Ventura County Ninety-Nines 2018 Pilot Proficiency Classes - Individual Classes

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Michael Church

Michael Church, CFI, CFI-Glider, CFII, MEI, AGI, is a flight instructor with more than 14,000 hours (one hour at a time) and more than 12,000 hours dual given. He is the flight school manager at Sunrise Aviation at John Wayne Airport and a member of the Society of Aviation Flight Educators (SAFE).

James Clarkson

James W. Clarkson, ATP, has been a professional pilot for 28 years, flying to 6 continents for 7 different airlines and 5 corporations. He is type rated on the A/B757, A/B767, A/BE-400, A/CL-65, A/DO-328, A/G-V, and A/MU-300 with over 15,000 hours total time. Clarkson spent 10 years as a GV/G-550 Senior International Captain. His personal plane is a Piper Cherokee Six owner. He is a small business owner specializing in new pilot mentoring and aviation scholarships and is a vocal General Aviation advocate.
T: 714-588-9346

Mike Jesch

Michael Jesch, ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI, AGI, AGII. Captain Mike Jesch has been flying the line for 32 years (30 at a major airline), is a Master CFI for airplanes and instruments, a FAASTeam Lead Representative, and flies a Cessna 182 based at FUL. Mike is a member of the Society of Aviation Flight Educators (SAFE). He currently flies a Boeing 737 for a major airline.

William Pass

William Pass is a qualified training captain and mentor pilot for P3 air and turboprop pilots. With a worldwide flight experience of more than 30 years and thousands of hours in King Airs, he can offer an insight into flying and owning a turboprop: as charter captain, freight pilot, lifeguard and ambulance pilot, ferry pilot, chief pilot and chief flight instructor. He is also a certified lifeguard and trained professional rescuer. Water has been around him for his whole life: He has raced sailboats and has undertaken several single-handed cruises worldwide. Today he is an advanced and experienced kite-surfer

Judy Phelps

Vice President and Co-owner

CP Aviation

Judy Phelps has earned the following certificates and honors: CFI, CFII, Master CFI-Aerobatic, a member of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE), 2011 National CFI of the Year, FAA Western Pacific Region 2010 CFI of the Year, Southwest Section Ninety-Nines 2008 Professional Woman Pilot of the Year, 2006 Woman Pilot of the Year and former chapter chair of the Ventura County Ninety-Nines. She is a past President of the Aviation Museum of Santa Paula. She is Vice President and co-owner of CP Aviation at Santa Paula Airport, where she gives fight instruction, tailwheel training, aerobatic training and emergency maneuver training. She also specializes in providing emergency maneuver and unusual attitude recovery training to the State Trooper pilots in California and Alaska. She has logged over 9,000 hours and given over 7,500 hours of dual instruction.

Michael Phillips

Aviation Instruction Simulator Training Center

Michael Phillips, CFI, CFII, ASEL, ASES, AMEL and Glider, is a five-time Master Instructor and an FAA Gold Seal Instructor with over 12,000 total hours and over 9,500 hours of dual given. He is also a charter member and a former Board member of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) and a certified American Bonanza Society Instructor. Prior to committing all his time to teaching he owned and managed a number of companies as diverse as gourmet food, cycling and internet marketing and web development. Michael is a seasoned teaching professional with a passion for aviation and all phases of flight instruction. He has a diverse background which provides him with the ability to work with a wide variety of personalities and backgrounds. He has been a Certified Flight Instructor since 1975. He has had an opportunity to fly and teach in several regions of the country which provides him with an understanding and appreciation for weather and challenges that other parts of the United States offer to pilots. He specializes in training in the Epic, Piper M Type aircraft (both piston and turbine), Columbia/Cessna/Corvalis aircraft, Bonanzas and other technically advanced aircraft as well as transition training for all Garmin GPS units, G1000, Avidyne, Aspen and Bendix King-equipped aircraft. He is the Managing Partner and Chief Flight Instructor at Aviation Instruction Simulator Training, and until recently was the Chief Flight Instructor for the Cessna Advanced Aircraft Recurrent Training Program (CAART). He is on the teaching staff at CP Aviation where he focuses on tailwheel training at the Santa Paula Airport. He also has a passion for training new Certificated Flight Instructors. Additional information can be found at and


John Ringel

John Ringel, ATP, CFI, MEI, is a captain at a major airline with over 33,000 hours of flying experience. He is type rated on the Boeing 777, Boeing 767 and 757 and is currently a Captain on 767 and 757 aircraft based in Los Angeles. Prior to flying for the airlines he flew a Navajo Chieftain ferrying passengers from KLGB to Catalina Island, San Diego, and Santa Barbara; flying air freight from LAX to Montgomery Field in San Diego; and flying Navy personnel from Montgomery Field to San Clemente Island. He also flew for a charter service at KBUR, flying cancelled checks and bank mail to cities all over California. John serves as a member of the Southern California Airspace Users Working Group, volunteers charged with overseeing the airspace over the greater Los Angeles area. The Group deals directly with the FAA, commercial operators, FBOs and flight schools with the goal of creating the safest airspace possible and provides feedback to the FAA on proposed changes to procedures and airspace allocation. John is also an active flight instructor and parks his Cessna 182 on the ESCAP flight line at KLGB. He is a member of the Society of Aviation Flight Educators (SAFE).

Gary  Schank

Gary Schank, ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI. Captain Gary Schank is a 26-year veteran of airline flying, a CFI for airplanes and instruments, an FAA FAASTeam Representative, a practicing attorney and professional musician. He currently flies a Boeing 737 for a major airline.

Barry Schiff

Barry Schiff, ATP, CFI airplane/glider/rotorcraft/helicopter/gyroplane, CFII airplane/helicopter, MEI, AGI, IGI, holds fourteen type ratings and every flight instructor rating, He is a retired Lockheed L-1011 and Boeing 747 captain for TWA and his 28,000-plus hours of flying have been accumulated in more than 356 different types of aircraft.

He has been an FAA-designated check airman on the Boeing 767, a general aviation designated examiner and is a charter member of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE).

Barry holds five world speed records and is the recipient of a Congressional Commendation, the French Louis Blériot Air Medal, Switzerland’s Gold Proficiency Medal, an honorary doctorate in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and AOPA’s L.P. Sharples Perpetual Award. He has also been inducted into the National Flight Instructor’s Hall of Fame and was designated by the NAA as an Elder Statesman of Aviation. In January, 2012 he was inducted as a Living Legend of Aviation. He has written over 1,600 magazine articles and a dozen books about flight safety and operational procedures. His writings have earned eleven prestigious journalism awards. His popular “Proficient Pilot” monthly column in AOPA Pilot Magazine has made the skies a safer place.

Brian Schiff

Brian Schiff, ATP, CFI, CFII,, MEI, AGI, IGI, is a captain for a major US airline and is type-rated on the Boeing 727, 757, 767, DC-9 (MD-80), CL-65, LR-JET, and G-V. Schiff’s roots are deeply planted in general aviation where he has flown a wide variety of aircraft. He holds several flight instructor ratings and is recognized for his enthusiasm and ability to teach in way that simplifies complex procedures and concepts. He is a member of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) and has been actively instructing since earning his flight and ground instructor certificates in 1985. Schiff has been an FAA-designated examiner. He attended San Jose State University, and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and his Master of Science Degree in Aviation Safety from the University of Central Missouri. He regularly presents seminars about aviation safety and techniques to student and professional pilots alike.

Ken Wittekiend

ProMark Aviation Services

Ken Wittekiend, DPE, CFI, CFII, IGI is a professional flight instructor, Designated Pilot Examiner and founder of ProMark Aviation Services, a flight training company based in Burnet, TX.

Ken is a commercial pilot with over 12,000 hours of experience in a wide variety of general aviation aircraft including Part 135 Air Charter, banner towing, air hearse and air ambulance work, along with a steady schedule of flight instructing. After a move to Houston, and a career in retail marketing and advertising, Ken joined his wife Judy’s successful retail service company.

In 2001, Ken returned to central Texas and began to develop an advanced training program to provide the additional knowledge and skill that pilots could use to improve aviation safety through continuing education. He established a flight training company to provide beginners and accomplished pilots a better way to learn the critical skills and knowledge necessary to fly safely and confidently.

Ken has been selected as a Master CFI five times since 2006. He was also named the CFI of the Year for the FAA Southwest Region in 2009 and again in 2015. The FAA selected Ken as a Designated Pilot Examiner in 2010. He conducts pilot check rides for the San Antonio FSDO.

Ken flew many relief missions following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and after the Haiti Earthquake in 2010 and considers this some of the most rewarding flying he has been privileged to do. In summer of 2013, Ken flew a Super Cub from Texas to Alaska and back, covering 12,000 miles and visiting some of the last wild places on earth. Ken is a charter member of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE). In 2014 he was elected to the Board of Directors of SAFE.

Ken is an instructor for the Beechcraft Pilot Proficiency Program (BPPP) of the American Bonanza Society and for the Bonanza Pilot Training Program (PBPT). Today, Ken provides a wide range of training services, working with pilots of all experience levels, with an emphasis on single pilot IFR, fundamental maneuvering skills, float plane and tailwheel training. To date, Ken has provided over 8000 hours of flight instruction including over 1700 hours of tailwheel instruction. For more information, please visit the website:

James Rayvon Williams

Rayvon Williams, CFI, CFII, AGI, IGI is manager of the Watsonville Municipal Airport, serving in that capacity since July 2011. Prior to his current position Rayvon held a variety of high technology executive sales and marketing roles in Silicon Valley. Rayvon learned to fly at Watsonville in 1999 and went on to obtain instrument, commercial, multi-engine and various flight/ground instructor ratings. From 2005 to 2008 Rayvon achieved a Master CFI destination from the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI). From 2003 to 2010 Rayvon served Watsonville as an Aviation Safety Counselor, FAA Safety Team member and FAASTeam Lead Representative and a member of the Society of Flight Educators (SAFE). In 2010 he was named “FAAST Representative of the Year” by the San Jose FSDO. Rayvon holds a master of science in Aviation Systems Safety from Embry Riddle University, is a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives, member of the Association of California Airports, a Mission and Orientation Pilot for Angel Flight West with over 125 missions flown and serves as Chief Pilot for the California Redtails, a chapter of Black Pilots of America. Rayvon has over 2,400 flight hours (including over 500 dual given) and owns a Beechcraft Bonanza based at Watsonville.

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