About Horton Aviation

We believe that quality flight training is the result of an experienced, professional flight instructor dedicated to the task of providing an organized training program to a motivated client. That belief has shaped the way we operate; focusing on personalized training dedicated to client success. We measure success by our ability to produce safe, proficient, knowledgeable pilots in an efficient manner. 

Our aircraft are a joy to fly. Chosen for their unmatched safety record, our advanced Diamond aircraft provide a platform which will produce a pilot with a strong background transferable to any of today’s modern aircraft. 

Horton Aviation is based at ACI Jet at John Wayne Airport (KSNA). The modern, spacious FBO provides an excellent location for pre and post-flight briefs and ground school.

Scott Horton, ATP, faa gold seal CFI, CFII, MEI

After more than 10 years as a recreational pilot and aircraft owner, Scott decided to make flying a bigger part of life. That included flying as an instructor, then a stint at SkyWest Airlines flying a CRJ before starting his own flight school. As an owner of several DA40 aircraft with more than 2000 hours in DA40’s and 42’s, starting a flight school with Diamond aircraft was a natural choice.

Scott is also an aviation attorney & CPA specializing in aircraft transactions.

Instruction Rate = $85/hour

Dan Ramirez, CFI, CFII, MEI

Dan is a retired LA County Fire Captain and longtime American Bonanza Society instructor teaching in the Baron and Bonanza. With thousands of training hours under his belt, Dan’s greatest joy is seeing his students move up to flying careers. 

Dan specializes in instructor training for all ratings (CFI, CFII, MEI) in our Diamond aircraft.

Instruction Rate = $85/hour

Jeffrey Chang, CFI, CFII, MEI

Jeffrey started his aviation career while enrolled at UC Irvine and has flown Diamond aircraft almost exclusively for both training and recreation. Prior to joining our team, he worked at ACI Jet for 2 years as a line tech, where he received his inspiration for instructing after meeting passionate individuals working towards their licenses.

Instruction Rate = $75/hour