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I was reintroduced to general aviation in 2013 and decided that it was time to get my private pilot’s license.  Fortunately, a good friend introduced me to Santa Paula Airport and CP Aviation.  I trained with Judy Phelps, Owner of CP Aviation and instructor Mark King.  The aviation community and atmosphere there is very supportive, it is the perfect place to learn to fly.  As all pilots know, a pilot’s license is a license to learn to fly.  There is always more to learn.  CP Aviation offers advanced flight training: tailwheel, Emergency Maneuver and Aerobatic training.  I recently had the pleasure of completing the EMT training at CP Aviation. It was a great confidence builder, has improved my pilot skills and was great FUN!

Lisa Kienholz

Hi Mark, Hi Judy

I’m finally back in cold and snowy Switzerland and I would like to say thank you for the great time I had at CP Aviation again. I’m sure I improved my flying skills and made a lot of new experiences! Very friendly and helpful staff, well maintained aircrafts and beautiful Santa Paula Airport! Hope I will be able to visit CP Aviation again in future.

Thanks again all the best!


In 2015 I was selected as the Vickie Cruse Memorial Scholarship winner for CP Aviation’s full EMT/Acro course developed by Rich Stowell. I received the news with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. CP Aviation’s reputation is well known, reaching all the way out to New York State where I live and work as a flight instructor. I knew I was being offered an a superb opportunity, but I worried whether I’d be up for the challenges presented by Emergency Maneuvers Training and Aerobatics, especially given some powerfully negative experiences I’d had in the past.

I’ve been flying for more than 25 years, and and have made my living in aviation for decades. Over the years, I developed some cynicism about flight instruction, especially when somebody claims to have all the answers. I am delighted to report that CP Aviation exceeded all my expectations. Judy Phelps and her team presented a challenging course that required me to fly at my best, but always gave me the tools I needed to understand the material and succeed. The aircraft were clean and well maintained, ready for dispatch and flew beautifully. With a waivered aerobatic box just a few miles off the end of the runway, we didn’t waste any time shuttling back and forth to the practice area. Most importantly, the teaching was highly professional. The material was presented in a way that provided ample time for discussion, and I always knew exactly what was going to happen before we strapped into the airplane.

Judy and Mark (King) stayed focused on making sure I was learning as much as possible, and didn’t waste any time trying to impress me, show off or polish their own egos. They challenged me to think about being “in control” in new ways, and I flew both harder and better than I ever have before. I came away from the experience with a tremendous sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. I know that I am a better pilot and a safer flight instructor thanks to the training I received there.

Wayne Bezner Kerr CFI/MEI/DPE

Vicki Cruse Scholarship Announced

This year CP Aviation has awarded the Vicki Cruse Emergency Maneuver Training Scholarship to Lisa Kienholz. Lisa is a private pilot who lives in Los Angeles, CA. She owns a 1947 Luscombe and is based at Santa Paula, CA. She writes in her essay that she flies for the sheer enjoyment of it. Her interest in aviation began at a very young age and she completed most of her training but ran out of money and put flying on the back burner. During the summer of 2013 she decided it was time to begin again. This time around she finished. She gives back to the aviation community by volunteering for many aviation organizations.

The Scholarship now in its 9th year, is awarded each summer to a recipient who is a member of the IAC and holds a pilot certificate, and wishes to pursue, spin, unusual attitude and basic aerobatic training. The scholarship is given in memory of Santa Paula aerobatic champion Vicki Cruse, of member of the United States Unlimited Aerobatic Team and was president of the International Aerobatic Club (IAC). Sadly on August 22, 2009 Vicki lost her life during a qualifying flight for the World Aerobatic Championships in England. It is now our goal to help keep her memory alive by giving this scholarship in her memory each year.

The Training in conducted in Citabria and Decathlon airplanes. The emphasis of the training is on creating safer pilots. The program is broken down into three modules (Stall Spin Awareness, In Flight Emergencies & Basic Aerobatics) consisting of twelve flight lessons.
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