Flying Lessons at Montgomery-Gibbs Airport
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Flight Training at Montgomery-Gibbs Executive
Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport's very first use was flight training, and while it also serves as a business and general aviation oriented airport, it's still a great place for flight training. Just six miles to the northeast of San Diego International Airport, you'll learn to navigate the challenges of being a pilot in the complex southern California airspace. Since it is located close to the San Diego Class Bravo airspace and the Gillespie Field Class Delta airspace you'll master the unique arrival routes learning to use Mt Soledad as a VFR entry point.
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Flex Air's Montgomery Gibbs Pilot Programs
No matter whether you want to fly for work, or for fun, it all start's with a private pilot license. Begin your flight training at Montgomery-Gibbs with Flex Air’s Adventure Pilot program.
Become a Certified Flight Instructor at Montgomery-Gibbs with our San Diego CFI Academy .This is one of the quickest ways to get paid while building flight hours to meet the flight hour requirement to become a career airline pilot.
Build an aviation career, by becoming a commercial airline pilot, a corporate pilot or a cargo pilot at Montgomery-Gibbs. Flex Air Career Pilot Program will get you professional flight training and excellent job placement with our many industry relationships.
Already hold an FAA Commercial Rotor Certificate? Montgomery-Gibbs is a great place to get your reduced Fixed-Wing ATP with Flex Air's San Diego Rotor Transition Program.
Montgomery-Gibbs Airport History
Established in 1937 as Gibbs Field, Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport began as a single-runway facility. In 1940, William “Bill” Gibbs leased the airport to the Ryan School of Aeronautics for the training of Army Air Corps cadets. Seven years later, the City of San Diego acquired the airport from Gibbs. The City renamed the airport Montgomery Field in 1950, in tribute to John J. Montgomery, a pioneer credited with the first controlled flight in a fixed-wing aircraft (near Otay Mesa area in 1883). In 2016, the San Diego City Council adopted a resolution to change the airport’s name to Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport, not only acknowledging Bill Gibbs’ contribution, but also signaling a commitment to providing superior services and facilities for aviators. Today, the airport serves as a bustling hub for flight training as well as general aviation, catering to diverse operations, including private, corporate, charter, air ambulance, law enforcement, fire rescue and cargo services. The Federal Aviation Administration has designated Montgomery-Gibbs as a reliever airport for the San Diego International Airport – Lindbergh Field, helping to mitigate congestion by serving general aviation aircraft that might otherwise utilize the busier air carrier airport.
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Start flying at Montgomery-Gibbs with Flex Air
Your first step to flying at Montgomery-Gibbs is a conversation with one of our San Diego flight training advisors. We are happy to answer all your questions and help get your flight training or aviation career started!