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CP Aviation - Instructor Bios

Judy Phelps

Judy Phelps

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

Judy is our Chief Flight Instructor and a Gold Seal Advanced Ground Instructor. Her focus is on monitoring the high quality of instruction provided to our private, instrument and commercial students by conducting phase checks; as well as teaching Emergency Maneuver Training and Aerobatics.

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 11,000 hours.

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.

Cade Hermeling

Cade Hermeling

CFII

Cade grew up around aviation in Santa Fe, New Mexico spending a lot of time at the airport with his father who is both a Learjet mechanic and pilot. While studying Russian and Physics at UC Berkeley, Cade decided that being a pilot was what he wanted to do in life so he got his private pilot license over the summer while home from College. After graduating college he continued his flight training at Camarillo airport and now has his Commercial single and multi-engine pilot certificate along with CFII and MEI instructor certificates, high performance, complex and tailwheel endorsements and a Learjet SIC type rating. Cade aspires to one day fly fighter jets for the US Air force or Navy. Cade is generally available to instruct any day of the week.

Andrew Dietz

Andrew Dietz

CFII, MEI, Remote Pilot

Andrew is a firstgeneration pilot who began flying drones for several years and therefore knew he himself wanted to experience being up in the air. After going on his first intro flight in Camarillo, he instantly fell in love with flying. Since completing all his flight training at Camarillo Airport, he is excited to begin his new venture at CP Aviation and one day hopes to fly for the airlines. In his free time he works towards more endorsements and ratings, as well as enjoys surfing and scuba diving at the local beaches.

Luke Moran

Luke Moran

CFI

Luke is a first generation pilot who first developed a passion for flying when he was ten years old. After flying a glider on his 16th birthday Luke has done everything he could to be in and around airplanes. Luke earned most of his ratings at CP Aviation and added a Commercial Multi-Engine rating in Camarillo. Now a Certified Flight Instructor Luke is eager to share his passion and knowledge of flight with anyone interested in learning. When not at the airport Luke can be found working on his 1993 Mazda Miata or playing his drums. Luke is available most days to teach Private and Commercial students.

Dev Gammon

Devereaux (Dev) Gammon

CFI

Devereaux or Dev, is a second generation pilot and a member of the Ventura County 99’s. She has her BS in Aeronautics from Liberty University and completed her flight training over in Camarillo before joining the CP team. She began her training after serving 6 years in the United States Air Force as a Security Forces law enforcement officer. She’s travelled to S. Korea, Germany, Afghanistan, and Qatar. She originally grew up in Rancho Cucamonga, CA where she competed in numerous Tae Kwon Do competitions earning her Black Belt. Dev has become invested in the challenges faced since starting her aviation career and is a firm believer in, “getting comfortable with being uncomfortable.”

Dev is available most days and also assists the Aviation Medical Examiner at CMA.

Dana Files

Dana Files

CFI

Dana was first introduced to flying by his grandfather who owned a plane at the Watsonville, CA airport.  When Dana was young he can recall flying with his grandfather in his Piper Comanche, and then later in his Cessna 152.  It wasn't until high school that Dana became seriously interested in aviation when he took several commercial flights on United 757/747 from San Francisco to Buenos Aires via Miami. He listened to the air traffic control channel the entire way.  He was riveted by the speed and power and how quickly you can move across the globe in an airplane, and how cool the pilots and air traffic control sounded on the radio.  Dana went off to college at Sonoma State University, graduated in 2003, and accepted a job as a geologist in Camarillo for a local consulting firm (to this day, he still works for the same consulting firm on a part time basis).  At the same time, he started flight training at the Camarillo airport and quickly earned his private pilot license.  From 2003 through present, he flew for fun and adventure, slowly accumulating new certificates and ratings including his instrument rating in 2008, commercial certificate in 2019, and flight instructor certificate in 2021.

Dana is available nearly every day for flight instruction toward private and commercial certificates, flight reviews, and flight instruction in complex/high performance airplanes.

Coty Shipe

Coty Shipe

CFI

Coty Shipe, CFI, holds Tailwheel, High Performance, and Complex endorsements and enjoys adventures in flight instruction with his students. Whether you're fulfilling a lifelong dream of earning your Private Pilot License or furthering your career with a commercial certificate, he is ready and able to help you meet your goals. The national airspace system is America's second greatest idea, just behind national parks. Get outside and enjoy them both! When he's not flying, he enjoys visiting our national parks with his wife. Coty is a member of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) and is available on weekends and weeknights.

Coty Shipe

Shane O'Keeffe

CFI

Shane is a first generation pilot and has had a passion for aviation since he was a boy. Growing up, he traveled around the world looking out the window at the world from the sky. He and his father spent many days and weekends at airshows, looking a model planes and going to the approach end of runways to watch the planes land and take off. Through his teenage years he learned to fly on the simulator at home and in college he finally decided to pursue his passion. Three years later he fell in love with Santa Paula airport and the family at CP Aviation.

Shane is available every day to instruct Private, Commercial, High Performance, Complex, and Tailwheel students.

Brannon McCain

Brannon McCain

CFII

Brannon is a Certified Flight Instructor, CFI-Instrument, and CFI-Multiengine. When Brannon took his first intro flight at Camarillo airport in 2019, he had zero experience with aviation. From that first flight he immediately fell in love with it and in less than a year had earned all his flight certificates and instructor add-ons. He’s been an active instructor ever since, and has found his passion. Seeing a student progress from not knowing anything about the airplane to doing their first solo to earning their first certificate; there’s just nothing that feels better. He’ll be with you the whole way, pushing you to be your best self and supporting you in your aviation goals. Brannon is available for instruction all day, Saturday-Thursday, for Private, Commercial, Instrument, or High Performance training.

Dillon Francis

Dillon Francis

CFII | MEI | IGI

Dillon Francis is a first-generation pilot, who started flying right here at CP Aviation before his 16th birthday. A local of Ventura, he has watched the skies since he was very young, and thrilled at the thought of one day joining the ranks of aviators that flew overhead. He recently completed his goal of earning his Flight Instructor Certificate, along with CFI-Instrument, and Multi-Engine instructor, and now thrills at being able to bring the joy of flight to many more! An avid actor, educator, stage manager, electrician, and backpacker,  he is always looking forward to the next adventure. He is available to teach all day, for Private, Instrument, and Commercial certificates. He hopes you’ll enjoy flying with Air France…is!

Brian Flores

Brian Flores

CFII | MEI | IGI

Brian Flores is a Certified Flight Instructor with Complex and High-Performance endorsements. He is a first generation pilot that grew up fascinated with planes. As a kid when he traveled and got the chance to go to the airport he would jump with joy and always wanted a window seat in the airplane. He spent many days looking at the sky and watching airplanes land any chance he got. Upon completion of his degree at the University of Arkansas he decided to move out to the west coast and pursue his love for aviation. He had zero experience in flying an aircraft and got an introductory flight at Camarillo Airport. After his first flight taking controls he knew he was hooked and decided that this career was for him. He went full-time into flight training and in a year he accomplished all his certificates and instructor ratings. His goal is to one day become an airline pilot. During his free time he loves the outdoors, sports, and working out trying to stay healthy any chance he gets. 

He is available to teach all day for Private, Instrument, and Commercial certificates.