If the name Sierra Charlie Aviation sounds familiar, there’s probably good reason for it. The Arizona flight school, which began in Scottsdale and now has a second location in Chandler, has become something of a regular on the list of winners in the AOPA Flight Training Experience Awards. In a region with fierce competition, Sierra Charlie Aviation continues to distinguish itself.
Most schools that shy away from new airplanes do it because they assume the higher acquisition costs make them untenable. Yet Campbell thinks the reduction in downtime increases revenue, and the lack of maintenance headaches enables him to better focus on other parts of the business. For students, it all comes down to value. New may cost more, but you’re getting a lot more for your money. A younger, tech-savvy clientele demands modern avionics and better reliability, and at Sierra Charlie Aviation, that’s exactly what they’re getting.