Getting to Know JUDY PHELPS


SAFE#: 0153

Hometown: Santa Paula, CA

Home Airport: SZP

Occupation: Flight School Owner, CP Aviation, Inc.

Education: Two Years of College

Pilot Certificates: Private 1999,Commercial 2003, CFI 2003, CFII 2005

Airplanes Flying/Flown: C140, C150, C172, C180, C182, CE177, C205, C206, C210, PA28-200R 7ECA, 8KCAB, Pitts S2B, RV10, RV9A, CTSW, DA40, DA20, PA30B, N2S1, TBM700, J3C65

Educational Specialty: Flight instruction, Emergency Maneuver Training, Aerobatics, Tailwheel Endorsements

Q & A

What drew you to aviation? While working as a waitress at the local airport restaurant I met my husband, Clay Phelps, who owns CP Aviation. I did not like being a passenger and I didn’t like not knowing anything about airplanes, so the journey began.

How long have you been involved in aviation education? Since 2003.

What’s your favorite part of what you do in aviation education? Introducing people to the very things that used to scare me, which was the fear of the unknown. What happens in a spin and how do you get out on one?

What’s your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education? Having to charge people who can’t afford it.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you’d like to share? The first time I flew solo. This is a day I will never forget. Learning to fly has taught me that anything is possible once you put your mind to it; flying has forever changed my life.

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you’d like to mention? Ventura County Ninety-Nines 2006 Women Pilot of the Year, Southwest Section Ninety-Nines 2008 Professional Woman Pilot of the Year, First female Master CFI Aerobatic, President of the Aviation Museum of Santa Paula.

Who are your role models in aviation? My father law and flight instructor, Bob Phelps; Rich Stowell; and Dennis Magdaleno.

Anything else you’d like to add? I like the saying, “A good pilot is always learning” because there is always something more to learn.