About CAA

Chennault Aviation Academy (CAA) is a F.A.R Part-61 and F.A.R. Part-141 flight training academy, carrying on the legacy of Lieutenant General Claire Lee Chennault and the American Volunteer Group, knowing as the Flying Tigers. We are located in Conroe, Texas, about 50 minutes drive north from downtown Houston.

What Empowers Us

Safety – Our First Priority

Safety First is a way of training and operating that puts safety ahead of all other considerations. There is nothing that supersedes the safe operation and maintenance of our aircraft and the ongoing safety of our employee and customers.

We bring the military training practices into civilian aviation education, incorporating military standards of conduct for our instructors, students and maintenance personnel.

This approach results in not just FAA licensed pilots, but mature and self-discipled new aviators. We require every student and employee to maintain the standards of a Flying Tiger.

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Our Heritage

The General Chennault Legacy

We strive for the highest standards of integrity and professionalism as a heritage organization of the American Volunteer Group, The original flying tigers.

Founded in in 2017, Chennault Aviation Academy (previously named Chennault Flying Tiger Academy) is the only flight school endorsed by and held to the standards of the Chennault Foundation. The Chennault Foundation began in 2015 and has been a strong supporter of every aspect of aviation. Chennault Aviation Academy is the culmination of General Chennault’s legacy to the Chinese people and a living testament to the heroes of WWII both in the air and on the ground.

To live up to the legacy of Gen Claire Chennault and his Flying Tigers, Chennault Aviation Academy must meet standards that exceed every other pilot training operation in the civilian market. We do this by focusing on development and ongoing improvement to our syllabus, pricing, training methods, staff qualifications, and environmental factors that make the flight training experience at one that provides a level of competency and judgement in our graduates that is seldom found in low time commercial pilots and flight instructors.

Chennault Aviation Academy carries on the legacy of the founder with flight training that meets the standards of excellence that made the flying tigers of WWII heroes to Americans and the Chinese people.


Lieutenant General
Claire Lee Chennault

The American Volunteer Group Flying Tigers with their P-40 Warhawk aircraft in the early 1940s. (US Air Force graphic by Matthew Jurgens)

P-40 and First American Volunteer Group “Flying Tigers”

The Chennault Aviation and Military Museum

The American Volunteer Group Flying Tigers with their P-40 Warhawk aircraft in the early 1940s. (US Air Force graphic by Matthew Jurgens)

P-40 and First American Volunteer Group “Flying Tigers”

The Chennault Aviation and Military Museum