Desert Aero Club, LLC

Maricopa, Arizona



In this era of glass cockpits, satellite weather and tablet computers, we offer pilots and aviation enthusiasts the opportunity to experience the flying of yesteryear. We take you back to when “seat of the pants” flying was the norm and maneuvering your aircraft through the sky was more of a visceral experience and less of an exercise in data management. 

Andy Estes is a Certified Flight Instructor specializing in tailwheel training for pilots and CFIs. He is the owner of Desert Rat Aviation, and is an expert on restoring classic and antique aircraft. During his career Andy has developed both a passion and talent for sharing his love of classic aviation with others. His love of vintage aircraft and the type of flying that was common during the "Golden Age" of aviation led him to imagine a new "old style" flying club. One where there would be a focus on flying just for the fun of it and sharing in the experience of old fashioned "stick and rudder" piloting. A grassroots club where aviation was more affordable and accessable to everyone. Andy also wanted to recreate the sense of community and comaraderie where anyone with a love of aircraft and aviation could come together to share their experiences and expertise. Some years back Andy shared his vision with Kevin Gallagher, a fellow classic aircraft enthusiast. Along with a group of dedicated and talented instructors, Andy and Kevin started Desert Aero Club, and are hoping to share their love of classic aviation with you.

Aviation Training Facilities


Flight School - Fixed Wing

Programs & Courses

Private Pilot License
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Accepts students from Virginia
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Location Map

AK-Chin Regional Airport
Maricopa, AZ 85138
United States

+1 (520) 431-6844

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