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The XL Aviation Way

We're The Premier Tailwheel Aircraft Facility

Our mission is to train pilots to be better and safer in the air and on the ground. Our fleet of aircraft and expert flight instructors will provide exactly what you need. We offer flight training in aerobatic, onset upset recovery, and air combat maneuvering. Also, solo aircraft rentals and aircraft type certifications at all levels. Nowhere in the world will you find single pilot affordable access to a tailwheel fleet like ours and in a way that’s safe and fun.

San Francisco Bay Area Tailwheel Airplane Flight Training - Book a Certified Flying Instructor for Upset Avoidance & Recovery Training, Aerobatic Flight Training, Formation Training, & Air Combat Maneuvering Training

Train

Train with the best. Our flight training instructors know how to fly and love to teach. We’ll tailor the experience to meet your requirements and ensure it meets your needs.

San Francisco Bay Area Tailwheel Airplane Flight Training - Book a Certified Flying Instructor for Upset Avoidance & Recovery Training, Aerobatic Flight Training, Formation Training, & Air Combat Maneuvering Training

Sharpen

Sharpen your skills. Whether you’re a beginner or a 10k hour professional, our instruction provided by top-flight instructors will take you to the next level. We design a program specifically for you. We start by improving your stick and rudder skills, and from there, your training takes off.

San Francisco Bay Area Tailwheel Airplane Flight Training - Book a Certified Flying Instructor for Upset Avoidance & Recovery Training, Aerobatic Flight Training, Formation Training, & Air Combat Maneuvering Training

Fly

Fly freely. Our fleet is full of Pitts, Extra, and American Champion aircraft. Rent a plane for your next IAC competition, practice, or just to enjoy a San Francisco Bay tour.

More Than Just Instructors

Experts With 100K Hours Of Commercial & Military Training

Our Certified Flight Instructors are hands down the best in the world. They provide expert ground and flight training instruction for everyone dreaming of becoming a pilot or becoming a better one.

San Francisco Bay Area Tailwheel Airplane Flight Training - Book a Certified Flying Instructor for Upset Avoidance & Recovery Training, Aerobatic Flight Training, Formation Training, & Air Combat Maneuvering Training

Rich Perkins

Rich is the most experienced instructor at XL Aviation. He’s an award-winning instructor, airshow performer, and published author. He specializes in Upset and Emergency Maneuver Training for professional pilots, as well as pilots who want to be the best they can be.

Book a Certified Flying Instructor for Upset Avoidance & Recovery Training, Aerobatic Flight Training, Formation Training, & Air Combat Maneuvering Training

Steve Neighbor

Steve began his aviation career with his private pilot certificate in 2003. He began flying aerobatics shortly thereafter. Since then he has logged thousands of hours in many different types of airplanes. His experience includes flying unlimited aerobatic aircraft, vintage warbirds, and jets.

Lynzie Hudson

Aerobatics was what drew Lynzie to flying. She learned to fly in the mountains of New Zealand and is an internationally qualified commercial fixed wing and helicopter pilot. She has been instructing since 2006 and specializing in tailwheel, upset recovery, and basic aerobatics.

Yuichi Takagi

Born and raised in Japan, Yuichi moved to the U.S. in search of a new challenge and dream of being an aviator. Since 1992, he's accumulated over 7,000 hours as an aerobatic flight instructor, traffic watch pilot, cargo pilot, and glider pilot.

San Francisco Bay Area Tailwheel Airplane Flight Training - Book a Certified Flying Instructor for Upset Avoidance & Recovery Training, Aerobatic Flight Training, Formation Training, & Air Combat Maneuvering Training

Dan Tzur

Dan started flying over 25 years ago in pursuit of a childhood passion. His experience includes everything from ultralights to multi-engine airplanes, taildraggers, gliders, and helicopters. He teaches airplane and helicopter, aerobatics, and formation flying.

Anandeep Pannu

Anandeep has been an aviation enthusiast having grown up as an Indian Air Force brat. Almost all his instruction is in tailwheel/aerobatic aircraft and warbirds. His aim is to introduce people who did not have the advantage of growing up in the US to the almost unlimited opportunities for flying available here.

Book a Certified Flying Instructor for Upset Avoidance & Recovery Training, Aerobatic Flight Training, Formation Training, & Air Combat Maneuvering Training

Tom Grundherr

Tom joined the United States Marine Corps and became a Fighter Pilot flying the F/A-18. He deployed numerous times and saw combat. He qualified to teach Instructor and Fleet Replacement pilots in all phases of F/A-18 instructions.

Noam Eisen

Noam began flying as a college freshman, and soon made aviation a core part of his life. With experience in over 100 different aircraft to date, he is a stick-and-rudder guy at heart. He loves to help others learn and grow as pilots.

Book a Certified Flying Instructor for Upset Avoidance & Recovery Training, Aerobatic Flight Training, Formation Training, & Air Combat Maneuvering Training

Adam Johnson

Adam started instructing in Oakland in 2004 specializing in tailwheel and upset recovery training. He also worked in Africa as a bush pilot and training captain in C208 Grand Caravans. He also owns an aerial advertising company here in Livermore, CA.

Book a Certified Flying Instructor for Upset Avoidance & Recovery Training, Aerobatic Flight Training, Formation Training, & Air Combat Maneuvering Training

Marco Caflisch

Marco learned to fly in England more than 20 years ago. As a result, he has logged over 2,000 flight hours in over 90 different airplane types since then. When not pulling Gs in an Extra or Pitts he also instructs in a World War 2 era T-6 Texan warbird.

Book a Certified Flying Instructor for Upset Avoidance & Recovery Training, Aerobatic Flight Training, Formation Training, & Air Combat Maneuvering Training

Allan Crabill

Allan has been a full-time instructor since 2004 for single engine, multi-engine, and instrument airplanes. He’s also earned FAA Gold Seal designation. To date, he has more than 6000 training flights completed and more than 100 practical test endorsements given.

Book a Certified Flying Instructor for Upset Avoidance & Recovery Training, Aerobatic Flight Training, Formation Training, & Air Combat Maneuvering Training

Mark Heidenreich

Mark began flight instruction in 1973, followed by a corporate pilot career in 1975. He returned to instruction in 2009. With 6,000 hours of instruction given and 2,800 hours in tailwheel time, he’s developed techniques that emphasize basic airmanship.

Book a Certified Flying Instructor for Upset Avoidance & Recovery Training, Aerobatic Flight Training, Formation Training, & Air Combat Maneuvering Training

Paul McDonald

Paul has 35 years of experience as a pilot and instructor. In that time, he has amassed nearly 16,000 hours in over 200 aircraft types. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a fighter pilot. Now he's an International Captain flying executives worldwide in business jets.

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We will also train CFI’s for type rating, spin endorsements, FAST and UART.