Flight School


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.

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.

If you are interested in learning to fly, you have a lot of questions. This page is a good place to start to find some of your answers!

How much does it cost?

Sample Cost Estimate For a Private Pilot Certificate

55 hours rental for a Cessna 150: $5,170.00
60 hours instructor time $3,300
Check ride, Medical Certificate, Written Exam $900.00
Books and Supplies $425.00
Estimated Cost $9,795.00

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.

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!

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.

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 written and practical examinations.

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 $50.00 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. As a Cessna Pilot Center, we are able to offer the Cessna Flight Training System, a convenient online training program designed to help you acquire the knowledge required to become a pilot.

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!

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