ABOUT OUR FLIGHT SCHOOL
Sling Flying Club is a Los Angeles-based flying school specializing in Sport Pilot and Private Pilot Training. Utilizing the modern glass-cockpit Sling LSAs, we keep the joy of flight in all of our training. Follow your dreams and come learn to fly with us! Sign up for flight lessons today.
Who we are
Sling Flying Club is a flight school, flying club and community for pilots of all ages and skill levels with the goal of bringing aviation back to its glory days! We offer flight instruction, aircraft rentals, and a social community atmosphere that lives, breathes, and loves aviation. Based at the beautiful Torrance Airport, we use The Airplane Factory Sling for all our flight training. The airplane is a very capable and modern Light Sport Aircraft with excellent handling characteristics, comfort and visibility, making every flight a fun and enjoyable experience.
We believe that all people are unique and learn differently. We believe in tailoring training specifically to the needs of our students so that they can learn in a way that suits them best, and so that progress can be made consistently.
What we do
LEARN TO FLY
At Sling Flying Club we offer both Sport Pilot and Private Pilot Flight Training
Become a pilot and start flying as Pilot in Command Faster! The Sport Pilot certificate was introduced in 2004 by the FAA to help rejuvenate aviation and make it more accessible. The FAA cut the required amount of flight training necessary to become a pilot which drastically lowered the costs associated with becoming a pilot. Sport Pilots still need to have all the same skills and fly at the same standards as Private Pilots, but they don’t require night training and airspace training is provided via endorsements. Also, a Sport Pilot does not have to carry a FAA issued medical certificate. A valid US driver’s license will suffice in this case. A Sport Pilot only requires 20 hours of flight training, half of the 40 required for Private.
- Close to Practice Area: Torrance is located just minutes flight away from the practice area, so the student minimizes their time (and cost) flying to/from the practice area for instruction.
- Two Runways: Never spend more than a few minutes waiting for takeoff or landing clearances (less waiting = money saved)! If one runway is busy use the other one!
- Airspace: Just a few miles South of LAX, flying from Torrance means that you will experience some of the most congested airspace in the country. Don’t let this scare you though. If you learn to fly here, YOU CAN FLY ANYWHERE!
- Friendly Airport Attitude: Being at an airport that is almost entirely General Aviation (GA) means a friendlier attitude towards pilots and students learning to fly!
- Sightseeing: Flying from Torrance you’ll never be disappointed by the views and the sights you get to see. Flying over the top of LAX or downtown, sightseeing over the Queen Mary in the LA Harbor, and scouting for Blue Whales in the Pacific all mean that you will fall in love every time you take to the skies!
- Airplane: $130/hr- includes fuel
- Instructor: $70/hr
Get your Sport Pilot Certificate for around $5,000 (FAA minimum) and your Private Pilot Certificate for around $10,000 (FAA minimum)
CLIENTS & TESTIMONIALS
We strive to provide an enjoyable learning experience for our students and a great environment for aviation enthusiasts to share the joy of flight.
- Sling Flying Club is a very unique, dynamic place to learn to fly. The plane sells itself. The staff is competent and compassionate. You'll walk away with a sense of belonging. Choosing to get certified as a sport pilot in a Sling was a no-brainer, after seeing my options to get into the sport.Vatche
- I love flying the Sling 2! I've been flying for over 30 years and I've flown just about every single-engine aircraft Cessna, Piper, Beechcraft or Mooney have ever built plus over 30 different kit planes and all the most popular Light Sport Airplanes on the market. The Sling 2 is hands-down the most airplane-like, well-harmonized and fun-to-fly Light Sport at any price. It's fun and sporty yet docile and forgiving: a great trainer and a great cross-country aircraft and now, with the fuel-injected Rotax 912 iS, the most economical to operate - period!Barry J
automobile industry executive
- I never knew how spoiled I was until I tried to fly a few other airplanes. If you've flown any other airplane before, just try the Sling once. I can almost guarantee you will fall in love with it.Michael R
- I've flown four different kinds of light sport aircraft. Three were fine-to-good. But the Sling is magnificent. I didn't fall in love with the Sling simply because it has a beautiful body. I fell in love with the Sling because it also has: spectacular in-flight visibility; a retractable canopy (a delight when taxiing on warm days); a steerable nose wheel (much easier to taxi than a castering nose wheel); a large glass panel that displays both instruments and a moving map; adjustable seats; a comfortable four-point seat belt and shoulder harness; a hand brake (a big plus for pilots with big feet); and a remarkably quiet engine. The Sling Club is as good as its plane. The Club's staff and instructors are enthusiastic, friendly, knowledgeable and a pleasure to spend time with.Lon S
- Two years ago, as a new PPL, the Sling was the 2nd airframe I was checked-out to fly. I began to understand why they say it's a "pilot's airplane", and it quickly became a favorite. The Sling truly changed my impression of the LSA category for the better, and set the bar for future LSA incredibly high.John T
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Why Learn to Fly?
- Who Can Become a Pilot?
- What Can You Fly?
- Where Can You Fly?
- When Can You Start?
- How Long Will it Take?
- What Tests Will You Need to Take?
- Is Flying Safe?
Learning to fly is an experience unlike any other. Imagine being at the controls of your very own airplane flying 10,000 feet above the city, breathing in the dramatic landscape and contemplating the everlasting freedom and joy that this sport provides. You’d probably be asking yourself why you didn’t do this sooner. Everyone has their own reasons for learning to fly, but the passion for freedom, adventure and enjoyment is what keeps all pilots hooked for life!
The greatest part of the Sport Pilot Certificate is that YOU CAN FLY USING YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE!
Below are the minimum requirements:
- 17 years of age or older
- Proficient in the English language
- Valid state driver’s license or FAA Medical Certificate
Max Gross Takeoff Weight: < 1,320 lbs
Max Stall Speed: 45 knots
Max Speed in Level Flight (Vh): 120 knots
Max Occupancy: 2
Single Reciprocating Engine
Fixed or Ground Adjustable Propeller
Fixed landing Gear
- Myth: Every flight needs a flight plan
- Fact: Once you are a licensed pilot you can literally jump in your plane and fly anywhere you want as free as a bird (while obeying regulations of course)!
You can start the process of becoming a pilot as soon as you feel comfortable heading to the airport for your introductory flight lesson. Our Certified Flight Instructors are more than willing to give you an introduction to the world of aviation. From there, it is up to you how to progress.
Example: If you take two 1 hour lessons per week and study diligently than you will meet the FAA minimums in less than 3 months. However, you are free to progress at your own pace.
- FAA Written Knowledge Test
- FAA Practical Test (“Checkride”)
In order to become a certificated Sport Pilot in the United States you must pass both a written knowledge test covering the areas vital to the operation of a safe flight to include: regulations, aircraft operation, navigation, weather, and flight principles. Also, you must be able to demonstrate not only an understanding of basic flight principles but the correlation to other areas of flight in what is termed the practical test (AKA “the checkride”). This is most closely related to the driving test that you took at the DMV when you were 16. It proves that you’ve mastered the rules of the road and operation of your vehicle. Neither test is very hard and only requires a little extra study on your part and some good flight time with your instructor preparing for the Practical.
Flying definitely falls within the walls of what’s considered to be acceptable risk for most people, and to top that off the most risky thing you could ever do in this life is to not pursue your dreams!
Sling Flying Club is very proud of our team. Our Certified Flight Instructors (CFIs) are all experienced and enthusiastic and have a broad and varied background in aviation. Our instructors are cream of the crop professional flight instructors who are not just building time to fly for the airlines. We love what we do.
Airline Transport Pilot: Airplane, CFI, CFII, MEI
Commercial Pilot: Airplane Single Engine Land, CFI
Certified Flight Instructor - Sport Airplane
Commercial Pilot: Airplane SEL; Instrument Airplane
Commercial Pilot: Airplane SEL & MEL; Instrument; Lighter-Than-Air Airship
Airline Transport Pilot: AMEL, Commercial ASEL, LTA Airship
Commercial Pilot: Airplane SEL; Private Airplane MEL, Weight-Shift, Glider
Commercial Pilot: Airplane SEL & SES; Instrument Airplane; AGI