welcome to Olmsted Aviation

challenge yourself

who we are

Olmsted Aviation is a Southern California flight school specializing in advanced pilot training like you’ve never experienced before.

We are located at the historic Santa Paula Airport (KSZP), just thirty-five miles north of Los Angeles. The wavered aerobatic practice area is three miles east of the airport.

Chris Olmsted, owner and CEO of Olmsted Aviation, is an aviation educator and enthusiast with extensive experience in the art of aerobatic flight.

As a certified flight instructor (uncertified therapist), certified aerobatic judge and a certified air-frame and powerplant aircraft technician, he has over twelve years of professional experience with over thirty five hundred hours flight experience including one thousand hours of aerobatic flight, all before reaching the age of thirty.

Mr. Olmsted is president of the Los Angeles Aerobatic Club (International Aerobatic Club Chapter 49) and acts as contest director of the annual Duel in the Desert aerobatic contest. He is an active board member of the Santa Paula Flying Club and a co-founder of the Figure 1 Foundation, which provides aviation scholarships to kids in need.

our services

all attitude flight safety: phase 1

all attitude flight safety: phase II

competition aerobatics

tailwheel instruction

private pilot license

rentals


what our customers say

  • Chris' ability to adapt his teaching skills to my needs was incomparable to any instructor I've previously experienced.

    H. Kelly
  • As a professional flight instructor myself, Chris is one of the few that I turn to for professional instruction.

    C. Alexander
  • Great guy, loves to help people learn, as much fun as you can have with your clothes on!

    R. Haight
  • What an awesome guy. Chris took me in the Pitts for my introduction to high performance tailwheel. Excellent instruction!!

    M. Ciaglia
  • Great guy who makes all feel comfortable around him and a fantastic instructor.

    C. Garman

current rates

aerobatic discovery flight $170

gift certificates available

 

aircraft wet rates

Pitts S2-A

$295 per hour

$270 per hour with 10 hour block purchase

 

ground instruction rates

$80 per hour

$70 per hour with 10 hour block purchase

all attitude flight safety: phase I

$1,250 Pitts rental with block rate

$325 flight instruction block rate

$325 ground instruction with block rate

total $1,900

 

all attitude flight safety: phase II

$1,250 Pitts rental with block rate

$325 flight instruction block rate

$325 ground instruction with block rate

total $1,900

ready to fly?

Email or call us with any questions you may have. We would love the chance to earn your business.

ADDRESS

320 E Santa Maria St, Suite A

Santa Paula, CA, 93060, US

PHONE

1.831.334.7232

EMAIL

chris@olmstedaviation.com

OPEN HOURS

by appointment only

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