Meet Our Instructors

David Tushin, ATP

CHIEF FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR
FAA GOLD SEAL INSTRUCTOR
CFI / CFII / Commercial Pilot / Instrument
Ground School Instructor

Since I could remember, I have always wanted to be a pilot. My dad- an airline pilot himself- has supported my love for aviation. I started my training with a family friend in his Cessna 180 tail-wheel. After a brief hiatus, I completed all Private Pilot License here in Camarillo. Today, I have my Commercial Pilots license with Flight Instructor Instrument privileges. Aside from flying, I enjoy running track and traveling the world. I’m a 2017 Westlake High School graduate and currently attending university at Channel Islands University. My goals are to complete college and continue to work is the aviation industry!

Eric Bensinger

ASSISTANT CHIEF FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR
CFI / CFII / Commercial Pilot / Instrument
Ground School Instructor

Since I could remember, I have always wanted to be a pilot. My dad- an airline pilot himself- has supported my love for aviation. I started my training with a family friend in his Cessna 180 tail-wheel. After a brief hiatus, I completed all Private Pilot License here in Camarillo. Today, I have my Commercial Pilots license with Flight Instructor Instrument privileges. Aside from flying, I enjoy running track and traveling the world. I’m a 2017 Westlake High School graduate and currently attending university at Channel Islands University. My goals are to complete college and continue to work is the aviation industry!

Jeff Barkes

MARKETING& sales MANAGER
CFI / CFII / Commercial Pilot / Instrument
Advanced Ground Instructor
Ground School Instructor

For as long as I could remember, airplanes have fascinated me. Recently married, I started flight training in 1992 at Santa Monica Airport. I obtained my Private Pilot Certificate, Instrument Rating and was working towards my Commercial Certificate when the realization that a career in aviation wasn’t in the cards. At the time, I had eye surgery and no airline would consider an applicant since they didn’t know the long term effects. I gave up on the dream and started a family. After 20+ years away from flying and my 2 wonderful children now grown and in college, I decided to re-ignite the passion and work towards my CFI. I finished my Commercial, CFI, and CFII here in Camarillo and am thrilled to be here teaching others. It never gets old to see the expression when someone takes to the sky for the first time!

Kevin Wilmott

CFI / Commercial Pilot / INSTRUMENT
Ground school instructor

I have always been fascinated by aviation and started taking flying lessons at age 14. I eventually put flying on hold to pursue my education and a career in public safety. In 2017, I was determined to finish what I started and earned my Private Pilot’s certificate and subsequently, additional certificates and ratings. I enjoy flight instructing as it allows me to share my passion for aviation with others and help people accomplish their dreams and goals of becoming safe and competent pilots.

Frank Parodi

Commercial Pilot / INSTRUMENT
FAA Advanced Ground Instructor
Ground school instructor

I am a retired college soccer coach and high school teacher, with years of teaching experience. As a life long enthusiast of general aviation, I have had the opportunity to fly over the last 30 years and received my licenses at Van Nuys and Whiteman airport. I am excited to combine my love of flight and education and love helps students achieve their goals.