Published by Ventura County Star on March 1, 2017
Channel Islands Aviation has named longtime pilot Del Kienholz as flight school manager.
The Ventura County native was raised in a flying family and has been flying since 1984. He first flew with Channel Islands Aviation as a private pilot in 1987. Kienholz earned his flight instructor certificate in 1994 and returned to Channel Islands Aviation as a flight instructor in 1996. After several years of instructing, he left to pursue a long career flying cargo for a nationally recognized express company.
After retiring from flying cargo, Kienholz decided to return to his passion as a flying instructor. He again joined Channel Islands Aviation in early 2015 as the assistant chief flight instructor, and has since been promoted to flight school manager.
“It’s great to be back at Channel Islands Aviation and so I can once again share my passion for flying with a new generation of people seeking to become pilots,” Kienholz said.
As a “gold seal” instructor with more than 10,000 hours of flight time and 3,000 hours as an instructor, Kienholz specializes in mentoring his clients. He has experience with various aircraft and also has extensive actual weather and nighttime experience in the Cessna C208B Caravan aircraft.
Channel Islands Aviation, based in Camarillo, provides private and professional flight training, aircraft sales and rentals, charter flights and more. For more information, call 987-1301 or visit http://www.ciaflightschool.com.