On October 21, 1976, Mark Oberman along with wife Janie and partner Tom Driscoll, pioneered the opening of the Camarillo Airport (formerly the Oxnard Air Force Base). Channel Islands Aviation, or CIA, is a full service Fixed Base Operation. CIA's facility includes 2 large hangars totaling 34,500 square feet of hangar space with additional 30,500 square feet of offices, lobby, school classroom and flight planning room with computerized weather briefing and direct lines to flight service.
CIA provides a variety of services which include New Cessna aircraft sales, Cessna Pilot Center (CPC) flight training, Chevron 100 LL and Jet-A fuel sales, ramp services and hangar storage, Jet & Turbo Prop charter,parts ,maintenance and avionics. Additionally, CIA provides daily routine transportation and air medivac support to a number of the California Channel Islands located just off the coast from Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.
CIA operates a fleet of well equipped charter and flight school, rental aircraft including new Cessna 172SP's with the Glass Cockpit Garmin G-1000, 172RG, 182's with Garmin G-1000 Glass Cockpit, Beechcraft Duchess, Britten Norman Islander, Cessna 425 Conquest I, Cessna 441-10 Conquest II, and Citation II.
CIA has enjoyed a fine reputation with its commitment to excellence while providing highly qualified charter pilots and flight instructors and support staff. It is our commitment to professionalism and safety, with high standards for training, that has allowed our school to prosper while producing superior pilots. Graduates from Channel Islands Aviation flight training program will have received a well rounded instruction in aerodynamics, meteorology, airspace utilization, FAA regulations, aircraft systems, aircraft performance, navigation, and the use of charts and flight computers.
Training with CIA
There's never been a better time to learn to fly. That's because Cessna and Channel Islands Aviation has made becoming a pilot more accessible and fun, thanks to top-quality, highly qualified flight instructors, Computer Based Flight Instruction (CBI) training courses and new, well maintained and equipped Cessna aircraft.
The Cessna Pilot Center (CPC) program is the only integrated flight-training program in existence - flight and ground school lessons are designed by educational experts to work together for maximum retention. According to Cessna research, these higher retention rates and faster learning may lead to lower course completion times
You'll learn at the best school. And you'll fly the perfect airborne classroom - the Skyhawk SP is the foundation of the training fleets at some of the biggest university aviation programs in the world. Cessna Pilot Centers utilize new and well-maintained aircraft that match the Cessna Computer-Based instructional material.
Channel Islands Aviation has been providing expert flight training at the Camarillo Airport for 30 years. We offer courses from the Private Pilot's License to the ATP or Airline Transport Pilot rating. Many of CIA Graduates are currently working for airlines such as Sky West, American Eagle, Continental, Air Canada, American Airlines, Air New Zealand, Delta Airlines and numerous corporate flight departments.
There is no better way or place to Learn to Fly! And, there is no time like the present to get started!
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