San Diego Flight Training International

about sdfti

Our Mission

Our Mission

The core purpose and values of SDFTI have remained unchanged since launching in 1989. These words live in every briefing room, flight deck, instructor and members of the support staff. We are more than a business ... we are part of the history and future of aviation. Producing safe professional pilots is our contribution.

Philip L. Thalheimer



SDFTI provides professional training to career aviators and personal pilots with same level of excellence, quality, innovation, and safety to remain at the leading edge of an ever advancing and growing industry.

We are committed to delivering the best tools and equipment and training techniques that maximize efficiency and superior skill development well beyond the requirements prescribed and monitored by the Federal Aviation Administration under Part 141.

SDFTI and the Airline Direct Academy center is a beacon for national, international and local students; catering to the specific needs of each.