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. We also offer solo aircraft rentals and aircraft type certifications at all levels. Nowhere in the world will you find affordable access to a tailwheel fleet like ours and in a way that’s safe and fun.

If you are passionate

You’re ready to fly with us


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 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 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.

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.

Mike Healey LtCol USMC (ret)


Mike has been flying for more than 40 years and has flown approximately 20,000 hours in over 40 different types of military, airline, corporate and general aviation aircraft, mishap free. He currently flies the Citation X business jet, part time, for Jetlinx Aviation.

Anna Zavrazhnova


Not only did Anna excel through her pilot training at an alarming rate; she is now a flight instructor and pursuing competitive aerobatics. In Flight USA Magazine did a cover story on her.

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Danny Felix


Danny Felix is a combat veteran and has been flying for over 20 years. A former firearms and combatives instructor, he now continues his passion instructing in the air.

Mike Henderson: XL Aviation Owner Operator

XL is a work of Love. For as long as I remember I’ve dreamt of flight. I’m very fortunate with the help of great Aviators to have been able to make that dream a reality….not only for me… but for many many others as well.

XL Aviation is special. We ain’t a box checking hurry up to get your license flight school. Like me, XL is Old School. Our CFI’s are some of the best in the world. We’ll teach you to fly and fly well. I’m very proud of that.

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