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.
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.
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.