If You're Passionate

You're Ready To Fly With Us

ROB HOLLAND + XL

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.

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.

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.

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.

John DeGennaro

Chief Pilot

John had a dream to fly in a Pitts since he was 4 years old. While working on his business degree at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, he finally got his chance to fly a Pitts. John went on to provide aerobatic instruction and compete in International Aerobatic Club competitions while attending college and instructing full-time. In 2016, he went to work for Sean D. Tucker, flying air shows both solo and formation aerobatics, sponsored by the Oracle Corporation. He has over 1,000 hours of dual given in everything from primary to formation aerobatics. He has a true passion for flying inverted and sharing that passion with others. He specializes in aerobatic, formation, and tailwheel instruction. Let’s get inverted!

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.

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.

Michael Becker

Certified Flight Instructor

After taking an early retirement at age 56, I went into full time Flight Instructing. I hold CFI, CFII and MEI Instructor Certificates, and have given over 7000 hours of dual instruction in Single Engine, Multi-Engine and Turbine powered aircraft. I have also completed Turbine training at Simcom for the Socata TBM 850 and ATM for the Piper Meridian Turboprop Aircraft.

Austin Heede

Certified Flight Instructor

Austin Heede is a certified flight instructor, certified flight instructor-instrument, and Multi-engine instructor. He has over 1300hrs of flight time As an instructor, imaging, ferrying planes, and corporate pilot. Austin has trained throughout the United States but primarily in California with ATP flight school. Flying around 100 hours a month he loves anything and everything aviation. If he’s not in the air you will either find him skiing, surfing, or flying some more.

Ricardo Fouster

Certified Flight Instructor

A native of Puerto Rico, Ricardo dreamed of being a pilot since the age of nine. In 1983, he obtained his Private Pilot certificate while attending the University of California, Berkeley. In 1990, he acquired his Commercial, Multi-engine and Instrument ratings. Ricardo has flown extensively in the Caribbean and has accumulated more than 1,500 hours over the last 37 years in a wide array of flying environments. In the 1990s, he volunteered and served as pilot and interpreter for the Flying Samaritans, completing more than 50 medical missions to numerous medical clinics in Baja California. A CFI since 2017, Ricardo specializes in maximizing the inherent potential of aspiring pilots with a laser focus on aeronautical decision making.

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