Olmsted Aviation’s mission is to educate, enable and inspire through the teaching of aviation safety and precise aircraft handling.

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Olmsted Aviation

Olmsted Aviation is a Southern California flight school specializing in advanced pilot training. Services include Pitts checkouts, aerobatics, stall spin, upset recovery, tail wheel and competition aerobatic training, and rentals.

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 R. Olmsted

Chris Olmsted (owner and CEO of Olmsted Aviation, LLC) 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 Power-plant 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 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, that provides aviation scholarships to kids in need.