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.

Information on the Bachelor of Science in Aviation is available at

The following courses are offered within the Bachelor of Science in Aviation program through Channel Islands Aviation Flight School;

  • Private Pilot Certificate – AVIA220 & 225 – Can be completed as a Free Elective or prior to enrollment
  • Instrument Rating – AVIA320*
  • Commercial Pilot Certificate – AVIA325, 326 & 327*
  • Flight Instructor Certification – AVIA420*

* Courses noted with the asterisk (*) above are the only courses authorized by the Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) for application of GI Bill® and/or VA funding by Web Enabled Approved Management System (“WEAMS”) institutions.

Military and Veterans Benefits

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 – For more information, visit edu/military.
  • YELLOW RIBBON PROGRAM: 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.

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!