Flight Instructors & Office Staff

Flight Instructors:

Our flight instructors have years of flight experience and are dedicated to providing quality flight instruction tailored to meet your learning style.


Khalid Biary

Certificates and Ratings: CFI / Commercial Pilot / Multi Engine / Instrument

My passion for aviation sparked at 7 years old as an airliner flew overhead on my way to LAX. From that point forward, all I wanted to do is become a pilot. At 9 years old, my dad gifted me a copy of Microsoft Flight Simulator and a joystick for my birthday, which kept me busy every weekend. Although I couldn’t start flight training right away, almost all the media I consumed was related to aviation. Finally, at 19 years old, I’d saved up enough money to begin my long awaited journey. Within a year, I completed all my certificates and am excited to help you achieve your aviation goals!

Noah Scallon

Certificates and Ratings: CFI / Commercial Pilot / Multi Engine / Instrument

My fascination with aviation all started on a commercial flight coming back from Florida as a kid. The pilots invited me up to the cockpit and from then on there was nothing that could’ve stopped me from becoming a professional pilot. After four years of flying out of Madison, Wisconsin I’m incredibly excited to be teaching in southern California. My goal as a flight instructor is to not only help create safe pilots, it’s also to help people make their own dreams come true and have fun doing it.

Alec Ticherich

Certificates and Ratings: CFI / CFII / Commercial Pilot / Multi Engine / Instrument

I’ve never wanted to do a job that had me stuck behind a desk in an office, and I’ve always wanted to travel, so I thought, what better way to achieve these goals than a career in aviation? When all my friends were deciding on where to go for college and what they wanted to do for a career, I made the decision to formally pursue aviation both academically and as a trade. Fast forward 4 years later and I remain as excited as ever about my decision to join the aviation industry and I am grateful for the excellent training I received at Ohio University. I’m now thrilled to be in sunny California teaching full time for CFI. I look forward to helping others achieve their goals in aviation whether it is purely recreational or a desire to go all the way to the airlines, we can make that happen.


Josh Stefanski

Certificates and Ratings: CFI / CFII / Commercial Pilot / Multi Engine / ATP / Instrument

I’ve always had a passion for aviation so after high school I decided to take certain steps towards achieving a career in the industry. In 2015, I graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Air Traffic Management. After graduating, I worked for American Airlines in their airport operations department for about a year until I decided to begin flight training. In September of 2016 I started flight school with the end goal of working for the airlines. Currently, I’m embracing the instructor role and love sharing my passion for aviation with those who I fly with!


Dylan Sweet

Certificates and Ratings: CFI / Commercial Pilot / Instrument

I grew up in Southern California and have been flying since 2014. I come from a family of pilots and have been around airplanes ever since I was a little kid. I did my flight training at the Chino Airport and Montgomery Field in San Diego and I graduated from San Diego State University in 2018. I am now pursuing a career as a professional pilot. I am excited to be part of the team at CFI and I’m eager to share my passion for aviation with you.


Kyle Stisher

Certificates and Ratings: CFI / Commercial Pilot / Multi Engine / Instrument

Aviation has always been a dream of mine, to fly with the birds up in the clouds. As a kid and teenager I always looked at it aesthetically, big planes, cool guys in aviators, the things you see in movies. Then as I dove head first into becoming a pilot, I realized that obviously there is so much more to the world of aviation. In my training, I learned so many different skills in my progression, and I hope to share all those skills with you.

Jeff Barkes

Certificates and Ratings: CFI / CFII / Commercial Pilot / Instrument

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 at Camarillo Flight Instruction 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!


Eric Bensinger

Certificates and Ratings: CFI / CFII / Commercial Pilot / Instrument

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 at Camarillo Flight Instruction. 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!


Michael Linn

Chief Instructor
Certificates and Ratings: CFI / CFII / Commercial Pilot / Multi Engine / Instrument

I knew I wanted to be a pilot from a very young age; playing with Lego bricks I would assemble all sorts of flying machines and space ships. At the age of fourteen, I approached my parents with the idea of taking flying lessons and, knowing my passion for it, they said yes. When I turned sixteen I soloed, and at the age of seventeen I had a pilot’s license. While attending college in San Diego, I continued building hours and experience; adding instrument, commercial, multi-engine and flight instructor privileges to my license. By 2008 I made my way back to Camarillo and continued my passion for flying by receiving a checkout with a local flight school. Having flown out of several flight schools in San Diego, I soon realized that Camarillo lacked what most other airports seemed to have, a great place to rent aircraft and learn to fly. So I set out to buy an airplane and, with my instructor certificate, teach others my passion. I could never have predicted what would come of it, today, a wonderful array of aircraft and a fantastic group of flight instructors to work with, I'm humbled by our success and look forward to continuing to offer pilots a great place to learn and fly.

Office Staff:


Mikey Gomez

Flight Desk

Coming from a hospitality background , entering the world of aviation seemed intimidating to say the least. Always the type to welcome change, I was quickly reassured and embraced by my colleagues and members of the aviation community. I rapidly was fascinated on how the aviation world works. I love being surrounded with such passionate individuals! Every day I am learning something new! As flight desk associate, I will be handling all of your administration needs with a positive and friendly attitude. I look forward to watching all of our students develop and accomplish their achievements.


Nathan Saldana

Office Assistant
Certificates and Ratings: Private Pilot

Growing up, I knew I wanted to fly airplanes. Going to airshows and seeing jets roar by sparked my interest in aviation. I am currently a senior at Thousand Oaks High School, and have my Private Pilots License which I earned here at Camarillo Flight Instruction, with the help of our friendly and competent team. I am working on getting my Instrument Rating, along with many others before I go into the United States Marine Corps to pursue my dream of flying fighter jets.