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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!

Rene

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 - Instructor Bios

Judy Phelps

Judy Phelps

Judy Phelps, Master Certified Flight Instructor-Aerobatic, CFI – Instrument, specializing in Tailwheel, Spins, Emergency Maneuver Training and Aerobatics.

Judy is our Chief Flight Instructor. She is an Advanced Ground Instructor with a Gold Seal.

She is the 2011 National Flight Instructor of the Year, the 2010 Western Pacific Region FAA Flight Instructor of the year, the 2008 Professional Woman Pilot of the Year by the Southwest Section of the Ninety-Nines International Organization of Women Pilots, and the 2006 Woman Pilot of the Year by the Ventura County Chapter of the Ninety-Nines. She is also a charter member of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE). Judy’s career in aviation started in 1994 when she met and married Clay Phelps, the CP of CP Aviation. In 2003 she became a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) and has logged over 8,000 hours.

Berkeley Brandt

Berkeley Brandt

Berkeley Brandt, CFII, comes from a family of pilots (mother, father, uncles) and began flying in 1963. After another career as a cardiac surgeon, he has become obsessed with flying after retirement in 2004 and began teaching at CP Aviation in 2010. It turns out that there are many similarities between teaching heart surgery and flying.

His main focus has been primary flight training, but he enjoys instrument training as well. He is a member of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE).

Mark King

Mark R King

Mark King, Master Certified Flight Instructor with a Gold Seal-Aerobatic, CFI- Instrument, Advanced and Instrument ground instructor, is a southern California native who was born into an aviation family and began flying in 1974. Mark has extensive experience flying in Alaska in a turboprop Quest Kodiak, has over 1000 hours flying the Beechcraft Bonanza and is G1000 qualified.

He is a member of the Society of Aviation Flight Educators (SAFE) and the North American T6 formation group called the Condor Squadron. He teaches Private Pilots, Instrument, Commercial, Tailwheel, Emergency Maneuver Training, and Aerobatics.

Rochelle Oslick

Rochelle Oslick

Rochelle Oslick, Master Certificated Flight Instructor-Aerobatic, CFI, began flying in 1984, at the Edwards AFB Flying Club, while she was stationed there as a USAF Flight Test Engineer. Shortly after earning her private pilot license, Rochelle started flying tailwheel/aerobatic airplanes at Santa Paula Airport, which quickly became her favorite airport. As an aerospace engineer, several job changes, from the USAF, to Lockheed in Burbank, to Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach, and finally to The Boeing Company in Seattle, led her to base her flying from other airports in southern California and in western Washington. Along the way, Rochelle earned her Instrument and Commercial ratings, and then CFI, and started flight instructing part-time, specializing in tailwheel and aerobatic airplanes, in the Seattle area. After retiring from Boeing, Rochelle moved back south, to Ventura County, and is flight instructing at CP Aviation, at her favorite airport, teaching Private Pilots, Tailwheel, Spins, Emergency Maneuver Training, and Aerobatics. She is a member of SAFE, IAC, Ninety-nines International Organization of Women Pilots, Women in Aviation International, and AOPA.

Bryan Hudson

Bryan Hudson

Bryan Hudson - ATP, CFII, MEII, Tailwheel - is a lifelong aviation enthusiast.  He started flying in hang gliders as a teenager then moved up to the “heavy” Cessna 152 when he earned his private pilot certificate in 1987.  Bryan began flying professionally in 1990, primarily working in scheduled air cargo operations all across the country where he accumulated many hours of night, multiengine, turboprop, and instrument experience, and his Airline Transport Pilot certificate.  In 2004 he began working in the emerging unmanned aircraft industry as evaluation pilot, instructor, and systems engineer.  Bryan has been a CFI with single and multiengine instrument instructor ratings since 1991 and is a member of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE).  Bryan is available mainly on weekends and some evenings when the days are long.

Peter Carlson

Peter Carlson

CFI, Tailwheel, EMT

Peter is a Ventura County native and third-generation pilot, who has been coming to SZP since before he could walk. He learned to fly at CP, earning his private in 40 hours while in high school. He graduated with a degree in history from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is available almost all days to teach private, commercial, complex, and flight reviews.

When he isn’t flying in Santa Paula, he is flying out of OXR in a 172 or his father’s Baron.

Andrew Carlson

Andrew Carlson

CFI

Andrew fell in love with airplanes and flying at a very young age, having been exposed to it through his father and uncles. He had been teaching fire and disaster safety for almost 20 years when he decided he’d much rather teach flying. With that goal in mind, he took his first lesson in 2015 and is now living his dream!

Andrew is a CFI and instrument-rated commercial pilot. He holds tail wheel, complex, and high performance endorsements. He is a member of the Commemorative Air Force, Angel Flight West, and Society of Aviation and Flight Educators. He enjoys flying his Mooney to visit family, friends, and airshows around the country.

Connor Philpott

Connor Philpott

CFII

Connor Philpott, CFII is a fourth generation pilot; who has been around Santa Paula airport and airplanes since he was born. He received his private pilot’s Certificate at CP Aviation and is excited to be teaching with us. Every day in the air is a good day in his eyes! He also earned a commercial multi-engine rating over at Camarillo and can be found there flying his families RV-7.

Connor Philpott

Emma McNay

CFI

Emma’s love of flying began at the age of 10. By the age of 14 she had been taking formal lessons, even soloing aircraft before she had her driver’s license. As the first and only pilot in her family, Emma spends a lot of her time taking family members, especially her father who fostered her love of aviation, flying around Southern California. She has spent countless hours working with all kinds of aircraft, including warbirds from World War II. She graduated from University of San Diego in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in History, as well as minors in Political Science and Theology. She earned her CFI with CP Aviation and is happy to pass on her knowledge to students who also seek to train at CP.

Connor Philpott

Gavin Shearer

CFI

Gavin Shearer, CFI, is a first generation pilot who began flying when he was 18 years old. Since his first flight, he became obsessed with everything aviation related and has continued to receive certificates and ratings ever since. Now a multi-engine commercial pilot and single engine instructor, Gavin is sharing and expanding his passion for aviation through teaching the next generation of pilots. When he’s not instructing, he is most easily found at other nearby airports flying anything he can fit in.

Gavin is available almost every day to instruct private, commercial, complex, and high performance students.

Cindy

Cindy

CFI

Cindy is a commercial single and multiengine pilot. As a CFI, she teaches Private and Commercial pilots. Cindy started flying at CP Aviation for her EMT training, then continue to fly and teach at CP.

She is an active member of IAC, Ninety-nines International Organization of Women Pilots, and AOPA. Cindy enjoys flying to new airports and try different airport restaurants.

Cindy

Mikey Nayak

CFI

Michael (Mikey) Nayak, CFI, has been flying general aviation airplanes for over ten years and is excited about teaching people how to fly. He can be found at CP Aviation teaching every Sunday. During the week, he flies as F-16 aircrew in support of elevated-risk experimental flight test for new and legacy fighter aircraft. He is a graduate of USAF Test Pilot School, a member of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE), and plans to complete his CFII rating by end-2020

Alex Carey-Jones

Alex Carey-Jones "CJ"

CFII

CJ is a CFII, Advanced Ground & Instrument Instructor, holding tail wheel, complex, and high performance endorsements. Before leaving the UK, CJ was a First Officer in the Citation Bravo 550 flying around Europe and was a qualified Aerobatic Instructor holding an EASA frozen ATPL.

Since living in Los Angeles, CJ has also become a Sworn LAPD Reserve Police Officer working patrol in Van Nuys Division and spends his free time with his Wife and Son.

CJ started flying while in college and has been addicted ever since! He was also a volunteer with the Civil Air Patrol and enjoys surfing when the weather is too rough to fly!!

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