Judy Phelps (California)

Judy Phelps is based at KSZP, Santa Paula Airport, Santa Paula, California.

Judy Phelps flying her Pitts S-2B

I am the co-owner of CP Aviation, a flight school located in Santa Paula California. I am a CFII and specialize in Tailwheel and Emergency Maneuver Training.

After flying my first airshow!  What a thrill that was. CMA Airshow 2011

My career in aviation began while working at the local airport restaurant where I met my husband Clay Phelps who owned the flight school next door. This was the beginning of an amazing journey and a life changing experience.

I made it home!  After my first Aerobatic Contest in 2005.


In 1999 I earned my Private Pilot Certificate and in 2003 I became a Flight Instructor.

I own a variety of taildraggers starting with my favorite a Pitts S2B. In August of 2011 I flew my first airshow, something I thought I would never do. I also fly Decathlon’s, Citabria’s and a Cessna 180.

In the Pitts

Cessna 180 in the Idaho backcountry

It’s official, I am now a part of Ladies Love Taildraggers!

Judy Phelps, Master CFI-A, CFII

Vice President
CP Aviation, Inc
“2011 National CFI of the Year”



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