Pro Pilot

Professional Pilot Programs for Those Looking for a Flight Level Office View

Channel Islands Aviation has been in the business of training pilots professionally since our inception in 1976. Countless pilots have received certificates and ratings from CIA and have gone on to pursue careers with the airlines and corporate operators. Our Professional Pilot Programs are designed to take you from zero time to Commercial Pilot preparing you for your aviation career. Our FAA Approved Part 141 Pilot School makes achieving your dream more affordable with lower completion times for ratings.

Overview of Our Professional Pilot Programs

Liberty University School of Aeronautics Flight Training Affiliate Professional Pilot Program

With the introduction of their Flight Training Affiliate (FTA) program, Liberty University has created the nation’s largest flight school training network. Through this program, students can complete their general education requirements and the classroom portion of their aeronautics degree program online, and finish their training through Channel Islands Flight School, one of Liberty’s Flight Training Affiliates. For detailed information, please visit

Liberty University is proud to serve the men and women of the U.S. military and offers the following benefits:

  • College Credit for Military Training
  • GI Bill/Veterans Affairs Benefits
  • Military Scholarships
  • Tuition Assistance

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Liberty University is a partner in the Yellow Ribbon program, which allows eligible students to continue their studies once their annual GI Bill funding has been exceeded. Liberty does not have an annual cap on Yellow Ribbon programs.

SkyWest Pilot Cadet Professional Pilot Program

Channel Islands Aviation is partnered with SkyWest Airlines for a Pilot Cadet Program. This bridge program is designed to give those enrolled in our Professional Pilot Program a path to employment with the airline. To be eligible for the program, pilots must complete his or her Instrument, Commercial and Certified Flight Instructor with our flight school and receive a letter of recommendation from our flight school manager.

Once a pilot has completed our Professional Pilot Program, he or she may apply to become a SkyWest pilot cadet, which includes the opportunity to interact with SkyWest pilots. Additionally, he or she will have the opportunity to interview with CIA for an instructor pilot position. If we are not hiring at the time, the pilot cadet will have the opportunity to work for another flight school in the SkyWest Pilot Cadet Program. While in the Pilot Cadet Program, cadets must maintain a minimum grade point average and complete advanced jet training courses. After successful completion of the program and satisfactory passing of the ATP written test, the Pilot Cadet will have a guaranteed interview with SkyWest for a first officer position.

Youth Aviation Academy

If your teen is interested in aviation, allow their dream to take flight by enrolling them in our Youth Aviation Academy. Created in 2012 as a way to expose teens to careers in aviation, we’ve introduced over one hundred and fifty youth to the industry. Taught by professional flight instructors, teens learn about aviation careers, airplanes, aerodynamics, engines, weather and more! Hands on activities teach them the importance of a thorough pre-flight, how to enter the pattern at the Camarillo Airport and they even log a flight lesson in our Redbird Flight Simulator. Sessions are topped off with the optional flight lesson where your son or daughter will take the controls accompanied by an experienced flight instructor!

Professional pilot program sessions start in June annually and are offered to teens from 12 to 16 years of age. Our Basic session is for those brand new to aviation and our Advanced session is for those who have either attended our Basic program in the past or have prior aviation experience. Ground school, guest speakers and activities are scheduled Wednesday through Friday morning and the week concludes with a pizza party Friday afternoon followed by the optional flight lessons.

Included in the price of a session is nine hours of learning, a private thirty minute flight simulator lesson, a pilot logbook, t-shirt and pizza graduation party. Flight lessons are available at additional cost.

Getting Started

Choice #1: Enrollment

Ready to get started? The first step is to schedule an enrollment meeting with our Chief Flight Instructor or Flight School Manager. Please bring your driver’s license and valid US passport or birth certificate. If you’re pursuing an advanced rating, please bring your pilot’s certificate, medical and logbook. During the meeting you will be set up with access to the online schedule, will be paired with a flight instructor and scheduled for your first lesson.

Choice #2: Prepare for Departure

Whatever your aviation goals may be, learn how you can achieve them in the most efficient and cost effective way by meeting with one of our Flight School Manager.

Choice #3: Deluxe Introductory Flight Lesson

Looking for an affordable way to take your first flight lesson? If you’ve always wanted to learn to fly and want to know what it’s like before you officially enroll in training, schedule a Deluxe Introductory Flight Lesson! This lesson is actually the first lesson in our syllabus and is two hours in duration. You will spend the first hour learning how to pre-flight a Cessna 172 Skyhawk and you will then spend about thirty to forty-five minutes in the air. A professional flight instructor will guide you through the process and you will actually get to take the controls of the Skyhawk!

Reservations are recommended for Deluxe Introductory Flight Lessons a few days in advance although same-day reservations may be available. We are blessed with flyable weather year round in Camarillo but if there is a weather delay we will contact you the day of your flight to reschedule for another day when the weather will be more conducive to a first flight.

Looking to log this flight in your first logbook? No problem! We ask that for TSA purposes you bring in your valid US Passport so we can verify citizenship and provide you the proper TSA endorsement. We have logbooks available to purchase in our pilot supplies store and if you purchase training materials at the end of your lesson, a Cessna logbook is included.

To schedule your Deluxe Introductory Flight Lesson please contact our front desk at (805) 987-1301.

If you’re looking for an office with a view of the flight levels, allow CIA to help you get there with our professional pilot programs!