50,000 votes. Thank you to all our renters, students and community members who continue to support us and make SMF feel like a family! We are proud to serve you!


Congratulations to Yasemin Ozgurr on her first solo!! ✈️


HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Rick Surad for passing his IFR checkride yesterday! Let the fun begin! ☁️
CFI: Scotty


Congratulations to Vincent Liu on his first solo flight! Most pilots would agree this is the most exciting milestone in their aviation journey!


Congratulations to Ben Mersereau on his first solo!
CFI: James McKie


Congratulations to Jack Pregler on his first SOLO flight!
CFI: Jorge


Ryan enjoys his Intro Flight with Jorge in the SportCruiser! “Jorge was really nice and his passion for flying and teaching really came through,” says Ryan. “I also really loved that Jorge demonstrated some more advanced maneuvers and really showed the fun side of flying, which I was totally there for. It's been a dream of mine to fly and this class was the perfect intro into that world.” We’re delighted you enjoyed your experience with us, Ryan, and we hope you see you back in the skies soon!


A sight for sore eyes


Cloud surfing ☁️🏄‍♀️


When POTUS is in town


From May Gray to June Gloom. Anybody else ready for some VFR weather?! The good news is, it’s the perfect time to work on your instrument rating!


Congrats to Jose Manriquez on his first solo last week!
CFI: Scotty

Photos from Santa Monica Flyers's post 05/13/2022

Congrats to Darien for passing his Commercial checkride!
CFI: Alden

Photos from Santa Monica Flyers's post 05/11/2022

Sedona in the Mooney! Did someone say “turbocharged”?! Book some time with Scotty in the Mooney and learn how to fly this bad boy! 💥


“Let’s go girls!” 🎶 IFR student Vanessa and CFI Scotty do a flight checkout to Catalina


Congratulations to Alexa Marsh on her first solo!!
CFI: JJ Daniel


Some ‘cirrussly’ good Monday Motivation


Blimp spotting


Plane spotting on the observation deck


La La Land


Congrats to Matthew Mayers for passing his PPL!
Happy Passover and Easter Weekend to all!


Dr. Macias and CFI Harrison having some fun in the Cirrus 👍🏼


We’re always chasing sunsets

Photos from Santa Monica Flyers's post 04/11/2022

Christine enjoying her intro flight in the SR20


The city of dreams


That feeling when you grease the landing 🛬 🧈

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Happy New Year! Cheers to all the pilots out there accomplishing their dreams. Bring it on 2022!
Nothing like a KSMO sunset to start the weekend🌅 @s4mn




3165 Donald Douglas Loop South
Santa Monica, CA

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 6pm
Tuesday 8am - 6pm
Wednesday 8am - 6pm
Thursday 8am - 6pm
Friday 8am - 6pm
Saturday 8am - 6pm
Sunday 8am - 6pm

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