CIA Flight Team

Meet Our Flight Team

Katie Albert

Katie Albert

Flight School Manager CFI

Katie has been flying since 2019 and has been working as a CFI since 2020. She proudly holds a Gold Seal instructor certificate and finds great fulfillment from instructing and watching her students learn, innovate, and challenge themselves while becoming pilots. She is also a Professional Pilot with Phoenix Air, where she works as a First Officer on an Embraer Brasilia, for the U.S. Navy. While she is not flying for the Navy or teaching our CFI program she remains as the Flight School Manager here at CIA. Katie is a dual citizen of both the U.S. and the U.K., which brought her passion in aviation as she has traveled to England her entire life. She grew up near Van Nuys Airport where she trained and taught hundreds of students. She is a soon to be graduate from Liberty University, where she will hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation.

Abe Milad

Abe Milad

Chief Flight Instructor CFI

Abe is our Chief Flight instructor here at Channel Islands Aviation. He has been flying since 2018 and has been working as a CFI since 2019. Through his extensive knowledge, he has been able to acquire a skill set that allowed him to seek out a variety of different ratings. These include CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP, and ASES. When Abe is not acting as the Chief Flight Instructor, he professionally flies for a company known as Phoenix Air. There he works as a Captain on an EMB-120, for the companies DOD contract with the U.S. Navy. Ever since Abe was little, he always dreamt of becoming a pilot. His family has been traveling around the world with him since his youth which aided in his passion and love for flying. He hopes to share that passion with all pilots and intends to help other aviators reach their aviation goals.

Anneliese Tomlinson

Anneliese Tomlinson

CFI/CFII/MEI/ATP

Anneliese started flying at the age of sixteen when she was inspired by her father, who was an airline pilot, to learn to fly. She received all of her ratings locally and completed her CFI during college. After graduating from the University of California Santa Barbara with a degree in Marine Biology she began teaching and later worked for SkyWest Airlines. After seven years as an airline pilot and continuing to teach part time on her days off, Anneliese returned to Camarillo to pursue a career as a flight instructor. She has been with Channel Islands Aviation since 2005 and is CIAs on staff Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP). Anneliese has found the perfect profession that combines her dad’s love of aviation and her mom’s passion for teaching.

JB Drake

JB Drake

CFI/CFII/MEI

JB’s fascination with flying began in his 30’s when he earned his private pilot certificate in Long Beach, CA. Drawn to the challenge and adventure that aviation offered, he quickly realized that the skies would become an integral part of his life. Before becoming a flight instructor, JB traversed through various careers, starting with an enlistment in the U.S. Army with 2nd Ranger Battalion, to orthopedic medical device sales, and entrepreneurship. Fueling his ambition to soar even higher, JB took advantage of his GI Bill benefits to continue his flight training and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in aviation along with his CFI certificate with Instrument and Multi-engine ratings. For JB, instructing is not just a profession; it’s an opportunity to continue to learn as well as mold, guide, and mentor the next generation of pilots.

Brandon Matthews

Brandon Matthews

CFI/CFII

Growing up in Ventura CA in a family of aviation, Brandon was always surrounded by planes. He remembers going to the Camarillo airshow as a kid and being obsessed with all the planes that he got to see. By the time high school came around, Brandon was able to get his private pilot’s license and it began to further his love for aviation. He then went off to college shortly after at California Polytechnic University where he was able to continue training throughout the pandemic. By the time he graduated, flying was not just a hobby, but a passion and something he wanted to make a career out of. In July of 2022, Brandon was lucky enough to move back home where he began to work and teach at Channel Islands Aviation as well as give back to the Aviation community that started it all.

Rick Juarez

Rick Juarez

CFI

Rick has harbored an unwavering passion for aviation since his early childhood, likely stemming from accompanying his father, an A&P Mechanic at Point Mugu Naval Air Base, during his 30+ years of service. In 2018, he commenced his aviation training at Channel Islands Aviation and successfully obtained his private pilot certificate in 2019. At that pivotal moment, he made the decision to transition from his existing career path and transform his passion into a full-fledged profession. Diligently pursuing his goals, he completed all requisite certificates and ratings at Channel Islands Aviation, culminating in his achievement of becoming a Certificated Flight Instructor in early 2023. A native of Ventura County, Rick holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Cal State Channel Islands. Presently, he resides in Camarillo with his wife and two young sons. When not soaring the skies, he finds delight in outdoor pursuits, traveling, fishing in the Channel Islands, and cherishing quality time with his loved ones and friends during delightful barbeque gatherings.

Travis Seidel

Travis Seidel

CFI/CFII

Travis grew up in western Washington wanting to fly from a young age. After spending six years in the Air Force, Travis went to the University of North Dakota to study commercial aviation. He started flying there in 2019 and soon after received all of his certificates. Travis moved to Camarillo, CA in February 2023 to work and build hours to fly for the airlines one day.

Justin Gilstrap

Justin Gilstrap

CFI/CFII

Justin has been involved in aviation over the past 10 years with the Marine Corps. There he served as a Crew Chief Instructor on the UH-1Y Huey helicopter. Since 2021, he has applied his passion of flying to becoming a pilot. Justin recently received his Instrument Instructor rating which allowed him to expand his knowledge base for teaching. He has been teaching for several years and is an active member of the Marine Corps Reserves. He executes those duties once a month. Additionally, he is studying at Liberty University, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Aviation.

Andrew Shack

CFI

For as long as he can remember, Andrew has had a love for aviation. After taking his first flight in Camarillo during high school, he knew that becoming a professional pilot was meant for him. In 2019, he would achieve his Private Pilot License from Channel Islands Aviation. In 2022, he would achieve a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Flight with a minor in Business Administration from California Baptist University. He then returned for his CFI rating and begin instruction in 2023. When Andrew is not flying, he enjoys playing golf and cooking new recipes. For him, instructing is not just a profession; it is a passion and a means to positively inspire the next generation of aviators.

Shane Warburton

CFI

Shane flew for the first time at the age of 12 in a Cessna 185. He earned his private pilot license through Channel Islands Aviation in 2016. Afterwards, he went to college and studied Political Science. Shane started working in local government after graduating from American University. While working on a campaign and then eventually in elected office, Shane earned his instrument rating, commercial rating, multi engine add on, and then finished working on his flight instructor rating to pursue a career in aviation. He started working for Channel Islands shortly after becoming a licensed instructor pilot. He is dedicated to making sure pilots are safe, responsible, and confident in their abilities. He is available to teach Private Pilot and Commercial Pilot students.

Carlos Hernandez

CFI/CFII/MEI

Hailing from Portland OR, Carlos’s passion for aviation was born during his childhood years, where his fascination with airplanes first began. It was during his high school years that he first took to the skies, learning to fly and solidifying his commitment to a career in aviation. Right after high school, he pursued a degree in aeronautical science, setting the first stage for his career as a pilot and instructor. He is a proud member of SAFE, NAFI, and an AOPA Airport Support Network volunteer. As a pilot and instructor, Carlos is deeply invested in providing aspiring aviators with a comprehensive and engaging training experience. His commitment to instruction and mentorship ensures that students benefit from his knowledge and passion for aviation. Carlos’s approach to flight instruction goes beyond the technical aspects, encompassing a genuine desire to foster a love for flying and a culture of safety within the aviation community. When he’s not in the cockpit, you’ll find him indulging in the joy of flying RC airplanes.

Ryan Casey

CFI/CFII

Ryan grew up in Santa Ynez, CA and spent a lot of his childhood at airport hangars or in the backseat of airplanes, getting to fly as a little kid. He began his flight training in high school, allowing him to solo at 16 years old. He then resumed his training in 2022 to finish his Private Pilot License, allowing him to take his friends flying, which was a dream come true! In 2023, Ryan became a flight instructor and is thrilled to teach aviation and help his clients achieve their dreams. Ryan wants to continue pursuing aviation as a lifelong career and is looking forward to sharing his excitement of flying with others!