CP Aviation - Instructor Bios
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 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.
Master CFI, CFII, MEI, FAA Gold Seal Instructor
Brannon is a Master CFI with an FAA gold Seal, and serves as our Assistant Chief Pilot, Tricycle Gear Airplanes. 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. More recently, he's added Tailwheel and Emergency Maneuver Training to his repertoire. Brannon takes pride in being fair and supportive, while also pushing you to be the best pilot you can be. He'll be with you every step of the way, to support you in your aviation goals. Brannon is available for instruction all day, Sunday-Thursday, for Private, Commercial, Instrument, High Performance, Complex, Tailwheel, and EMT training.
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.
CFI, CFII, MEI
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!
David is a first generation pilot and has flown out of Santa Paula since he was 14 years old. He came to CP to see what aviation was all about when he was just 12 years old. He was told to come back two years later to start lessons. When he turned 14 he came back and Judy Phelps was his instructor. David soloed on his 16th birthday then received his private pilot's certificate on his 17th birthday. He next earned his instrument, commercial and CFI ratings. David also took our EMT course. David fell in love with flying and looks forward to a career with the airlines. When David is not flying he's either working on cars or coaching wrestling. David is available to teach on weekends and during some weekdays.
Tanner is a first generation pilot who found aviation through Microsoft Flight Simulator. After taking the controls on his first intro flight at Camarillo, he immediately knew there is nothing better than flying. In less than a year he earned all flight certificates and instructor add-ons. He loves helping others into aviation and seeing that smile as they lift off the ground for the first time. During his free time he loves dirt bike riding, rock climbing, and playing sports.
He is available to teach all day for Private, Instrument, and Commercial certificates.
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 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.
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.