Welcome to SunWest Aviation!
Located in beautiful San Luis Obispo, SunWest Aviation is a flight school, maintenance shop, and charter operation. An extension of their Santa Ynez business, the KSBP location is a precious opportunity for owners Janet and Alan Jones. Both Janet and Alan went to Cal Poly, and have always loved the area.
The flight school boasts a fleet of 5 aircraft, and keeps two full time instructors on staff, as well as a few part time instructors. The charter operation has three Cessna twin engine aircraft available, based out of both Santa Ynez and San Luis Obispo. The maintenance shop has a wide range of experience, and can help you with inspections, troubleshooting, restoration, modifications, and any other needs you might have.
Please let any of us know what we might need to do better to meet your needs and expectations. Our success depends on your satisfaction and we intend to earn your business and trust from day one and each and every day thereafter.
Just the fact that you have clicked on this page indicates that you have an interest in flying. If learning to fly is a dream or passion, or you just want to see what it's all about, why not take an Introductory Flight Lesson with one of our FAA certified Flight Instructors? For just $119 you will spend half an hour at the controls of a Cessna 172. You will handle the controls from takeoff to landing, and see some great scenery along the way.
WE ARE MOVING ON SEPTEMBER 18TH!!!!
You may have heard rumors about us needing to move, as the planned new terminal is slated to be placed right at our current location. Well, we finally got notice of an actual date, and it is coming up soon; we will be out of here and moved into our temporary location by September 18th! Things should transition fairly easily, and other than a day or two for the physical move, not much should be interrupted on the flight school side of things.
Our permanent location will be under construction for a while, so we will be moving to a temporary location on the West Side of the airport for a few months, at 4349 Old Santa Fe Road. As you round the bend on Old Santa Fe, we will be in the first building on the right hand side, upstairs at the far end of the building. Parking will be streetside. Directions are included below, and you can pick up a map from us if you come in between now and then.
One of the big differences between the new (temporary) location and our current one is that we will no longer have direct access to the ramp. The San Luis Obispo Airport requires all individuals on the ramp to either have an access badge or be escorted at all times by someone who does. For those of you with airport access badges, this will be no issue; there is a walk-through door at the base of the stairs. For those of you who do not yet have a badge, you will need an instructor or staff member to let you through the gate and escort you. As a matter of convenience – not to mention a matter of necessity if you want to fly after hours –those of you without an access badge will need to acquire one. We have the forms that you can fill out, and you will need to attend a class at Airport Administration. The classes are held the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month, and you can ask any of us for more information.
We will continue to update you as we get a clearer picture of the timeline of events, and we appreciate your patience with the juggling of locations. Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you!
SunWest Aviation Staff
Directions to 4349 Old Santa Fe Road from Broad St:
1). Continue on Broad past our current location (if you are coming from downtown) and turn right on Buckley.
2). Take the first right on Santa Fe Road (about a mile down Buckley).
3). Turn right on Old Santa Fe Road.
4). Follow Old Santa Fe Road around the bend, and we will be on the far end of the first building on your right, at the top of the stairs.
Directions to 4349 Old Santa Fe Road from Los Osos Valley Road:
1). Turn left on Higuera.
2). Take your first right on to Vachelle Lane.
3). Follow Vachelle Lane until it turns into Buckley Road at the bend in the road.
4). Turn left on Santa Fe Road (3rd left).
5). Turn right on Old Santa Fe Road.
6). Follow Old Santa Fe Road around the bend, and we will be on the far end of the first building on your right, at the top of the stairs.