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.
The XL Aviation Way
We're The Premier Tailwheel Aircraft Facility
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
John is a CFII Airplane & Helicopter, A&P/IA at your service. He started in the aviation world flying both fixed and rotary winged aircraft and is still at it four decades later. Now that he can't ``do`` anymore, he's teaching and having fun doing it.
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We will also train CFI’s for type rating, spin endorsements, FAST and UART.