Today, Encore Flight School is the prominent flight school at Van Nuys airport, the world’s busiest general aviation airport , and Los Angeles generally. Encore Flight school is the busiest school at Van Nuys airport. With four FAA Approved Flight Simulators, allowing us to provide world class education to our students. We have the most sophisticated Fleet of Aircraft for training, including Diamond Aircraft models used by the United States Air Force to train pilots. We also provide high level and complex instructions, not otherwise possible in aircraft, in our brand new, FULL MOTION FAA-Approved Flight Simulators. Encore Flight School Van Nuys aspires to provide the highest level of service and education, fueled by the enthusiasm and passion for flying in every member of our team. To date, we have provided Discovery Flights to more than 7,000 people. Our syllabus is created by commercial airline pilots, and is designed to provide the most comprehensive and cost efficient program for any level of training. Many of our students who complete our Commercial Pilot Training Program later start their careers at commercial airlines. . Through this carefully designed curriculum, we have been able to achieve an exceptionally high first time passage rate.


Encore Flight was established in 2005, not by investors or businessmen, but by pilots who were exceptionally enthusiastic about the science and joy of flying, with the goal of taking flight instructions to the next level. Since then, Encore Flight has acquired Van Nuys Flight Center, with its decades of experience and expertise in providing flight instructions to the public. We have further acquired Hollywood Aviators, who provided flight instructions and sightseeing services for many years. These acquisitions have allowed us to add decades of knowledge and experience to our team of highly motivated experts

In partnership with Essence Flight Academy.


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Encore Flight School’s certificated flight instructors are graduates of reputable institutes such as Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. With high levels of knowledge and experience, our flight instructors are committed to provide you with the absolute highest level of flight instruction. We develop unmatched level of professionalism with every single one of our student pilots with close attention to individual needs of the student pilots. Encore Flight Academy also specializes in Multi Engine Training utilizing Four twin engine aircraft.

Best Ground Training: We believe the best flight training starts on the ground in the classroom. Encore Flight has these facilities in our upstairs building along with two state-of-the-art flight simulators. Using a training syllabus with Power Point Presentation capability, maximum exposure of material is achieved, making learning effective as well as fun.

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Van Nuys Airport is a designated Class “D” (control tower) airport by the Federal Aviation Administration. It is located just adjacent to Burbank Airport with Class “C” radar service, and within a short distance to world famous Los Angeles International Airport. This complexity of airspaces and excellent year round weather gives Encore Flight Academy the opportunity to provide a level of flight instruction unmatched anywhere else in the world.

Among other reasons, ideal flight conditions have made Van Nuys Airport the number one choice for Flight Training. There are 758 aircraft based at Van Nuys Airport, including 128 jets, 27 turboprop jets, 531 piston aircraft and 52 helicopters. Van Nuys Airport is ranked as one of the busiest general aviation airports in the United States with 400,000 operations annually. That adds up to 1,100 takeoffs and landings daily.

Encore Flight Academy is fortunate to utilize two Designated Flight Examiners. At Encore Flight Academy upon satisfactory completion of the course can, issue pilot certificates in house. Our examiners have decades of experience with training and pilot certification.  What that means for all of our students and flight instructors is a high degree of professionalism and academic.

At the beginning of your Flight School search, it helps if you have a general idea of what you want from aviation. Why do you want to learn to fly? What is your ultimate, long-term aviation goal? Do you want to fly for fun, or are you seeking a flying career? Will your flying be local, or do you want to use general aviation aircraft to travel? Do you want to own an airplane or will you rent? These are questions you should answer before you start considering flight schools. And you should consider whether you’ll train full time or part time. These factors can have a major impact on your school selection criteria.

I took my wife on a one-hour sightseeing flight for her birthday and it was fantastic! We took off from Van Nuys, flew past the Hollywood sign and the Griffith Observatory, past Dodger Stadium, and then west over the Santa Monica pier and Point Dume to watch the sun sink below the horizon. The pilot, Kyle, was very friendly and a great guide, too, and the plane was comfortable.  
Corey C.
October 10, 2014
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We flew so close to the Hollywood sign it was crazy. Then right down the center of Dodgers Stadium, downtown LA, Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, and Malibu. He also pointed out all of the cool houses such as Mel Gibsons (no he wasn't beating anyone outside). He also had me fly over some mountains so I could see how turbulence affected the plane. Pretty sweet stuff. He landed, and I got the steer the plane down the runway. He didn't try to push any lessons on us or anything. Great sense of humor and just a nice dude. All 20-something of him. Couldn't have asked for a better guide.
Tabitha D.
December 13, 2011
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Andre, our Captain, was awesome! He guided us through our flight over L.A. He was quick to ease any anxiety and make it a comfortable, safe, fun and informative experience. 5 stars all the way. Great customer service, great experience, definitely a must do in L.A. After flying all around the world in commercial planes this was the first time I actually felt I was "flying". Cannot wait to do it again!
Rene A.
May 19, 2012
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This is my first review on yelp, but I had such an amazing flight, I just had to write a review. If you want the best pilot, ask for Andre Malloy. I've always dreamed of flying a plane, and Andre is the best pilot and teacher anyone could ask for. He made me and my girlfriend feel safe, comfortable, and confident. His knowledge of flight is impeccable. He was in the Air Force, and it shows. I'm now on my way to getting my pilots license, and I can't wait for my next flight with Andre!
Blake A.
June 15, 2013
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We are absolutely thrilled by how professional and sharp Encore is as a flight school. They provide gracious and impeccable services that would impress a picky customer like me. I overcame my fear for flying with Encore's Diamond aircraft and simulator... thank you very much!
Amanda D.
August 04, 2012
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I purchased flight training for my fiancée, and let me say, he had a great time. Shane was very helpful and the overall experience was great.
Angela A.
October 26, 2015
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Excellent customer service, I have been there a few times for flight lessons. The training was amazing and views are breathtaking. My instructor was Alex, he is very experienced and made my session very comfortable. I will defiantly go back.
Sara S.
December 20, 2015
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Such a unique experience!! Toured LA, Hollywood, Santa Monica, etc and the views were absolutely incredible. The pilot was so nice and funny! Staff in the office was also incredibly sweet
Armenui A.
January 24, 2014
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I want to take this time to share with anyone who maybe interested in getting lessons from an amazing pilot with such great background knowledge that not only you will feel safe but will have a pleasant company as well. I definitely and highly recommend this establishment for any flight lessons and the best pilots are hired there to teach you. I had an amazing experience and wanted to share this with the public. Enjoy the ride.
Leyla V.
October 27, 2015
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Jonathan KILLED IT!!! he is the man!! one of my best experiences in a long time. A must bucket list to do. He gave me and m brothers an amazing smooth experience! Friendly and funny and knew how to give us thrill (which is what we were seeking) while in the air! From Florida to Los Angeles, He is the MAN with the plane! looking forward to coming back in the future
Art V.
August 02, 2013
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Had my very first flight class today.  My girlfriend surprised me my birthday.  I was literally blindfolded and driven to the location - totally clueless.  I had an amazing experience.  Everything from the friendly staff, to our flight instructor to the flight trainer (Ryan - great guy!), to the simulator - down to the take-off, flight and landing.  AMAZING.  I decided that I'm hooked.  I'll be a certified pilot before long... Thanks to Encore Fight Academy for a great experience.  I'll be sure to tell my friends and you can count on seeing me on the tarmac again soon.
Michael G.
July 07, 2012
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I highly recommend this flight school to anyone who wants to be a pilot, I had the best experience. This flight school has very friendly staff and nice planes. Overall great service and dedicated instructors.
Anousha K.
February 19, 2017
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Alex is absolutely amazing! Highly recommended. They have really great airplanes, and flight simulators. I have been a customer my here for while now and I have nothing but good things to say about them. I signed up for the private pilot course, I got the full package, it came with all the books and the reading materials. I think I have total of 50 hours of flight time in my program. They have excellent customer service, place give them a visit and ask for Alex, he will give you a your and really take care of you.
Evelina C.
March 29, 2017
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My boyfriend has been taking flying lessons at Encore Flight School and he absolutely loves their program; he is almost done with completing the course to get his license. Last month , my boyfriend flew us to Catalina Island with Alex's ( the instructor) supervision and it was one of the best experiences I have ever had . FYI , I am absolutely terrified of flying and I would refuse traveling because I am so scared of heights and flying ; however , I couldn't believe how comfortable and safe I felt during the flight . Alex , the instructor , appeared very experienced . He is so knowledgable and he makes you feel very comfortable . A true professional ... If you are looking for taking flying lessons whether for pleasure or possibly as a career , I would HIGHLY recommend Encore Flight School . They have very reasonable prices for different packages ; They definitely would exceed your expectations.
Sarah K.
October 19, 2015
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