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Flight Training • Aircraft Rental • Aerobatic Instruction
Southern California

"One century of powered flight, one third of a century at Sunrise Aviation" 


Sunrise is a Flight Training Academy in Orange County, Southern California, committed to providing a full range of conventional and aerobatic flight instruction. We have been in business at John Wayne Airport for over thirty-five years and have gained a national reputation for excellence.

Cirrus • Cessna • Piper • Diamond • Evektor
Decathlon • Pitts • Extra

Redbird • Frasca (simulators)



Sunrise Aviation is pleased to announce the formation of an important new Bridge Partnership with SkyWest Airlines. Qualified Sunrise Flight Instructors are guaranteed a hiring interview with the Airline.

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Why Choose Sunrise Aviation?
Sunrise was founded and is personally supervised by Michael Church, He is a nationally respected flight training authority, honored by the FAA as Safety Counselor of the Year and recognized as a Master Flight Instructor and Master Aerobatic Flight Instructor. Church has logged more than 11,000 hours of in-flight instruction.
Our Instruction Philosophy
Quality flight training demands a complex mix: stick and rudder skills, effective teaching methods, risk management, and above all, love of flying. Our Director of Training, Lyn Carlson, was honored by the FAA as Flight Instructor of the year and has logged over 8,000 hours of in-flight instruction. She is an FAA Designated Flight Examiner. Carlson heads a remarkable team of instructors: all have aerobatic experience and all love to teach.
Our Training Aircraft Philosophy
Primary flight training is best done in airplanes built for the role: two-place, light, and maneuverable. By happy coincidence, such aircraft are naturally less expensive to operate than larger models.
Sunrise is committed to operating planes designed for flight training: we offer three different models of Two-Place Trainers: SportStar, Citabria and Decathlon. No other California flight school can make a similar claim.

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