We invite you to the largest Flight School Van Nuys Airport Essence Flight Academy! Whether you wish to obtain your Pilot License for pleasure or wish to pursue a Professional Career in aviation, Essence Flight Academy can help. Our experienced flight instructors provide you with quality flight training and instructions. It is our goal to make your learning experience memorable! You can simply try our Discovery Flights offered at Encore Flight School as well. Do not hesitate to Contact us for more information.

Learn More About our Flight School. We are a prominent flight school located at Van Nuys Airport with ideal conditions for flight training. Van Nuys Airport is in the San Fernando Valley just north of Los Angeles. Unlike Santa Monica airport and other airports in the Los Angeles basin that are susceptible to unfavorable coastal weather conditions, Hollywood Hills isolate Van Nuys from the coast.

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The Best Training Aircraft

Essence Flight Academy Incorporates more than 20 Training Aircraft for Private Pilot Training

Flight Simulator

Full Motion FAA Approved Simulators

3 Full-Motion FAA Approved Flight Simulators will complement your Aircraft training 

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FAA Certified Flight Instructors

Option to choose between 9 full-time flight instructors



Flying is the freedom to go where you want when you want. How does flying up to Lake Tahoe to go skiing sound? A weekend in Las Vegas without the hassle of the airlines? Lunch with friends in Palm Springs? A flight to Catalina for a world-famous Buffalo Burger? A romantic dinner in San Diego? Or just jumping in the plane and flying simply for the fun of being aloft? These are just a few of the countless adventures waiting to be discovered for any pilot flying out of Van Nuys.

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 of the world-famous Los Angeles International Airport. This complexity of airspaces and excellent year-round weather gives Essence 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 to make Van Nuys Airport the busiest General Aviation Airport in the world

If you’re in the area, please stop by! It will give us a chance to meet you and show you some of the aircraft on our flight line. We like to start people off with an Introductory Flight with one of our instructors. This 45-minute flight will give you an exciting, close up hands-on experience, which will give you an opportunity to see how our airplanes handle and our instructors teach flight. After the flight, you will debrief with your instructor and discuss scheduling and training materials with the front desk staff, should you decide to continue your training.

Essence flight academy utilized 2 FAA Approved full motion simulators and they are used for different stages of your flight training, and are very effective tool in learning to fly.


Yes, they are full-motion flight simulators and are FAA approved. That means that the students can log the time in the simulators as actual flight time.

You can fly single engine aircraft during day and nighttime and carry passengers. Also, you can fly international with your private pilot license.

Yes, Essence Flight Academy offers aircraft rental to all our graduate. You will have a 24/7 access to our fleet, with online scheduling.

Essence Flight Academy utilizes a complete syllabus for the Private Pilot Course, this syllabus has total of 35 lessons. By attending 2 to 3 sessions a week, most people complete the program in about 3 months.

All flight training at Essence flight academy is done on one-on-one basis, therefore students pick the best time to fly based on their own schedules. We are open 7 days week for our clients.

Essence Flight Academy is open 7 days week. The flight sessions could be scheduled from 8am until 11pm daily.

You will fly minimum of 5 hours of flight time at night during the Private Pilot Course, since your license will allow you fly at night. You can do more sessions at night time if you like, however it preferred to do most of the flight training during day time hours.

Essence Flight Academy offers several different makes of aircrafts. Most student pick one platform as the primary aircraft type, however throughout the course you will fly in all different makes of aircraft to be able to comfortably rent them in the future.

No, in any of our Private Pilot Packages, we calculate the aircraft rental rate at $149/hours. Students could change the aircrafts at any time during the course.

Yes, most of your training aircrafts are four seaters. You are more than welcome to invite a friend at no additional cost.

Private Pilot license is the first Pilot’s license that most people obtain, and it is limited to operation in good weather conditions. By getting the Instrument Rating License you can fly in adverse weather condition and have more freedom in your day-by-day operations. The Instrument Rating Course at Essence Flight Academy usually takes about 3 months to complete.

Absolutely! At Essence flight academy we understand that people who want to get their pilot’s license are some of the most successful and busy people around. Fitting flight training into an already busy schedule can be difficult. Therefore our students schedule their training to fit their own calendar. They schedule their lessons during the times that best work for them.

Essence Flight Academy has a wide variety of Flight Instructors on staff. We encourage all students to fly with a few of our instructors to see how well they mesh with them. Please check out our instructors page to learn more about them. We do ask our students to eventually settle on one flight instructor and to stick with them through the end of their training. You may also feel free to stop in and talk to any of the instructors that are free, to get to know them. We encourage walk-ins.

Essence Flight Academy has the widest variety of airplanes, instructors and ratings available in the Los Angeles Basin. You can choose between Cirrus, Cessna, Diamond and Piper aircraft for your flight training. We also utilized 2 Full Motion FAA Approved Flight Simulators in our training program. We are highly focused on making our students feel welcome, safe and that they are a part of an institution that will help them achieve their aviation goals as efficiently as possible. We also maintain some of the most modern, fuel efficient, aerodynamically stable aircraft around and we maintain the highest possible standards for safety and the ongoing maintenance of our aircraft. Potential students should stop by our school and see for themselves. We believe our aircraft and team members speak for themselves.

Sport Pilot, Private Pilot, Instrument Pilot, Certified Flight Instructor, Certified Flight Instrument Instructor, Airline Transport Pilot; Also: Re-currency, Flight reviews, Proficiency checks, Complex and High Performance endorsements.

Liability Coverage: $1,000,000 Each Occurrence $25,000 Passengers Physical Damage Coverage: Non-Owned Aircraft Coverage: $15,000.

Your safety and the maintenance of our fleet is our highest priority. Our aircraft are regularly maintained every 50 hours of operation. FAA mandated 100-hour, annual inspections, as well as non-mandated 50-hour inspections are performed at or before they are due. Essence Flight Academy has an in-house full maintenance facility and three full time mechanics working on our aircraft.

At our flight school we guarantee the lowest pricing per hour on our aircraft. Simply put if you find a lower price in LA area, we will beat it. We can achieve this by having our own aircraft and maintenance facilities. All the airplanes at Essence Flight Academy are owned and operated by school. Also due to our volume of our business we get the lowest fuel pricing in Van Nuys Airport.  

Start by visiting AOPA’s Transportation Security Administration site for instructions and forms: http://www.aopa.org. Once you have been approved, you must get fingerprinted, then receive final approval. You may then begin training, contact Essence flight academy to schedule an Introductory Flight. The entire process takes as little as 3-4 weeks. For more information please see the page about foreign students on our website.

You can start training to fly at any age. Our students have been as young as 10 years old and as old as 75. The FAA requires that a pilot checkride applicant be at least 17 years old. Student pilots must be at least 16 years old before they can fly an aircraft solo.

Yes. We require all students under the age of 18 to fill out a parental consent form signed by their legal guardian(s) before they can start flight school.

An Introductory Flight is an introduction to General Aviation. Start by making an appointment with an instructor by calling us at 818 960 9474. On the day of your flight, arrive at our school about 5-10 minutes early. Your instructor will talk with you about General Aviation, your goals, and what drew you to aviation. This is an opportunity for you to ask any question you may have. You and your instructor will then “pre-flight” your airplane — which is a procedure used to do a thorough check of the airplane before flight. Once complete, you and your instructor will take off from Van Nuys Airport and fly to Malibu for approximately 60 minutes, during which time you’ll be able to do some basic maneuvers with your instructor, so you can see how the airplane performs in flight. Alternatively, you may choose the more scenic option of flying near the Hollywood Sign; that flight would not include maneuvers. After landing, you and your instructor will debrief the flight, log the flight in a logbook, should you choose to purchase one, and answer any questions. Introductory flight costs $249, please note that only one extra person per flight (max two passengers). The Intro Flight is also a great way to introduce a friend or loved one who has “always wanted to try it”; it also makes a great gift! Please allow about 2 hours for your flight, and it’s a good idea to make your reservation 1 week in advance to make sure you’ll be able to get the day and time you want.

We offer Gift Certificates for any dollar amount you wish. Gift certificates can be purchased in person, or over the phone. These certificates never expire and can be used anytime.

Absolutely! If you know someone that is currently in flight training at Essence Flight Academy, you can purchase more time for them by simply adding any dollar amount you wish to their account. If you prefer, we can even provide you with a Gift Certificate to present to the pilot/student. Give us a call or email us to set up the purchase.

We recommend AOPA as an excellent resource for low cost, high quality renter’s insurance. The limits required by Essence Flight Academy are Liability Coverage: $1,000,000 Each Occurrence $25,000 Passengers Physical Damage Coverage: Non-Owned Aircraft Coverage: $15,000. http://www.aopa.org/insurance.

he economy took a huge shake during the Covid-19 pandemic, but good pilots will always be needed. As of today, airlines are poised for their busiest year of pilot hiring in more than three decades as the industry tries to restock a workforce reduced during the pandemic and strained by a quick rebound in travel. Here is a link from Wall Street Journal on the matter: Pilots Are in Demand Again, as Strained Airlines Go on a Hiring Spree.