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Needed my spin endorsement for my CFI rating. Mark King did my instruction and he was wonderful. Fun to fly with and very knowledgeable. A highly recommended "eye-opener" course that I believe everyone should do at least once (better still regularly).

Ian Shere
Had an introductory Aerobatics flight with CP. Fantastic facilities and Instruction.
Peter Hodgkins

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

CP Aviation FAQs

How much does a Private Pilot Certificate cost?

Sample Cost Estimate For a Private Pilot Certificate

55 hours rental for a Cessna 150: $5,335.00

60 hours instructor time $3,600

Check ride, Medical Certificate, Written Exam $900.00

Books and Supplies $425.00

Estimated Cost $10,260.00

The FAA has a number of very helpful free resources for Student Pilots, starting with The Student Pilot’s Guide This guide outlines what you can expect of a good flight school, a good flight instructor, and what you need to be prepared to bring to your flight training experience.

How Much Will It Cost, Really?

The complete cost of your training is subject to a lot of different variables. The average cost of flight training in the US is between $7,000-10,000. It can be broken down into different categories: Aircraft Rental, Instructor Time, and Supplies. In addition, you will need to pay for a physical examination to obtain your Medical Certificate/Student Pilot License, and you will pay fees for taking your knowledge test and practical examination.

The cost of aircraft rental varies depending on the type of aircraft you are training in, and how many hours you need to train in that aircraft, which varies from one student pilot to the next. The minimum number of hours required by the FAA for the Private Pilot certificate is 40 hours. The average number of hours, according to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is 40 to 70 hours. It is important to develop a realistic set of expectations for yourself, based on your own learning style and lifestyle.

The cost of primary flight instruction is $60.00 per hour at CP Aviation. Instruction takes place both in flight, and on the ground in our classroom area. The FAA requires a minimum number of hours of dual flight instruction, and some hours of ground instruction. In addition, you should plan additional time to study on your own.

Materials you will need to purchase include sectional aeronautical charts, books, and an E6B and plotter for making flight plans. Headsets are available for rent at CP, or you may wish to purchase your own.

Who can learn?

Surprisingly, almost ANYONE can learn to fly! Men and women, young and old, from all walks of life, have mastered the secrets of flight. You must be at least 16 years old to fly solo, and you must be 17 years old to earn a private pilot license. TSA requires us to obtain proof of your right to obtain flight training in the US. All you need is good overall health, motivation, and a personal commitment to learning the skills you need to fly!

What Airplane Do I Learn to Fly In?

Primary flight training is done in one of the following airplanes: the Cessna 150, Cessna 152, or Cessna 172.

Must I Own An Airplane?

No! Unless you fly a lot, it’s more cost effective to rent airplanes from a flight school. Renting an airplane is similar to renting a car, without the hassle!

Who Will Be Teaching Me?

Specially trained pilots, designated as Certified Flight Instructors by the Federal Aviation Administration, will teach you how to fly. As a group, CP Aviation’s instructors have accumulated many thousands of hours of flight experience. They are noted for the sincere and individual attention they give each and every student!

See our Instructor Bios.

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