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Judy Phelps

Judy Phelps

DPE, Master CFI-Aerobatic, CFI, CFII, Gold Seal AGI

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

Master CFI-Aerobatic, CFI, CFII, Gold Seal AGI

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

Master CFI-Aerobatic, CFI

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.

Kai Uresaka

Kai Uyesaka

CFI, CFII, MEI

As a first generation pilot, Kai thought flying was as far out as becoming an astronaut—then she took her first intro flight. Within less than a year she earned all her ratings and instructor add-ons purely because she loves the world she stumbled into and wants to continue to learn more. Coming from a family of coaches and teachers she knows there’s no greater aspiration than sharing knowledge. When she’s not at the airport she’s enjoying the beaches and backcountry of Goleta with her trusty husky.

Kai is available for Private, Instrument, and Commercial.

Stephanie Robinson

Stephanie Robinson

CFI

Stephanie Robinson is a first generation pilot who took her first flight lesson at age 12, only to pick up flight training again at long last at age 39, fulfilling a lifelong dream! She has completed all of her training at CP Aviation, mentored by Judy Phelps, with the goal of becoming a lifelong flight instructor. Her background is in academia; she holds a PhD from the University of California, San Diego (2005), and taught at the college/university level for over 18 years (UC San Diego, San Diego City College, Smith College, Amherst College). Flight instruction has turned out to be the perfect combination of her two greatest loves - education and aviation.

Stephanie is an active member of the Ventura County 99s, currently serving on the board as Vice-Chair. She is also the proud owner of a 1946 Luscombe 8E, which she flies regularly at Santa Paula Airport.

She is available for Private or Commercial instruction every Sunday through Wednesday.

Nate Irwin

Nate Irwin

CFI, CFII, MEI

Nate is a first generation pilot who discovered his love for aviation through RC planes and air shows. After taking the controls for the first time he never wanted to come back down. Just over a year after his first intro flight he had earned all of his certificates and is ready to share his joy of flying with as many people as he can. When Nate isn’t in the air you can find him biking in the hills, catching a few waves along the coast, or sitting in a chair daydreaming he was back in a plane.

Jin Xu

Jin Xu

CFI, CFI-I, private pilot-glider, commercial multi-engine

Jin’s heart has been gripped by aviation since he first laid eyes on the cover of the game “U.S. Navy Fighters” back in 1997. But it took a long but rewarding detour for him to finally get behind the controls of an airplane. Before embarking on a career as a pilot, Jin earned a Ph.D. in fluid mechanics from Cornell University, and master’s degrees in physics and mechanical engineering. In grad school, Jin worked as a teaching assistant, which gave him six years of experience in mentoring students and in distilling complex knowledge into easily digestible pieces. He also has five years of work experience in financial asset management.

The fundamental reason that drew Jin into a career in aviation is the unique quality of flying to liberate, elevate, and empower. As such, he hopes to help his students not only achieve their aviation goals but also bring out the best of themselves on this journey of self-discovery and actualization.

In his spare time, Jin enjoys reading psychology, history, economics, and Dostoevsky. He also loves flying gliders and swimming.

Brian Kaiserauer

Brian Kaiserauer

CFI

Brian is a fourth-generation pilot whose passion for aviation extends to every aspect of his life. Brian completed his professional flight training in Santa Barbara, after his experience as a skydiver and competitive paraglider inspired a career as a professional pilot. Previous to aviation, Brian spent several years in Yosemite as a big-wall climber and National Park employee and volunteer. Today, he’s a father of young twins and three step-children, and continues to travel the world for paragliding competitions.

Jenna Joyce

Jenna Joyce

CFI, CFII

Hi! My name is Jenna Joyce and I am a first generation pilot who found the love of aviation at a young age. I always knew I wanted to do something big with my life and found that through the world of aviation, I had endless opportunities! As I finished high school I applied to the American Airlines Academy and started my flight training down in San Diego. I’ve learned so much since then and continue to learn every single day. I am a very outgoing, bubbly person who loves to get to know everyone and have fun! During my free time I’m either out hiking or spending time with my family and friends, but ultimately always looking to get back up in the air!

Joe Menke

Joey Menke

CFI

Joey Menke is a first-generation pilot who formed a passion for aviation from having the privilege to travel frequently as a child, and seeing the world that aviation opened up. He grew up in Arizona, and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Arizona in Tucson. After a career working as an Emergency Medical Technician he knew he wanted to make a change and pursue his dream career as a pilot.  He took his first flight lessons at age 16, but did not have the chance to start obtaining his certificates until almost a decade later. He went on to complete Private, Instrument, Commercial, and CFI all in the Southern Arizona region.  

During his free time, Joey enjoys spending time with his family and traveling.

Joey is available for Private and Commercial

Chad Nealon

Chad Nealon

CFI

Chad Nealon is a first-generation pilot, who discovered his passion for aviation while studying at Northern Arizona University. Born and raised in Ventura County he can never resist the urge to look up whenever he hears the hum of an airplane overhead. Besides flying with family and friends, Chad enjoys going to the beach, playing golf, and spending time in the mountains. 

Chad is available to teach for Private and Commercial Certificates. 

Willie Bowmar

Willie Bowmar

CFI, CFII

Willie is a third generation pilot with roots in aviation on both sides of his family.  Some of his earliest memories are behind the scenes at glider competitions and the Reno air races, where his parents volunteered as ground crew, and many fond memories were made travelling in the family Cessna 185 in his youth.

During a stint in Alaska driving tour buses, a landing on a glacier inspired him to dedicate himself to becoming a bush pilot.  Willie brings skills and insight from a diverse work history as a machinist, an automotive service advisor, a tour bus driver/guide and trainer, and a long haul flatbed trucker, and combines them with a passion for learning and aviation that he hopes will inspire students to become the best pilots they can be.

In his free time, Willie likes to train in various martial arts, fly any planes he can get in, travel, fish, read, watch movies, and explore nature.  He is also interested in art, music, and the humanities.

He is available all day for training at the private, instrument, and commercial levels.

Noah Pitones

Noah Pitones

CFI, CFII, MEI

Noah took his first ever flight when he was just 19 years old. From there, he knew he needed to fly as a career. Two years later he joined a rigorous course where he went from not knowing anything about aviation to becoming a Multi Engine Instructor all in just one year. He has dedicated countless hours in the air and on the ground. He will push you to become the best pilot you can be while offering an enjoyable experience in the world of aviation. On his free time, Noah enjoys riding motorcycles, building home projects, and playing baseball.

He is available to teach Private, Instrument, Commercial, and CFII .

Ava Caliri

Ava Caliri

CFI, CFII, MEI

Ava Caliri is a first-generation pilot who started flying gliders in the high desert when she was 13 years old. Ridge soaring the San Gabriel mountains, she fell in love with learning true aerodynamics and catching thermals . She soloed at 14 and got her private pilot certificate at 16. Her love for aviation has grown tremendously since. She got her Private Airplane add on here at CP aviation. Along with her tailwheel endorsement. There after,  getting her CFI licenses for  Multi-engines, Single engines and Instrument flying. In her off time she paints, surfs and is always outdoors enjoying the sunshine. She wouldn’t be here without an amazing flying community, that supports all who love flying.

Nick Eberle

Nick Eberle

CFI, CFII, MEI

Nick is a Southern California local whose passion for aviation got an early start.  Having grown up flying with his father right around the corner out of Camarillo, he has been exposed to general aviation for over 20 years. He attained his Tailwheel endorsement here at CP, completed his Private-Instrument- Commercial Training out of Camarillo, and CFI/Instrument Instructor/Multi-Engine Instructor Certificates throughout the Southern California region.

Prior to shifting his sights to a career in  aviation, Nick achieved a Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of California Santa Cruz, Emergency Medical Technician certification from UCLA, worked as Senior Nursery Technician at University of California Berkeley, traveled through Europe and climbed big walls in Yosemite National park, all of which led him to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a pilot. With his background in teaching rock climbing, zip lining and music Nick has helped  people overcome their fears and achieve their goals in various mediums of life and is ready to share his passion for aviation and help you become the best pilot you can be. 

 

When he’s not in the skies, Nick likes to go backpacking, rock climbing, fly fishing, work on motorcycles, trucks, and play music. 

Nick is available for Private, Instrument, and Commercial