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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

Flight School Overview

Training Designed For You

Our Certified Flight Instructors are available throughout the week to fit your training schedule. CP Aviation is home to three Master CFI’s, including Judy Phelps, 2011 National CFI of the Year. We also have Dennis Magdaleno, an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner, as our Chief Pilot.
Our experienced instructors have a variety of specialized teaching skills, offering primary, instrument, and commercial instruction, training for aspiring flight instructors, tailwheel and aerobatic training seven days a week, from 8 am until dusk. 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, from primary training through advanced!
As a Cessna Pilot Center, we offer complete training packages of educational materials for primary training, instrument training, and commercial training.

EMT Program

In addition, we have a world renowned Emergency Maneuver Training © program. On any given day, the skies above the fertile Santa Clara Valley, 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles, vibrate with the sounds of airplanes looping, rolling, and spinning through the California sunshine. Much of this activity originates from CP Aviation, Inc. Blending in with the historic charm of the airport, CP Aviation’s friendly, down-to-earth atmosphere masks the scope of its international reputation for Emergency Maneuver and Aerobatic Training Programs.

Pilots from all over the U.S., Japan, and Europe make pilgrimages to Santa Paula not only to enroll in the EMT© Program, or to experience the airport’s unique environment, but also to take tailwheel transition and primary flight training. About half of CP Aviation’s flight instructors are also qualified to teach the EMT course.

Stop in and see us. Talk to our instructors. Look over our airplanes. Come experience the thrill and the beauty of flight!

It all starts with an Introductory Flight Lesson. Call today (805) 525-2138.

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