Island Hopper - Catalina Island Discovery Flight

Island Hopper - Catalina Island Discovery Flight

Regular price $399.00 Sale

For those prospective students looking to truly capture the spirit of aviation as they explore the possibility of becoming a pilot themselves, what could be better than a flight over the Pacific Ocean and the famed Catalina Island for a truly unforgettable flight lesson? Or better yet, why not take it up a notch and actually land at the airport? Or better still, stay for lunch! Steeped in history, and a throwback to the golden age of flight, the airfield on Catalina Island was developed by the Wrigley family, and later commandeered by the military during WWII. Today, the airport is a favorite destination of aviation enthusiasts seeking the ultimate “$100 Hamburger”. It's not to be missed! The VIP Catalina Island Discover Flight offered exclusively at Camarillo Flight Instruction is an unequaled aviation training adventure reserved for the most discerning student pilots. If this sounds as great to you as it does to us, we hope you will join us for this incredible training experience. We look forward to seeing you in the sky!

During this Discovery Flight you will:

  • Receive basic ground instruction in aerodynamics and pre-flight safety
  • Learn the concepts of aircraft glide and distance
  • Get briefed on over water operation and regulations including emergency landing procedures, the use of pyrotechnic flares, and personal flotation devices (yep... you will carry these items to the plane!)
  • Learn how to access critical weather data before take-off to Catalina Island
  • Truly pilot the aircraft for large portions of the flight as your instructor gives you the controls and guides you step by step thru the flight stages
  • Ask your knowledgeable instructor tons of questions about flying the aircraft and flight training in general and receive expert guidance and direction as you look to embark on your own aviation journey

Lesson / Cost Includes:

  • Approximate aircraft run time of 1.5 to 2 hrs
  • Up to 3 hrs. with a highly trained, and passionate certified flight instructor assigned specifically to your lesson
  • One backseat student at no additional charge (weight / size restrictions apply)
  • Pre / Post flight refreshments (coffee / bottled water / pilot lounge snacks)
  • Student log book for those that do not already have one as this flight lesson must be officially logged toward achievement of your FAA Private Pilot License


  • Fly in our most advanced training aircraft, the Diamond DA-40 featuring the sophisticated G-1000 glass cockpit and large canopy for excellent visibility or any other aircraft of your choice
  • Perform a figure eight maneuver over a large portion of the island, including the airfield and the world famous Avalon harbor

Additional Charge Add Ons:

  • As an additional option we will (weather permitting) land at the one and only “Airport in the Sky”, stop the engine and get out for a brief photo opportunity. (15-20 minutes on the ground before startup procedures and departure. $35 airport authority landing fee included in this add on) +$100
  • As an additional add on to landing, your instructor will wait for you on the ground for up to 1 Hr. while you enjoy lunch at the café. (cost of food not included) +$30 


  • Only one additional backseat student may join the lesson (primary student sits upfront in left seat and backseat student sits in the back of the aircraft to observe. The primary student must remain in the cockpit for the entire flight, sorry, no swapping.) 
  • Small aircraft like any other have a useful load. Weight and balance must be within acceptable parameters for the flight to occur. With this in mind, two average size / weight adults along with the instructor should not be a concern, however, if one or both in your party is a heavier individual, please contact our office first to verify it will work
  • Discovery flights are not refundable for any reason. Discovery flights are transferable and do not expire. Discovery flights may be re-scheduled by the student one time free of charge with a min. of 24 hours notice
  • Cancellation within 24 hours for any reason or a no show will result in forfeiture / 100% cancellation penalty. No exceptions will be made
  • Should you choose the upgrade option of landing / staying for lunch and for any reason we are not able to safely land, you will be provided a credit on your student account to be applied to future flight lessons 
  • This Discovery Flight is more weather dependent than any other due its location and should be booked with a sense of flexibility. We will look to reschedule this flight if the weather is not ideal. We recognize that this is a costly flight lesson and we want it to be great conditions
  • This is an actual flight lesson conducted in accordance with all federal regulations concerning part 61 operations
  • This Discovery Flight may not be used for drop off at Catalina Island or as any other type of transportation purpose

For more information about Discovery Flights please visit our Q&A page for answers to the most common questions.

Flight Club 805 Members: Please contact our office prior to purchasing for yourself or as a gift to take advantage of 10% off the purchase price.