About Wings Over L.A.

Welcome to Wings Over L.A. Aviation! Located at the Prop Park VNY of the world-famous Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles, we are the premiere flight school and air tour operator in Southern California. If you have ever looked to the skies and dreamed of learning to fly, we are here to help make your dream a reality!


With an utmost focus on safety, our clean, comfortable and highly maintained fleet includes both analog as well as state-of-the-art Garmin G1000 avionics. No matter your training preference, Wings Over L.A. has you covered. We utilize the fully integrated Cessna Flight Training system ground and flight training curriculum, so your instruction is standardized following a syllabus with student progress tracking features.


Please give us a call or stop by our facility; our knowledgeable and experienced staff would love to show you around our operations and answer any questions you might have regarding learning to fly. You can also take that first step into aviation and schedule an introductory flight to experience the exhilarating feeling of flying a plane over sunny Los Angeles with Wings Over L.A. We’d love to fly with you!

Testimonials

  • I feel lucky to have found Wings Over L.A. Aviation to train for my Instrument rating. Absolutely top-notch instruction and equipment!

    - Sarah J.

  • We had such a wonderful time on our sunset air tour over the coast… highly recommend Wings Over L.A.!

    - Chris and Emma B.

  • As a Commercial pilot I’m pretty picky when it comes to renting aircraft. I’m always confident that Wings Over L.A. airplanes are meticulously maintained and are in great shape, inside and out.

    - Tom K.

Meet Our Team

Jess Fernandez owner

Jess Fernandez

Owner-Chief Pilot

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Katerina Kevorkian Front Desk

Katerina Kevorkian

Front Desk

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Greg Oates flight instructor (CFI)

Greg Oates

Flight Instructor

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Jess Fernandez:
I have had a life-long passion for aviation. As a child, I remember my dad taking me to the airport to watch planes take off and land and I was fascinated by them. I consider myself very fortunate to have been able to turn my love for aviation into a career. I have been involved in aviation at Van Nuys, Burbank and Whiteman airports for the past 30 years and currently hold a multiengine Airline Transport Pilot certificate with approximately 7,000 hrs. of flight time and continue to fly commercially. During all these years, I have established many contacts within the aviation industry that have helped pave the way for our commercial students to get jobs after obtaining their certificates and logging their required hours. As background, I began managing and leasing back airplanes to flight schools at Van Nuys in 2007. Last year, I decided it was time to start my own flight school and formed Wings Over L.A. Aviation, LLC which I actively run with very able help from Shane Braddock, my Operations Manager, and a group of highly qualified instructors. Shane has extensive flight school management experience, having spent close to four years running the day-to-day operations at one of our large competitors. Shane is also an instrument rated pilot and is a great source of information and guidance for our pilots. Our goal at Wings Over L.A. is to provide a range of clean, well maintained airplanes, top professional instructors and comfortable facilities at very competitive rates in a friendly environment. We are the only flight school at Van Nuys that can take a student from private pilot to multi-engine commercial and ATP. I hope you come visit us and give us a chance to show you around.

Katerina Kevorkian:
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Greg Oates:
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Marc Jay flight instructor (CFI)

Marc Jay

Flight Instructor

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Tom Kinog flight instructor (CFI)

Tom Kinog

Flight Instructor

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Costi Margaronis flight instructor (CFI)

Costi Margaronis

Flight Instructor

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Marc Jay:
Marc Jay has had a passion for aviation since an early age, so he jumped at the chance to earn his private pilot license when he took a job near the Van Nuys Airport in 1999. He earned the license in 2001 and hasn’t looked back. Marc went on to earn his Commercial Multi Engine Instrument rating, and from there became a CFI-A / CFII.
Marc has recently retired from his full time job supporting the Engineering Division of Aerojet Rocketdyne which is working on the RS-25 Rocket Engine. The RS-25 is a ‘souped-up’ version of the older Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME), which is human- rated and is slated to power the new Space Launch System to explore deep space, and even Mars. The thrust provided by the RS-25 system could keep 8 Boeing 747’s aloft!
Marc brings an enthusiastic wealth of aerospace and aviation knowledge to the table. He enjoys flight instructing and retired early to make it his full time career.

Tom Kinog:
Tom has loved everything aviation since he was young, and was immediately hooked on flying after taking his first Discovery Flight. He quickly earned his certificates and ratings up through Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument. He is currently working full time as a flight instructor while also attending CSUN for a degree in Computer Science. He hopes to be an airline pilot down the road, and in the meantime is always looking to improve as a pilot and instructor, and to pass on his skills and knowledge with his students and all who share his passion for aviation.

Costi Margaronis:
Originally from Greece, Costi grew up in Switzerland and served in the Swiss Army before moving to the United States. Following his childhood dream of becoming a pilot, he started flight training in the Los Angeles area and Florida, eventually becoming a Flight Instructor. Costi is currently an Airline Transport Pilot, with more than 3,500 flight hours. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife Maria and son Shahin, and of course, traveling.

Daniel Kass flgiht instructor (CFI)

Daniel Kass

Flight Instructor

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Daniel Kass:
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