CIA About Us

FAA Approved 141 School, Cessna Pilot Center, CATS Testing Center, and VA Approved Education Program

FAA Approved Part 141

Channel Islands Aviation is the only FAA Approved Part 141 Pilot School in the tri-counties. We achieved this prestigious mark in 2009 and are approved for the following courses: Private Pilot, Instrument Rating, Commercial Single Engine, Commercial Multi Engine, Certified Flight Instructor and Advanced Ground Instructor. Being approved Part 141 holds CIA’s flight training, records, instructors and aircraft to a higher standard as they are routinely audited by the FAA. Our transparency with the FAA creates a safer learning environment for our customers and allows lower completion times for ratings. We are authorized for examining authority and can issue Private Pilot Certificates to course graduates. Furthermore, as an FAA Pilot School we can complete and submit Student Pilot Certificate applications under the new rule change that took effect April 1, 2016.

FAA Approved Part 141

Cessna Pilot Center

We’ve partnered with the industry’s leading aircraft manufacturer, Cessna Aircraft Company as a Cessna Pilot Center (CPC) since 1976. Few CPCs have been partnered with Cessna as long as CIA has. In 2007, we were awarded the prestigious Diamond Award from Cessna for “exceeding company operational standards and for excellence in flight training.” CIA operates an all Textron Aviation fleet of all Cessna and Beechcraft aircraft. We also utilize Cessna’s modern online flight training syllabus for the Private, Instrument and Commercial courses. Sarah Oberman Bartush, Flight School Manager, works closely with Cessna sitting on the board of the CPC Advisory Committee.

Cessna Pilot Center

CATS Testing Center

CIA is also a Computer Assisted Testing Service or “CATS” Testing Center for all FAA written exams. We are able to test up to three applicants at once in our testing room seven days a week. To register for an exam, please call our partner CATS directly at 800-947-4228.

When you arrive for your test please allow fifteen minutes for check-in prior to commencing the exam. US Citizens will be asked to show their Driver’s License and non-US Citizens will need to show their passport along with another form of photo identification. All applicants will need to have a valid flight instructor endorsement for the exam upon check-in. Valid forms of instructor endorsement are those in the applicant’s logbook or on letterhead from the company where the instructor conducts instruction.

No personal items will be allowed in the testing room. Paper and pencils will be provided.


VA Approved Education Program

At CIA we also offer a VA Approved Education Program for the Instrument and Commercial Single Engine Courses. Veterans will need to contact their local VA office to determine their benefits as coverage amounts vary on a case by case basis. For detailed information we recommend visiting the US Department of Veterans Affairs website.