Private Pilot and Instrument Training in Cirrus Aircraft
480-305-0911 | Scottsdale Airport, KSDL



Experience Matters

Elite Flight Training & Rentals offers the kind of training experience that is not typically available to private students.

High-time instructors are former airline pilots, so you know you’re flying with a pilot who has handled every situation you could possibly encounter in the air.

Instructor total flight hours range from 6,000 – 26,000 hours, compared to the average flight instructor’s 300 or 400 hours;

Our instructors have logged over 12,000 hours of Cirrus time alone.

You’ll work with the same instructor throughout your training, and all your training, both ground school and flight time, will be conducted one-on-one with your instructor.

Your full-time instructor is available 7 days a week, whose sole business is flight instruction, and whose sole concern is your success.

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Highly Experienced Flight Training Instructors Scottsdale


Your training program will be created to fit your schedule, your timeline, and your learning style.

Highly Experienced Instructors

You’ll train one-on-one with a high-time, experienced instructor; all with 6,000-26,000 flight hours and specialists in the Cirrus Technically Advanced aircraft.

Technically Advanced Aircraft

You’ll train in a Cirrus, which incorporates technology and safety features not found in a typical training aircraft, such as the Traffic Collision Avoidance System and on-board aircraft parachute.

Ideal Learning Environment

You’ll learn more quickly in a highly structured but personable training atmosphere, using the teaching style that allows you to excel.



Licensed pilots, either Private, Instrument Rated or beyond, can take advantage of Elite’s fleet of SR22 Turbo and Non-Turbo aircraft, with either Avidyne or Perspective panels.


After a Check Out or Cirrus transition training with one of our high-time instructors, you can arrange hourly or overnight rentals.


Click on the Cirrus Rentals page for information on aircraft and rates.

Rent from the Largest Fleet of Aircraft Scottsdale


Discover why Scottsdale is one of aviation’s best kept secrets.

Clear Blue Skies and World Class Destination

The skies above the Arizona desert are always blue, and the Scottsdale area is a mecca for shopping, dining, and recreation, with more than 200 golf courses within its boundaries.

A Pilot's Airport

Scottsdale Airport is a tower-controlled field at the base of the McDowell Mountains. It’s the area’s favored field for corporate jets and private aircraft, and provides a great training environment within the greater Scottsdale/Phoenix air space.


We welcome students from all across the United States, Canada and abroad, and are happy to offer assistance in arranging your training through TSA and other federal authorities.


I’ll be back for my Instrument Rating!

I wanted to thank you guys for everything! You truly do run a professional business/school, your instructors are top notch and I’ll be back for my Instrument Rating!

Judd H.

Tom’s a credit to your flight school.

As a former CFI myself, I can recognize excellent flight instruction when I see it, and Tom did an outstanding job getting this rusty GA pilot up to speed in both the SR22 and with GA-style single pilot instrument flying. His easygoing temperament did not cover up his insistence that I fly safely and precisely. Pre and post flight briefings were thorough and easy to understand. At the close of each session, he left me with homework to prep for the next session. Tom’s teaching technique is a model of how the CFI job should be performed.  Tom’s a credit to your flight school.

David W.

I’m really grateful to Vic and Elite team. I’ll be back for my CPL and IR! 

In Europe the weather can be tricky to complete in a short amount of time a PPL. So I decided to come to the Phoenix area to complete in 4 weeks my training (both written and practical).  I looked into the offers and decided to get in touch with Elite Flight Training. Communication was smooth, easy and very responsive from the beginning. In no time we settled things up and I was on my way to Scottsdale. I have been assigned an amazing instructor: Vic Myev. Very knowledgeable. But most important thing: he is really taking great care of his students and dedicate himself so they can achieve their goals. Four weeks after, my PPL was in my pocket.

I’m really grateful to Vic and Elite team. I’ll be back for my CPL and IR!

Cheers guys

Sofiane A. (France)

Your facility and operation is First Class

Your facility and operation is first class. Your planes are top notch. And, the experience was far beyond my expectations. However, as good as all that, it was Tom & Dale that were the most OUTSTANDING. They made me feel welcome. They boosted my confidence. Despite their years of flying, they were still both very enthusiastic about flying, which fueled my enthusiasm. Honestly, I learned more from them in the few hours I spent with them than I have in weeks spent with my instructor. My only regret is that I couldn’t stay longer to complete my private pilot training with one of them.

Dan, New Jersey

The entire experience was incredibly professional, precise, effective and enjoyable

Elite Flight Training was instrumental in my efficient journey to achieving my life goal of flight. The entire experience was incredibly professional, precise, effective and enjoyable while integrating this into my demanding professional schedule.

Mark Verstegen, President/Founder, EXOS

The fleet of planes at Elite are awesome and I’m so glad I chose to do my training there

I became an aviation geek the second Chuck rotated 920AW on my Intro Ride. I was hooked. I couldn’t get started on my Private Pilot fast enough.

Training in a Cirrus with a glass cockpit is pretty special. The fleet of planes at Elite are awesome and I’m so glad I chose to do my training there.

Training in and around a busy airspace, as well as Bravo airspace accelerates your learning and radio work. I’m not intimidated to fly into any airport after learning to fly in Phoenix.

I’ll be doing my Instrument Rating with Chuck as well.

Graham Delaet, PGA Tour Player

Many thanks to Elite Flight Training

Many thanks to Elite Flight Training for allowing us to fulfill our dream of flying in the USA! Thanks to the quality of your welcome and your training on a fleet of modern aircraft, our flight across the USA in 2018 has been a great moment and we hope to return very soon to renew this experience with you.

Eric and Pierre (France)

I was so pleased to find Elite Flight Training

Now that Mary has passed her check ride I want to let you know how pleased I have been with your school. Given Mary was 16 when she decided to start her pilot training I was quite concerned she have the safest experience possible. After visiting several flight schools in the Phoenix area I was so pleased to find Elite Flight Training. The professionalism of your staff and the quality of your equipment has been wonderful. Thank you again for taking such good care of Mary.


Thank you for the great annual recurrent training

Wanted to thank you for the great annual recurrent training session in my Meridian… I can’t tell you how many times you have been sitting on my shoulder in critical decision making moments, most recently while canceling a flight when I already had my family strapped in, turbine spinning, to go on vacation. “What you Chuck do” is a common refrain. Thank you for letting me borrow on the pool of knowledge that you have accumulated over so many years of instruction and ATP captaincy in the big iron.


Gave me the comfort I needed to learn to fly

My greatest concern when deciding to learn to fly was safety. With Chuck and Elite Flight Training & Rentals LLC my concerns were addressed and relieved immediately. Chuck’s patient and systematic approach to teaching gave me the comfort I needed to learn to fly not only well but very safely.


Thank you!

Before I met Chuck, I had gone through three flight instructors and I believed I did not have what it took to be a good pilot. I struggled every time I got into a cockpit. Chuck, with his experience and amazing way he makes things so simple, had me doing great landings in a couple of sessions, understand what flying was all about, and now I am IFR rated and flying all across North America! If it wasn’t for Chuck I doubt I would be flying today or enjoying the freedom that I now experience. Thank you!

Franco Lofranco

Glad to have found Elite Flight Training

I am very glad to have found Elite Flight Training. I started my training at another Cirrus flight school and I just did not feel like the structure and expertise was there for me to get the best training possible. Once I came to Elite Flight Training, Chuck’s methodical teaching, professionalism and knowledge of the Cirrus aircraft allowed me to develop my skills and become a proficient and safe pilot. Not only does Chuck bring over 35 years of extensive flying experience but he has brought into the school other instructor pilots that are just as professional and dedicated to great teaching as he is. I gladly would recommend Elite Flight Training & Rentals LLC to anyone whose goal is to become a safe pilot in a timely manner.

Dr. Adri Rama

Among the best

I have worked with many different FBO’s and Chuck Lampardo and Elite Flight Training & Rentals LLC is among the best. The planes are in great shape and Chuck supports the pilots. It’s like belonging to a flying club.

Mark Huey

Thanks Paul, Chuck and Deb!

I recently completed my private pilot license with Elite and I strongly recommend that any prospective student meet with them prior to choosing a flight school. Elite is a small, hands-on flight school staffed with very experienced pilots and they do a great job of leveraging that experience into a great training environment. They offer a personalized experience and really get to know the students. In addition to a great staff is a superb fleet of well maintained, modern Cirrus aircraft. Essentially they offer a “one stop” solution for training in and access to the aircraft that everyone wants to be in. Overall it was a great experience and once again, highly recommended! Thanks Paul, Chuck and Deb!

Joe Giacalone

I can’t recommend them highly enough!

Before I chose a flight school, I did quite a bit of research and spoke with numerous individuals. I decided to go with Elite Flight Training & Rentals LLC based upon their reviews, fleet of aircraft (all Cirrus SR-22’s), extensive experience of the instructors, and their track record. To say that I am pleased with my decision is a big understatement! Learning to fly at Elite has been an incredible experience and a true joy, and it has FAR surpassed my expectations. Chuck and Paul are extremely friendly and incredibly knowledgeable. I can’t recommend them highly enough!

Bob Goldwater

The Best or Nothing!

If flying is on your bucket list, why not learn from the best? Chuck turns out experienced pilots right from the first lesson. He will not let you cut corners, and the end result in your being a Safe Pilot from the first solo, to your check ride. Safer Skies with Cirrus Pilots. The Best or Nothing!

Tino Ferrulli

A must call!

A fantastic flight training team with a top notch fleet of Cirrus aircraft. This is the best option in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area to get your license, get current, and fly the Cirrus. A must call! Thanks Chuck for helping me achieve my pilot dream.

Patrick Jones

We invite you to look at any other flight training facility in Phoenix/Scottsdale, and then come talk to us or send us a Contact Form. You’ll see what makes Elite Flight Training & Rentals LLC your best possible choice in flight training.

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