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The CIFA Difference

Personal instruction from master pilots and U.S. facilities make CIFA your best choice

The booming demand for professional pilots has led to enormous growth in some of the older and larger United States flight training academies. Unfortunately, bigger is not always better. While we have modern state-of-the-art facilities, we are a smaller school than some of our competitors, with three unique advantages for you.

Highly experienced instructors

Each of our students has the opportunity to learn from professional pilots with thousands of flight hours. Why is this so important? Well, aside from the obvious advantage, you should know it is common practice for recent graduates of flight training schools to serve as flight instructors. This serves two purposes: It allows the school to accept more students, and it allows recent graduates to build up the 1,500 flight hours necessary to qualify for the airline transport pilot rating. While this practice is perfectly safe (recent graduates typically have about 250 to 400 flight hours—CIFA also offers the same opportunity), the simple fact is that our students have access to something much more valuable than knowledge: Wisdom.

More personal attention

If you are a parent, you should know that your son or daughter will not be lost in the crowd. With fewer students, we are able to provide personal attention to each. This includes attention to their lives when they are not in the classroom or flying. Most flight training academy students are young people between 18 and 25 years of age. Living in a new city, a new country, learning a new language, being away from friends and family for the first time—all of these factors can be overwhelming. We make a very conscious effort to provide your son or daughter with the support they need to cope with these new pressures. This might be an empty promise if made by a school with several hundred students. We have a staff-to-student ratio that makes it work.

Faster completion

It‘s easier to schedule and complete simulator and flight hours in our program. With fewer students per simulator and per aircraft, this means it can be much easier to schedule simulator time and flights. Students can often complete the necessary hours to reach their career goals faster.

So which flight school is best for you?

The simple truth is that all United States flight training academies are heavily regulated and monitored by the Federal Aviation Administration, so every licensed school should provide the same basic education and training. Considering this reality, perhaps you should consider additional factors like class size and number of students, ratio of students to simulators and aircraft, and the ratio of highly experienced instructors to students.


When you do, you may see the tremendous added value of The CIFA Difference.


Carlos Perez

As the founder of CIFA, I want to welcome you and let you know a bit about me and the instructors here at Carlin International flight Academy

We've assembled one of the premier instruction teams in the commercial aviation industry. Our top instructors have all logged thousands of hours flying heavy jets including the A-320, B-707, B-727, B-737, B-757, B-767 and B-777. Most have worked as airline captains.


I began my aviation career with Fuerza Aérea del Perú. Later, I spent 14 years as an airline pilot, logging more than 11,000 hours at the helm of B-707 and B-727 airliners. I became chief pilot and assistant director of airline operations. More recently, I spent four years in the Middle East as a jet charter pilot for corporate and government clients, flying in challenging airspace under very difficult circumstances.


You can certainly find another U.S. flight academy with more instructors. But you will not find another flight academy with a more experienced instruction team.

About CIFA

Carlin International Flight Academy (CIFA) is a respected professional aviation school with training facilities in Peru and in Florida in the United States. We don't just teach students how to fly; our experienced instructors teach you how to succeed in the fast-paced world of aviation.

CIFA PERU SRL  |  Jiron Monterosa 284 OF 503 Chacarilla, Surco  |  Lima Peru  |   +51 3639005  |