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Circle Air Group

Circle Air, located at Gillespie Field (KSEE) in El Cajon, CA, is a full service FBO offering a private passenger terminal with world class concierge services and amenities, the largest FAA Class III Part 145 Repair Station in San Diego and comprehensive onsite avionics shop. We specialize in King Air, Citation, Lear, Challenger, Gulfstream, Falcon and larger aircraft. We have over 85,000 sq. ft. of hangar rental space and over 500,000 sq. ft. of concrete ramp. Our fuel, hangar and maintenance prices are the best in the area. TRANSIENTS--We will beat any fuel price in the San Diego area BEAT CAA PRICING BY $.10/GAL FOR TRANSIENT CAA MEMBERS. 100LL SELF SERVE $4.50 NOW OPEN!

Over the course of the next year, we will be investing over a $1M into renovations, transforming one of the nicest facilities in San Diego to one of the finest in the country. With Gillespie Field just 20 minutes from La Jolla and Downtown, it is a hidden gem in the world of corporate and private air travel.
Gillespie Field Airport

681 Kenney Street
El Cajon, CA 92020-1278
United States of America

toll-free 1-877-253-8247
Fax 619-631-0412

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Services, Facilities and Amenities
  • Rental Cars (Avis, Enterprise, Go-Rentals)
  • Pilot Lounge
  • Passenger Lounge with Apple TV
  • Flight Planning Room with Internet and WiFi
  • Mercedes Crew Cars
  • WSI Weather
  • Aircraft Detailing
  • Aircraft Maintenance
  • Avionics Shop
  • Conference Room
  • Kitchen, Laundry room
  • Valet Parking
  • Catering
  • Jet A Volume Discounts
  • GPU, LAV service
  • Oxygen, Nitrogen Services
  • Full Security Camera Coverage
  • No Noise Restrictions
  • Hangar G4 Capabilities
  • Preferred Hotel Rates
  • Ritz Carlton trained CSRs & Line Service
  • Air Elite Diamond Network Member
  • Planeside Vehicle Pullup
  • Go-Rentals, Enterprise, Avis & Hertz
  • Complimentary Refreshments
  • Fresh Baked Cookies
  • VIP PAX Discretion & Privacy
  • Limos and Luxury Car Service
  • Safety & Security is our Top Priority
Aviation fuel services
Brand: World Fuel Services
Fueling hours: 0600-2200
After hours available. Call Out Fee $50.00 per hour (minimum of two hours)
100LL Avgas Full service    $4.70
100LL Avgas Self service    $4.25
Jet A Full service    $3.29
Discounts: Ramp waived with minimum fuel purchase. Mercedes crew cars available.
Prices include all taxes.
$4.25 100LL Self Serve - NOW OPEN!
$4.70 100LL Full Serve
$3.35 Jet A w/Prist  
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From Herb Lingl on 07-May-2019

  Circle Air provided exceptional service while I was at Gillespie Field, despite the fact that they were in the middle of their renovation. Services for which they performed perfectly included a car rental, fueling, reference to an avionics shop and facilitating shipment of luggage. I highly recommend Circle Air Group.
From Don Gonzales, King Air N444PS on 19-Apr-2019

  Our visit to Circle Air Group was wonderful. This is now a first class facility and the team there is very well managed. They responded promptly to all correspondence. I highly recommend Circle.
From Peter Ford on 07-Apr-2019

  Circle Air is a great FBO at Gillespie! Class act all around. Will keep going back every time we visit San Diego.
From Ashley Penny on 07-Jan-2019

  Excellent service and very accommodating line crew. Definitely will come back again! Good alternative to SAN.
From Stephen Feldman, Piper Saratoga on 23-Dec-2018

  Love Circle Air! Erica and the line guys provide excellent customer service. If I stop at Gillespie...I stay at Circle Air!
From Peter Ford on 20-Oct-2018

  Great place to go even during their construction. Did a quick drop in last weekend...Had a business meeting before departing and found nothing but pro's there. Easy to place them on the high end of FBO's I've been too. Godspeed - Pete
From Matthew McDonald on 03-Oct-2018

  Been heading to Circle air for the past two years. Sad to see their min fuel purchase to waive ramp fee of 100LL recently increase to 50gal. Most light pistons cannot take that much gas on for an average flight. I would ask Circle Air to lower the min fuel, or their $20 fee. It's hard to compete with the county parking directly across the runways with $5 per night fee and actually have tie-downs, something that this FBO does not provide.
From Don Holt on 25-Sep-2018

  Sonia, Brina and the Line Service Personnel displayed the utmost in professionalism and accommodated or overnight needs without a hitch. It is good to know they're FBO's with this kind of service integrity in the Industry I recommend anyone traveling to San Diego use Circle Aviation SEE
From Brandon Marion on 21-Sep-2018

  Sonia and all the staff at Circle are truly wonderful. What a pleasure to find a group of caring people who enjoy aviation and provide excellent customer service! We are customers for life!! And once again thank you for taking such good care of our plane and us!
From Richard Jones on 23-Aug-2018

  I've owned over 20 aircraft in my 55 years of flying and I have never experienced such poor service. Would you be expected to pay for a part put on your airplane that didn't work, and not stand behind it? Watch out for this group.. BEWARE

Response from Christina Freundt, Director of FBO Services, Circle Air Group
Mr. Jones--We are sorry to hear of your experience despite our repeated efforts to resolve with you. At Circle Air we value each and every customer and take pride in our capabilities, integrity, and professionalism. We were able to diligently work with the owner of your company, Adam Williams, through to his complete satisfaction. Again, we are sorry we were not able to reach a resolution with you personally

From Brent Blue on 13-Aug-2018

  Had an engine issue on Saturday AM. The folks at Circle were able to get an excellent A&P to come in on short notice and get me going. Many thanks for great service!
From Nicolas Bilbao on 03-Jul-2018

  This is one of the best FBOs that I have ever visited in my many years of flying. It is a state of the art facility, with a friendly and very professional staff. Jet A prices are excellent, especially with contract fueling. They're among some of the best in the country.
From Mike Jensen on 26-Jun-2018

  Just wanted to comment on the excellent service we received at Circle Air Group. Each one of the ground crew really took ownership of their job. The CSR was extremely helpful and courteous. The facility is very clean and kept up. The line personnel would always ask and make sure that we had everything we needed. We fly a Hawker 800XP and were very satisfied with Circle Air Groups professionalism. Even the manager offered to take our passengers into town. Thank you very much Circle Air Group, keep it up!
From Peter Kofman on 24-Jun-2018

  Flew in yesterday in a Bonanza. No one came out to park us so we parked ourselves near the self serve pump. We're never met by a line crew at all. Was careful to arrive with as close to needing 50 gallons as possible per previous write up to possibly waive the 2 nights I will be staying. Unfortunately I was only offered 1 night waived and must be from fuel truck not self serve so with the 50 cent difference it still costs more to waive the one night than to just fill up the 50 gallons using the self serve. Since I don't mind pumping myself probably just go that route. Facility is currently under construction so very limited but the ladies in the temporary reception area were extremely nice and very helpful. The plans for the new facility look excellent so if ever back this way I would park here again mostly because of the ladies at reception.
From Troy Kinsey on 25-May-2018

  Excellent FBO! We flew in with our Debonair for three nights last week. 50 gallons of full-service fuel (at a bargain $4.75/gal.) will get you two free nights of parking. We actually only took on 48 gallons, but that was close enough for the very accommodating CSR. No junk fees. During preflight, an FBO agent cruised by on his golf cart to say "thank you for the business!" You're very welcome - we'll be back!
From Chris King on 13-Apr-2018

  First time going into KSEE so, it was a coin toss on which FBO to stage out of for our three contracts in the San Diego area. Coin toss won! Circle is an Ace of an FBO. Best service I have had an awhile. Prompt. Friendly. Professional. For sure will be back again.
From Jeff Hansen on 09-Apr-2018

  Another great trip to Circle Air. Most attentive line service I have seen in years. Customer service is perfect. Love going into SEE over the other airports in the area. Less taxi time and never a delay.
From Tom Greene on 30-Mar-2018

  First class service from the entire staff. From the front office to the ground crew you will not find any better anywhere. I have worked out of Circle Air 90 days last year and every day has been great service.
From Robby McGurr, Taylor Guitars - G-450 on 21-Feb-2018

  Circle Air is an outstanding FBO and service center. They run a safe and professional ramp (my #1 priority), helpful and friendly front desk, and an excellent maintenance shop! By far, the best independent FBO I've ever experienced. R. McGurr, Taylor Guitars - G-450
From Richard Chambers on 15-Jan-2018

  Great FBO!
From Kelly Vinton on 09-Jan-2018

  I used Circle Air at Gillespie Field last weekend and they gave us awesome service. They were attentive and made sure that all of my passenger's needs were met, as well as taking care of everything that I needed. Absolutely first-class service. They are remodeling their facilities and it appears that they will be really nice when they are done. If I'm back at Gillespie again, I will happily go back to Circle Air.
From Marc Levine on 13-Nov-2017

  Unbelievably great service from everyone at Circle Air, from the Manager who was so kind to me, to the excellent staff behind the desk, to the linemen who were so helpful. One of my best FBO experiences ever! Cannot tank this FBO and its staff highly enough!!
From Robert Boerner on 16-Jul-2017

  We have our 182 at Gillespie and are so happy to see another fuel vendor on site. We have mostly avoided the other vendor here for 10 years and gone elsewhere for fuel. Circle Air's fuel truck guys have been great and with the new self-serve pumps open, I am going to be using them quite a bit. Their prices for both self and full service are outstanding. Thanks Circle Air!
From Franz Forman on 29-Jun-2017

  Really appreciated the top-notch service at Circle Air. The FBO came highly recommended by a friend who frequents the field. I arrived in a Mooney and took on 20 gallons of 100LL, but was treated by the line guys and office staff the same as if I had a Citation. They moved the plane with care, assisted in hotel recommendations, and had the most reasonably priced fuel in the area. I will definitely return. Thank you!
From Bill Woods/Western Wings on 21-Apr-2017

  This is one first class FBO. Super well run! Great Service! Great Fuel Prices! Wonderful people! If you're going to San Diego this is the place to go. Lots of parking. Really nice facilities.
From Kevin Condroski on 15-Feb-2017

  Fast, reliable service from friendly staff, all with the best price around.
From Charles Hancock on 31-Jan-2017

  Great service from the Circle Air! Our first trip to the area; very nice facilities and attentive care by the whole desk. Had to be in SoCal for a no-notice trip; one phone call and Circle Air had the car reserved and waiting as we taxied up. Line personnel knew the questions to ask and to confirm our order. They treat you the same, whether smaller GA aircraft or the bigger iron. Circle Air has the best fuel prices on the field, perhaps in the whole San Diego area. We heard that the management is relatively new; if so, it's making a positive difference. We will be using Circle Air for all of our San Diego trips.
From Ted Louis Glenn on 10-Jan-2017

  Made a reservation in advance including rental car. Everything went well and they did a good job including handling a last-minute out-and-return trip.
From Duffy Fainer on 11-Nov-2016

  I'm really enjoying getting my fuel from Circle Air. My Cheetah isn't requiring the services that the jets need, but I'm thrilled with their quality customer service from the desk to the fuel truck. Thanks for extending your great prices to our suffering masses...We appreciate it...And I'll be your self serve customer when it opens.
From Todd McCutchan on 05-Oct-2016

  We visited Circle Air recently in our Global Express. The line service was excellent, the facilities in great condition, and there was plenty of ramp space for us. Cheapest fuel around and no ramp or handling fee!! We are loving the new ownership.
From Bruce Kirchenheiter on 05-Oct-2016

  GREAT service from Jeremy on the line, very nice facilities and very attentive care by Meagan at the front desk, convenient location and the best fuel prices on the field, probably in the whole San Diego area. Nice to have an FBO that really cares! This will be my designated stop when flying into San Diego!
From Jared Scrafton on 05-Oct-2016

  New management is great. We will be using KSEE and Circle Air for all of our San Diego/Carlsbad trips from now on. Thanks for the great service!!!!!
From Sean Gillette on 04-Oct-2016

  Hands down my favorite FBO in the Socal area. I've been all around California FBOs and Circle Air Group is definitely the best by far. Having arrived in both small single engine stuff for fun, and in jets while working, they've gone above and beyond to make the stay as best as possible in both circumstances...Which is rare. Ramp agents and front desk personnel are extremely friendly and go out of their way to be helpful. I wouldn't go to any other FBO for services if heading to the SD area....Period.
From Dean Friedt on 04-Oct-2016

  Visited Circle Air - they are fast, efficient and friendly. They have a great facility and the fuel prices are dirt-cheap! I will only use these guys when I come to KSEE! Thanks Circle Air!
From Scott Glaser on 04-Oct-2016

  Flew in a couple of weeks ago for a days of multiple ops. Ground staff was outstanding! They took the time to learn to properly fuel and tend to my unusual aircraft. Fuel prices were the best around. Can't say enough good things about these folks.
From Tom Johnson on 04-Oct-2016

  Brought the Mu2 out for a business meeting and easily made the C2 right turnoff for a quick and easy arrival at Circle Air (used to be Jet Air). Ground handling was quick and precise. It's such an easy drive to La Jolla and San Diego and such a quick in/out with ATC. Will be back.
From W. Todd Peasley on 04-Oct-2016

  Needed 2 coolers of ice on short notice. No problem. Fast, friendly staff...easy turn. By far the cheapest 100LL on the field and plenty or ramp/hangar space.
From Brandon Webb on 04-Oct-2016

  Great experience, friendly and professional staff. Appreciate that the ownership are from the military aviation community. I don't normally write reviews but felt compelled when the staff went above and beyond to take care of our crew and us.
From Harry Hirschman on 03-Oct-2016

  Outstanding facility in every way, second only to the people on the gas trucks and behind the desk. I can't say enough good things about my experience here. The line crew was prompt, helpful and knowledgeable. My plane is finicky and tricky to fuel, but they didn't shy away from it at all and seemed to be used to that sort of thing. They know how to take great care of your canopy glass, the prices are WAY lower than elsewhere on the field, and they have plenty of hangar or ramp space. They took great care of me both coming and going so I don't hesitate to give them my strongest recommendation.
From Andrew Patton on 03-Oct-2016

  Unbeatable customer service - super friendly front desk staff that gave me great info on where to eat, etc. Great ramp and facilities! Hangar so clean you could eat off the floor. Cheapest fuel on the field when I was there. Great staff + great facilities + low price... What more do you want?
From Tobias Muhlhofer on 28-Sep-2016

  Wonderful FBO! Flew in, in my C414 to stay for the weekend and got great treatment. Rental car was brought plane-side on arrival. On departure, fueling was done promptly and correctly. Picked up enough fuel to waive fees (was a pretty low requirement). The staff was very friendly and the facilities are great. All of this at a very reasonable fuel price for San Diego. Highly recommended!
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