Take Flight San Diego

San Diego, California

Dave Simpson, instructor and owner of Take Flight San Diego, is a Gold Seal and Master CFI - a dual designation enjoyed by only 200 of the 91,000 flight instructors in the U.S. Flight training is offered in private, instrument, commercial, and CFI. Both traditional and accelerated programs are offered for each pilot certification level. Dave has a 100% first time pass rate for all students trained.

Professional and personal flight instruction is what you get at Take Flight San Diego. In association with Plus One Flyers, one of the largest flying clubs in the U.S, you will have access to over 55 airplanes at three airports in the San Diego area - MYF, SEE, and RNM.

Take Flight San Diego is owned and operated by Dave Simpson and specializes in Part 61 accelerated private, instrument, commercial and CFI/CFII flight instruction in the San Diego area. Dave has earned FAA Gold Seal and National Association of Flight Instructors Master CFI accreditation, a distinction held by only 200 of the 92,000 flight instructors in the U.S.A and only two in San Diego. Dave has been flying since 1993 and actively instructing full time since 2004.

Take Flight San Diego´s philosophy centers on the critical role of the flight instructor in providing the quality necessary to achieve and maintain this enviable record of checkride success. Dave Simpson exhibits the highest standards of professionalism and dedication to achieving the outcomes you desire. The beginner and advanced student testimonials on this website provide the best insight into what you can expect as a client.

Take Flight San Diego is unique in the flight training industry. Although training can be provided in almost any location in any airplane, the majority of the training takes place in conjunction with Plus One Flyers, a non profit corporation dedicated to providing airplanes and training, at four airports in the San Diego area, SEE, MYF, CRQ and RNM. The diverse fleet of over 50 airplanes ranging from a C150 to a Cirrus at rates lower than most FBO´s make Plus One Flyers the best choice for those who don´t own their own airplane.

Aviation Training Facilities

  • Flight School (airplane)
Programs & Courses
  • Sports Pilot (SPL/LSA)
  • Private Pilot (PPL)
  • Commercial Pilot (CPL)
  • Flight Instructor (CFI / FI)
  • Instrument Rating (IR)
  • Flight Instructor - Instrument
  • Tailwheel
  • Mountain Flying
  • Ground School Classes


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Take Flight San Diego Gillespie Field1985 North Marshall Avenue, Suite 106 San Diego CA 92020 United States